Well-known brands such as ICOM or Standard Horizon are market leaders in wireless communication. Some VHF devices come with their own personal ATIS MMSI. Make the most of the additional safety aspect of a handheld radio.
Handheld radios are a useful companion and a convenient means of keeping in contact. If you acquire a handheld radio, you must register it with the Federal Network Agency. In general, the use of handheld devices in inland areas (ATIS) is prohibited in Germany. An exception is made if handhelds are used on ships with a length of more than 20 metres. Handheld devices may be used for radio communication onboard these ships. The use of handheld radio devices is permitted in other European countries, such as the Netherlands.
However, the use of handheld radios at sea is permitted. In some devices a DSC controller and a GPS receiver are integrated, making it possible to send a DSC distress call via the handheld radio, if the handheld radio is programmed with the personal MMSI number.