I have the chance to purchase one of these in Halifax NS tomorrow, at a good price. Its the DSC / GPS equipped handheld VHF.
I have found some forum postings from the Kayaking site dated over a year ago about the confusion between OFCOM and the MCA on the use of MMSI / DSC capable handhelds, with the MCA line seeming to be that these units should be available. OFCOM was maintaining that they are awaiting European type approval, so they would be illegal.
Does anyone have any updates on the situation?
Does anyone have any experience of the Standard Horizon HX850?
Will it accept a UK MMSI ? I know the UK numbers start in a set range.
As I read the OFCOM regulations, it seems that any "station" using any means of alerting the Coast Guard in an emergency is acceptable, (and you wouldn't press the red button unless things were serious), while at the same time they seem to maintain that possesion and use of a non approved VHF would be against the law.
Again ...anyone want to wade oin with any new developments.