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Old 25 September 2018, 02:10   #1
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I have recently bought a RIB with a fixed VHF on board. Although ive had boats over the years, i havent had a radio fitted.
Im doing the RYA course next week, but my question is regarding the VHF being registered to the boat & any call sign

I have no idea if the VHF is registered or not. How would i find out, or can i "start again" ?


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Old 25 September 2018, 02:15   #2
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Old 25 September 2018, 02:39   #3
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It all depends whether the MMSI number has already been registered or not, if it has then it needs to be re-registered to you, if not then just direct registration to you.

All very easy to get info on the Ofcom website, and they are also very helpful on the phone. (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/contact-us)
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It all depends whether the MMSI number has already been registered or not, if it has then it needs to be re-registered to you, if not then just direct registration to you.

All very easy to get info on the Ofcom website, and they are also very helpful on the phone. (https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/contact-us)

Thanks for that
What info do i need to find out if its registared?
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Using the manual for the VHF, look to see if it has an MMSI number programmed into it. You'll need that number anyway if you want to re-register it.
My understanding is OFCOM notify the previous registered owner and if they don't respond after a given period they loose it by default.

If you start from scratch the VHF will probably need to go back to a dealer to get reset.
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Spoken to Ofcom & all sorted!

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Is the VHF a DSC type? Does it have a red flap with a panic button?
If not then it's not registered anywhere because it won't have an MMSI/serial number
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Is the VHF a DSC type? Does it have a red flap with a panic button?
If not then it's not registered anywhere because it won't have an MMSI/serial number
But the boat still will as a vessel have an ofcom issued licence and call sign which the OP should now hold.
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But the boat still will as a vessel have an ofcom issued licence and call sign which the OP should now hold.
Hmm. Maybe I should do a VHF refresher course!
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Hmm. Maybe I should do a VHF refresher course!


Fwiw, Iíve never made a DSC call since doing my VHF course years ago. If Iím honest, I cant remember how to make a routine call as opposed to an emergency call. The whole system is poorly designed & not at all user friendly.
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