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Ship Radio Stations

 

Ship Radio Stations

 
A shipboard radio station includes all the transmitting and receiving equipment installed aboard a ship for communications afloat. Depending on the size, purpose, or destination of a ship, its radio station must meet certain requirements established by law or treaty.
 

Licensing

On October 25, 1996, the FCC released a Report and Order in WT Docket No. 96-82, 11 FCC Rcd 14849, FCC 96-421 (pdf), eliminating the individual licensing requirement for voluntary ships operating domestically which are not required by law to carry a radio.
 

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

The FCC rules require certain vessels to be equipped with radio equipment for safety purposes. These rules are in accordance with international agreements. The GMDSS replaces the older "Morse code" based safety system. Learn more about the FCC's GMDSS regulations:
arrow in front of link General information for vessel operators -- How does the GMDSS affect you?
 
 
 
Service At A Glance
Ship Radio Stations
Includes all the transmitting and receiving equipment installed aboard a ship for communications afloat.
Service Rules47 CFR, Part 80
Part OfMaritime Mobile
Related Services
Coast Radio Stations
Licensing
SystemULS
ULS Radio Service Codes
SA - Ship Recreational or Voluntarily Equipped
SB - Ship Compulsory Equipped
 
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Last reviewed/updated on
3/19/2009