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Get Your MMSI
« on: March 02, 2013, 01:54:33 PM »
Since there has been a little discussion this winter about marine VHF radios, I thought I would share the following on applying for your MMSI (Marine Mobile Service Identity) in Canada as a kayaker - it's free.

First off, who cares?

I know that the whole idea of getting out fishing is to get away from screens and google-devices, but some technology is simply invaluable.

DSC, or digital selective calling, is a relatively new technology (at least to the average Joe) that combines GPS, radio communication, and a type of messaging service.

In the case of an emergency, you need only hold your distress button for a few seconds for the Coast Guard and other vessels in the area to be aware that you need help. They also have your precise coordinates displayed on their screens, and the Coast Guard also knows who you are, the type of craft to look for, and even contact information for folks back on land. This is not a replacement for EPIRB/PLB, but would often be the best for us kayak fishers.

You can use DSC in everyday situations as well by calling a fishing partner by selecting them from a "contact list" just like you would on your phone. Your radio will communicate with the other and switch both of you to a working voice channel once answered without making any radio traffic. You can create groups as well...

Up until a few years ago, it simply wasn't something that us kayakers would have been able to use, either because of cost or the fact that you needed to connect the radio with a separate GPS device. Now that there are combined handheld units and they retail for around the $230-$250 range, I think that the cost is justified over a refurbished unit without this technology.

Since we're kayakers, the form to apply for your MMSI has a couple spots where you will not know what to enter. Other than that, I was pleasantly surprised how quickly I got through the whole process and I will say that the folks at Industry Canada were very helpful and nice.

So to make it nice and easy for anyone considering getting a DSC enabled radio and needing an MMSI, I have made the following reference:

Getting Your MMSI
Quick Guide for Canadian Kayak Anglers

1. Get your application form at one of the following links:
        English
        MMSI application  forms - most need Annex A for new #

        French
        MMSI Annexe

2. Print it and fill it out, or save the WPD version (Word Perfect?) to your computer and open with Open Office to fill out. All check marked lines are required for a new number request.

        Remember to write:
        Kayak for vessel name,
        PL for Pleasure Craft under General Classification, and
        .25 as the gross tonnage.

3. *Find out where your nearest regional office is located by clicking this line, then email them to confirm where you send your application. The reason is...
*In Kamloops, I had to send mine to the Lower Mainland Office in Vancouver.
All you guys on the lower mainland would just send your application to vancouver.district@ic.gc.ca or Fax: 604-586-2528

4. Sending your application
To send your paper application, either:

    A) Fax it to the number you determined above.
or

    B) Scan your paper application to pdf and attach to an email.

To send a WPD file version, select “Export as PDF...” from the File menu in Open Office to save it and attach to the email.

More Info

Gear review of Standard Horizon & Lowrance + more info on DSC/MMSI

The two handhelds to consider:
LHR-80
HX851

More info on DSC/MMSI

Pat Drummond’s great site:
DSC
Marine Radio Info & Use
Marine Channels & Designation
« Last Edit: March 02, 2013, 05:47:04 PM by Wayne »
Kamloops, BC



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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2013, 03:04:06 PM »
Hey Wayne do you mind if I post this to the site home page?
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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2013, 03:12:36 PM »
Absolutely, please do :)
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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2013, 05:00:31 PM »
I have been using the Standard brand of marine radios for over 30 years, and I have been very happy with them! They have a great warranty, and great service if you ever need it. I would strongly recoment the Standard brand of radios to anyone looking for a quality radio, and a very affordable price!

I presently have 2 Standard fixed mount radios, and 2 Standard HH radios, and they work GREAT!

I recently got my Maritime Restricted Operators Certificate, and my MMSI number for my radio.

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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2013, 07:16:22 PM »
Thanks Wayne
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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2013, 06:29:33 AM »
Great info, thanks for sharing. I was looking at the inReach at MEC. "Always be prepared"
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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2013, 02:39:15 PM »
Great info, thanks for sharing. I was looking at the inReach at MEC. "Always be prepared"

On the surface, the inReach may seem like a good solution, but it is subscription based, and will cost you $120 to $600 per year for service! The MMSI is free, and with one of the marine hand held radios with the built in GPS, I feel it is a much better service for the $$.

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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2013, 09:11:23 AM »
FYI, at the present time, the Binnacle Marine Supply has the STANDARD HORIZON HX851S VHF RADIO with GPS for $229 with a $25 mail in rebate, and FREE shipping!

I may have to upgrade to this radio, and sell the other 2 HH radios I own..............?


http://ca.binnacle.com/Electronics-VHF-Handheld/c12_282/p7491/STANDARD-HORIZON-HX851S-VHF-RADIO-with-GPS/product_info.html
« Last Edit: March 08, 2013, 09:28:53 AM by Xlobsterman »

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Re: Get Your MMSI
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 12:55:10 PM »
Annex I is the new form to fill out not annex A.
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