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Are satisfied with the performance of your on-board VHF radio? Do you have the range that you used to have and does the quality still sound as good as you remember? When, if ever, have you had your radio output power and channel frequencies measured? How about that antenna and the cable and connector? Without a good antenna, you have NO radio system!! How old and how good is that battery that powers ALL your boat’s required systems plus the electronic GPS, radios, fishfinder and whatever other equipment is hooked up to it? You can now operationally test your VHF radio with the Automated Radio Check Systems located at Northport, Suttons Bay, Leland, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Harbor Springs Michigan. See link: www.SeaTow.com/ARC . Watch the video and check “Locations” for the radio channels to use.

Also, the radio on your recreational boat, operated domestically, does not need to have an FCC license, provided that it is less than 300 gross tons, less than 65 feet in length and you don’t carry more than 6 passengers for hire. You don’t need one to operate it. NOTE: Ships are considered as operating domestically when they do not travel to foreign ports or do not transmit radio communications to foreign stations. Sailing in international waters is permitted, so long as the previous conditions are met. If you travel to a foreign port (e.g., Canada Mexico, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands) a license is required. Additionally, if you travel to a foreign port, you are required to have an operator permit.

Call for an appointment and we’ll test, measure and verify your communications system, including battery condition.

Do you carry more than 6 passengers on your vessel for hire on the Great Lakes?We provide the necessary inspections and certificates required by the Great Lakes Radio Agreement, The Communications Safety Act, and the Bridge To Bridge Act.

The agreement between the USA and Canada requires a radio inspection be accomplished every 13 months and is an item often checked during Coast Guard Inspections.  FCC fines can be rather heavy.

Call me for an appointment or if you have any questions.  Make sure that your vessel’s Radio License as well as your Marine Radio Operators License haven’t expired.

FCC General Radiotelephone Licensed to test and inspect.