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Old 03 January 2003, 18:24   #11
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uniden

we've got a uniden h/h set - different model though see reply on buy and sell under vhf antennas
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Old 04 January 2003, 05:06   #12
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Tax

Hmm thought I got away with tax bit on this purchase, bill came through the post this morning for 19 quid vat

vat seemed to be picked up through fedex system, but no other import duty

So total purchase price 90 quid
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Old 04 January 2003, 13:41   #13
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oh well-think positive, still a bargain.
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Old 05 January 2003, 16:38   #14
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Well I bought a icom 503Euro with dsc.It was purchased in the u.k as it needed a U.K mmsi number.It was cheaper in the states but couldnt get the European model

.And if i had then they would not give me a mmsi number that I could program into this set.
So what Im saying is be careful on purchasing vhf from another country as you may not be able to register it as a vhf set for the liscence you need to operate it with in the U.K.

It is the same for ssb.as at present the icom 802 whillst available
in the states cant be used on a European boat.Icom are bringing out the 801euro which has ledgeslation for use and is C.E. marked for europeam use.?

Good luck Bargain hunters.

J.K The simrad is a good set,but not sure weather you can recieve DSC whilst transmitting,therefore I went for Icom 503 as it has two ariels so as to be able to recieve dsc imfo and transmit at the same time.

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Old 06 January 2003, 16:23   #15
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those on the site and the subject of the thread were non dsc-no problems obtaining licence. The early dsc sets available in boaters world and other american boating supermarkets when we last looked over there included some very iffy looking distress button covers that quite literally fell off when we prodded them and I would not risk the spec or the mmsi complications. We bought a non dsc icom fixed set which was dearer than the dsc sets on display.
The previous owner of our little searider told me that his humminbird vhf had come from the states in his suitcase one trip. When it went wrong (now there's a suprise!) it went to uk agents for repair and came back sporting a "CE" sticker on the back of the casing!
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Old 06 January 2003, 16:58   #16
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Are you saying that one can use none ce marked sets or that they will be upgraded to ce marked status after a repaire.Or that these sets are ok for use in a open rib and that they will be supplied with a mmsi number if required.I.e they are legal over here and that it is ok to use them legaly.?

In my opinion besides the boat and life aids the most important piece of kit is your vhf.

I would not dream of trying to do this on the cheap.

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Old 06 January 2003, 17:21   #17
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I will look into this as a set that may not work is a danger and no matter how many get upset by my comments then if it stops one person buying a set that doesnt work when it matters and be most needed then it is worth while.

I will let you know weather the sets are legal and weather there will be any problems using them on a u.k boat.Legaly and what the script is liscence and ce marking..

If everything is ok then either way I will report back my findings.

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Old 06 January 2003, 17:28   #18
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I'm saying exactly what I said in the reply. that the RCA will issue a licence for a non dsc set cos they do not ask for details of what the set is.
I said I would not get a dsc set from america cos there may be difficulties with the mmsi.
The anecdote about the CE mark is just that - a story about an event that happened and made the owner of the radio laugh a little.

Whilst we are at it there seems to be some confusion over the CE mark. The ce mark is applied by the manufacturer or first importer into the community, to show that he has taken steps to ensure, and has compiled a technical file to show, that the article complies with any european directives which are relevant to that item, be it a boat, a toy, personal protective equipment, medical device, low voltage electrical equipment etc. etc..It is only confirmation of that. It is not type approval for the RCA, it is simply coincidental that radio equipment is also subject to the electro magnetic compatability directive.
How did we ever survive growing up with the perils of this world without european directives? What with lead soldiers, the sharp edges on tin toy cars, and non ce marked boats I should have been dead years ago.
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Old 06 January 2003, 17:45   #19
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Are you saying that the rca will issue a liscence for a none approved set?Is this set approved?

I agree that ce marking is a real pain and that it does not mean that the equipment is good for its intended purpose.

But are you saying that these sets can be used over here.It is not a trick question as untill I ring the radio communications agency and find out I genuinly dont know.Everything may be hunky dory and you may of found a real bargain.What I am saying is I personaly would be carefull with bargains with re constituted american vhf sets maybe none ce marked and wetherproof? on ribs.

Thats my point and as far as legals go ,I will comment on that when I can get the imfo.

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Old 07 January 2003, 11:58   #20
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Its taking some time as Im told that the mca have the list of approved vhf sets.Rca have said that they run a check on the liscence to make sure that a set conforms.It may have a wheel mark on it as well as a ce mark,evidently a ce mark is not a guarantee that a set conformes with type approval.

The good news is the that a common garden cane out of the garden and some sticky tape to attach the set to the garden cane,and a felt tip pen can be used in the meantime to display the Distress flag,bye attaching the set to the top of the garden cane and waving it about to attract attention to you if your in distress.

Thats the good news I will let you know weather the set is legal in the mean time.

All the best Bargain hunters
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