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Today the Yard Sale Queen, my girlfriend, brought in a couple of neat looking handheld radios. One is well used but works good, its an Alinco DJ-F1. The other one appears to be new in the box with some extras. Its a Icom IC-W32A. The Alinco says its an Vhf FM Transceiver while the Icom is a Dual Band FM Transceiver. My question is what do these pick up? What are they used for? I was hoping that one of them was UHF so I could use it for my boat. BTW the box she got them in has "Everything $25" on it.
They are both Ham radios. The Alinco operates on the 2m (VHF) ham band, and the Icom operates on the 2m (VHF) and 440 (UHF) ham bands. Although the Icom operates on ham UHF, I don't believe it will operate on the marine UHF band. :)
In case you were unaware, "ham" refers to the Amateur Radio service, which is hard to explain, but you must have an FCC license to operate on. The price seems good, but I dont know much about those two radios. Hang around and someone more knowledgable will answer you.
If you do not have a ham license DO NOT transmit on either of these radios. The FCC has ways and means to track you down. They also have the ability to fine you $10,000 to $12,000 easily (yes, ten thousand to twelve thousand dollars!). As neither is marine band neither will transmit on such. However, if you and/or your wife were to go get your ham license both of you could use one on the 2 meter band (the most popular band among novice hams).
I could use a radio; are you willing to say how much you paid for them? I hold an Technician class Amateur Radio license.
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