Re: So . . .
Brendan - sorry this time [img]/forums/images/icons/frown.gif[/img]????
The USA has not gone it alone, as far as I am aware every other country (if not that then those that do not do not matter) accept the equivalant of SC-101 sets. The rest of the world is different to the EU, not the just the USA.
The EU does have a requirement - it is that the set be Class D (and maybe some other things which I do not know about). The rest of the world does not have this requirement.
Regarding MMSI entry for calling another vessel. I think if one thinks it through, it is only on a very rare occasion that one needs to enter an MMSI in the heat of any moment - after all where are you going to get the other vessel's MMSI from. There are SC-101 (using the term to apply to a less than Class D set) sets that have keyboard entry. It is also not that hard, especially with the sets with rotary encoders (IC-M502 for example)
It is not correct to say that SC-101 sets are only accepted in nations without DSC VHF. That would be to say that the EU is the only place with DSC. We are putting commercial vessels into one nation with DSC and they accept SC-101.
It is also not correct to say (maybe "infer" if I read you wrong) that USA vessels (or indeed any others out of the EU) can only use SC-101 type sets in their national waters. Most (all?) countries require their own pleasure vessels to be on a register of ships before they will clear (border clearance I mean) them for international voyages. Those vessels in the USA and as far as I know everywhere else, undertaking international voyages, may have SC-101 type radios. Barring any intercountry treaty to the contrary (and I am unaware of any) those vessels, through being flagged outside of the EU, can also enter the EU waters with and operate their SC-101 sets without any concern or interference from the authorities.
Whew... On a better note, I trust you got my PM regarding South Island?
<hr width=100% size=1><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by MainlySteam on 12/09/2003 00:14 (server time).</FONT></P>