The online G4DYA Kiwi SDR receiver is just 9 miles North of my QTH. Situated at Stone, Staffordshire. UK.
It has an excellent range of Amateur bands, and even goes down to LF 136KHz and 472KHz, it also has some good decoders built in to play around with for CW, PSK and even WSPR.
Ideal to test band conditions and your equipment.
Join in the fun here http://kiwisdr.lamont.me.uk:8073/
Already there are moans from buyers, "they have charged me VAT!"
ebay have now rolled into the mix now implementing the 1st January 21 VAT rules for UK buyers and EU. As I mentioned at the start of writing this thread, they will nail it at source at the time of purchase:
Where this leaves the likes of Aliexpress, Banggood and individual traders from China and the rest of the world not registered, I guess HMRC rules in Notice 143 will click into place?
LCSC has been in my Far East component suppliers list for sometime now.. I was short of a few obscure components so I thought I would give them a whirl.
Website was easy to use, ordering was very quick, straight forward and simple. A small handling charge was added if the order was below a certain value . So I just ordered more components to the list to overcome the charge, the ease of paying by Paypal gave the order some security.
Based in Shenzhen, China, the consignment took no longer than anything else you would order from the far East, and was provided with live tracking as you can see from the package dates and path below:
- 142021/01/04 14:29:48
- 132021/01/03 10:31:49
- 122020/12/31 12:07:54
- 112020/12/28 06:00:00
- 102020/12/28 06:00:00
- 92020/12/27 14:00:00
- 82020/12/27 08:52:00
- 72020/12/26 13:08:00
- 62020/12/26 09:09:00
- 52020/12/24 23:23:07
- 42020/12/23 16:05:51
- 32020/12/22 01:29:08
- 22020/12/21 22:46:40
I will certainly be using them again in the future!
"Yes it got in with no added VAT or PO charges Hi! :-)"
Even companies exporting to the UK are now caught up in the confusing VAT debacle ..
The BBC are now picking up on the story: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55530721
Why wasn't a transition period put in place for all this, allowing a smooth change over?
Your confused, I am confused. Standby for the next exciting episode...
No Import VAT
So we have all enjoyed the odd bargain direct from China, Tax free! But come the 1st January 2021 here in the UK things are about to change.
A few people are thinking that small purchases won't be affected. Sorry, they will. The £15 VAT-free limit is being abolished. Even if you only want £1 rubber glass hammer along with a matching left-handed spanner, the firm will have to register and pay the tax up front.
The only saving grace is that private sales between individuals, and gifts, will still be tax-free up to £39.
With goods sold via on-line marketplaces like ebay, Amazon etc, the onus will be on the marketplace, not the individual trader, to register for VAT.. Whatever, it's the consumer that will suffer.