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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now excited to have Ben Stein as very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Panbo is going to the next level in 2019 and beyond.

3 Responses

  1. Russ says:

    The FCC is correct to be concerned about the management of MMSI numbers. A system as important as AIS (and DSC for SAR) should not be dependent on the generosity of BoatUS.
    Right now BoatUS manages my MMSI numbers, the FCC manages my ship station license (SSB marine frequencies) and ham license (SSB ham frequencies) as though I was two entities with two radios, and the Coast Guard keeps track of my EPIRB numbers (in a very concientious and diligent manner).
    Am I the only one who thinks this situation is begging for some attention and clean up?
    MMSI numbers should probably be managed by an organization like ICANN, but with the CG’s diligence and professionalism.

  2. You’re not alone, Russ! But I’m glad you brought it up. There are all sorts of issues, like the fact that the FCC won’t let you move your BoatUS MMSI to your Station License (which should have included its own MMSI), making it hard for a boat to get all gear under one number, like it should be. The MMSI databases are also not well coordinated, I’m told. Will do entry on all this by-and-by.

  3. Dan Gingras says:

    Wow! If they’re going to have Class B AIS units in Miami then I’m bringing my checkbook!
    Dan
    S/V Lionheart

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