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Subelement A
Rules & Regulations
Section 6
Miscellaneous Rules & Regulations
What regulations govern the use and operation of FCC-licensed ship stations in international waters?
  • The regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and Radio Officers Union.
  • Correct Answer
    Part 80 of the FCC Rules plus the international Radio Regulations and agreements to which the United States is a party.
  • The Maritime Mobile Directives of the International Telecommunication Union.
  • Those of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Maritime Mobile Service, Washington, DC 20554.

A ship station must allow both the regulations of its licensing country as well as international regulations while in international waters.

In this case, FCC Part 80 governs maritime radio communication. FCC-licensed ships therefore must follow these regulations in addition to international ones.

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When may the operator of a ship radio station allow an unlicensed person to speak over the transmitter?
  • At no time. Only commercially-licensed radio operators may modulate the transmitting apparatus.
  • When the station power does not exceed 200 watts peak envelope power.
  • Correct Answer
    When under the supervision of the licensed operator.
  • During the hours that the radio officer is normally off duty.
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Where do you make an application for inspection of a ship GMDSS radio station?
  • To a Commercial Operator Licensing Examination Manager (COLE Manager).
  • To the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554.
  • Correct Answer
    To the Engineer-in-Charge of the FCC District Office nearest the proposed place of inspection.
  • To an FCC-licensed technician holding a GMDSS Radio Maintainer’s License.
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Who has ultimate control of service at a ship’s radio station?
  • Correct Answer
    The master of the ship.
  • A holder of a First Class Radiotelegraph Certificate with a six months’ service endorsement.
  • The Radio Officer-in-Charge authorized by the captain of the vessel.
  • An appointed licensed radio operator who agrees to comply with all Radio Regulations in force.

As with other forms of transpot, the master of the vehicle has the final say in most, if not all, decisions.

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Where must the principal radiotelephone operating position be installed in a ship station?
  • At the principal radio operating position of the vessel.
  • In the chart room, master’s quarters or wheel house.
  • Correct Answer
    In the room or an adjoining room from which the ship is normally steered while at sea.
  • At the level of the main wheel house or at least one deck above the ship’s main deck.
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By international agreement, which ships must carry radio equipment for the safety of life at sea?
  • All ships traveling more than 100 miles out to sea.
  • Cargo ships of more than 100 gross tons and passenger vessels on international deep-sea voyages.
  • All cargo ships of more than 100 gross tons.
  • Correct Answer
    Cargo ships of more than 300 gross tons and vessels carrying more than 12 passengers.

This one is all about keeping people safe. More than 12 passengers is likely a commercial cruise ship and more than 300tons is going to have big crew aboard. And you can't make everyone required to have on a radio. (Dingy, ocean kayak, etc.)

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