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Jefecinco posted 12-25-2009 11:20 AM ET (US)   Profile for Jefecinco   Send Email to Jefecinco  
Santa (UPS) stopped by yesterday to deliver a new Standard Horizon Quest-X GX1500S VHF Class D DSC marine transceiver and a Digital Antenna three foot stainless steel whip antenna. What fun to receive replacements for my ten year old gear.

First thing was to examine everything and review the manuals. Next came the on-line owner registration at Standard Horizon. Finally the MMSI registration via the BOAT/US web site was accomplished. Installation will be on the next available warm (over 55 degree) day.

Obtaining an MMSI number on-line was incredibly easy. It's useful to read all the guidance before proceeding with the registration process. My application was kicked back once for failure to select a "Class" of vessel. When that was taken care of all went well. The MMSI number is issued immediately after submitting a properly completed form. It's always gratifying to get such immediate service.

If your VHF lacks a DSC feature the low cost of current DSC VHF radios and the ease of obtaining an MMSI number would indicate that before your boating season resumes it could be very worthwhile to consider a replacement VHF.

Merry Christmas.


SJUAE posted 12-25-2009 01:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
I wish getting a MMSI number was as easy here.

Going to try on Sunday as the goverment department is nearby but it seems the only want to give them to commercial vessels and so charge the earth for them.

The coast guard here has already got $2K out of me for compulsory boat tracking system (sort of AIS)only they can recieve.

You would of hoped MMSI would be free like US/UK

Regards and best seasonal wishes


jimh posted 12-25-2009 11:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In the United States you can get an MMSI at no cost from a registrar like BoatUS, but to get an MMSI from the Federal Communications Commission you have to pay for a ship station license in the Marine Radio Service.

I thought I could figure out how much it costs to get a ship license from the FCC, but after 20 minutes of searching on their website, I have not found the answer. It may be as much as $160, or more. I will do some more research.

SJUAE posted 12-27-2009 03:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
Just to follow up:

I went to the TRA (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority) here in UAE, today.

They were very helpful and I spoke to the head man. It seems as expected that they do not have a voluntary service like the US/UK.

I can get a simple VHF licence for channel 16/88 for 30 nautical miles for 1st payment of $116 and annual renewal thereafter of $33.

If I want RADAR/DSC/AIS/EPIRB/SART/HF/MF and so MMSI number then I can only have a commercial registration for 1st payment of $333 and annual renewal thereafter of $250.

It seems I'm the first who has every requested such a thing here for a small boat.

I suggested that most probably just fitted it illegally, but usually here for such actions carry a heavy fine of $2-3k or more (e.g. fishing without a rod licence).

It may be fun for the 1st year to apply.


jimh posted 12-27-2009 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As best as I can tell, filing for a ship station license in the Marine Radio Service will allow you to obtain an MMSI at no additional cost from the FCC. The cost of a ship license application appears to be given in

and in FCC Form 605

from which I quote:


Part 80 Ship Radio Service

The instructions that follow are for filing applications. Select the purpose of filing and follow the instructions below:

New, Renewal or Renewal/Modification

• FCC 605 • FCC 159 • Payment/Fee Type Code: PASR - $160.00 Fee

(For a new Fleet license, multiply number of stations in the Fleet by $160.00.)


This is the regulatory fee, $160, and covers the ten year license term. The annual amount is only $16, assuming you maintain the same boat and license information for ten years. A modification is less expensive.

Modification or Non-Profit

Note: A license is not transferable to another person or vessel. In these cases, the new owner must apply for a NEW license (see above instructions).

• • •
FCC 605 FCC 159 Payment/Fee Type Code: PASM - $60.00 Fee (For a Fleet license modification, multiply number of stations in the Fleet by $60.00. If adding stations to a fleet license, multiply the number of stations to be added by $60.00.)


jimh posted 12-30-2009 11:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I found a good starting page for linking to information about licensing of vessel radio stations in the United States in the Marine Service. See: id=ship_stations

for a list of good links and much good information.

kglinz posted 12-31-2009 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for kglinz  Send Email to kglinz     
The Ship and Aircraft Licence were a combined licence until recently. They raised the price of the Ship Licence to $160, but now charge $110 for the Acft License. Aircraft must have better Lobbyist.

My Licence renewal is coming up in June. I received an "offical" looking letter last month, offering to renew my license for $360. The letter and offer came from "Business Radio Licensing" in Laguna Hills, CA. DON'T BITE. You don't need their services. Go straight to the FCC.

SJUAE posted 01-01-2010 12:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for SJUAE    
The bit that has me confused is if you do not have eg DSC or AIS or any other equipment that needs a nine-digit maritime mobile service identity (MMSI) number

But you have a EPIRB or PLB with a unique fifteen-digit number it seems you can register this but you do not require a MMSI number

Although if you have a MMSI number you should register your EPIRB or PLB on your MMSI details.

I have via TRA website here in UAE put a suggestion in to see if they will consider making a new application licence for private/pleasure craft as the commercial ship fee's seem a bit steep for a small boat, I've had two replies so far from them and it's under process.


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