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Old 09-10-2014, 05:11 PM   #21
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Some folks would likely benefit from detailed instructions like that for the Operator's License, too.

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Old 09-11-2014, 07:41 AM   #22
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Yep me me me!!!

If Dave (or somebody) doesn't post details, it mostly the same -- except you're looking for the "Restricted Radio Telephone Operator Permit" form FCC-605-FRC.

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Old 09-11-2014, 10:57 AM   #23
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What are the fees? Are they one-time or annual?
The government web site is not user friendly.

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Old 09-11-2014, 11:24 AM   #24
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My knowledge is limited to what I previously posted. I first called; FCC Licensing Support Center at 877-480-3201 option 2. They were very helpful and will send you an email with directions or mail you what you need. It cost me $160 and its good until 2024. I didn't know there was a fee until I got to the end of filling it out online.
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:32 AM   #25
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Old 09-11-2014, 05:17 PM   #26
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Thanks. Wow $160. No wonder folks are using BoatUS
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Old 10-29-2014, 09:19 PM   #27
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I have been trying the FCC website for three days, but it just will not respond. Is it me, or has anyone else had problems?

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Old 10-29-2014, 09:41 PM   #28
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Seems to be working

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Old 10-30-2014, 07:20 AM   #29
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I just filled out an application online the night before last....worked for me.....
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Old 10-30-2014, 11:23 AM   #30
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AIS and DSC calling and monitoring through a NMEA2000 network is fantastic and cake to use.
Most AIS transponders must be factory programmed you get 1 shot (that was in the old days) also most VHF radios only allow 1 entry for your MMSI. You can delete the MMSI on all or most radios but most don't allow additional MMSI programming.
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Old 10-30-2014, 08:40 PM   #31
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My GX-2150 will allow inputting the MMSI # twice in case you screw up the 1st attempt.
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:16 AM   #32
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Has anyone actually had an experience transmitting a distress message through DSC to the CG?
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Old 12-09-2014, 07:57 AM   #33
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Has anyone actually had an experience transmitting a distress message through DSC to the CG?
Yes, twice, but both times were unintentional and the result of equipment malfunction. But I can confidently say the process works quite well.

When commissioning out boat, we had freshly installed VHFs and remotes (2 of each). We were at the dock and all seemed to be working fine, until one evening an alarm started. A little hunting around showed that one of the VHFs was receiving an incoming Distress Call. I though "great" my VHFs work, and I hope the person is OK. And my other VHF screen was blank and/or gibberish. The alarm went off again and on closer inspection I realized the incoming distress call was from MY MMSI number.

I finally tracked the problem to the fly bridge remote and when I unplugged it, the problem went away. Well, by that time the sheriff's boat was at our stern asking if everything was OK, and the CG had been calling us the whole time (I had the volume down on the VHFs). After calling off the Calvary, we went back to our business.

Icom though we had the wrong extension cable, so we swapped it out. We also swapped the two remotes so if it happened again we could see if it followed the remote.

Sure enough, on our way up the coast off of Venture somewhere, it went off again. This time I was a little quicker to disconnect the remote and call the coast guard, who remembered me well from the previous event.

On arrival is Seattle we replaced the remote and have had no trouble since, so it clearly was a defective remote. But I can confidently say that DSC distress calls go out, identify the boat, and generate a response. That part was good to confirm.
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But I can confidently say that DSC distress calls go out, identify the boat, and generate a response. That part was good to confirm.
Thanks for the information. The distress calling is the main reason we would upgrade the VHF radios but I did not know if the system actually was working as originally intended.
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Old 12-09-2014, 11:44 AM   #35
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Has anyone actually had an experience transmitting a distress message through DSC to the CG?
Yes, it works well. The red DSC cover my old radio had become loose and finally fell off. I tried to snap it back in place, but neglected to turn off the radio, and accidentally initiated a DSC call. The Coast Guard called my cell phone immediately wanting to know my situation. I was embarrassed, apologized and felt badly about wasting their time, but I now have confidence in the system.

BTW, the caller was very courteous and professional when I explained what had happened. Ended the call with "that's what we are here for, have a good day".

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That is real good to hear. Even though the Admiral can operate the boat its good to know that if something happened to me all she would need to do is press the red button and wait for the CG. Of course she would also be transmitting a mayday on another VHF radio and have the cell phone on for a call from the CG.
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Old 12-09-2014, 03:38 PM   #37
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just remind her that they might be trying to contact you on CH16 pretty quick too...
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just remind her that they might be trying to contact you on CH16 pretty quick too...
Absolutely, I'm sure that they determined I was in my marina when the DSC call was initiated, so they called my phone first from my MMSI information. Had I been on the bay or offshore, I suspect that VHF call would have happened very quickly as you suggested.
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That is real good to hear. Even though the Admiral can operate the boat its good to know that if something happened to me all she would need to do is press the red button and wait for the CG. Of course she would also be transmitting a mayday on another VHF radio and have the cell phone on for a call from the CG.
All radios are different but some require the button to be depressed and held for a period of 5-10 seconds. Best to check your manual to make sure.
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All radios are different but some require the button to be depressed and held for a period of 5-10 seconds. Best to check your manual to make sure.
Good point, thanks.
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