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Hornblower
Hornblower

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:25pm

Post Subject: VHF radio for Londons Thames

Hey and a happy new year, I´m just planning our next Narrowboat-holiday for this summer: we´re heading to London. I know that we will need a VHF radio on board and a licence to use it. I could buy a portable one for my GRP-cruiser here in Germany and take it on board our hireboat. So would such a radio work in GB and in D? Kind Regards Jan

Tony-B
Tony-B

Posted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:50pm

Post Subject: VHF radio for Londons Thames

Dear Jan, This is a rather specialized area that I am unsure of. I think a set sold in Germany may have to be equipped with facilities that identify your boat and possibly yourself to other stations as part of the broadcast (ATIS). I think this may not be legal in the UK because we use a different system (DSC) that is not mandatory for small craft. I am not even sure a German license would be valid for use in the UK. I am fairly certain that such a set would work but the channel groups will/may be different. I am not sure about the legality of it though. The ATIS transmisson may identify your own boat, not the hired narrowboat. Then there is the question about a German license being legal in the UK. I suspect it should be but can not be sure. I think that you would do well to contact the RYA and OFCOM to discuss this. This RYA document should give you a start: http://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/le gal/Web%20Documents/Legal%20Leaflets/Clubs/Laws% 20and%20Regulations/VHF%20RADIO%20REGULATIONS.pd f (all on one line). Also discus this with the German authorities. Tony Brooks

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