Talk:Maritime mobile amateur radio

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Frequencies allowed at sea[edit]

The article currently claims that, "in international waters, amateur licensees must only use frequency bands allocated internationally by the ITU." I find this statement dubious. Rather than operating on amateurs frequencies allocated by the ITU, I believe that the station may only use frequencies allocated to amateurs by the country under which the vessel is registered. These allocations might not be the same. In general, a ship in international waters is under the legal jurisdiction of the flag state. I highly suspect this is true of radio regulations as well, but I have no references at this time. (There may be the possibility that rules of some countries call for following of the ITU's table when in international waters, but I doubt this is always the case.) –Sparkgap (talk) 06:12, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

If the frequencies are in other use in a nearby country, transmitting at international water may seriously interfere with that other use. I suspect that international regulations apply. Then of course these may be taken into account when certifying use of different frequencies, such that problematic frequencies are to be used only in some areas (e.g. inside the borders of the certifying country). --LPfi (talk) 18:57, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

Offshore radio[edit]

I just removed a 'see also' and a 'merge' link to Offshore radio. That article is about entertainment broadcasting from stations in international waters, e.g. pirate radio. This article is about a completely unrelated topic, nothing to do with broadcasting, pop music, international waters, entertainment or licence circumvention. --Nigelj (talk) 22:17, 2 March 2012 (UTC)


The licensing paragraph makes many broad and specific claims about regulations and practices with very few (two) citations.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Lee317 (talkcontribs) 06:08, 14 April 2015‎

I see that you also tagged the whole article. I wrote (probably most of) the section on licensing. I actually included a paragraph at the start of the section specifically about its sourcing. It was written "with regard to the UK "Full" amateur radio licence terms, provisions and limitations." I don't know how more specific I can be. I have such a licence; I opened it (it's a booklet) and paraphrased section after section of its legalese into article text; and then added a citation to the booklet. If that is the extent of the problem you have identified, then I'm going to remove the tag. Yes, it is true that an amateur radio licence (booklet) does make a whole series of broad and specific points about maritime mobile use of the transmitting equipment. If you don't have access to a copy of such a licence, maybe try your local library. It could be that someone has put the text online since I last looked, so you could also try googling a copy. However, that is not what the {More footnotes} tag is for. --Nigelj (talk) 20:49, 14 April 2015 (UTC)