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do i need a license to use this this talkie to talk to people?
Quick and simple answer is Yes.

More complicated answer is you need a ham license to talk to folks on the ham bands. You need a commercial license to talk to talk to folks on the commercial bands (note that having a license is specific to each frequency the license covers so having a license to talk on frequency "A" won't allow you to talk to others on frequency "B" and the licensed frequencies are designed to be unique to each license and coverage area). A license would also be necessary to talk to folks on the GMRS and/or MURS frequencies, but that's a moot point since the radio in question isn't certified for use on those frequencies. While a license isn't required for the FRS band, the radio isn't certified for use on the FRS frequencies so that's a moot point as well. On the Marine band frequencies, a license may (generally for land-based operation) or may not (generally for operation onboard boats) be required, but the radio isn't certified for use on the Marine Band frequencies so that's a moot point also.
 
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