[chirp_users] Legal Frequencies?

Steve Wiggins w4gok.steve at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 13:17:44 PDT 2016


Dave, thanks for your concern about operating in the correct frequency band
for your communications needs. 467 Mhz is OUTSIDE the Amateur Radio
assigned UHF portion of the radio spectrum, so you're good there. I would
suggest that you look up that particular frequency on a search engine and
see what results  come back to you. But, I must warn you... The spectrum in
America is highly regulated, and most likely, you are operating in a
portion of the spectrum that is reserved for a particular radio service.
Those who are licensed for their portion of the spectrum are highly
protective and don't look kindly on interlopers. I can assure you that if
somebody finds an UNLICENSED operator in the spectrum, they will turn the
operator in to the FCC. The penalties can be very harsh.

If I were you, I would tread very carefully, as the spectrum is monitored
closely by the FCC.  So, just because a radio is capable of transmitting on
a particular frequency, it has no bearing on the fact that you could be
breaking the law when you key the transmitter. It's sort of like a car that
can do a hundred MPH. Just because it can operate at that speed, you
wouldn't want to try to do that on a city street.

I trust this helps.

Best wishes,

Steve Wiggins
AMATEUR EXTRA
W4GOK

On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 3:03 PM, Dave Zoller <dzoller at reddevil.com> wrote:

> I just got a set of Baofeng BF-888S radios from Amazon and Chirp works
> like a dream for programming them. Unfortunately, I am a network
> administrator and know very little about which frequencies are and are not
> legal. We want the radios for short range comms in our manufacturing
> facility, which is not that large. I've set channel 1 to use FRS-08,
> 467.5625 MHz, which I think is legal. I haven't heard anyone else using
> it, but I'm in a fairly rural area so that doesn't surprise me. I also
> have it set on the lowest transmit power, which adequately covers the area
> I need covered.
>
> I have some questions:
> Is that a good/safe/legal frequency to use?
> What would be some good alternative frequencies if I discover that another
> group uses this one?
> Will Chirp allow me to set all the channels to the same frequency so I can
> prevent these guys from using an illegal frequency? Is it a good to do
> that (or something like it)?
> Any other advice?
>
> Thanks in advance,
> -Dave
>
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