47 CFR 80.905 - Vessel radio equipment.

§ 80.905 Vessel radio equipment.
(a) Vessels subject to part III of title III of the Communications Act that operate in the waters described in § 80.901 must, at a minimum, be equipped as follows:
(1) Vessels operated solely within 20 nautical miles of land must be equipped with a VHF-DSC radiotelephone installation meeting the requirements of § 80.1101(c)(2), except that a VHF radiotelephone installation without DSC capability is permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A1 coverage is established. Vessels in this category must not operate more than 20 nautical miles from land.
(2) Vessels operated beyond the 20 nautical mile limitation specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, but not more than 100 nautical miles from the nearest land, must be equipped with a MF-DSC frequency transmitter meeting the requirements of § 80.1101(c)(3) and capable of transmitting J3E emission and a receiver capable of reception of J3E emission within the band 1710 to 2850 kHz, in addition to the VHF-DSC radiotelephone installation required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section, except that a MF radiotelephone installation without DSC capability is permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A2 coverage is established. The MF or MF-DSC transmitter and receiver must be capable of operation on 2670 kHz.
(3) Vessels operated more than 100 nautical miles but not more than 200 nautical miles from the nearest land must:
(i) Be equipped with a VHF-DSC radiotelephone installation meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(1) of this section, except that a VHF radiotelephone installation without DSC capability is permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A1 coverage is established;
(ii) Be equipped with an MF-DSC radiotelephone transmitter and receiver meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(2) of this section, except that a MF radiotelephone installation without DSC capability is permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A2 coverage is established; and
(iii) Be equipped with either:
(A) A DSC-capable single sideband radiotelephone meeting the requirements of § 80.1101(c)(4) and capable of operating on all distress and safety frequencies in the medium frequency and high frequency bands listed in § 80.369(a) and (b), on all of the ship-to-shore calling frequencies in the high frequency bands listed in § 80.369(d), and on at least four of the automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue (AMVER) system HF duplex channels (this requirement may be met by the addition of such frequencies to the radiotelephone installation required by paragraph (a)(2) of this section); or
(B) If operated in an area within the coverage of an INMARSAT maritime mobile geostationary satellite in which continuous alerting is available, a GMDSS-approved Inmarsat ship earth station.
(iv) Be equipped with a reserve power supply meeting the requirements of §§ 80.917(b), 80.919 and 80.921, and capable of powering the single sideband radiotelephone or the ship earth station (including associated peripheral equipment) required by paragraph (a)(3)(iii) of this section, including the navigation receiver referred to in § 80.905(a)(5);
(v) Be equipped with a NAVTEX receiver conforming to the following performance standards: IMO Resolution A.525(13), as revised by IMO Resolution MSC.148(77) and ITU-R M.540-2 (all incorporated by reference, see§ 80.7);
(vi) Be equipped with a Category I 406-406.1 MHz satellite emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) meeting the requirements of § 80.1061; and
(vii) Participate in the AMVER system while engaged on any voyage where the vessel is navigated in the open sea for more than 24 hours. Copies of the AMVER Bulletin are available at: AMVER Maritime Relations, USCG Battery Park Building, Room 201, New York, NY 10004-1499. Phone 212-668-7764; Fax 212-668-7684.
(4) Vessels operated more than 200 nautical miles from the nearest land must:
(i) Be equipped with two VHF-DSC radiotelephone installations meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(1) of this section, except that VHF radiotelephone installations without DSC capability are permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A1 coverage is established;
(ii) Be equipped with an MF-DSC radiotelephone transmitter and receiver meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(2) of this section, except that a MF radiotelephone installation without DSC capability is permitted until one year after the Coast Guard notifies the Commission that shore-based sea area A2 coverage is established;
(iii) Be equipped with either:
(A) A DSC-capable independent single sideband radiotelephone meeting the requirements of paragraph (a)(3)(iii)(A) of this section and that is capable of operating on all distress and safety frequencies in the medium frequency and high frequency bands listed in § 80.369(a) and (b), on all of the ship-to-shore calling frequencies in the high frequency bands listed in § 80.369(d), and on at least four of the automated mutual-assistance vessel rescue (AMVER) system HF duplex channels; or
(B) If operated in an area within the coverage of an INMARSAT maritime mobile geostationary satellite in which continuous alerting is available, an INMARSAT B, C, M, or Fleet F77 ship earth station, or an INMARSAT A ship earth station if installed prior to February 12, 2004.
(iv) Be equipped with a reserve power supply meeting the requirements of §§ 80.917(b), 80.919 and 80.921, and capable of powering the single sideband radiotelephone or the ship earth station (including associated peripheral equipment) required by paragraph (a)(4)(iii) of this section, including the navigation receiver referred to in § 80.905(a)(5);
(v) Be equipped with a NAVTEX receiver conforming to the following performance standards: IMO Resolution A.525(13), as revised by IMO Resolution MSC.148(77) and ITU-R M.540-2 (all incorporated by reference, see§ 80.7);
(vi) Be equipped with a Category I 406-406.1 MHz satellite emergency position-indicating radiobeacon (EPIRB) meeting the requirements of § 80.1061;
(vii) Be equipped with an automatic radiotelephone alarm signal generator meeting the requirements of § 80.221; and
(viii) Participate in the AMVER system while engaged on any voyage where the vessel is navigated in the open sea for more than 24 hours. Copies of the AMVER Bulletin are available at: AMVER Maritime Relations, USCG Battery Park Building, Room 201, New York, NY 10004-1499. Phone 212-668-7764; Fax 212-668-7684.
(5) Vessels must comply with the requirements for a navigation receiver or manual updating of position information contained in § 80.1085(c).
(b) For a vessel that is navigated within the communication range of a VHF public coast station or U.S. Coast Guard station, but beyond the 20-nautical mile limitation specified in paragraph (a)(1) of this section, an exemption from the band 1605 to 2850 kHz installation requirements may be granted if the vessel is equipped with a VHF transmitter and receiver. An application for exemption must include a chart showing the route of the voyage or the area of operation of the vessel, and the receiving service area of the VHF public coast or U.S. Coast Guard station. The coverage area of the U.S. Coast Guard station must be based on written information from the District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, a copy of which must be furnished with the application. The coverage area of a public coast station must be computed by the method specified in subpart P of this part.
(c) The radiotelephone installation must be installed to insure safe operation of the equipment and to facilitate repair. It must be protected against the vibration, moisture, temperature, and excessive currents and voltages.
(d) A VHF-DSC radiotelephone installation or a remote unit must be located at each steering station except those auxiliary steering stations which are used only during brief periods for docking or for close-in maneuvering. A single portable VHF-DSC radiotelephone set meets the requirements of this paragraph if adequate permanent mounting arrangements with suitable power provision and antenna feed are installed at each operator steering station. Additionally, for vessels of more than 100 gross tons, the radiotelephone installation must be located at the level of the main wheelhouse or at least one deck above the vessel's main deck.
[51 FR 31213, Sept. 2, 1986, as amended at 56 FR 19301, Apr. 26, 1991; 57 FR 34262, Aug. 4, 1992; 68 FR 46973, Aug. 7, 2003; 69 FR 64677, Nov. 8, 2004; 73 FR 4487, Jan. 25, 2008; 76 FR 67616, Nov. 2, 2011]
Editorial Note:
At 76 FR 67616, Nov. 2, 2011, in § 80.905, paragraph (a)(4)(vii) was revised, however, no text was published, therefor it could not be incorporated.

