[chirp_users] Transmit UV5r to FRS

Gene McKnight arboc60 at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 22 16:52:40 PDT 2019


    On Thursday, June 20, 2019, 11:12:59 PM CDT, benton at siletzbay.com <benton at siletzbay.com> wrote:  
On 2019-06-20 13:42, John Wuest wrote:

Using your UV-5R on FRS frequencies will be a violation of Federal Law. That radio is not, nor can not be, type accepted for that service. 

There's always 97.403, which allow using "any means of radiocommunication at its disposal to provide essential communication needs in connection with the immediate safety of human life and immediate protection of property when normal communication systems are not available."  97.405 lays out another allowed circumstance.

The OP, particularly being Mormon, I assumed might be talking about using the radios in an 'emergency' context.

In my local CERT group, I would guess about 20% of members are AROs.  I could easily imagine a context where a strike team is assigned an FRS frequency for inter-team comms and a dual-mode station stands by to relay information to the EOC over Amateur Radio.  If that's me, holding a Part-97 radio that can tx/rx on FRS,  I'm okay with that.

A downside with this plan is that one can't practice.  Drills and exercises aren't a legitimate emergency.

Benton 20jun19
benton at siletzbay.com

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