MARINE RADIO USE
I am looking for a radio to use hunting. Marine Radios are cheap
and powerful. Can't I just use one of those when hunting?
NO! It is VERY illegal.
From the FCC website:
YOU MUST NOT TRANSMIT --
your ship is on land (for example, while the ship is on a
False distress or emergency messages.
Messages containing obscene, indecent, or profane words or
General calls, signals, or messages on channel 16, except in an
or if you are testing your radio (these are messages
not addressed to a particular station), or
(1) OK let's reason this thing out...if you have a marine
radio mounted in your truck, it IS NOT in a "ship".
If your truck was designed to be driven on land, not water, so it
is "on land".
Therefore, having a marine radio mounted in your truck is
(2) If you are carrying a marine handie talkie, and you are not
in a boat that is in the water, and not walking on water, then
you are "on land".
Therefore, having the marine handie talkie is ILLEGAL!
(3) No one will ever know...really? Get on the right frequency,
and the COAST GUARD WILL KNOW and they do have ways to pinpoint
where your transmission comes from.
And last but not least:
(4) But what if I am duck hunting from my boat? Then it's
legal, right? Well, depends on what the communications are. If
you are having valid marine related communications with another
boater, boat dock, lock master, Coast Guard, etc, yep, you're
legal. But...if you are telling your buddy up stream "The ducks
are a comin' your way!" then YOU ARE ILLEGALLY USING A MARINE
What can I
Well you can try these.
Citizen Band... Radio Service
FRS... Family Radio Service
User Radio Service
GMRS... Radio Service
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