Originally Posted by greatpapabear
Here on a Holiday weekend it can become offencive. Kids, fishermen swearing at each other, asking what's happening out at #2, are they biting.
In the UK, the owner of a boat applies for a Ship Radio Licence from OFCOM (the Goverment's Office of Communications). Granting the licence also grants the boat a call sign such as STH34.
Provided you have the Ship Radio Licence, you can instal a VHF which can only be used by someone who has a Short Range VHF licence (done the course and passed the test) or that a someone with a licence is overseeing a non-licenced person using the VHF.
It's fairly obvious if someone hasn't been trained, and the Coast Guard (CG) has a habit of asking for the call sign. The CG has the ability to track and fine.