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 47 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS

§ 151 - Purposes of chapter; Federal Communications Commission created

§ 152 - Application of chapter

§ 153 - Definitions

§ 154 - Federal Communications Commission

§ 155 - Commission

§ 301 - License for radio communication or transmission of energy

§ 302 - Repealed. June 5, 1936, ch. 511,

§ 302a - Devices which interfere with radio reception

§ 303 - Powers and duties of Commission

§ 303a - Standards for children’s television programming

§ 303b - Consideration of children’s television service in broadcast license renewal

§ 303c - Television program improvement

§ 304 - Waiver by license of claims to particular frequency or of electromagnetic spectrum

§ 305 - Government owned stations

§ 306 - Foreign ships; application of

§ 307 - Licenses

§ 308 - Requirements for license

§ 309 - Application for license

§ 310 - License ownership restrictions

§ 311 - Requirements as to certain applications in broadcasting service

§ 312 - Administrative sanctions

§ 312a - Revocation of operator’s license used in unlawful distribution of controlled substances

§ 313 - Application of antitrust laws to manufacture, sale, and trade in radio apparatus

§ 314 - Competition in commerce; preservation

§ 315 - Candidates for public office

§ 316 - Modification by Commission of station licenses or construction permits; burden of proof

§ 317 - Announcement of payment for broadcast

§ 318 - Transmitting apparatus; operator’s license

§ 319 - Construction permits

§ 320 - Stations liable to interfere with distress signals; designation and regulation

§ 321 - Distress signals and communications; equipment on vessels; regulations

§ 322 - Exchanging radio communications between land and ship stations and from ship to ship

§ 323 - Interference between Government and commercial stations

§ 324 - Use of minimum power

§ 325 - False, fraudulent, or unauthorized transmissions

§ 326 - Censorship

§ 327 - Naval stations; use for commercial messages; rates

§ 328 - Repealed.

§ 329 - Administration of radio laws in Territories and possessions

§ 330 - Prohibition against shipment of certain television receivers

§ 331 - Very high frequency stations and AM radio stations

§ 332 - Mobile services

§ 333 - Willful or malicious interference

§ 334 - Limitation on revision of equal employment opportunity regulations

§ 335 - Direct broadcast satellite service obligations

§ 336 - Broadcast spectrum flexibility

§ 337 - Allocation and assignment of new public safety services licenses and commercial licenses

