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Old 16 March 2006, 15:35   #1
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Iam looking to buy a handheld VHF

On ebay there is new IM 32 looks just like the IM31

On the icom website the 32 doesn't exist

is it an ebay misprint or is the 32 an old model or something . ?
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Old 16 March 2006, 15:43   #2
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IM 32 is a US model. No doubt Jon Brookes will pop in and clarify. But I suspect that it is not CE approved.
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Old 16 March 2006, 16:27   #3
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hence the reason its 99 on ebay thanks for that
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Old 17 March 2006, 03:59   #4
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As if by magic the Icom man appears

Hi Ian

The M32 is indeed the US version.
Channels will be missing.
Only 1 year US warranty.
We will not repair or service here in the UK
If you buy a UK M31 you get 3 year warranty.

No CE marking, no UK/EU approval thus for not legal to own or use.

5K fine confiscation of radio and vessel, 18 months inside at Her Majesty's Pleasure!

Hope that helps.

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Old 18 March 2006, 12:56   #5
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Thanks Jon
I gave that 32 a miss .

Think I just had a bargain .

New icm31 for 87.

Ok don't get too exited it comes minus the Li Ion battery pack and charger . Instead it has the AA batery pack.
Just what I wanted , with nowhere to charge while at sea and the fact that I intend camping from the boat I can just carry a dozen AA bateries and use rechargables If I want .

radio was reduced from 109

Iam confused about one thing which I can't find in the manual .
On top of the radio between the arial mount and on/off switch is a metal pad called the top plate in the description . In the box there is a little self adhesive plastic thingy the manual refers as top plate cover .

Whats this for ??, do I stick on the cover ???

Also after unwrapping the radio for the first time there was a tiny red o ring lying on the table , did it fall out of the radio somewhere ? it seems to fit on the ariel thread so all i can presume is that it was on the ariel screw and serves to prevent the ariel unscrewing easily when in use. ??
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Old 20 March 2006, 05:37   #6
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Ok the top plate is a water tight seal.
This gives engineers access to the radio for programming of private channels and service work.
DO NOT REMOVE or the unit will let water in.

The red "o" ring is off of the antenna.
Near the top you well see a grove where it fits.
No vital.

Hope that helps

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Think I just had a bargain .

New icm31 for 87.
Care to share where you got it from? was it another ebay purchase?

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We will not repair or service here in the UK
If you buy a UK M31 you get 3 year warranty.

No CE marking, no UK/EU approval thus for not legal to own or use.

5K fine confiscation of radio and vessel, 18 months inside at Her Majesty's Pleasure!
Leaving out the channel differences... why would icom uk not repair a US radio if the customer is willing to pay ? This is a little like bmw Ireland (owned by bmw UK) being pissed off as I saved 6000 on a R1200rt by buying in Germany . A service manager said he would not be able to work on imports...... untill I pointed out that all the bikes were imports I wonder how many boats were impounded last year and how many fines of 5k were collected ?
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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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Just to confirm, ICOM warranty and backup is 100% superb.
I have had 2 problems with the 601 mike and both times within 48hrs the problem was fixed.

Whatever the man from "Del Monte" says... I mean ICOM says....trust him.

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