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Garmin USA

Posted by Tom Bailey 
Garmin USA
08 January, 2008 11:28
A question for all you techies lurking in the reeds.



I'm off to Chicago later this month and noticed that the 2008 Chicago
Boat Show is on when I'm there. I am equipping the new boat with VHF
and a small chartplotter and wondered if the Uncle Sam Garmin 550S or
3010C will work OK in the Free State? Equally, how about a VHF radio?



Tom
Re: Garmin USA
08 January, 2008 12:31
yes all will work fine ( once you have the charts), as to teh vhf it will work ( once it has an internartional channel set, which almost everthing does in teh us), but you will not be able to license it.

Dave
RE: Garmin USA
08 January, 2008 18:21
Hi Tom,



I bought a VHF radio from West Marine in the US. Works fine. Only change I
made was to change default working channel from Channel 9 to Channel 6.

American models are 16/9.



Regards,



Pat Nolan

Tinca Tinca



From: Tom Bailey [mailto:Tom.Bailey[AG]scm.co.im]
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 11:29 AM
To: waterways[AG]iwai.ie
Subject: [waterways] Garmin USA



A question for all you techies lurking in the reeds.



I?m off to Chicago later this month and noticed that the 2008 Chicago Boat
Show is on when I?m there. I am equipping the new boat with VHF and a small
chartplotter and wondered if the Uncle Sam Garmin 550S or 3010C will work OK
in the Free State? Equally, how about a VHF radio?



Tom







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Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 09:33
you do need to switch it to international channels, while 16 and some other channels are common , some channels are different
Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 10:17
Tom wrote....

[snip]...... will work OK in the Free State? Equally, how about a VHF
radio?

Leaving aside the licenseability, one issue I found with one US set I bought
was that while it had the international channel set needed for our waters,
it defaulted to the US one when you powered it up and it involved a number
of button pushes and scrolling through menus to switch it over. There
didn't seem to be any way to "save" it in international mode. The set had
been advertised as being "international" but I decided that while that might
be true in some narrow definition of the term, it wasn't in practice and I
demanded my money back.

Colin
GMY Chang-Sha
Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 12:20
Don't forget ... to many Americans, 'international' means 'all-states' !

S.
> The set had been advertised as being "international" but I decided
> that while that might be true in some narrow definition of the term,
> it wasn't in practice and I demanded my money back.
>
Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 12:32
some of them have that problem, The standard horizon radios will save teh
setup permentently, some cheapo US stuff doesnt, I had it with a raymarine
US set some years ago
dave
Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 12:43
I've used 3 Uniden VHF radios- a Voyager, a Oceanus and a Solarus, and
all work fine here.

All of these remain on the channel set (US or International) when
switched off and back on again.

Regards

Jimmy
DB Paradijs Vogel.
Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 14:10
Hi Colin

> defaulted to the US one when you powered it up and it involved a number
> of button pushes and scrolling through menus to switch it over. There
> didn't seem to be any way to "save" it in international mode.

On ICOMs and Silva's it's a single keypress and is saved. ICOM fan! smiling smiley

Noel
Programming VHFs. Was: Re: Garmin USA
09 January, 2008 16:38
Noel wrote....
>
> On ICOMs and Silva's it's a single keypress and is saved. ICOM fan! smiling smiley

Colin>>>>Yeah, but I'm a cheapskate. Can't afford ICOMs. I was buying this
unit 'cos I thought my trusty Navico 6500 had gone belly-up. But then the
Navico got wind that it was going in the skip and started working again.

Colin
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