VHF FOREIGN COUNTRY USE: BWI, VI,...
Recent scuttlebutt strongly suggested ship’s permit and individual operator’s licenses were separate commodities for the wee kayak if not a Zodiac.
"A survival craft station when using telephony or an emergency position indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) station..."
If using VHF in an emergency, on line 2Z after claiming deduction 47, then a “Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit is NOT needed to operate the following:”
BUT ! if DOCKING in foreign ports (Mexico) then both the individual aka Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permits and unnngh “ship radio station license.” ARE LEGAL TREATY REQUIREMENTS. In that foreign countries have not modified treaty to accomadate kayaks or tubers.
Canada wisely gives 45 days free VHF licensing before asking the “semi-permanent” user to qualify with an exam. That’s ice out to iced in, more than enough time.
Whishful thinking then linked survival use to ship length arriving at the idea a ship’s license wasn’t necessary. A ship’s license licenses ship or innertube while the individual license licenses the ,,,
The FCC emailed:
“The Rules that govern the Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permits are 47 CFR - Part 13. The Rules can be accessed at the following website: http://wireless.fcc.gov/index.htm?job=rules_and_regulations
NOTE: A ship radio station license authorizes radio equipment aboard a ship, while the restricted radiotelephone operator permit authorizes a specific person to communicate with foreign stations or use certain radio equipment (e.g., MF/HF single sideband radio or satellite radio). For more information please see the following websites http://wireless.fcc.gov/cooperator's/RP.html and http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=licensing&id=ship_stations.”