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Hi all,

Im new to this forum and boating so please excuse me if I sound a bit daft.

I have a new predator 165 ordered and it comes with a new vhf radio not sure of make but its fixed type not hand held. Do I need to get any licences ect. As the ofcom website is a bit hard to understand. Also It will be used in Northern Ireland.

Thanks Robert
 
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Hi all,

Im new to this forum and boating so please excuse me if I sound a bit daft.

I have a new predator 165 ordered and it comes with a new vhf radio not sure of make but its fixed type not hand held. Do I need to get any licences ect. As the ofcom website is a bit hard to understand. Also It will be used in Northern Ireland.

Thanks Robert
The short answer is yes, you will need to sit the day course exam and obtain a licence, they go through everything with you and apart from the licence side of things it is a well worthwhile course to get your skills upto scratch.
Just do a simple search of your area and check the prices, they do vary a lot ! or perhaps some knoweldgable folk on here can reccomend somewhere near to you.

Regards, Rob.
 

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Hi robert,
Its a good idea to apply for your ships radio licence, as stated, and this can be done before you get the boat. Just be aware with the ofcom site that you need to register with them first, once youve received the registration email, you can then log in and apply for your ships licence, where you will be able to immediately get a callsign and mmsi number allocated.
You, as a radio operator also need to be licenced. For your vessel an SRC (Short Range Certificate) is fine. The RYA run, via lots of centres, courses for you to attain your SRC. Hopefully this link should give you a list of places in Northern Ireland that offer SRC courses.
http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestraining
If not, go to the RYA website and search under 'Specialist Short Courses' for Marine Radio Short Range Certificate.
Regards Tony

Ahh, it just takes you to the main page...on the right side under 'Type', open the drop down box and select Specialist Short Courses, then next to 'course' drop down box, select Marine Radio Short Range Certificate'.
Enter you town for courses closest to you.
 

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Thanks For the info, I was totaly confused earlier on.

I managed to find a training centre not too far away from where I live. Im going to ring them on monday to find out when they have coureses available.
 

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Technically speaking you only need an OFCOM licence if you ONLY monitor the radio OR use for emergency purposes only......

If you want to speak other than emergency, you need a course - of course!

Keep your eye open for local higher education courses if you want a cheaper course as opposed to a £90 one from a company :whistling
 

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Yes you can apply for the licence before you have the boat. It's very quick and easy.
Once you've registered with Ofcom and received your password you complete the form and then print off the licence.
Best to decide on the name for the boat first.
 
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Ignore this post - I was writing about making sure the vhf isn't already programmed with an MMSI but then noticed it's a new boat so not an issue lol !!
 
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