The Federal Communications Commission recently prohibited the manufacture, importation, sale and installation of fixed-mount digital selective calling-equipped marine radios that do not meet certain new requirements, the National Marine Electronics Association announced.
The FCC has identified the new standards as International Telecommunications Union Recommendation M.493-11 and higher and (in the case of Class D VHF DSC equipment only) International Electrotechnical Commission International Standard 62238.
Portable DSC-equipped VHF radios also must comply with these requirements in 2015.
"Boat owners need to be aware of the change so that they don't inadvertently purchase a VHF that does not comply with the new standards," NMEA president David Hayden said in a statement.
"Unlike some online and other suppliers that may be selling old inventory, NMEA dealers are ready to provide boaters with VHFs that comply with the latest safety and technical requirements," he added.