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Re: VHF Question

Post by AnglerRoy » 19 Mar 2019, 20:24

Interesting, I swear I read you need a license to “legally” transmit. They have free classes all over Ontario for them and they’re about 20 hours or so for a course.

Thanks for the tip on the resource. I’ll do that, perhaps any discount could offset the exchange rate. ;-)

Thanks Dale.

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Post by DaleH » 19 Mar 2019, 20:41

Oh, duh ... I was quoting US Laws ... not Canadian .. sorry!
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Post by AnglerRoy » 19 Mar 2019, 21:39

When I put “legally” in quotes...doesn’t mean very many folks do it! But, and I could be completely wrong (it’s been awhile since I looked all this over) that to get the MMSI you were required to provide a VHF licence certificate... in Canada.

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Re: VHF Question

Post by AnglerRoy » 20 Mar 2019, 09:57

AnglerRoy wrote:When I put “legally” in quotes...doesn’t mean very many folks do it! But, and I could be completely wrong (it’s been awhile since I looked all this over) that to get the MMSI you were required to provide a VHF licence certificate... in Canada.
I checked this morning and was incorrect. In Canada, you can apply/obtain an MMSI as a non-licensed VHF vessel.

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Post by jethro » 20 Mar 2019, 13:46

DaleH wrote:NOTE! On boats ... you do NOT need a license to use marine VHF radios, any type of EPIRB, any type of radar, GPS or LORAN receivers, depth finders or CB radio.
In regards to VHF radios, I believe this only applies to coastal waters, inland waters I think you still need a FCC License. That's what I have been told, so take it for what it's worth.

Also worth noting, the guys I ice fish with all use GMRS radios quite a bit and they are using these new 15 watt GMRS radios that are not handheld, they are like base stations and powered with external batteries and uses external antennas. They apparently get a huge amount of added range using them on their hardside bobhouses.
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Re: VHF Question

Post by AnglerRoy » 20 Mar 2019, 13:56

Interesting, I didn’t see anything stating that in regards to Canada, not saying it’s wrong...what I did read was that I’d need a license if I were to take a VHF registered in Canada, and use it in the US or in US waters (like the southern half of Lake Ontario).

Those VHF base stations you mentioned sound interesting.

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