[amsat-bb] Re: Radio Pirates

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Sun Jan 15 13:23:55 PST 2012

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

I am not a "radio cop" nor an "FCC cop" (and you didn't say I was, either). But it really bugs me to see otherwise honest folks selling these radios as "Ham / MURS / FRS / GMRS / Marine" rigs. And/or hams using them for all these services, under the pretense, "Well, in an emergency, I AM allowed to use anything ... "

Yes, these rigs will transmit on all those U.S. services. But just because they can doesn't mean they should. 

When the U.S. FRS service was created, GMRS repeater owners were screaming bloody murder that the FRS handhelds would interfere with their repeater operations. And although I cannot find a documented case of an FRS handheld interfering in that manner, that "paranoia" has seemed to disappear with the advent of these new Chinese imports. THAT'S how powerful the "price point" is with a segment of the market.

Hey - even the ARRL lab was "fooled" by their test Wouxun HT - with no correction ever published that I saw  - as they declared it a dual-receive unit in their published "test lab" report a while ago. No Wouxun HT as of this date has dual VFOs, of course.

And so it goes ...

Clint K6LCS

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