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Old 03-13-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, Its been along time.

I've been living on my boat now for 12 mths and have spent many boat dollars fixing things up. My autohelm, an old Robertson AP100 gave up (I think old age) so I have bit the bullet and decided to replace it, along with other electronics that have also served well but are at their use by date. So the list is Simrad autopilot, depth,wind and speed instruments, radar, Icom 802 hf radio and 422 vhf.

Now I have a question.

Can anyone tell me with some experience, that if I buy this equipment from the net in US (saving big boat dollars) what would happen to the warranties in Australia? Also if I just went and purchased from Australian distributors how would the Australian warranty be in Indonesia say?

On the question of HF and VHF radio I am looking at Icom 802 and a 422.

Is it nescesary to have these installed by a professional or are they set up to plug and play?

Is there any other reason I couldn't purchase a radio from overseas and use it in OZ?

Nearly ready to Go

Kevin
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I'm not too sure about warranties, and you should inquire with each of the manufacturers on your list, but I believe it has to do with being able to send it back to a dealer for warranty service. What/why/when/where though, I don't know. We, as a US-flagged boat with gear bought in the US, sent our stuff back to the US for service when out of the country.

WRT HF radios, there is a difference in available frequencies on an Australian SSB and one sold in the US - apparently one or more of the frequencies are removed/blocked from Australian SSB radios because that particular frequency (frequencies) is used solely by either an OZ rescue service or by the outback school radio. Do they still conduct classes to homes in the outback via HF radio? It's been too long for me to remember correctly, but I believe it was what in our US frequency and channel list channel(s) in the 6A, 6B area. Or was it 601, 602. Drat, no book to hand today.
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Hi everyone, Its been along time.

I've been living on my boat now for 12 mths and have spent many boat dollars fixing things up. My autohelm, an old Robertson AP100 gave up (I think old age) so I have bit the bullet and decided to replace it, along with other electronics that have also served well but are at their use by date. So the list is Simrad autopilot, depth,wind and speed instruments, radar, Icom 802 hf radio and 422 vhf.

Now I have a question.

Can anyone tell me with some experience, that if I buy this equipment from the net in US (saving big boat dollars) what would happen to the warranties in Australia? Also if I just went and purchased from Australian distributors how would the Australian warranty be in Indonesia say?

On the question of HF and VHF radio I am looking at Icom 802 and a 422.

Is it nescesary to have these installed by a professional or are they set up to plug and play?

Is there any other reason I couldn't purchase a radio from overseas and use it in OZ?

Nearly ready to Go

Kevin
Kevin,

If you are still based in Queensland, I would suggest staying with Australian HF radio manufactureres. Many Australian cruisers have installed Barrett and Coden radios over the years. The current models Coden NGT Ventura and the Barrett 2050 are excellent radios both carrying a 3 year manufacturer's warranty. The ICOM 7000 is designed in Australia.

If you couple the above radios with Radtel you get free phone calls over the radio.

As far as installation is concerned need to know your present set up and type of hull. HF radio is not plug and play, there will be installation and operating issues. One supplier of the above equipment provides a tuition programme - here is just one such company with a good reputation CLICK

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