Vessels Must Upgrade to VHF DSC Equipment by Jan. 20
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Comments

In a public notice, the FCC informed owners and operators of certain vessels that they must upgrade to VHF radiotelephone equipment that includes digital selective calling (DSC) capability no later than Jan. 20, 2016. Fishing vessels and small passenger vessels must be equipped with a VHF radiotelephone installation, which must have DSC capability beginning one year after the United States Coast Guard (USCG) notifies the FCC that shore-based Sea Area A1 coverage has been established.

On Jan. 20, USCG notified the FCC that it had published a notice in the Federal Register declaring Sea Area A1 within 20 nautical miles seaward of the territorial baseline along the East, West and Gulf coasts of the United States, excluding Alaska, and including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

Consequently, fishing vessels and small passenger vessels operating in those waters must upgrade to VHF-DSC equipment no later than Jan. 20, 2016.

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