Were they not using 2 meter Ham radios for comms between officers? I didn't think it was Marine radios.Not a good idea to use VHF Marine Freqs unless you have a boat.A local Police Department was "Busted" by the The FCC and The Police Chief Ordered all of his officers to take the radios out of the Police Cars.
FWIW, there was a ham radio store in Miami back in 1999/2000 that I used to purchase amateur equipment from (I am a licensed ham). The owner told me that some of the local narcotics officers (City of Miami) had been purchasing dual-band (2M/440) handhelds for their ops in order to avoid being monitored on their 800 MHz trunked system. I didn't get into any specific frequencies or any other information about this. I've never heard any LE traffic on ham frequencies around here, but you never know.Were they not using 2 meter Ham radios for comms between officers? I didn't think it was Marine radios.
Were they not using 2 meter Ham radios for comms between officers? I didn't think it was Marine radios.
Everybody is already well aware of this. But thanks for pointing out the obvious.Point of Order----Marine Radios of any kind cannot be used on land.Is land a Natvigational Body of Water???* If you use these radio you are to have a Marine Radio License and these radios are to be used only on water as in ship tp ship.You cannot use them on land.Please feel free to check with the FCC.
In the New Bedford / Cape Cod area of Massachusetts the same appears to be true. CG only monitors 16 and their working channels. The Coast Guard gets testy if someone does a radio check on 16, but I've also listened to commercial trawlers chit chat for hours on 17 (reserved for state use) with nobody complaining.The Sectors/Station only guard the channels used in that sector or area.
We use 66A some times in the marina moving around other boats. Chanel 9 is really used for all hailing now 16 is distress use for the most part. Here is the full marine Chanel list.1. channel 66 no boater is suppose to be on and 2. 16 is know as a distress/hailing only. these people need to learn that there are only a handful of stations that they can run on. 68, 72, 78 are some of them and that no matter if they use those they are still running illegal.
to the op. you should just run gmrs. yes you need a license and have to pay a fee of 85 bucks but you can run 50 watts legally and also can use repeaters