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TWRS-126 - The Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Cited by the FCC

Two Way Radio Show
We discuss the recent citation by the FCC for the illegal marketing of the Baofeng UV-5RV2+. We also talk about a new Kenwood digital radio, an new Icom LTE radio and price increases on Chinese radios due to tariffs.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:23

Discussion Topic 1:42
We discuss the recent citation by the FCC for the Baofeng UV-5RV2+ and what it could potentially mean for all versions of the UV-5R.

New Kenwood Business Radio 40:25
We tell you about the new Kenwood ProTalk NX-P500 Digital Business Two Way Radio and a new Kenwood rebate promotion.

New Icom LTE Radio 45:45
We tell you about the new IP based Icom IP501H Sim Card / LTE Two Way Radio.

Update on Chinese Tariffs 49:08
We are about to experience the first price increase due to the tariffs on Chinese transceivers.

Questions and Answers 52:12
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 56:57
What do you think of our discussion about the FCC citation and what it could mean for other Chinese radios? Send in your comments for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. If we read your comment in the next episode, we'll send you a FREE Two Way Radio Show t-shirt and a swag bag full of free stuff! Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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4 thoughts on “TWRS-126 - The Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Cited by the FCC”

  • Bruce

    Thanks for the discussion on the FCC's strange citation against Amcrest. It seems to me that something is fishy in Maryland (FCC HQ).

    The FCC certified the radio.
    The federal government allowed the radio to be imported.

    Unless Amcrest modified the radio, the radio isn't actually the one the FCC certified, or the radio doesn't have the proper FCC ID on it, then Amcrest should have zero liability.

    As an Amateur Extra and a VE, I find this to be nothing short of an abuse of power by the federal government. I further believe it is most likely an attempt by the FCC to placate other manufacturers who have lost a lot of revenue to "cheap Chinese imports". On the other hand, there are a lot of radios being sold online that show up without any FCC ID on them. In the Baofeng case, my research indicates that such radios are most likely "fake". The day is now here that the "cheap Chinese knockoffs" are being knocked off.

    Thanks for discussing the issues on this.

  • Stacy

    I think the terms you guys are looking for in your discussion about the UV-5R and other such radios is 'channelized' (always required under part 90 rules) versus 'frequency agile' (front-panel programmable) radios allowed under ham radio rules (not allowed under part 90 rules). Business radios can be CTCSS or DPL agile but the transmit frequencies must be programmed by a licensed technician and then locked in by firmware or hardware (a jumper on the circuit board for example) and inaccessible to the operator.

  • Randy

    They are going after the retailer and not the manufacturer since the retailer is in the US. The mfg is in china why out of the FCC reach.

  • Bob Witte

    Thanks for the useful discussion of the Baofeng radio and the FCC. I see this as a great example of how the FCC really isn't paying attention to their own rules combined with some manufacturers that are not always understanding or being careful with meeting FCC rules. Its kind of like Dumb and Dumber!

    This may be the source of the original complaint to the FCC:

    Bob K0NR


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