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Shore Stations in the VHF Marine Service
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posted 12-17-2013 12:11 AM ET (US)
A frequently asked question about the VHF Marine radio service is in regard to operating a shore station. Shore stations must be licensed as described in
Private shore stations are a special class of shore stations. The FCC rules regulate licensing of private shore stations as described below:
Subpart K—Private Coast Stations and Marine Utility Stations
posted 12-17-2013 12:39 PM ET (US)
A corollary question is in regard to use of hand held radios when not on a vessel. Hand held radios are considered to be "associated ship units" in the FCC regulations. The regulations require:
The above seems to suggest that a hand held radio associated with a ship is not to be used on shore.
posted 12-17-2013 03:00 PM ET (US)
Yeah, it's illegal, there's the law, and then there's reality.
posted 12-18-2013 12:03 AM ET (US)
The regulations of the FCC are not usually enforced in criminal proceedings. In most cases if you are found to be in violation of an FCC regulation you will get a notice of violation from the FCC, and they will probably find you to be liable for a monetary forfeiture. The FCC does not say you did something criminal or illegal, you just did not comply with their regulations.
The only time a federal prosecutor will bring criminal action against you for something you do with a radio transmitter is if you are doing something really stupid, like making a false distress call or intentionally causing interference. There probably _are_ laws against that.
Part 80 explains its statutory basis in
It derives from the Communications Act of 1934 and a few more recent acts of Congress.
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