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HR2.0 - FCC Hits Rugged Radios with Citation over Illegal Radios

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KC5HWB, Dec 15, 2020.

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  1. AG6QR

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    That practice is legal, but only if the transmitter portion of the radio is only capable of transmitting on amateur frequencies. It's a result of the fact that there is no certification required or available for amateur transmitters, but all scanning receivers are required to be certified. Look up the FCC certification of any modern 2m transceiver from Yaesu/Icom/Kenwood, and you'll see they're all certified as scanning receivers, even though they're marketed as transceivers, and may even say "transceiver" on the front.

    Where Rugged Radios went wrong was in marketing a transceiver capable of transmitting on services that require certified transmitters (virtually any service other than Amateur) without getting the radio certified for the service(s) on which it could transmit.

    Most Baofengs I've seen also violate this rule. They'll transmit on any frequency they're programmed for, but they're either uncertified or else only certified for Part 90.
  2. N3FAA

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    I should clarify. You are absolutely right that they are two different companies. But both are operating illegally. :D
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  3. KM4KGN

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    Month old news...
    W2TH, KT5OT and N3FAA like this.
  4. W7IVK

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    They are selling Baofengs. That is all. Don't sell blue Baofengs with your name on them to John Q. Public. Leave that to the Chinese on Amazon and Ebay.
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  5. KD5BVX

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    Well, no, not really. Decision was 3 weeks ago; article was 8 days ago. Thanksgiving holiday delays a little on the production side. But...what's your goal here?
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  6. W1GCF

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    As was already stated, there is (believe it or not) a law against selling receivers for the old AMPS frequencies. Look up the IC-R9500 on popular retail sites and you will see it is available with those frequencies blocked or - without them blocked but requiring special authority to purchase it. You have to be the feds or - a couple other things to get the radio unblocked.
  7. KM4KGN

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    It's kind of self explanatory...old new is no news.
  8. AA1PR

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    another federal agency exceeding its jurisdictions over ill feelings
    on a side note the feds need $$ to pay for everyone not working somehow
    heaven forbid anytones receive almost everything too
    looks like a baofeng radio to me regardless of its name brand
  9. KD5BVX

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    o_O Um...hardly...
  10. WE4B

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    Uh.... :confused:
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