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Old 02 June 2004, 04:35   #41
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Given that you can legally buy a scanner, and legally listen to marine band VHF frequencies, why couldn't he listen in? I thought that a licence was only required to transmit. Am I wrong?

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Scanners were for a long time a very grey area.
The RA (now Ofcom) have changed it all.
The only thing you can listen to legally on a scanner are ham bands, broadcast radio and anything else "you" are licenced to.
If you have a ships radio licence in theory IMHO you can listen to the marine radio.

Scanners can be wide band RX but this does not make it legal to listen.

If you are in have a non licened transmiter you are comiting one offence, if you use it that is another offence!.

The RA (now Ofcom) produce a very good hand out regarding scanners.

As far as the marine licence goes, I have check with a very good mate at Ofcom, if you have your Ships Radio Licence but no operators cert, you can indeed listen but not TX.

Just in case you were wondering, if you carry a non licenced marine VHF you are liable for a 5000 fine and confiscation of the radio and its power supply, in the case of a fixed radio this is you boat!

Oh yes and the guy's from Ofcom will be at Ribex!

Hope that help.

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Whilst "on duty" (nick, nick) on Sunday we had a couple of ribs come up to us to say that they had no VHF. We then radioed QHM on their behalf and across they went quite happily. There were also a few boats who did not radio in and with whom we "had a word"
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Old 02 June 2004, 04:54   #43
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Old 02 June 2004, 16:16   #44
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Spot on K. Mind you I should hope so with 2 VIP's on board

Pity that your "tender" decided to "go his own way" as Fleetwood Mac once said. Does he not have a radio on that vessel
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Course he feckin does. We were listening to Radio 2 until the early hours.
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Course he feckin does. We were listening to Radio 2 until the early hours.
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Can I strongly recommend that you invest in a good almanac (if you haven't already done so) from the chandler's. In this you will find the rules of entry to any port as well as tons of other useful information.
I'm coming in a bit late but looking again at Reeds 2004 Almanac it makes no mention of requesting permission to cross the main channel. Anyone from Reeds listening??

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A lot of interesting replies to reed through

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I am also coming in a bit late, but have dragged my Reeds to the front of the desk, their is a mention of the requiremnet to call up QHM before crossing, it is hidden away in the section on Gunwharf quays.

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The two radio licenses are independant, as an operator you require one, as a skipper your boat must have one in the same as a car must have a tax disc. As a boat owner applying for a ships license their is no requirement for you to have an operators license (SRC). As an operator you must of course hold a license (issued following the one day SRC Course).

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