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. K1VSC

    K1VSC Ham Member QRZ Page

    If this radios are modified in such a way as to receive Cell Phone conversations that makes then illegal!
  2. KC9ZNV

    KC9ZNV XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I once asked them if I needed a license since they market to us off road people. They have some unique setups with overpriced baofengs but I got stuck on no reply about the license.
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  3. W4JWN

    W4JWN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Possibly c ell phon e bands?
  4. ND5Y

    ND5Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    Baofeng radios can't receive or transmit on US cellphone bands.
    The article quoted was written by somebody with little or no radio knowledge.
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  5. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    As usual. Journalism and journalistic ethics are dead. True/False, Factual/Fabricated... doesn't matter at all. Unfortunately, the government does it too.

    It's all about the clicks.
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  6. N3FAA

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    That's exactly what it is. There is absolutely nothing in the citation referring unauthorized receive frequencies.
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  7. KC1CCG

    KC1CCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    In the 80's I was using a spectrum analyzer in Mass to test equipment for FCC compliance. The 900 MHz cell conversations were easy to listen to and interesting now and then. Cell phones were new and sexy. Heard the Lt Governor swearing at an aid once. Seemed a big deal back then. I don't think listening was illegal but revealing what you heard was.
  8. W9BRD

    W9BRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, that fork is in our town, Montclair, NJ, and I think the story relates to Yogi's first Montclair house, at 61 Wayside Place. Considering how the roads connect, there are multiple potential forks that more or less fit the story, but my bet is the fork from Eagle Rock Way.

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  9. W9BRD

    W9BRD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. So as is typical of our US way of doing things, instead of adopting better technology to make random eavesdropping on the calls essentially impossible -- GSM, for starters -- the industry pressured FCC to block receiver coverage of the in-the-clear analog comms in manufacturered products. That took our telco industry off the hook for innovation in mobile comms and let other players in that space on the world stage get ahead of us.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2020
  10. ZL4IV

    ZL4IV Ham Member QRZ Page

    So what you guys are saying that nothing has changed from the Gestapo tracking down Unauthorized receivers to the FCC carrying on with the practice. I thought you were the country of the free. We can listen to what we like just not pass the information to a third party.

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