Commercial Radio Operator License Program
Six Month Service Endorsement
A Six Month Service Endorsement must be obtained by any holder of a T, T1 or T2 who wishes to serve as the sole radio operator
on board a large U.S. cargo ship sailing on the high seas.
To qualify, you must document that:
- you have been employed as a radio operator on board ships of the United States for a period totaling at least six months;
- the ships were in service during the applicable six-month period; and
- you held a T, T1 or T2 issued by the FCC during this entire six-month qualifying period; and
- you hold a radio officer's license issued by the U.S. Coast Guard at the time the six months service endorsement is requested.
How to Obtain a Six Month Service Endorsement
For those applicants who are qualified by having at least 180 days of creditable service, the following is to be submitted
to the Federal Communications Commission, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245:
- a certification letter signed by the vessel's master or owner/agent specifying the vessel name, vessel call sign, dates of
shipment and discharge, total number of days served (minus any portion of any single in-port period exceeding seven days),
and the names(s) and certificate number of the chief radio officer holding a six months service endorsement on the vessel
during shipment; and
- a completed FCC Form 605; and
- an original or copy of the T, T1 or T2 Certificate; and
- a valid copy of a U.S. Coast Guard license; and
- certificate(s) of Discharge to Merchant Seaman.