Originally Posted by Dockhead
It is frustrating that the Icom 801E is almost double the cost of the Icom 802, with practically the same functionality. The 802, however, is not certified in Europe
. I guess Icom is just ripping off Europeans who don't have such a competitive market as the U.S.
Anyone with a U.K. (or other EU) flag boat use the 802? Does anyone actually check for the CE seal? Are there any other disadvantages?
The M801 and M802 looks the same, but the M801
1. has a more robust housing with heavy duty connectors,
2. has a built in DC to DC converter,
3. using the latest DSP technology, so has better receiver performance.
While M801 claims to be complying with Recommendations ITU-R 493-11 Class E, it does not. Seemingly Icom is good at building fine radios, they are still need a better understanding of DSC
and GMDSS (for non-SOLAS vessels).
So I used the older M802 with proper guidelines for DSC
working. Actually, on board of small crafts, you supposed to hold a Long Range Certificate.
M801 is type approved in all the 27 European countries, so if you sail on Mediterraean, Baltic
or Channel Islands, you might be checked (unlikely).