Post by Shadow (314) on Oct 2, 2012 21:37:00 GMT -5
I've found a deal for an ICOM IC-U12 UHF. Now, I know the ICOM name is a fine brand and I would expect these to be no different. What I'm asking for is if anyone has ever played with these? I found the manufacturer's description and details but if they're like Motorola or Cobra, what they say is never accurate. If you've used these, what kind of performance were you getting and what problems were prevalent as well? Please and thank you!
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They look ancient. I don't know if you're going to find anyone that has used those. They are going to be worlds apart from the latest iCOM stuff. Also you're probably going to need to find the programming software and a cable in order to get them on the frequencies that everyone uses. Unless you are extremely lucky and they are already programmed to public GMRS frequencies.
You should be aware that operating on GMRS frequencies without a proper license is illegal. It's sort of like pirating music. Lot's of people do it (including me), but that doesn't make it any less illegal. As far as I know it's a victim-less crime unless you are talking over an emergency channel.
Zorak knows for sure, but I'm pretty sure that the FCC has said they're not attempting to enforce the licensing requirement for GMRS radio frequencies. It's the higher band stuff that they care about. Doesn't necessarily make it ok, though.
Also, I wouldn't buy those. As X said they look ancient. You might be hard pressed to find an antenna or mic that would work with them.