If you own a boat it is your responsibility to make sure certain safety equipment is on board and that you know how to use it. Communication equipment is most important when you are caught up in an emergency. If you are going boating with a group, make sure at least one other person knows how to use emergency and communication equipment.
Extra Class - Holders of this license have total access to all HF VHF and UHF frequencies which have been assigned to icom earpiece radio. For this license you must have passed the general and advanced exams, be able to copy Morse code at 20 words per minute and complete an examination on the more complex aspects of radio theory, operations and FCC rules.
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Another good idea for boat equipment (and this may be obvious to some), is to have a GPS tracking device installed. This will make it easier for the Coast Guard to find you after you contact them with your VHF marine radio. A GPS device will alert the Coast Guard to your exact position so that they can find you as quickly as possible.
It's interesting to note that there appears to be very few manufacturers who make an FRS only radio any longer. Mostly, only combination FRS & GMRS handies are being offered new. FRS only handies are available used on eBay, however, and do appear infrequently as NOS (New Old Stock). Icom radios also makes an FRS only walkie-talkie, but it's not inexpensive.