The Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator’s License (RG) qualifies the holder to operate—and make some basic equipment adjustments to—Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) radio installations, but only on voyages that remain within 20 nautical miles of shore. It also confers the operating authority of the Marine Radio Operator Permit. The Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator’s License test consists of the exams for FCC Element 1 and FCC Element 7R.
To qualify, you must:
A Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator’s License is issued for the holder’s lifetime. Prior to March 25, 2008, the license term for a GMDSS Radio Maintainer’s License was five years.
Any holder of a Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator’s License that expired prior to March 25, 2008, must still file an application to renew the license within the five-year grace period after expiration.
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