That was exactly the answer to the question What modification sturn the "illegal" baofeng in to a legal homebrew 2m/70cm handheld. Got a UV-5r that has an FCC certification, nbut when I look up the certification ,it's only for 1.38ish watts. That was my theory as well. Hence why I plan to continue using mine. Never said they didn't. Mostly I'm hearing that since Baofengs are capable of transmitting outside the ham bands, they are illegal. Question was more of what it would take to make to make an illegal radio(due to not passing certificatiosn, ect), a legal radio via modification(i.e. the radio isn't considered a transceiver but rather a part designed to build a transceiver.) I agree on what effect this "ban" is going to have. I'm actually in favor of carving out an unlicensed/ licensed by rule band where such radio can operate or or a rework of the FRS service to allow higher wattage's. That is the driving force behind why "baofengs" have become so popular outside the ham bands. They actually can deliver the ranges promised by the FRS radio manufacturers.