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Priorities D
•฀฀Read฀all฀rules฀ and฀ regulations฀ pertaining฀to฀call฀priorities,฀
and keep an up-to-date copy handy. Safety and distress
calls take priority over all others.
•฀฀You฀must฀monitor฀Channel฀16฀when฀you฀are฀not฀operating฀
on another channel.
•฀฀False฀or฀fraudulent฀distress฀calls฀are฀prohibited฀under฀law.
Privacy D
•฀฀Information฀overheard,฀but฀not฀intended฀for฀you,฀cannot฀law-
fully be used in any way.
•฀฀Indecent฀or฀profane฀language฀is฀prohibited.
Radio licenses D
(1)฀SHIP฀STATION฀LICENSE
You may require a current radio station license before using
the transceiver. It is unlawful to operate a ship station which is
not licensed, but required to be.
If required, contact your dealer or the appropriate govern-
ment agency for a Ship-Radiotelephone license application.
This government-issued license states the call sign which is
your craft’s identification for radio purposes.
(2) OPERATOR’S LICENSE
A Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit is the license
most often held by small vessel radio operators when a radio
is not required for safety purposes.
If required, the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit
must be posted or kept with the operator. If required, only a
licensed radio operator may operate a transceiver.
However, non-licensed individuals may talk over a transceiver
if a licensed operator starts, supervises, ends the call and
makes the necessary log entries.
A current copy of the applicable government rules and regu-
lations is only required to be on hand for vessels in which
a radio telephone is compulsory. However, even if you are
not required to have these on hand it is your responsibility to
be thoroughly acquainted with all pertinent rules and regula-
tions.
NOTE:฀Even though the transceiver is capable of opera-
tion on VHF marine channels 3, 21, 23, 61, 64, 81, 82 and
83, according to FCC regulations these simplex channels
cannot be lawfully used by the general population in USA
waters.
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