Your VHF/DSC radio – a powerhouse

The CPS-ECP Boating Resource

Your VHF/DSC (Very High Frequency/Digital Selective Calling) radio ranks perhaps only second to your and your passengers’ life jackets. Here’s how to use it safely, expediently and knowledgeably.

First Steps:

  1. If you are purchasing a second-hand vessel with a VHF/DSC radio, according to IC document CPC-2-3-07 section 4.3, the MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) should not be changed when a vessel is sold – the new owner must contact Industry Canada to update the owner name and contact info. If an MMSI-equipped radio changes boats, then the MMSI in the radio must be changed to reflect the description of the new boat and the contact information for the owner if it also changes.
  2. Before heading out on the water, take time to input the MMSIs into your radio directory of those with whom you’re likely to have contact.
  3. If you are a member of a yacht club, Power and Sail…

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