§ 338 - Carriage of local television signals by satellite carriers

§ 339 - Carriage of distant television stations by satellite carriers

§ 340 - Significantly viewed signals permitted to be carried

§ 341 - Carriage of television signals to certain subscribers

§ 342 - Process for issuing qualified carrier certification

§ 351 - Ship radio stations and operations

§ 352 - Exemptions

§ 353 - Radio equipment and operators

§ 353a - Operators and watches on radiotelephone equipped ships

§ 354 - Technical requirements of equipment on radiotelegraph equipped ships

§ 354a - Technical requirements of equipment on radiotelephone equipped ships

§ 355 - Survival craft

§ 356 - Approval of installations by Commission

§ 357 - Safety information

§ 358 - Master’s control over operations

§ 359 - Certificates of compliance; issuance, modification, and cancellation

§ 360 - Station licenses; inspection of equipment by Commission

§ 361 - Control by Commission; review of decisions

§ 362 - Forfeitures; recovery

§ 363 - Automated ship distress and safety systems

§ 381 - Vessels transporting more than six passengers for hire required to be equipped with radiotelephone

§ 382 - Vessels excepted from radiotelephone requirement

§ 383 - Exemptions by Commission

§ 384 - Authority of Commission; operations, installations, and additional equipment

§ 385 - Inspections

§ 386 - Forfeitures

§ 390 - Declaration of purpose

§ 391 - Authorization of appropriations

§ 392 - Grants for construction

§ 392a - Repealed.

§ 393 - Criteria for approval and expenditures by Secretary

§ 393a - Long-range planning for facilities

§ 394 - Establishment of National Endowment

§ 395 - Assistance for demonstration projects

§ 396 - Corporation for Public Broadcasting

§ 397 - Definitions

§ 398 - Federal interference or control

§ 399 - Support of political candidates prohibited

§ 399a - Use of business or institutional logograms

§ 399b - Offering of certain services, facilities, or products by public broadcast station

§ 401 - Enforcement provisions

§ 402 - Judicial review of Commission’s orders and decisions

§ 403 - Inquiry by Commission on its own motion

§ 404 - Reports of investigations

§ 405 - Petition for reconsideration; procedure; disposition; time of filing; additional evidence; time for disposition of petition...reconsideration of order concluding hearing or investigation; appeal of order

§ 406 - Compelling furnishing of facilities; mandamus; jurisdiction

§ 407 - Order for payment of money; petition for enforcement; procedure; order of Commission as prima facie evidence; costs; attorneys’ fees

§ 408 - Order not for payment of money; when effective

§ 409 - Hearings

§ 410 - Joint boards and commissions

§ 411 - Joinder of parties

§ 412 - Documents filed with Commission as public records; prima facie evidence; confidential records

§ 413 - Designation of agent for service; method of service

§ 414 - Exclusiveness of chapter

§ 415 - Limitations of actions

§ 416 - Orders of Commission

§ 501 - General penalty

§ 502 - Violation of rules, regulations, etc.

§ 503 - Forfeitures

§ 504 - Forfeitures

§ 505 - Venue of trials

§ 506 - Repealed.

§ 507 - Violation of Great Lakes Agreement

§ 508 - Disclosure of payments to individuals connected with broadcasts

§ 509 - Prohibited practices in contests of knowledge, skill, or chance

§ 510 - Forfeiture of communications devices

§ 521 - Purposes

§ 522 - Definitions

§ 531 - Cable channels for public, educational, or governmental use

§ 532 - Cable channels for commercial use

§ 533 - Ownership restrictions

§ 534 - Carriage of local commercial television signals

§ 535 - Carriage of noncommercial educational television

§ 536 - Regulation of carriage agreements

§ 537 - Sales of cable systems

§ 541 - General franchise requirements

§ 542 - Franchise fees

§ 543 - Regulation of rates

§ 544 - Regulation of services, facilities, and equipment

§ 544a - Consumer electronics equipment compatibility

§ 545 - Modification of franchise obligations

§ 546 - Renewal

§ 547 - Conditions of sale

§ 548 - Development of competition and diversity in video programming distribution

§ 549 - Competitive availability of navigation devices

§ 551 - Protection of subscriber privacy

§ 552 - Consumer protection and customer service

§ 553 - Unauthorized reception of cable service

§ 554 - Equal employment opportunity

§ 555 - Judicial proceedings

§ 555a - Limitation of franchising authority liability

§ 556 - Coordination of Federal, State, and local authority

§ 557 - Existing franchises

§ 558 - Criminal and civil liability

§ 559 - Obscene programming

§ 560 - Scrambling of cable channels for nonsubscribers

§ 561 - Scrambling of sexually explicit adult video service programming

§ 571 - Regulatory treatment of video programming services

§ 572 - Prohibition on buy outs

§ 573 - Establishment of open video systems

§ 601 - Interstate Commerce Commission and Postmaster General; duties, powers, and functions transferred to Commission

§ 602, 603 - Repealed.

§ 604 - Effect of transfer

§ 605 - Unauthorized publication or use of communications

§ 606 - War powers of President

§ 607 - Effective date of chapter

§ 608 - Separability

§ 609 - Short title

Statutes at Large

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The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 47 CFR 80 after this date.

  • 2014-04-01; vol. 79 # 62 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    1. 79 FR 18249 - Maritime Radio Equipment and Related Matters
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      FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
      Proposed rule.
      Submit comments on or before June 2, 2014, and reply comments are due on or before June 30, 2014.
      47 CFR Parts 1, 80 and 95