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Jul 25, 2021
Heartland USA
Hello. I am interested in the BAOFENG BF-T8 radios. I like the form factor and that they're inexpensive.
However, before purchasing, I'd like to know if I need a license to operate that radio? I don't want to get in trouble or get fined.
The radio would be for family use only during hiking trips and excursions.
If that radio does require a license (like GMRS) can any of you point to a decent alternative FRS only radio that has NOAA weather?
Thank you for your input.


Premium Subscriber
Jan 11, 2019
BaoFeng BF-T8 is a Family Radio Service (FRS) radio. Doesn’t require a license