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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-31-2005, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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ham - cb radio unit?

Does anyone know if they make a ham radio / cb radio in one unit?

Iíd like both, but donít really care to install to many radios in the jeepÖ.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-01-2005, 03:16 AM
 
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I went with the FT-857...

I only wanted 1 radio too. Not much room in the jeep.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-01-2005, 12:09 PM
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There are a number of amateur transceivers that have continuous coverage from about 3.5 mHz up to and (some) including the vhf bands. In addition, there are some that can be modified simply (usually clipping a diode) for general coverage, receive and transmit.

There are two legal problems. The first is it is illegal for a ham radio transmitter to transmit in the CB band. The FCC certifies certain types of radios for particular uses. Ham radios aren't type accepted for use in the CB band.

The second legal problem is that if you are a licensed amateur, it is illegal for you as an amateur radio operator to transmit outside of any of the amateur bands. Since the CB frequencies do not fall within any of the amateur frequencies, you cannot transmit there. Obviously, you can operate a CB in the CB bands (do they still require a permit for CB?).

There is one exception. If there is an emergency, the FCC will allow transmissions that would normally be prohibited.

Just so you know...
I have extended communication capabilities in my Rubi. I carry a cell phone. I have a VHF and UHF transceiver. I also have continuous HF coverage from 3.5 mHz through about 29 mHz (80 - 10 meters). I have the physical capapability to transmit in the CB band (or any other) if an emergency requires it.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-17-2005, 02:02 PM
 
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I to am thinking of the FT-857, however. I have purchased a CB anyway just to stay legal.. CB will be fine for short range comms. the 857 will provide greatly enhanced range for emerg and i will have the ham bands and be able to monitor GMRS/FRS as well as public safety.
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