Anybody Here Run One of Those Export Radios ?

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  1. BrianDamage

    BrianDamage YouTalkin'ToMe?

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    I was looking at a site that sells Galaxy and other brand 10m radios that have had the CB frequencies added.

    Anybody run one ? It looks like a viable option for strictlyemergency use of the CB (where I hunt at, a stock CB will never get out...got stuck one year and I could hear other folks but couldn't get out to anyone...and lots of folks run cb's arouind here.

    Plus (the main reason) I like to listen to the truckers argue with each other.;f
     
  2. USPcompact

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    I've got a Magnum 257 in my F250. Great little radio that really gets out. Doesn't have that mid-70s trucker look to it, either.
     

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    ==>ALLEGED ILLEGAL "AMATEUR" TRANSCEIVER MARKETING DRAWS HUGE FINE

    The FCC has proposed fining Pilot Travel Centers LLC $125,000 for
    allegedly marketing unauthorized RF devices--specifically, transceivers
    labeled as Amateur Radio Service (ARS) equipment but intended for use on
    both Citizens Band and amateur frequencies. CB transmitters must receive
    FCC certification--formerly called "type acceptance." Amateur Radio
    equipment does not require FCC certification. The Notice of Apparent
    Liability (NAL) released November 22 asserts that Pilot continued to
    market CB transceivers labeled as amateur gear despite multiple citations
    and warnings.

    "Commission field offices issued a total of nine citations to Pilot's
    corporate headquarters and its retail outlets warning Pilot that future
    violations would subject Pilot to penalties including civil monetary
    forfeitures," the NAL said. The Commission alleges that from October 2002
    until last July, Pilot, in 47 separate instances, offered for sale various
    models of non-certificated Galaxy CB transceivers labeled as "amateur
    radios" that easily could be modified for CB operation. The FCC says in
    some instances, Pilot employees referred to the units as "CBs."

    The ARRL expressed its full support for the FCC's enforcement action
    against Pilot. "The marketing as 'Amateur Radio' equipment of transceivers
    that are intended for other uses causes widespread interference to
    licensed radio amateurs operating within their allocated frequency bands,"
    ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ said on the League's behalf. "We hope that the
    Commission's long-awaited action will be followed by additional measures
    taken against marketers who persist in similar violations."

    Following up on complaints received between 2001 and 2003, FCC Enforcement
    Bureau field agents visited 11 Pilot retail outlets in Texas, Oregon,
    California and Nevada. "At these locations, the stores displayed and
    offered for sale various models of non-certified CB transceivers marketed
    as ARS transmitters," the NAL said. The FCC's Office of Engineering and
    Technology (OET) already had determined that the units could be modified
    easily for CB operation and were subject to FCC certification prior to
    marketing.

    Responding to the citations, Pilot told the FCC that all of the radios in
    question were "marketed as amateur radios and, as sold, operate on the
    10-meter amateur band." Pilot contended the units fell under Part 97 rules
    and didn't require FCC certification. In January 2002, the FCC Dallas
    Field Office advised Pilot that the devices referred to in the Citation
    had built-in design features to facilitate CB operation and that the FCC
    considered them CB transmitters that fall under Part 95 rules. The NAL
    says the Dallas Field Office received no further response from Pilot.

    The FCC pointed out that it requires a grant of certification for any
    Amateur Radio Service transceiver designed to be easily user-modified to
    extend its operating frequency range into the Citizens Band.

    The FCC said that on three days last December, FCC agents purchased Galaxy
    transceivers from different Pilot retail stores. The OET subsequently
    determined that all were non-certificated CB transmitters under the FCC's
    definition. Those sales provided the basis for the proposed fine.
    Ultimately, the FCC alleged that Pilot offered non-certificated CB
    transmitters for sale on 13 occasions in 2003 and 2004 "in apparent
    willful and repeated violation" of the Communications Act of 1934 and FCC
    rules.

    Citing its concern with "the pattern of apparent violations" in the Pilot
    case, the FCC actually adjusted the base forfeiture amount upward from
    $91,000 to $125,000. "We are particularly troubled that Pilot continues to
    violate these rules despite receiving nine citations for marketing
    non-certified CB transmitters," the Commission said in the NAL. "Pilot's
    continuing violations of the equipment authorization requirements evince a
    pattern of intentional noncompliance with and apparent disregard for these
    rules."

    Pilot was given 30 days to respond by paying or appealing the fine.

    ==>FCC DENIES AM, SSB BANDWIDTH PETITION

    The FCC has turned down a Petition for Rule Making that sought to
    establish specific bandwidth standards for full-carrier AM and SSB Amateur
    Radio emissions. Michael Lonneke, W0YR, and Melvin Ladisky, W6FDR, filed
    the petition, designated RM-10740, on May 27, 2003. The FCC said a
    majority of the approximately 160 members of the amateur community who
    commented on the petition opposed the concept.

    "We conclude that petitioners' request for an amendment of our rules is
    inconsistent with the Commission's objective of encouraging the
    experimental aspects of the Amateur Radio service," wrote Public Safety
    and Critical Infrastructure Division Chief Michael J. Wilhelm, WS6BR. The
    FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau released the Order November 24.
    "The petition also fails to demonstrate that a deviation from the
    Commission's longstanding practice of allowing operating flexibility
    within the Amateur Service community is either warranted or necessary."

    Lonneke and Ladisky had asked the FCC to "remove the ambiguity" in Part
    97--specifically §97.307(a) and (b)--and they referenced Enforcement
    Bureau letters sent to amateurs alleging overly wide SSB
    signals--sometimes called "Enhanced Single Sideband." Additionally, they
    said, some contesters purposely adjust their transmitters to exceed what
    they called "the de facto SSB signal width of approximately 3 kHz" to gain
    "elbow room" during contests.

    On HF frequencies below 28.8 MHz, the petition recommended a maximum 2.8
    kHz bandwidth SSB (J3E) emissions and a maximum 5.6 kHz bandwidth for AM
    (A3E) emissions.

    Asserting that most radio amateurs "operate in a manner consistent with
    the basic purpose of the Amateur Service," the FCC said its existing rules
    are "adequate to address any noncompliant practices by amateur operators."
    Current FCC rules require that amateur transmissions not occupy "more
    bandwidth than necessary for the information rate and emission type being
    transmitted, in accordance with good amateur practice," and that emissions
    outside the necessary bandwidth not interfere with operations on adjacent
    frequencies. The FCC also said the petitioners failed to show that there
    is "a particular problem" with stations using AM.

    The Order said the FCC's Enforcement Bureau will continue to monitor
    through its complaint process "nonconforming activities" of operators who
    fail to abide by its rules. "In instances of willful and malicious
    interference, the Enforcement Bureau will not hesitate to take appropriate
    action," Wilhelm pledged.
     
  6. beachside39

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    I listen to CBers on my Kenwood TS-2000 once in awhile. After ten minutes or so, I lose interest though.