HF Radio For Circumnavigators
- Radio callsign and MMSI issued by flag state (country of ship registration).
- Ship HF radio is approved for Maritime Service use. (Not a ham radio).
- HF radio is licensed by flag state and is issued with a callsign.
- If the HF radio is configured with an MMSI, it must be issued by the flag state, and the same MMSI configured in the AIS transponder and VHF radio.
- All crew intending to operate the HF radio hold a Long Range Operator Certificate of Competency, Maritime Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Certificate or similar. Not the same certificate that is issued to operate a marine VHF radio.
- Purchase the Admiralty List of Radio Signals volumes specified below.
- HF radio is installed according to best practice. Ask me if you are unsure.
Admiralty List of Radio Signals
I recommend that all circumnavigators carry the following publications in hard copy aboard;
- Volume 1 (NP281) - Maritime Radio Stations (Parts 1 & 2)
- Volume 3 (NP283) - Maritime Safety Information Services (Parts 1 & 2)
- Volume 5 (NP285) - Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
Where to buy:
The above gets you a) all the maritime coast stations, b) which weather forecasts are available and how to receive them, and c) all of the Rescue Co-ordination Centres.