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Subelement A
Rules & Regulations
Section 2
License Requirements
Which commercial radio operator license is required to operate a fixed-tuned ship RADAR station with external controls?
  • A radio operator certificate containing a Ship RADAR Endorsement.
  • A Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher.
  • Either a First or Second Class Radiotelegraph certificate or a General Radiotelephone Operator License.
  • Correct Answer
    No radio operator authorization is required.

FCC Commercial Radio Operator License Program

You do NOT need a commercial operator license to operate the following:

  • Shore radar, shore radiolocation, maritime support or shore radionavigation stations.

  • Ship radar stations, if (a) the radar frequency is determined by a nontunable, pulse type magnetron or other fixed tune device, and (b) the radar is capable of being operated exclusively by external controls.

A fixed tuned ship radar with external controls is, if installed in accordance with regulations, already configured correctly so that no internal adjustments or tuning is needed. Therefore, it can be operated by someone without a radio operator authorization.

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When is a Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher license required for aircraft communications?
  • When operating on frequencies below 30 MHz allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services.
  • When operating on frequencies above 30 MHz allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services.
  • Correct Answer
    When operating on frequencies below 30 MHz not allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services.
  • When operating on frequencies above 30 MHz not assigned for international use.

47 CFR § 87.89 - Minimum operator requirements.

(b) The minimum operator license or permit required for operation of each specific classification is:

Aircraft stations, all classes:

Frequencies BELOW 30 MHz NOT allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services (MP-Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher)

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Which of the following persons are ineligible to be issued a commercial radio operator license?
  • Correct Answer
    Individuals who are unable to send and receive correctly by telephone spoken messages in English.
  • Handicapped persons with uncorrected disabilities which affect their ability to perform all duties required of commercial radio operators.
  • Foreign maritime radio operators unless they are certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
  • U.S. Military radio operators who are still on active duty.

47 CFR § 13.9 - Eligibility and application for new license or endorsement

  1. be a legal resident of (or otherwise eligible for employment in) the United States; and

2. be able to receive and transmit spoken messages in English; or specifically:

(iii) The person is afflicted with complete deafness or complete muteness or complete inability for any other reason to transmit correctly and to receive correctly by telephone spoken messages in English. See for more info Eligibility Requirements

  1. pass a written and/or telegraphy examination(s) as described below under Examinations.

B the government cannot discriminate against handicapped. C per the rules foreigners can have a license. D military people? Military usually has its own rules for qualifications and radio use where civilian licenses are not required.

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What are the radio operator requirements of a passenger ship equipped with a GMDSS installation?
  • The operator must hold a General Radiotelephone Operator License or higher-class license.
  • The operator must hold a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit or higher-class license.
  • The operator must hold a Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher-class license.
  • Correct Answer
    Two operators on board must hold a GMDSS Radio Operator License or a Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator License, depending on the ship’s operating areas.

47 CFR § 80.1073 - Radio operator requirements for ship stations. states that

(a) Ships must carry at least two persons holding GMDSS Radio Operator's Licenses

(1) A qualified GMDSS radio operator must be designated to have primary responsibility for radio communications during distress incidents...

(2) A second qualified GMDSS radio operator must be designated as backup for distress and safety radiocommunications ...

See for more info Radio Operator Requirements

It means that to have GMDSS, requires two to monitor Channel 16 continuously 24 hrs/day, and one person may be asleep

Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

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What is the minimum radio operator requirement for ships subject to the Great Lakes Radio Agreement?
  • Third Class Radiotelegraph Operator’s Certificate.
  • General Radiotelephone Operator License.
  • Correct Answer
    Marine Radio Operator Permit.
  • Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit.

47 CFR § 80.161 Operator requirements of the Great Lakes Radio Agreement.

Each ship subject to the Great Lakes Radio Agreement must have on board an officer or member of the crew who holds a Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP) or higher class license.

For more info, see MROP

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What is a requirement of every commercial operator on duty and in charge of a transmitting system?
  • A copy of the Proof-of-Passing Certificate (PPC) must be in the station’s records.
  • Correct Answer
    The original license or a photocopy must be posted or in the operator’s personal possession and available for inspection.
  • The FCC Form 605 certifying the operator’s qualifications must be readily available at the transmitting system site.
  • A copy of the operator’s license must be supplied to the radio station’s supervisor as evidence of technical qualification.

47 CFR § 13.19 - Operator's responsibility.

Section 1.62(a)(2),11 which requires all Commission licensees, including broadcast entities, to post information pertaining to license renewal applications as well as the license itself; and Section 74.765, which requires LPTV and TV translator **to physically display

  • their call sign together with the
  • name, address, and
  • telephone number of the licensee or local representative of the licensee and
  • the name and address of a person and
  • place where station records are maintained at the antenna site.**

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