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Old 21 March 2006, 18:11   #11
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I got the radion from Yatchparts at Queen Annes Battery Marina Plymouth .
www.yatchparts.co.uk
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They had 3 on the shelf I think really helpful people . Lots of other offers on electrical stuff .
They asked if I was a member of RYA etc and offered a discount on the other stuff I bought . I said I wasn't and still got some discount without even asking.

I think my question about the top cover was badly worded . There is a little plastic self adhesive thing in the box with the radio . The book describes it as a top plate cover , and was wondering if iam supposed to peel off the backing and stick it over the top plate , also why . Iam guessing that its to insulate the top plate if thats used for engineers to change settings ??
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Old 22 March 2006, 01:55   #12
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The one in the box is a spare.
Its there if needed by an engineer.

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Old 22 March 2006, 06:24   #13
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Unlike the BMW or the bike it is not legal to use a US approved set anywhere the EU unless on a US vessel.

As such we would be seen to be helping you to break the law.
That is something we will not do.

Icom does not offer a world wide warranty and our warranty is a back to base warranty so if you have a US radio it has to go back to the US.

Hope that helps to clear it a tad for you.

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Fair enough. Thats sorted in my mind...... The Irish hate compliance though and thats why a fair number have US radios etc
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Old 22 March 2006, 06:30   #14
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Fair enough. Thats sorted in my mind...... The Irish hate compliance though and thats why a fair number have US radios etc
Intersting you say that but the Dept of Radio in Ireland (equiv of OFCOM here) are hotter on "grey" imports, they even issued a notice to mariners regarding this very issue.

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Old 22 March 2006, 06:54   #15
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On the subject of the ICOM IC-M31.

I have the lithium ion version (i use it purely as a backup radio so it has never been used other than for a radio check)

I bought the lithium ion version for the main reason that lithium ion cells have a very low self discharge rate and if left fully charged should last months before needing a top up.

Anyway - yesterday I get my ICOM IC-M31 out for a top up charge - as it had been 2 months since I put it in the emergency dry bag with the flares etc. IT WAS COMPLETELY DEAD.

I am now wondering how long it was dead for - and am thanking my lucky stars I did not need it.

Do I have a fault with my radio and/or battery or is this normal for this radio. If so it is useless as a backup and I too now wish I had saved some money and bought the AA battery version. I could have just kept a pack of duracells in the boat for that one day when I will need the bloody thing.
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Old 22 March 2006, 07:01   #16
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The M31 has a battery discharge system built into it.
It was there for people using Ni-cad batteries.
It is so the radio was dead prior to re-charging so as not to build up the memory effect caused by partial discharge.

To stop this happening you should remove the battery from the radio.
The battery will then hold its charge for at least 6 months.

There is a sheet advising of this in the box with every radio.

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Old 22 March 2006, 07:12   #17
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Thanks for the quick reply John - Not what I wanted to hear though - damn it...

Which Icom has lithium battery and was designed for lithiums so I can leave it in its assembled (and therefore waterproof) state and not worry about it going flat on me?

Anyone want to buy an IC-M31 with lithium-ion battery and charger

Superb radio if you use it regularly - but not recommended if you want to leave it on your boat for a couple of months and expect it to work when you get back.

Used once - As new - 120
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Old 22 March 2006, 07:44   #18
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There is a sheet advising of this in the box with every radio.
Its a shame its not ICOM policy to advise you of this before you part with your cash.

I love hidden surprises

Ian - better watch out for your AA batteries they will probably get flattened by this radio also - what a ridiculous feature
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Old 22 March 2006, 08:13   #19
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There is a sheet advising of this in the box with every radio.
Ive just dug the box out of the loft for my M31 - I'm afraid there is no sheet explaining that the unit is going to drain my battery at all.

I have the main manual, a separate sheet for the charger, the warranty card and 2 yellow post it note sized pieces of paper one warning me not to wash it in water if i suspect the seals are broken and another telling what accessories are in the box.
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Old 22 March 2006, 08:16   #20
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Roy,

I haven't touched my M1EuroV since last September - I just turned it on - still fully charged!! I'll leave it on for a bit to see if it stays that way - or just falls over...

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