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. K6ITR

    K6ITR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Rugged Radios has been selling rebranded and grossly-0verpriced Baofeng radios for several years. They cover the buyers with dubious "licensing" schemes using business frequencies, and they program these radios with all manner of frequencies outside the amateur frequencies they are approved for, likely because the races and individual users are so far from civilization that their transmissions would probably never interfere with commercial or amateur users. It was only a matter of time before the FCC cracked down. Baofeng and assorted other Chinese manufacturers started this problem when they began flooding the market with cheap radios that can transmit all across the VHF and UHF spectrums, and the FCC enabled them by doing nothing. Now the genie is out of the bottle, zillions of these radios are in the hands of people who don't care one bit about licensing, and companies like Rugged Radios are sneaking in under the radar with all manner of rationalizations for marketing these radios outside of what they are certified for.
    WG7MM, W2TH, KQ8DFD and 2 others like this.
  2. N3FAA

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    The Baofengs themselves are not the big problem with this case. The big problem is that they are programming said Baofengs to operate illegally on business band, marine radio, and GMRS/FRS/MURS frequencies, and telling users that they are somehow operating under Rugged Radio's license.
    K4MID likes this.
  3. KQ8DFD

    KQ8DFD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks like they are all rebranded TYT radios
  4. W2TH

    W2TH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Baoturds are the problem. If Rugged Radios couldn't but a case of 500 of them for 100 a hundred buck or so there wouldn't be a problem. No Baoturd radios, no problems. Besides the fact that many competent technicians have tested many flavors of the Baoturd radios and proven them to be absolute junk. So yes, the Baoturds are the big problem.
    KE0GXN, W4ZGC and KD5BVX like this.
  5. KD5BVX

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    Most of the radios in question are Baofengs but yes I see some TYT look-alikes on their site, too, for sure.

    All the cheap Chinese stuff it would appear.
  6. OH1SJ

    OH1SJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Think about WEB-SDR-RX-radios... Coverage all frequencies From 0Hz to several GHz!!! !!! All mode!!!

  7. KF9IZ

    KF9IZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just to confirm, the early Boafeng UV-5R is capable of both receiving and transmitting everything it receives. I don't recall off the top of my head what span of bands that incorporates but it's a general coverage receiver that can transmit on everything.
    Now I believe the race cars are on 800-900 mhz bands and the radios I am talking about do not go that high.
    But GMRS, FRS yes...easily, in fact, I have mine programmed for that band.
  8. KD5BVX

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    Some may be. However, the NASCAR series (plural...their various racing levels) are 450-460MHz. The local dirt track, for track ops, uses the 460 range, as well.
  9. K6MTS

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    ......What's a Bao....? Oh, Oh now I get it, ...that's ......creative...
    KJ7WGM and KB1MM like this.
  10. ND5Y

    ND5Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    Most of Rugged Radios' new FCC ID requests are Change in Identification for marketing purposes of existing TYT products.

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