QRZ Warned by the FCC

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Jul 10, 2008.

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  1. W1AEX

    W1AEX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Applying the same argument that it could be easily modified to operate on the 11 meter band, I suppose the same prohibition could be applied to my Johnson Viking One with its VFO-122. All you have to do is spin the dial. Same thing with a lot of the older items that are commonly traded among many in our hobby. In my view, this is a very slippery slope...

    I find it irksome when someone from within our own ranks feels the need to push an issue like this to protect us from ourselves. I'll bet they're gleefully cheering for themselves, alone, in some dark room. I'm sorry that you even had to waste your time with this matter.


    Rob W1AEX
  2. NN3W

    NN3W Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's true, if you can find a radio that was produced and imported and purchased prior to the promulgation of the restrictions, you'd be hard pressed to be forced to surrender it. However, in most all cases, that isn't what we're dealing with. These are new radios or recent vintage...
  3. KC4RAN

    KC4RAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    FYI.... it wasn't me, no matter what any of you think.

  4. KB2KAB

    KB2KAB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Banned radios

    I think that this is sensless any way - - - - - - who listens to 11 meters. That is why ham radio needs a license.
  5. KC4RAN

    KC4RAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    14.275 / 75M reference in 3... 2... 1...
  6. W0ZD

    W0ZD Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ban the junk !!!

    I normally but do not post my thoughts to these forums however I must strongly agree with N2RJ. I hear these radio’s being used on ten meters and three out of five have technical issues. Did I mention most of the the operators do not know how to properly adjust them ---- Splatter, FMing, Distortion and Drift. Most are trash......... Set the example here and ban the junk and forget the bucks.
  7. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    When Sears Roebuck began selling a re-branded Midland (or Uniden) "ham" radio for 2M there was a huge outcry demanding point-of-sale restrictions. The government declined to impose any kind of rule that would have required a buyer to present a valid license, saying at that time that the radio itself was a permitted, certificated piece of hardware.

    The key point made then, as it may apply now, is that the government felt its place was in the enforcement arena, not the purchasing phase. If an unlicensed person bought a Sears 2M rig, they'd better watch out if they got on the air with it because THEY'D GET YOU.

    In the case at hand, if the policy were consistent, the government would again avoid stepping into the marketplace and drawing prejudiced conclusions about intended use, and only go after those who are found to have used the hardware for an illicit purpose.

    The "type accepted" thing is probably ripe for a court test when taken in the context of a hobby where the government encourages licensees to build and operate transmitters on certain designated spectrum. (Isn't the League sue-happy at the moment? Maybe we can get them to do something.)

    A few months ago on this site, we had a discussion about a smalltime retailer who was selling low-powered AM transmitters like the kind used by real estate agents for drive-by sales pitches at houses on the market. What puzzled me then, and again today, is why they went after that specific retailer, and not the U.S. based manufacturer who apparently was wholesaling these units to that retailer and others who remain in business selling the very same model, with potentially the identical violation.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2008
  8. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page


    I'll agree it's heavy handed. But it IS a public forum. "Trafficking" in such items, at least on a retail or wholesale basis is patently illegal, but individual sales amoungst Amateur licensed individuals is specifically permitted in §Part 97.

    IF the FCC is going to use a "spent Uranium" fist upon QRZ, then they at least have a moral and legal obligation to do exactly the same to ePay, eH*M, and ALL other swapmeet sites that deal with such items.
  9. KC4RAN

    KC4RAN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd be interested to see what portion of Part 97 you're referring to?
  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FCC (time and again) has stated that the ban is against importation for the purpose of marketing (meaning sale and/or lease) not for individual posession or use.
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