New, Ships Radio License

DavidGrieves

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Hi

Need a little rant...

Just got my ships radio license renewed today, after quite a bit of bother geting registered on the Ofcom website. OK yeah it's free and it lasts for 10 years, all I have to do is download it via a .pdf print it and we're sorted! I was expecting to find a small disc type license that I could cut out and stick in a window, but no it's 12 pages of A4 that I have to print and keep onboard.

Is it just me or does anybody else think its a daft idea? What's wrong with the small round disc to display in a window?

Right thats it, rant over.
 

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>>Is it just me or does anybody else think its a daft idea? What's wrong with the small round disc to display in a window?<<

It was a real bu**er to get the glue off of the window, especially if it was perspex!! Personally I'm delighted I don't have to use the discs ever again!!
 

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Interesting that people should now be "complaining" that they no longer have a disc to display. You are not the first. When it was first introduced there were howls of protest about having to display it! Now people want to keep it.

You have always had to keep a whole stack of paper work on board in connection with the licence. A terms booklet, a code of practice and the licence itself.
Now you have an option to print it all A5 size as well as to "double side" it all. So now you can reduce the quantity of paper to the equivalent of 3 sheets of A4!

Don't forget you should also have your operators certificate on board as well.
 

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re keeping on board... well if you do have an operators license, and you do have aradio license, but its not on board what:
1. are the odds in anyone knowing?
2. are the consequnces really likely to be?

I mean, where are you going to put in on a small,wet rib for example?
 

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if you do have an operators license, and you do have aradio license, but its not on board what:
1. are the odds in anyone knowing?
2. are the consequnces really likely to be?

I mean, where are you going to put in on a small,wet rib for example?

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I dont know what the consequences of not keeping the licences on board are. A lot less hassle if any official decides to check at the very least.

Ultimately the consequences of not having the licences in the first place could be a substantial fine and a criminal record but as you imply though why bother with them. They are merely reqirements of the law. Stuff them! Ignore all the laws that a civilised society lives by. Just pay the fines or serve the prison sentences and suffer the consequences of gaining a criminal record if you are caught!

Regarding keeping the licence on a "small wet rib" then the Terms in Section 2 do state that the Licence and the operators Certificate of Competance etc should be kept with or near to the licenced radio at all times where it is physically practicable to do so. That may not be the case in a small RIB, or any open boat for that matter.
 

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[ QUOTE ]
re keeping on board... well if you do have an operators license, and you do have aradio license, but its not on board what:
1. are the odds in anyone knowing?
2. are the consequnces really likely to be?

I mean, where are you going to put in on a small,wet rib for example?

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There are no consequences for not having an operators licence on board because you are not required to have one to have a radio installed. You only commit an offence if you transmit in a non emergency without an operators licence (except on channel M which doesn't require a licence).
 

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Damn! That's reminded me.

Anyone got the link handy to apply?

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The Ofcom website


If you are using IE 7 read the note about a snag before you try to download and print it. (Or simply lower your internet security level while you download it then restore afterwards.
 
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