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Old 15 April 2004, 07:54   #21
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I have had simrad sets go on me as well, can't comment on Icom as I have never used one.
I am actually coming round to the opposite view, I think now I would rather buy the cheapest set I can and just replace it every year or two when it dies. Another reason why I got the HH is I am intending to have it set up to be powered from the boat and capable of using the boat aerial as well as self contained.
I don't have room for a seperate DSC set and I remain to be convinced that an Icom combined set at twice the price of the Silva and four times the price of the cheapest DSC set is going to be 4 times as reliable, certainly not without seeing it myself.
If the silva turns up and goes again so quickly I will demand a refund and buy something else, then I will look for alternatives one way or t'other.
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Old 15 April 2004, 13:08   #22
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Not 4 times as reliable but maybe 10!
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Old 15 April 2004, 16:16   #23
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Anyone know where i can get a list of MMSI's for the CG's? I had to call Dover CG several times yesterday and CH16 was very, very busy...would, i think, have been better to use DSC...

http://www.hmcoastguard.co.uk/comms/mmsi.php

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Old 19 April 2004, 10:57   #24
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Anybdy heard when the S10's and S15's everybodies waiting for are going to arrive? Silva don't seem to know
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Old 19 April 2004, 11:06   #25
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I'm pretty sure I've seen them in the Force 4 shop in Lymington:

http://www.force4.co.uk/acatalog/Onl...eakers_28.html

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Old 20 April 2004, 05:39   #26
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[QUOTE=Rupert Bear]I don't have room for a seperate DSC set and I remain to be convinced that an Icom combined set at twice the price of the Silva and four times the price of the cheapest DSC set is going to be 4 times as reliable, certainly not without seeing it myself.QUOTE]

We would like to think they are! and most of our customers would agree.

If you wanna see them in action come and find me at either Sportsboat and Rib or Ribex and I will be more than happy to show you our kit in action.
There will also be boats at each event so you can see them in the field as it were too.

Oh and we have no supply problem on our fixed kit at all!

Have to say I know of no H/H marine radio that will "run" from 12v, most will charge but not "run".

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Old 20 April 2004, 06:14   #27
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The instruction booklet says it operates on internal battery or 12v power but then goes on to say that you should not transmit when the ac charger is plugged in. Either the charger has an internal fuse or similiar or you cannot transmit when powering via the jack at all.
My intention is to wire the 12v lead into the fusebox permanently so that in an emergency I can plug it in and use it in the case of the main radio dying and the battery in the HH being flat. I am also goi to make up a adaptor so I an plug the main aerial to the handheld.
Silva are now telling me that the radio should be here early next week, i will wait and see.
I have now heard a few people saying they have had problems so if this one doesn't last it is going back and I'll buy something else.
They definitely have supply problems, I couldn't get the navtex aerial last year and waited weeks for the radio and the prolem seems just as bad now.
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Old 20 April 2004, 06:29   #28
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well I have learnt something new today!


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Old 20 April 2004, 07:03   #29
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I am not saying you are wrong about the 12v lead use, just saying what the instruction book says about the various methods of powering the radio.
It is ambigious enough that I wouldn't bet on either way being the right way
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Old 20 April 2004, 09:15   #30
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My intention is to wire the 12v lead into the fusebox permanently so that in an emergency I can plug it in and use it in the case of the main radio dying and the battery in the HH being flat. I am also goi to make up a adaptor so I an plug the main aerial to the handheld.

If you are going to put a fly lead into fusebox, my I suggest a switch on it, thus eliminating the possiblity of a stray current giving electrolosis.
Also you can buy RF addaptors instead of a connectors on a piece of cable, each connector has an RF loss so by going down the extra cable route you are adding an extra loss you don't need, right at the time you want max power output.
Most VHF connectors are PL259 on the antenna cable going to a SO259 on the reciever. Sorry no idea what the connectors are on the silva range, quite a few are now SMA (icom M1v for instance) rather than the old style BNC or TNC.
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