[chirp_users] Legal Frequencies?

Glenn glennervin at cableone.net
Thu Sep 8 18:55:53 PDT 2016


All of the FRS frequencies are legal for you to use, but the 5 watts may not be legal.
But since you are in a rural area, I wouldn't worry about it.
Glenn
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Steve Wiggins 
  To: Discussion of CHIRP 
  Sent: Thursday, September 08, 2016 3:17 PM
  Subject: Re: [chirp_users] Legal Frequencies?


  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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