Sometimes it isn’t. Radios used on board cna be the same as those used on land. But to work in the ‘maritime band’ and speak to other ships and organisation like the Costguard, special radios are required.
Do I need a licence to operate maritime radios?
Yes. As a yacht skipper or crew member, you need to have passed the relevant course to be licensed to operate in the marine band.
What about if I go ashore with my radio, will I be operating legally?
Generally the answer is no. If you are using radios in a foreign country you need to apply for a licence in that jurisdiction, even if you have a licence to operate elsewhere, it would not usually be valid.
Can you get waterproof radios?
Yes. The products section of this site has a range of radios specifically for operation in the marine environment.
The maritime environment present a unique set of operating conditions and regulatory requirements. The installation of radio and satellite equipment onto vessels must meet a set of very strict criteria, both in their capability and in the quality of the installation.
Vessels of specific sizes are mandated to have certain communications capabilities in line with the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention and in accordance with the GMDSS (Global Maritime Distress Safety System) regulations.
The harsh physical operating conditions also require the selection of the correct equipment to ensure maximum endurance and longevity.
The surge in piracy in recent years is also adding a requirement for ship borne security to be able to communicate freely and efficiently in order to co-ordinate any action to repel potential hostile elements.
G6 has experience in all of these areas from the fitting of HF radios to small pleasure craft, right through to the provision of full anti-piracy solutions, including CITADEL systems into safe-rooms on board ship.
Click here to see our range of marine radios, and here for our satellite solutions.
For more information call us on +44 (0) 1454 610050.
More information for Maritime will be added shortly.
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