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Old 06-12-2014, 05:34 PM   #21
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One thing I should note though is that when Bassdogs said, "For the record, they don't care about CB's or VHF either" I have to disagree with the latter.
A license may be required for VHF [marine] radios but unless you are a commercial user or an off shore boater, almost no one has one. Marine radios are used on all houseboats on our lake and it would be the exception to the rule for anyone to have a license. To my knowledge after 20 years of boating, I know of no one who has ever been challenged for not having a license for a radio used on a private boat. With that said, I and my friends are all lawbreakers in this regard. My point to the OP was simple, don't sweat having to license your personal radios for use while RV'ing.
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Old 06-12-2014, 05:55 PM   #22
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Ah, gotcha. You definitely do not need a license to operate VHF marine frequencies if you're on a recreational boat. The FCC only requires a license for commercial or large craft. I was thinking VHF frequencies like 144.0 - 148.0 which would be in the 2meter Amateur band. Sorry for any confusion!
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:52 PM   #23
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I love that (Radio Police)
When I get to a site, If the guys are there They take right over, All I do is unhook the truck, and someone drives it away.
If it is just me and a friend's wife, we have no problem backing that trailer up, leveling it and unhooking it.
I have the rug out bbq set up and table out and the Coleman stove all set up
But it is still to early to have a glass of wine

So how do you get the spell check?
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:56 PM   #24
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Thanks for the info. Honestly, I just wanted to get some walkie talkies to screw around with the kids. I think they would get a kick out of it. Hello kitty is more our speed than studying for a ham radio license. I will look for walkies that do not us gmrs frequencies. Appreciate the knowledge.
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Old 06-12-2014, 09:26 PM   #25
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Motorola here for wife to talk me into site that's about all I use them for but they work fine ... and only certain channels are the high power ones .. we just use the low power it reaches fine from truck to back of trailer lol
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Old 06-13-2014, 06:27 AM   #26
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Wow, talk about learning something new. I busted out my FRS cheapies, and they too run on dual FRS/GMRS.

You're right the manual does not make that clear. I'll probably move to channel 8 then, since I not really looking for range. I just pulled them out, and I was using channel 10, So I was apparently following the law I didn't even know about.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:29 AM   #27
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I do not advocate breaking the rules or disregarding laws, but I have to speak out when those same rules or regulations are mistakenly scaring law abiding RV'ers from enjoying their camping experience. In this case, we are mostly not violating any laws, and where we are, there is no reason for a camper to fear LE circling their campsite and demanding that they throw down their unlicensed radios.

Think my radios are set on channel 4 but just pick one that doesn't have any traffic and enjoy.
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:44 AM   #28
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I do not advocate breaking the rules or disregarding laws, but I have to speak out when those same rules or regulations are mistakenly scaring law abiding RV'ers from enjoying their camping experience.
Mistakenly scaring someone?

Who's scared? Its a clarification of how things work. That's what makes these forums educational and why most of us are here.
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Old 06-13-2014, 10:18 AM   #29
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I think that the bottom line here is that radios bought at your local retail store do not require a license.
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We've had at least three sets, the most expensive having rechargeable batteries that always managed to run down when you couldn't recharge them. So we prefer disposable battery types. All brands have performed about the same and all were not up to the grandkids.

We live in an area where cell phone signals are iffy and annually travel a 2-day route where there are long stretches of no service. Of course, that problem is compounded by the fact that we have ATT "service" instead of Verizon.
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