[amsat-bb] Re: Radio Pirates

Tony Langdon vk3jed at gmail.com
Sun Jan 15 12:38:14 PST 2012

At 06:05 AM 1/15/2012, Clint Bradford wrote:
> >> ... Many of those same radios are being sold through 
> legitimate/commercial dealers ...
>OK so far ...
> >> ... for FRS/GMRS rigs ...
>Not OK - they are not legal for either the GMRS nor the FRS.

We've had similar issues over here with UHF CB, where ex commercial 
radios have been converted to the UHF CB band (477 MHz).  Originally, 
commercial spec equipment was approved for use on this band, provided 
the power was turned down to 5W or less (the legal limit) and 
transmit was enabled only on the legal CB channels.  However, 
converted radios as "high powered UHF" radios became popular due to 
lack of enforcement.  In the last couple of years, we have seen a 
change in the ACMA's approach, and they have been seen at hamfests 
confiscating radios that are promoted for illegal use.  The word is 
certainly out that the inspectors do frequent hamfests, and are 
active in dealing with dodgy stall operators.

Sounds like your FCC needs to take a similar approach and jump on these sales.

> >> ... the same Puxing ... was bought in large numbers in the Palm 
> Springs area for backup
>coms between all the gated communities in case of an earthquake ...
>The day my community uses Wouxun/Puxing products for ANY facet of 
>community service is the day I move. AFTER educating the 
>powers-that-be of the dire consequences of using sub-par equipment 
>to protect their constituents.

That's rather scary, quite frankly.

73 de VK3JED / VK3IRL

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