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General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL)

General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL)

There are many hardworking men and women who keep everything running. One subgroup of these hardworking citizens is those with the General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL).

The General Radiotelephone Operator License is greeted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This license is required for the operation of certain radio equipment.

This license is required by those who adjust, maintain, or repair FCC-licensed radiotelephone transmitters in aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. This license is also required by those who need to operate any compulsorily equipped ship radiotelephone station with more than 1,500 watts of peak envelope power, a voluntarily quipped ship, or aeronautical stations with more than 1,00 watts of peak power.

To attain the GROL one must first take a test that lets them demonstrate adequate technical and legal know-how of safe radio operation. Only those with the proper skills will be granted the license.

Due to the versatility, it brings to the workforce the GROL is the FCC’s most popular commercial license. The GROL accounts for about 80% of those issued by the commission. Just like every other FCC commercial license, the GROL is issued for the lifetime of the licensee.

Another positive feature of the GROL is that it commands the same operating authority of the Marine Radio Operator Permit (MROP). A Marine Radio Operator Permit is required for the operation of radiotelephone stations on vessels of more than 300 gross tons as well as vessels that carry more than six passengers for hire in the sea or any coastal/ tidewater area of the United States, Vessels that sail the Great Lakes, and for the operation of certain aviation/coast radiotelephone stations.

For those who want to go even farther with their GROL, an endorsement can be added to it.  This endorsement is the “Ship Radar Endorsement.” This endorsement allows the holder to install, service, and maintain Radar systems on vessels.

The first Commercial operator licenses were issued by the Department of Commerce and later by the Federal Radio Commission under the Authority of the Radio Act of 1927. Many with these Licenses serve in the military keeping out communications equipment online and installed. Without those who have a GROL, our system would not function.

In honor of those who serve our nation, we have made this patch for anyone who wants to show off that they are essential competent in what makes our system work. The General Radiotelephone Operators License (GROL) is required to adjust, maintain, or internally repair any FCC licensed radiotelephone transmitters in the aviation, maritime, and international fixed public radio services. This patch denotes the FCC logo as well as the radar endorsement that is typically given at the same time as the base certification.

The patch is made in subdued OCP uniform colors.

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