Originally Posted by rusky
I guess I live and learn. Any way you could please elaborate on this?
To use most radio transceivers in Australia
, they must be type certified i.a.w. the Radio Communications
Act 1992. This act gives some exceptions but a marine
SSB HF is not one of them (although radios fitted to aircraft are).
One reason the M802 doesn't comply is that it can output 150 watts and IIRC, the Act limits output power to 125 Watts. I am sure there are other reasons but I can't recall
them at present.
This is why you won't find the 802 on the Icom Australia website and even the 710 is listed for export only. AFAIK, the 801E listed is a 802 reworked to comply with Aussie requirements but don't quote me
This doesn't prevent Icom from actually selling you a 802 if you can convince them to nor does it stop you from importing your own 802 but the use of it remains illegal. Yes, I know the obvious question - How would anyone know? Sorry, but I don't the answer to that one
However, it is OK to use an 802 in Aussie waters if it is fitted to a foreign vessel and it is approved by that foreign power.
Not forgetting that the operator also must be appropriately licenced.
Never expect bureucrats to be rational; There is an airband handheld transceiver available in Oz that is legal when used in the aircraft to talk to the ground but not legal when used on the ground to talk to the aircraft