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Shipboard Radio Officer Career With Historical ties to Ham Radio Moves Into the Modern Age

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KV7V, Nov 24, 2019.

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  1. KV7V

    KV7V Ham Member QRZ Page

    A traditional ham radio related career is still available to those who can pass the FCC Radiotelegraph Operator License test! In a strange historical quirk of the current regulatory and contractual environment, the FCC “T” license is still the only thing that is accepted by the U.S. government to convey “Radio Officer” status to a U.S. citizen. Shipboard Radio Officers don’t use Morse Code on a daily basis any longer. The job has evolved and taken on a critical role in the operation of modern shipboard communications and maintenance of all onboard electronics including navigation and automation systems.

    This is a rare opportunity for a good Union job, including all the benefits and support that come with it. Candidates must have background experience with electronics troubleshooting on various systems. Must be able to read and interpret technical manuals, schematics, and line drawings. Experience with automation, radio communications equipment, RADAR, and navigation systems particularly valuable. In addition to electronics maintenance and repair, job responsibilities include limited client side computer support, email configuration, good organizational skills, and radio communications.

    Candidates must currently have or be able to attain:

    1. U.S. Passport

    2. USCG Merchant Mariner Credential, with the following endorsements:

    a) Radio Officer or Electro-technical Officer

    b) GMDSS Operator

    c) VPDSD

    d) STCW Basic Safety

    3. FCC GMDSS Maintainer License

    4. FCC Ships RADAR endorsement

    5. STCW Medical Certificate

    6. Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC)

    7. DOT Drug Free Certificate

    Salary averages $15K to $25K per month, including base pay, overtime, and paid vacation. Radio Officers work an average of 6 months per year, in increments of up to 120 days. In addition to salary, benefits include Defined Benefit Plan pension, Individual Retirement Account Plan, 401K Plan, Medical and Dental coverage, and all inclusive training.

    Candidates should be prepared with a resume showing prior employment, experience, and references. Contact Mr. Anderson at for further information.

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    W5TXR, NN6EE, W4ABC and 4 others like this.
  2. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Golly, I've had a second class telegraph license for 40 years, marinating in my file cabinet. Maybe I should dust it off.
    WB5PDZ, W1BR, N5PZJ and 3 others like this.
  3. KA2IRQ

    KA2IRQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    If I were only 25 years younger. :-(
    K9CTB, N5PZJ, F8WBD and 2 others like this.
  4. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    As of October 1, 2018, the United States merchant fleet had 181 privately owned, oceangoing, self-propelled vessels of 1,000 gross register tons and above that carry cargo from port to port.
  5. WJ4VA

    WJ4VA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Nice shots of the LMSR!
    K9CTB likes this.
  6. VA3ECO

    VA3ECO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Cool story and pics, thanks!
  7. SV1RUX

    SV1RUX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    The job title should be Technician not Radio Officer.
    KA0HCP likes this.
  8. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maritime tradition changes slowly.
  9. SV1RUX

    SV1RUX XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Not a bad job actually. Travel the world and get $20K a month. Beats being a bartender on a cruise liner!
    F8WBD, K0UO and WA8FOZ like this.
  10. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is still one cool career :cool:


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