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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.

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.

NOTE: The CFR lists RP as Restricted Radio Operator Permit. FCC website shows it as RR

47 CFR § 87.89 - Minimum operator requirements.

§ 87.89 Minimum operator requirements. (a) A station operator must hold a commercial radio operator license or permit, except as listed in paragraph (d).

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

Land stations, all classes:

- All frequencies except VHF telephony transmitters providing domestic service (RP-Restricted Radio Operator Permit)

Aircraft stations, all classes:

- Frequencies below 30 MHz allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services (RP-Restricted Radio Operator)

- Frequencies below 30 MHz not allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services (MP-Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher) THE RIGHT ANSWER

- Frequencies above 30 MHz not allocated exclusively to aeronautical mobile services and assigned for international use (MP- Marine Radio Operator Permit or higher)

- Frequencies above 30 MHz not assigned for international use (no license needed)

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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.

On the fcc website, there are 3 requirements for a commercial radio operator license,

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

A is the right answer. 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.

If you have a gmdss, you have to watch channel 16 all of the time...continuous watch. You cannot do that with one person, as people have to sleep. 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 or higher class license.

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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.
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