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Old 29 April 2010, 03:40   #1
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just trying to apply for a radio licence.... help.... fixed unit so i need ships licence.. yes? go to fill in application form and cant find RIB on vessel catagory and they want to know gross tonnage of vessel.. any one done this before? pointers please
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Old 29 April 2010, 03:52   #2
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Yes, you need one and is there not a help page on the Ofcom website?
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I put down that my rib was a motor craft and there is a formula somewhere on the page or in the help that was something like waterline length of craft x draft, but im not exactly sure.

I did an RYA DSC short range VHF course and they went through the proceedure, i will see if i made any notes.
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Old 29 April 2010, 13:34   #4
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after a few emails with a very helpful lady at ofcom i now have the ships licence, even she said its a little difficult to understand. Anyway we opted for cruise liner that weighed 25000 tonnes. sorted.
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after a few emails with a very helpful lady at ofcom i now have the ships licence, even she said its a little difficult to understand. Anyway we opted for cruise liner that weighed 25000 tonnes. sorted.
I applied on-line and got one the other day - but had to phone them as well, as every time I filled in the max occupancy as 7 people the form changed it to 70! - Not quite a cruise liner but considerable more capacious than my 4.7m rib!!
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Old 30 April 2010, 11:36   #6
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ha, yeah its all a bit vague to say the least.. and i am still suprised they dont want money! not many things come free these days. Anyway i am glad i wont be the only one with a 4.7m cruise ship...
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ha, yeah its all a bit vague to say the least.. and i am still suprised they dont want money! not many things come free these days. Anyway i am glad i wont be the only one with a 4.7m cruise ship...
HI zookeeper i got mine the other day i put in 1ton and put down motor boat and got sorted
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my goodness there are going to be some disappointed ofcom officials if they go looking for the "ships" the radios are attached too!
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my goodness there are going to be some disappointed ofcom officials if they go looking for the "ships" the radios are attached too!
Mine's actually what it is. Well, as close as possible. PL MTB, gross tonnage 0.5, person capacity 10.
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i can see a lot of talent on this site, fiction is a gift, get writing all you would be authors , lets hear stories of your huge sea going vessels!
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just got mine. I just put it under as other and 0.3 tonnes god knows what they will think it is then.
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On the plus side, the sensibly entered ones wont have inappropriate SAR teams sent should the big red button ever be pressed "in anger" (and I hope it never happens to any of you).


As the guy ruinning my VHF course said, "get it as accurate as possible - you don't want them to scream past you looking for a sinking liner with 500 people on board and think you are part of the rescue effort (more likely in a rib!), or just not notice you 'coz they're looking for something much, much bigger....."
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On the plus side, the sensibly entered ones wont have inappropriate SAR teams sent should the big red button ever be pressed "in anger" (and I hope it never happens to any of you).


As the guy ruinning my VHF course said, "get it as accurate as possible - you don't want them to scream past you looking for a sinking liner with 500 people on board and think you are part of the rescue effort (more likely in a rib!), or just not notice you 'coz they're looking for something much, much bigger....."
Glad I never made mine anything extreme then.
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I can't remember what I put on mine (registered it in 2007), I don't remember even being asked and it doesn't mention the vessel type on the licence itself.

However, I always assumed that the CG66 registration would be the record the coastguard would match your MMSI from any DSC distress call in order to extract your boat details?

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However, I always assumed that the CG66 registration would be the record the coastguard would match your MMSI from any DSC distress call in order to extract your boat details?

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Yep, the CG would type ypur vessel's name in and the area you cruise and it would bring up all the relevent information.
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For VHF license I used Pleasure Ship and MTB Motor Boat.

Interestingly for the SSR in the guidance notes it says : Inflatable:- including rigid and non-rigid types.

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Yep, the CG would type ypur vessel's name in and the area you cruise and it would bring up all the relevent information.
Depends on gthe nature of incident and what we need to know - ITU database is usually first call for MMSIs, given the (very) large number of non-updated CG66s in the system.

To be honest, for a normal distress incident, we wouldn't usually go to CG66 at all. It's more used for overdues, prolonged searches etc rather than identifying craft to send a lifeboat to.
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