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Old 08 September 2003, 14:56   #1
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vhf radio licence

what are the up to date rules on vhf radio ie do you have to have a licence do you need to regeister with the coast guard how long your licence last do you need your own call name ect ect i have a radio and know what to say but thats about it have not took it out to sea yet sorry to ask silly question like this but a don't want a big fat fine landing on my door mat
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Ollie, you should have, by law, a license for either fixed or handhelf marine VHF. It can be obtained from the Radiocommunications Agency, Wyndham House, 189 Marsh Wall, London, E14 9SX. Tel: 020 7211 0215/0217 or e-mail AMS@ra.gsi.gov.uk.
It cost me £20 for 12 months and you do require a callsign when you complete the application. My license came through in a week complete with a windscreen holder similar to a car road fund license holder.

Hope this helps.

P.S. If you get into trouble and haven't got a license, USE the radio.
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Old 08 September 2003, 16:55   #3
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I just got myself a VHF Mobile Radio Licence at £15 per year. I think its the wrong licence but It says it can be used with any mobile Radio iregardless of the state of the ships licence. By the way I got my course on 27 Sept so I suppose I will find out then.
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Ship Radio Licence costs £20. Not sure which one you have, where did you get it from?
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it looks like to me that the £15 is for hand held and the £20 is for fix found this web site and it looks like it answers most of my questions http://www.radiolicenceforms.co.uk/ so it looks like will have to get on a radio corse then get a licence only problem is where do i do the corse there are lots of places is the rya the beast people to teach this
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do you still get a call sign with a handheld. ive got a handheld licence and dont think i have a callsign? if so how do i find out
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I'm not sure about the law however, I have a handheld and use it all the time. If you look on the Coast Guard web site (sorry don't know it off the top of my head) you'll find a form (GC66 I think) to complete and send to your local station. You give your name address etc along with all your boat details, description , cruising area, safety equipment etc etc etc along with a photo.
They record these datails to be used if they are ever searching for you !
Last weekend I received an "all ships" request from Holyhead CG requesting assistance with a leisure craft in distress with 2 kids and a dog on board. I responded with my call-sigh MeMe following which and during several pieces of dialogue they advised me that they had received my details and I was "on-screen". There was no mention of licences etc. As long as you don't abuse the airways and pick up the basic etiquette I'm sure Her Majesty and her Coast Guard would turn a blind eye.
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I'm sure Her Majesty and her Coast Guard would turn a blind eye.
Lizzie tells me that she would certainly not turn a blind eye as she gets a bit p*ssed off with the plebs using her airways without paying for the priviledge. At the risk of a beasting from Gingercoastie, I think she uses her thugs from the Radio and Communications Agency for licence enforcement, not the Coastguard.

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That's telling me !

Right, I'll get a licence and post a copy of it on here to demonstrate I'm not one of the "plebs".
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Continue using an unlicensed VHF, be it h/h or fixed without a license and you WILL get caught - £5000.00 fine - that's a new engine right there!!
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