Skip to main content

Importing radio to Malaysia .. my experience

I did an ebay shopping early of the week and won a second hand radio from a seller in the US. It is a bit hard to buy directly from QTH.COM or QRZ.COM since many of them won't ship outside CONUSA (Continental USA). The shipping cost is surely makes most of us think more than twice when buying things from the US.

Anyway, was told by the seller that my radio has been shipped via USPS Priority Mail yesterday, so off me go to SIRIM today. SIRIM QAS International is the body which produces the AP and certifies the telecommunication equipment too. Since the radio that I'm importing is already in the MCMC approved list, I don't need to pay the RM180++ for certification etc. The cost of the import permit (AP) is RM70, increased from RM30 which I was told the cost before they were going into ePermit.

What I brought along when applying for the ePermit:

1. A copy of my AA
2. A copy of my IC - front/back
3. A copy of an invoice from the seller/ebay
4. A copy of the brochure

What I need to fill up there:
1. Application for ePermit

The girl at the counter went up to see the techie guy twice, once coming back because she wasn't sure that I've AA and the other time, because they don't have the current list from MCMC. So, I told them to check it out and the techie guy couldn't find it from MCMC website either .. but later said that, OKlah .. just pay the RM70 :)

Now, am suppose to wait for 24Hrs to see if my ePermit application is approved (or the girl said, call them back in hour time.. probably done by then). One thing .. there is no AP paper given to us. Customs just need the online ePermit thingy..

Anyway, will update this page again with any progress after this including the customs process. Hopefully it will be a smooth sailing.

Update 1: Tracking the radio:

International Dispatch, May 06, 2009, 9:15 pm, ISC CHICAGO IL (USPS)

Electronic Shipping Info Received, May 05, 2009

Acceptance, May 05, 2009, 4:15 pm, FLINT, MI 48532

Update 2: Called up SIRIM QAS and I've got my ePermit approved. Just need to wait for Customs to send a yellow card asking me to pickup the radio from the airport clearance office.

Update 3 13/05/09: Received a POSLAJU notification from POS MEL & KURIER saying that the package is stuck at Customs. So, I guess I need to go to KLIA this afternoon to pick it up. Hopefully no hassle whatsoever since I've the necessary ePermit etc. Are they going to tax me? Hope not..

Update 4 13/05/09: Went to pickup the radio from KLIA, I had a wrong impression that there will be no tax, yes, no duty tax but they still impose 10% sales tax. Anyway, the radio is with me and have not much done to it. Need to read the manual .. and need to fabricate the mic connector too. Anyway, I was wrong about the AP thingy.. ePermit is by SIRIM but when you reached the KLIA POS Malaysia/Customs clearance centre, they'll need to print a JK6 (the paper AP) and need to bring it to the Customs for clearance and tax calculation. So, we still have the paper AP as proof that we're importing the radio through proper channel.

Update 5 14/05/09: My previous mic connector didn't work, I couldn't key the radio. Found out that I'm missing the GND and the M-36 mic connector that I have does not have GND, probably it shares with the MIC GND. So, did another one this morning using a patch cable, tested and it was wrong once again. The colour coding was not standard.. so, arming myself with a multimeter, I traced the wires one by one.. and yehaa.. I could use my MH-31 that I've for FT897D with this new rig. Now aiming to get Yaesu MD-100 .. but once again, need to think more than twice if I were to get if from US.. again, the shipping charges really kill.

The result as above .. a proud owner of a pre-owned excellent condition FT-920. The previous owner has his callsign at the back of the top cover.


APRS said…
he..he..hardcore dah mula...
Zamri 9W6ZAM said…
Tuan ada simpan lagi salinan e-permit sirim-qas tak? kalau ada nak mintak satu salinan nak buat contoh untuk isi form tu. Form tu dah download cuma confuse cara nak isi. email ke
TQ, see on the air again.

Popular posts from this blog

Configuring TechniColor TG784N V3 (Maxis issued broadband router) to use different DNS servers

Previous write up deleted. It seems to change the DNS servers in as shown on the status, but it does not really work.

Check the following website, this seems to work:

This can be done from the WEB GUI too, go into the following configuration path:

In my example above, I'm using paid service unblock-us instead of google public DNS servers.

Raspberry Pi + svxlink = Low power echolink node

What is the easiest way to get echolink node up and running on raspberry pi? Surely, get a premade image which has everything inside. I've created one image which can fit into 2GB SD card for this, just follow the following steps to get it up and running:

For hardware, you need to have the following:
Raspberry Pi for sure, with a minimum 4GB SD cardA USB echolink interface, can be commercially sourced or DIY. There are many DIY schematics out there that you could follow.  Here is the configuration on how to get the things working together, courtesy of website:

For software:
Download the following prepared image from google drive, it is based on raspbian-2015-02-16 image and has pre-installed svxlink-14.08. raspi-wheezy-svxlink.img.zipUnzip the file and copy it to your SD card using the following instructions that can be found here.Boot up the RasPi, if you do not have an HDMI monitor, you may want to access the RasPi from your terminal emulator (putty or the like), connec…

Debugging DMEE

I've come across many posting on the Internet (via google search), people asking on how to debug a DMEE for payment program. One of the few suggestion was to create a user exit just before the node that we would like to debug and put our breakpoint there. It seems that SAP has built-in this feature without needing us to create a user exit (available in ECC 6, have no idea if this is available on prior releases). Here is how you can put your breakpoint without any coding.

1. Display your DMEE tree using transaction: DMEE_DEBUG.

2. Click on the node that you would like to debug.
3. Go to conditions tab, you could see the Set Breakpoint button. Click to set.

4. Run the SAPFPAYM and specified the payment run date/id, payment format etc. SAP will stop at the node which you point your breakpoint at, as in 2.
5. To remove your breakpoint, just run the DMEE_DEBUG again, there is an option to delete all own breakpoints or all.