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devildogusmc4

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Thanks nd5y, now I tried getting the FCC rules up for Pennsylvania, I couldn't get them. Now since our police and fire companies use frequencies that are automatically programmed, can I hear them?
 

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Thanks nd5y, now I tried getting the FCC rules up for Pennsylvania, I couldn't get them. Now since our police and fire companies use frequencies that are automatically programmed, can I hear them?
I do believe it's a HAM radio [It may recieve on your freqs but not sure if it will transmit, or if it would be legal to either]
 

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Use the software

I haven't met any of the Chinese radios yet (Puxing, Wouxun or Baofeng) that programmed well from the panel, mostly due to the Chinglish manuals. The Baofeng has a manual that might have had a native English speaker involved, as it is the least tortuous of the lot. That did not give me any confidence to try it as I was in a hurry.

All of that said, the Baofeng is a great radio for those of us who have dual hats (Amateur and public safety) and want to leave something in the glove box or console for use in a pinch. It's a $55 radio. Proceed accordingly.

Tom KA9QPN
 
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