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Heard an odd QSO on MURS the other day

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I heard 3 guys talking on green dot and they were using their ham call signs. Anyone ever heard of this?
 

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Can use murs for any activity however they should not use their ham call signs. MURS is license by rule.
 

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There's a lot of reported cases of this.
Some are legally using MURs and just forget and let their call sign slip.
Some modify ham radios to go 'out of band' and use MURS as an extension of the ham bands (as if they don't have enough spectrum).
 

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I know. I should have clarified that in my initial post.I just didn't get it, was just curious if anyone else had ever heard of it so asked here. Next time I will try to break in and ask.
 

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Ignorant (for lack of a better term) hams often assume that their ham license gives them free reign of the airwaves from DC to daylight. They'll often pop up on CB, MURS, FRS, GMRS, commercial and public safety frequencies. They'll give all kinds of amusing justifications for doing it, none of them legal or based in any reality.

Unfortunately, you can give hams a lot of spectrum to play in and very loose requirements, but some will still find a way to mess it up.
 

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It could be that you are hearing an image of a valid 2M QSO on your receiver when tuning MURS.

Someone was complaining of hearing a local sheriff on FRS. I checked and the 3rd harmonic of their Sheriff VHF was in FRS.
 

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Probably just force of habit. I have used my ham call sign on more bands than you can imagine (including 900 MHz ISM), and have used my work call sign plenty on the bands as well, especially during busy contests, though I usually catch myself mid-transmission on those.

It's amazing the wacky stuff your brain will do.
 

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When talking with radio friends on the phone, I have almost said my callsign at the end of our conversation. The same with MURS and licensed by rule 900. It’s just habit.
 
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Ignorant (for lack of a better term) hams often assume that their ham license gives them free reign of the airwaves from DC to daylight. They'll often pop up on CB, MURS, FRS, GMRS, commercial and public safety frequencies. They'll give all kinds of amusing justifications for doing it, none of them legal or based in any reality.

Unfortunately, you can give hams a lot of spectrum to play in and very loose requirements, but some will still find a way to mess it up.
I've run into a few of those, including a ham who programmed portables for some SAR work on business band frequencies because "nobody's using those around here!". We all thought we were operating legally up until that point.
 

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When talking with radio friends on the phone, I have almost said my callsign at the end of our conversation. The same with MURS and licensed by rule 900. It’s just habit.
I've mixed up call signs with services a number of times, often because the mics are the same (say, all Kenwoods) and its usually water under the bridge after a bit of friendly ribbing. Haven't done it on the phone yet.
 
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