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A word about race radios

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by Crom, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. Sep 25, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Crom [OP] Time is precious; use it wisely

    Jun 22, 2009
    First Name:
    Mr. Sir
    San Diego, CA
    2009 Double Cab 4x4 Off Road
    A.R.E. MX Shell & Yakima Rack, Stubbs HD-SKO Rock Sliders, JBA HD UCA's & OME 885 Coils and nitrochargers, Dakar leaf packs, u-bolt flip, Flat BajaRack, Kenwood VHF/UHF Radio, Aux Battery, Solar Panels, L-Track everywhere, Goodyear Duratracs, Secured tailgate, 7-pin relocation, Inverter 400W all time, In-cab 110v outlets, Rear-seat 12v outlets., Steering shaft TSB, anytime fogs, DTRL toggle switch, aux turn signals, Diff Breather, ImMrYo mirror bracket, ABS Kill switch, (2) Kid Car Seats, and a Glock 23 with night sights.
    This is just and FYI for those that may not know. And the bottom line first...

    You may not use a VHF radio in the United States without a valid FCC-issued license or Amateur radio license. Use of VHF radios in Mexico is allowed during the SCORE Baja race, and subject to local regulations.

    Here is an example of VHF itinerant/business band frequencies commonly used in the Baja Races. Operators of the frequencies are licensed. If you transmit on frequencies you're not licensed for, then you are operating a pirate radio station, and are subject to fines and equipment confiscation. :(

    I have observed a trend of individuals buying ham radios and modifying them to transmit outside the ham bands. That in of itself is not a problem. But if you key up outside the ham bands--that's illegal, and you put yourself at risk for fines and confiscation (more on that below). Also problematic is buying business band radios and operating them on frequencies without the requisite license.

    Some people think the FCC enforcement is a toothless tiger, and nothing bad will happen to them, and maybe that's all true. But people should know that there are risks involved. And that's why I took the time to write this, as to inform people. I don't care what you do in the desert as long as it doesn't hurt or interfere with other people.

    Also, I think it's incredibly foolish for people to post in a public forum the date, time, and place of a future meet and the illegal frequency they'll be communicating on. :laugh:

    If you have questions about Race radios, I have found this shop to be very helpful. PCI Race Radios. As it turns out they are the itinerant and properly licensed operator of the Weatherman frequency.

    Additionally, if your not a properly licensed amateur operator please stay off the 2M & 70cm ham bands, i.e. 144-148 & 430-450 Mhz. :)

    Finally, WB4CS--a licensed amateur radio operator wrote the FCC asking a question and the answer is relevant to the topic here.

    Here is what the FCC wrote:

    There are many useful legal ways of communicating on trail rides, and I encourage all who are interested to fully explore their legal options. :D

    For example:

    1. CB
    2. FRS
    3. Licensed GMRS
    4. MURS
    5. Licensed Amateur radio (HAM).
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  2. Sep 25, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    lembowski Rompin Around

    Jul 29, 2009
    09 LT, Caged, 4WD
  3. Sep 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM
    The Traveler

    The Traveler Formerly REBELTACO

    Mar 28, 2012
    First Name:
    1980 Cherokee Chief
    I don't own a Taco anymore.
    This is my I got my license and operate on ham frequencies usually.

    But I am guilty of keying up on commercial band to communicate with coworkers at company affairs.
  4. Sep 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    SoCaltaco65 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2011
    2011 DCSB 4x4 Offroad TRD
    Harbor Freight 110v welder garage fab parts.
    Interesting your link shows a radio for sale with statements like: Icom F5021 Chase Package Chase Truck / Base Camp Radio Whether you’re part of a race team or out playing with friends the PCI Chase Package is a great way to stay in contact. Great for base camp set ups or chase vehicles.

    Interesting phone call asking about the package too.

    likewise MURS is VHF
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013
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