Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Bill Klatski » Tue, 06 Jan 1998 04:00:00

I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
watch for, etc...

Thank you  N6ES

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by SOME CALL ME THE BIG BOPP » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00



> I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
> buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
> my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
> about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
> the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
> Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
> what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
> watch for, etc...

> Thank you  N6ES


Pardon me for getting somewhat off the ham radio topic, but a pitfall to
watch for is that anything you buy which is made in China is probably made
by slave labor!

w1lpg

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Gary Coffm » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00




>> I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>> buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
>> my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>> about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>> the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>> Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>> what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>> watch for, etc...

>> Thank you  N6ES

>Pardon me for getting somewhat off the ham radio topic, but a pitfall to
>watch for is that anything you buy which is made in China is probably made
>by slave labor!

>w1lpg

Almost certainly not. Slavery was outlawed in China many years ago.
Some of the products made in China may be built by prison labor, but
that's no different than many products made in the USA. Prison industries
are a big business here too, and the US has the largest per capita prison
population in the world.

But back to the original question. Buying in Hong Kong generally isn't
a good deal. There are few ham radio dealers, and their prices are high.
Also, most of the radios offered for sale will be Asian market versions
which won't have the frequency coverage or offsets used in the US,
or will be reduced power models. And of course, there will be no US
warrantee. US Customs will want your money too when you try to bring
one in (they may not even let you bring it in without the magic FCC
decal). Bad deal. Support your local ham dealer instead.

Gary

534 Shannon Way     | We break it  |
Lawrenceville, GA   | Guaranteed   |

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by David Weinste » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:> For starters, non-FCC approved radios that will be confiscated at >

Customs.



>I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
>my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>watch for, etc...

>Thank you  N6ES


 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Bria » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00

 A friend of mine had a buddy who went overseas and bought a 706 (when they
first came out) in Hong Kong, and he paid about $900 total (including any
fee's into the US) which wasn't too bad at the time. It was the same unit
they sell here, intructions in english, but I don't think the warranty was
for Icom, USA.



> I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
> buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
> my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
> about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
> the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
> Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
> what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
> watch for, etc...

> Thank you  N6ES


 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by marc » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00

: > For starters, non-FCC approved radios that will be confiscated at >
: Customs.


: >
: >I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
: >buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
: >my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
: >about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
: >the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
: >Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
: >what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
: >watch for, etc...
: >
: >Thank you  N6ES

: >
: >
: >

I think that ham gear is mostly exempt from the above, as the
type-acceptance is minimal for them.

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Sam & Jeannett » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00

I have travelled all over the far east and visited many candy stores. By far
the bets place is Tokyo. However, you will not find a better deal that Ham
Radio Outlet, AES, or the like. Everyone else was pretty much on the mark
about the prices over there. A good idea is to look around and see what is
new and then buy it here in the states. The devalued yen and wan will make
things cheaper here soon.

Sam
N5WU


>I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
>my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>watch for, etc...

>Thank you  N6ES


 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Al » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00





> >> I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
> >> buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
> >> my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
> >> about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
> >> the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
> >> Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
> >> what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
> >> watch for, etc...

> >> Thank you  N6ES

> >Pardon me for getting somewhat off the ham radio topic, but a pitfall to
> >watch for is that anything you buy which is made in China is probably made
> >by slave labor!

> >w1lpg

> Almost certainly not. Slavery was outlawed in China many years ago.
> Some of the products made in China may be built by prison labor, but
> that's no different than many products made in the USA. Prison industries
> are a big business here too, and the US has the largest per capita prison
> population in the world.

