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Old 02-16-2018, 02:40 AM   #16
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Gee whiz. Operating a VHF radio can be criminal when a cell phone is not? That's ridiculous! and so out of date. Governments need to move.

If some authority questions, just have the VHF off and say it isn't used because it's not allowed without a license, and having a VHF radio isn't required. Would that cut it?

So, how does that square with the Colregs? Sense some conflict there. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. ... Sorry, didn't monitor your distress call because using an unlicensed radio/user would be illegal, subject to jail.
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