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Old 26 January 2006, 01:12   #11
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Following JB's post I contacted the engineer who adapted the Silva radios, here is his reply:

"I have never had anyone before complain or "knock" the supply of a heavy duty power supply in place of "plug-top" style units and we regularly work on marine installations with considerably more than 15ft of cable to the radio installation with no ill effects.
The reason for this approach is for ease of use; the "remote" unit can be placed away (out of immediate earshot) of the "local" unit in another classroom or corridor without having the problem of finding a nearby mains socket (or the additional trip hazard).
However, Hamble Marine is a customer-orientated organisation and if any customers prefer 2 x plug-top style PSUs, then we will supply them.

For the record, the Hamble Marine/Silva DSC Radio Training package can be purchased direct from the website at Hamble Marine Electronics for 315 including carriage and 3 years warranty."

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Old 26 January 2006, 03:44   #12
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FYI

Was not knocking the PSU, just asked a question or two, if that was seen to be knocking then maybe someone is a tad over sensitive

From our experince two small PSU's are much better than one.
We have tried it both way's.
It makes the system more flexible and less leads laying all over the class room.

Did your man answer the question about this being an official Silva modification?

As I said before I think it is great that there are more radio's that schools can use to make the SRC course more like the real world.

I am not having a go at anyone or knocking any radio I am just trying to help to ensure the the SRC schools and instructors get the best deals and also reliable "official" kit.
I would hate for anyone to fall foul of some dodgey deals, not that I am saying this is!!!

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Old 26 January 2006, 04:24   #13
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The modifications were done in conjunction with Silva's knowledge and involvement as I understand it.

From personal expereince I've found there is actually less wiring trailing on the floor with the power pack combination. The power lead to the "second" unit runs alongside the coax cableing and is neat and it means that you don't have to have another power source (wall socket) close to the second unit. I tend to put one radio in the classroom and put another outside of it so that you minimise the sound of both normal vopice and hearing the voice through the other radio speaker. In one school I put them in the work shop and leave the door open to the outside while spraying water over the student - makes for realism! (well I don't actually spray em with water but it's a thought )

Jon as you know, we've got the ICOM's as well, so I'm not knocking them at all, it's just that we can offer students total real radio operation not having to supplement with the computer simulator which I don't use at all now. I've also linked the four sets together - six if I add the Navmans.
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I am not knocking what your doing at all and think you are doing it the right way.
Your set up is great and I, like you, do not use PC simms when running the SRC course.

Whilst there is a cost implication this has got to be the way forward.
Being able to "play" with real radio's in a safe way has got to be so much better then moving a mouse over a PC screen?

All I was trying to do was ensure that instructors are getting the right kit, modified on the right way with the approval of the guys whom make the kit.
Nothing more.

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fuk mee i bett yew twoo cann tapp danse an wissul att de saim tyme.

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All I was trying to do was ensure that instructors are getting the right kit, modified on the right way with the approval of the guys whom make the kit.
Nothing more.

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Just to keep garf happy! No problem Jon, I hope the questions have been answered and I can confirm that work is done with manfactures knowledge and approval

Should you need a pair, you know how to get them
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I am just trying to help to ensure the the SRC schools and instructors get the best deals and also reliable "official" kit.
sow amm i. i av ther besstist intrests att hart


dis stuf i amm sellin iz ofishul an reeliabul. wots morr yew downt nead a lisinse lyke wot yew doo wiv yorr junnk

299 + ATV

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dis stuf i amm sellin iz ofishul an reeliabul. wots morr yew downt nead a lisinse lyke wot yew doo wiv yorr junnk

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