With these Baofengs currently on the market, I was just wondering if it is legal to use them to transmit on an frequency outside the amateur band to report an emergency or crime? Of course, in most situations I would just dial 911. However, living in the NYC area where we have underground subways with zero cell phone service, I would think it would be ok, especially if it is to save someone's life or someone was being threatened by a weapon or attacked, etc.... I was just hoping someone can interpret the legal aspect of reporting something like this from an unmodified Baofeng to perhaps the train conductor crew on their frequency? Keep in mind, Baofengs can transmit on these train frequencies without any difficulty, if programmed with the proper PL and repeater offset. One thing about HAM radio always bothered me. If the main objective for Ham radio operators is to coordinate together during emergencies and stop all normal communications, why is there not a single frequency set aside on the amateur band to communicate directly with public safety officials? Since public safety officials don't all have ham radios at their disposal, what is the point if phone service is unavailable?