Actually...... I really hope I'm not talking out of line here since I'm one of the newest guys on this forum, but I am now a member of this community and feel compelled to chime in. Being a former firefighter myself, I have used many "amateur" radios in the past that had been modified to operate up into the VHF business band. This is a very common practice, especially amongst volunteer firefighters who cannot afford a new business band radio, but can afford a second hand ham radio. Remember that most volunteers have to foot their own bill. I'm not making any assumptions here, but it is possible that KC0REY is jumping down someone's throat for no reason. Perhaps, instead of "KJ4QXZ is the kind of ham nobody needs", we might try "Welcome. We're glad to have you among our ranks". Or perhaps "Well, we've all done things wrong in the past at some point or another, we're glad you've invested your time into becoming a ham and are doing it legally now". Besides, this thread was started by Hellcat77 and has nothing to do with someone else's past operating practices.