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Hi Guys Been receiving mix messages about VHF radio license. Do recreational fishermen need one or not. Mine is only short range?
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Reply By: Mikee5 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:19

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 14:19
Yes a user of a VHF marine radio must hold a Marine Radio Operator's Certificate of Proficiency or a Marine Radio Operator's VHF Certificate of Proficiency. MROCP or a MROVCP. Most people choose not to, and you can listen to the idiots on channel who have no idea of radio protocols.
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Reply By: Member - Murray M2 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 15:20

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 15:20
Yes you do require a license to operate a VHF Marine radio and I agree with Mikee 5 in regards to incorrect use of the radio's. I am a Radio Operator for our local Sea Rescue Group and find it very frustrating with the bad use of an important part of going fishing.

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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 16:19

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 16:19
Some people should not be allowed to have a radio at all by the way they use them and the language they use with no consideration for who ever else may be listening in, and if everyone had a license they might [just might] behave accordingly. In my opinion you should only be allowed to purchase a radio on production of the license. that's might rant for today. I feel so much better.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 19:40

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 19:40
Murray, A big thank you for being one of the volunteers on the end of the radio while I am out fishing and enjoying myself, the volunteer rescue people do a great job, and so do the Radio operators. thanks for being there Murray.
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Follow Up By: Member - Murray M2 - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 20:05

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 20:05
No problem Mate, it is one of the things I enjoy doing and as I go on get to meet some really good people, I also do Radio for the local Bushfire Brigade in the worst periods. It is my way of giving to the world.

Thank you for the thank you
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Follow Up By: Derek Jones - Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 20:30

Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 at 20:30
And I appreciate that Murray. Mind you, apart from the 12th Oct, it has been a quiet year hasn't it.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 09:41

Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 09:41
Hello Kaid; I strongly advise that you get yourself licensed because if you get picked up by an ACMA inspector, even thought that probability is low due to funding restrictions to government department, you will be up for a considerable fine and have a black mark recorded against you name for posterity. Just not worth it when you can get a license with a bit of self application and at a cost that is probably reasonable. There should be a venue offering training somewhere near you. If you're not sure, give us your location and we may be able to help. John
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 01:00

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 01:00
As others have said..all users of VHF marine need to hold a certificate of proficiency.

Appart from the legality issues.......do ya self a real big favour and do the course and get the licence.

There is so much useful stuff, in the training course...stuff that could save your life.

Understanding how marine radio is used, what facilities are out there and its limitations can realy help you.

In addition to the VHF radio, things like use of eperbs and a whole pile of other little bits are part of the deal.

One of the VMR or coastguard groups near you will be running a course and inviligating the examinations...at a very modest cost.

If ya going for it...I strongly recommend you get hold of the manual before hand and have a good read before you turn up for the course...pay attention to the numbers associated with the distress and calling frequencies.
AND...give the answers you know they want.....not the ones you think might be more technicaly correct.

If you are not particularly tech savy......by all means do the VHF only exam......if you are at all tech savy especially if you have any radio background...."your a wuss" if ya dont do the full ticket.


The exam is not all that hard.

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Follow Up By: kaid - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 08:07

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 08:07
just to let you know the cost of a license in this area is $170 which is much more than i thought it would be
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:41

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:41
remember there are two parts to the cost of aquiring the licence.

the first is the training and the second is the government fees for the licence.

My local VMR runs the deal for $140, with a $20 discount for members.

From memory that includes a copy of the manual.

If you compare that to the costs of occupational training and licencing, that is cheap as chips.

remember this is the commercial standard for ocean going ships now.

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