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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.

Which commercial radio operator license is required to operate a fixed-tuned ship RADAR station with external controls?

(D). 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.

When is a Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher license required for aircraft communications?

(C). When operating on frequencies below 30 MHz not allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 87 Subpart C Radio Operator Requirements § 87.89 Minimum operator requirements.

47 CFR 87.89(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.

Which of the following persons are ineligible to be issued a commercial radio operator license?

(A). Individuals who are unable to send and receive correctly by telephone spoken messages in English.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter A Part 13 General § 13.9 - Eligibility and application for new license or endorsement

47 CFR 13.9(a)(4)(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.

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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.

What are the radio operator requirements of a passenger ship equipped with a GMDSS installation?

(D). 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.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter D Part 80 Subpart W § 80.1073 Radio operator requirements for ship stations.

47 CFR 80.1073(a) Ships must carry at least two persons holding GMDSS Radio Operator's Licenses

47 CFR 80.1073(a)(1) A qualified GMDSS radio operator must be designated to have primary responsibility for radio communications during distress incidents...

47 CFR 80.1073(a)(2) A second qualified GMDSS radio operator must be designated as backup for distress and safety radiocommunications ...

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.

What is the minimum radio operator requirement for ships subject to the Great Lakes Radio Agreement?

(C). Marine Radio 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, please see FCC's Commercial Radio Operator License Program

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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.

What is a requirement of every commercial operator on duty and in charge of a transmitting system?

(B). The original license or a photocopy must be posted or in the operator’s personal possession and available for inspection.

Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47 Chapter I Subchapter A Part 13 General
§ 13.19 Operator's responsibility.

47 CFR 13.19(c) When the operator is on duty and in charge of transmitting systems, or performing service, maintenance or inspection functions, the license or permit document, or a photocopy thereof, or a copy of the application and PPC(s) received by the FCC, must be posted or in the operator's personal possession, and available for inspection upon request by a FCC representative.

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