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TWRS-132 - Should You Be Licensed to Buy a Radio?

Two Way Radio Show
We discuss the question of whether or not sellers of two way radios should require customers to be licensed before they can buy a transceiver.

Intro :00
Billboard 1:13

Discussion Topic 1:32
Should ham radio dealers require their customers to have a license before shipping transceivers? We tell you the results of a recent Twitter poll on the question, read feedback from respondents to the poll, and discuss the pros and cons of such a requirement.

Questions and Answers 45:24
Comments and questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

Wrap up and Close 47:34
Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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5 thoughts on “TWRS-132 - Should You Be Licensed to Buy a Radio?”

  • Brian Blount KF4NMH/WPVJ949
    Brian Blount KF4NMH/WPVJ949 April 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    Really enjoyed the 132 show. I am not going to weigh-in on licensed purchaser or not. I am licensed so it would be easy for me to say sure, require a license. However, AES in Orlando used to ask for a callsign when you phoned them to buy and now they are out of business. (They may have been inquiring for other reasons like looking up your account but I thought I would throw that in.) No, the reason I am writing is because I cannot believe you haven't been advised of our problem in Georgia: illegal use of 2m by deer hunters-- and a lot of them. It is very rampant. Unfortunately, they sometimes unwittingly wind up on repeater inputs and transmit 40 miles away on the output. Even with CTCSS tones, the interference is still present. More disturbing is that the local CB shops encourage them to buy the radios for the "quieter non skip interference band." My request is simply that dealers offer due diligence in giving information to the buyer and certainly not intentionally lead them to illegalities. I really can't ask for more.

  • Doug

    I appreciate the question being debated. I come down as "Yes," buyers should have proof of license before buying HAM radios. My reasoning is this. There is a wide-eyed look in any sentient emergency communications leader when thinking about all the mischief that can occur with unlicensed folks using radios, especially ones that can easily be modified to work in the public service band. The fear is even one person tying up an emergency service frequency could delay services to a more critical situation. What if there were ten or more of these radios being used that way in a disaster scenario, all untrained communicators, and tying up the public service frequencies. I have purchased from your company before, but only GMRS radios. I hold a general class FCC amateur license for some years, but will not support any company that will create the situation I have described by selling ham gear to non-licensed people. The gentleman who purchased before taking his exam could have as easily borrowed time with another ham's radio if it was so important. I found no radio-specific knowledge helpful in my taking the technician or general exams.

  • Thomas A Cantu

    If you need a proof just look at the Year when C.B. RADIO THEN and NOW. and the military use of Two way Commo Radio. At times its hectec and on c.b. is all reguler langue, cussing, or constence jabber talk. Try it our, get on the c.b. frequeny, and lission. At your state, and every where ealse.

  • John Janoscrat KC3EWY//WQSY265
    John Janoscrat KC3EWY//WQSY265 December 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Hi Guys,
    Really enjoyed the podcast 132. My answer is "No" to whether or not sellers should require proof of license prior to selling radio equipment. In my case I have been a Ham since April 2015, but purchased equipment about 4 months prior to taking the test so I could get familiar with the radios and this did indeed make my test easier, only missing 1 question. My guess is that those that said "Yes" are generally lazy since they would not take the effort to justify their vote. The "No" people like me will take the time to justify their vote. I have purchased several radios from you folks, and all transactions have been superb. I haven't listened to all of your podcasts, but for sure 132 was my favorite. Keep up the great work!! All the Best in 2019 to you and your families. "The JJ" p.s I'm not a youngster, 67 yrs old.....


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