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Old 01-20-2019, 06:44 PM   #1
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OK, I know this sounds dumb to some out there but the last boat I had that had a vhf on it we were required to have a license from FCC.
Now that we no longer need a license with a call sign what do we use for a call sign?
And how do we sign on and off to calls?
Thank for any and all help.
Just call me Dumb Don.
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On the VHF you sign on and off using the boats name. I donít think there is a rule on this so if you donít have a name on your boat you can use the registration number.
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This is what we teach in class.....use your boat name or use the phrase of pleasure boat. I use the first to talk to other boaters and the second to contact bridges, locks, gas docks etc.

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However, if you plan to leave your territorial waters (eg. cross into Canadian waters), then you do need a licence and full registration. Same applies up here, if we cross into USA waters, we must be fully licenced.
Here's the link to our regulations on VHF - https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafet...qs-1489.htm#01
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Thank the both of you.
I do not plan on going into Canada but that could change.
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Thank you also MIke
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