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Old 12-08-2018, 1:10 AM
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Default Baofeng BF-888s

Purchased the Baofeng BF-888S and can't find much information on the frequencies that the radio came programed with, this was purchased through Amazon and I really would like to know if these radios are license free with the programming that came in them and can be used in the U.S.
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Old 12-08-2018, 10:55 AM
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These radios are not license free.They are not legal to use on the factory default frequencies in the US.
They are not even legal to use on license-by-rule FRS frequencies in the US because they are not FCC Part 95 certified for FRS use.

Depending on who manufactured them and when they were made, some of the BF-888S type radios and clones are FCC Part 90 certified for business radio use or FCC Part 15 certified as a "scanning receiver" for amateur radio use. They are only legal to use in the US if you have a Part 90 business license or amateur radio license and reprogram them to the appropriate frequencies you are authorized to use.

More information about the radio and programming can be found at BF888S GT-1 BF888 BF888S - Miklor

You can program them or read the default frequencies with CHIRP programming software if you have the programming cable.

There are at least four sets of default frequencies, probably depending on the actual manufacturer and when it was made. See,123040.0.html. The frequencies yours came programmed with might be different.

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