Other Equipment (continued)
It is highly recommended to fit a VHF radiotelephone, or, where the service is available, a VHF installation with Digital Selective Calling (DSC). To determine the marine radio services available in your area, consult the DFO publication, Radio Aids to Marine Navigation, available at http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/MCTS_Radio_Aids .
Ships fitted with a VHF installation with DSC should connect the radio to their GPS or Loran C for automatic position updates. As well, the VHF DSC must have a valid Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI). MMSI numbers are available free of charge from your local Industry Canada - Spectrum Management office. They are listed in the blue pages of the telephone directory or on the Internet at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/sd-sd.nsf/eng/00009.html .
Anyone who operates the VHF equipment must have a Restricted Operator’s Certificate - Maritime. This certificate can be obtained through the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS), delegated examiners or Industry Canada, Spectrum Management. Further information and a study guide are available through the CPS at http://www.cps-ecp.ca.
The operator of ship required by regulation to fit a VHF installation with DSC must have a Radio Operator Certificate - Maritime Commercial. This certificate is available from most nautical institutes.
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