Sorry, but you are incorrect!  China's manufacturing is for the most
part owned and operated by the Peoples Liberation Army and as such
prisoners (slaves) are used extensively.  A slave by any other name is
still a slave.  China, where defendents who are charged with capital
crimes are tissue matched before they are condemmed to death, certainly
a convenient way the "harvest" organs for transplant into the political
elite and those that can pay the toll.
Sounds like a nice place to live huh?
reguards
Al
 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Ron Curr » Wed, 07 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Bill,
I've purchased a lot of ham and video gear in Japan and some in Hong Kong.
Here is what you should be aware of:

1. US divisions of manufacturers do not honor warrantees of most equipment
purchased overseas.

2. Prices are not that much different than in US in most cases.

3. US customs will charge you 10% duty on entry into US.

4. US band plans are different from those in many Asian countries. For
instance, 2m and 70cm in Japan are much smaller and radio's with these band
plans are not useful for most repeater work in the US (some can be modified
but many cannot). I don't remember what HK band plans look like.

Bottom line is you must know EXACTLY what you are buying. Don't assume it is
the same as the US model. You'll end up with a radio that won't do what you
want. If you are an educated buyer you can find some good deals and items
not available in the US. For example, the 1.2ghz band is very popular in
Japan for repeaters since no repeaters are allowed on 2m and 70cm is very
restricted. The band plan is essentially the same as the US 1.2ghz band plan
and there is a large selection of modern HT's (as opposed to the boat
anchors they ship over here) and mobiles at good prices and I've purchased
quite a number and brought them back. On the other hand 2m and 70cm Japan
rigs are almost useless in the US (including the 2m band on the ICOM706).

Good luck,
--
Ron Curry

KE6WED


>I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
>my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>watch for, etc...

>Thank you  N6ES


 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Mike Capo » Thu, 08 Jan 1998 04:00:00



>: > For starters, non-FCC approved radios that will be confiscated at >
>: Customs.



>: >
>: >I am going to Hong Kong and I would like to
>: >buy Ham equipment while I'm there.  This is
>: >my first trip to Hong Kong and I need information
>: >about buying and bringing back Ham radios to
>: >the states.  I am interested in the Icon-706 mkII.
>: >Can you tell me where to find a candy store,
>: >what would be a good price, what pitfalls to
>: >watch for, etc...
>: >
>: >Thank you  N6ES

>: >
>: >
>: >

>I think that ham gear is mostly exempt from the above, as the
>type-acceptance is minimal for them.

Not to mention the fact that half the time the customs officers will
believe you if you till them that the radio is a shortwave reciever.

-Mike

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Mike Capo » Thu, 08 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:>> population in the world.

>Sorry, but you are incorrect!  China's manufacturing is for the most
>part owned and operated by the Peoples Liberation Army and as such
>prisoners (slaves) are used extensively.  A slave by any other name is
>still a slave.  China, where defendents who are charged with capital
>crimes are tissue matched before they are condemmed to death, certainly
>a convenient way the "harvest" organs for transplant into the political
>elite and those that can pay the toll.
>Sounds like a nice place to live huh?
>reguards

Uh, idiot, the point is moot because the RADIOS IN QUESTION ARE NOT
MADE IN CHINA.

Have a nice day.

-Mike

 
 
 

Buying Ham equipment in Hong Kong

Post by Bob Wit » Thu, 08 Jan 1998 04:00:00


: I have travelled all over the far east and visited many candy stores. By far
: the bets place is Tokyo. However, you will not find a better deal that Ham
: Radio Outlet, AES, or the like. Everyone else was pretty much on the mark
: about the prices over there. A good idea is to look around and see what is
: new and then buy it here in the states. The devalued yen and wan will make
: things cheaper here soon.

  I've had roughly the same experience. I think the market
  forces and the large market in the US give us pretty
  decent prices in general on this type of gear. However,
  it is still fun to troll around to see what you can find but
  it will be the "rare find" in Hong Kong.

  Also, you need to know your model numbers really well.
  You will find gear in Hong Kong that is not available
  in the US. Also, you may end up with a non-US version
  of the radio....set up for different frequency range,
  channel spacing, etc. (May not be an issue for a 706,
  I dunno.)

  Final disclaimer: All of my experience is before
  Hong Kong returned to PRC ownership.

   Bob KB0CY