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
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.
THEY ARE ILLEGAL
Originally posted by MoonMan
THEY ARE ILLEGAL
So is doing 56 in a 55. ;g
==>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
"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
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
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
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
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.
I listen to CBers on my Kenwood TS-2000 once in awhile. After ten minutes or so, I lose interest though.
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