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Old 02-07-2010, 04:09 PM
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So do you think this radio has been modded to cover CB and 2m bands? I know at some level anything's possible, but more probable is a mis-titled CL posting.

http://denver.craigslist.org/ele/1590428499.html

I'm tempted to email.. if someone else wants this go for it.
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Old 02-07-2010, 04:52 PM
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So do you think this radio has been modded to cover CB and 2m bands? I know at some level anything's possible, but more probable is a mis-titled CL posting.

http://denver.craigslist.org/ele/1590428499.html

I'm tempted to email.. if someone else wants this go for it.
I think it's a 10m ham radio, not a CB.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:03 PM
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This is a 10m/11m radio, 11m being CB. It is a very common illegal mod that is gray-market in the U.S. Hams that use 10m are quite vigilant about tracking down and reporting folks who misuse these radios on 11m.

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So do you think this radio has been modded to cover CB and 2m bands? I know at some level anything's possible, but more probable is a mis-titled CL posting.

http://denver.craigslist.org/ele/1590428499.html

I'm tempted to email.. if someone else wants this go for it.
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Old 02-07-2010, 05:34 PM
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:26 AM
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My own idea is that the poster used the word HAM to get more traffic to the ad. "If you want to talk to detroit or L.A you can or anywhere inbetween from denver." to me this means if you're driving on the interstate between Detroit and LA you can talk to people, not necessarily that you can talk to Detroit from Denver or LA. Again, I think it is wording used to encourage a sale.

It is not illegal to use a converted CB on the HAM bands, so long as the control operator has a license for the particular frequency. Bruce told us the story in one of the early HAM classes that he used one with 3 watts of power on 10M to talk all over the world. Is it possible with the right antenna to talk to Detroit from Denver or LA from Denver with this radio? Yes, just as long as your antenna system is setup to do so. This radio with two firestik antennas will not get to Detroit from Denver, even with an illegal amplifier at 1000 watts. (Well, maybe with 1000 watts). Course, the firestiks would probably melt with all of the heat losses they will encounter at that power.

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Then I would sing a different tune. But the firestik is a $20 antenna and the Hi-Q is a $600 antenna.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:21 AM
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So to be clear- the modified CB isn't illegal, and the act of modifying the CB wasn't illegal, the only potential illegal act is transmitting on the 10m band without the proper license to do so? Still, I'm passing on the thing if anyone else wants it.
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So to be clear- the modified CB isn't illegal, and the act of modifying the CB wasn't illegal, the only potential illegal act is transmitting on the 10m band without the proper license to do so? Still, I'm passing on the thing if anyone else wants it.
Yes, you can take any radio and modify it for use on amateur bands and it's perfectly legal as long as you personally have the license to operate on that band. No need for a special technician to work on it, as long as you do a good job and keep the radio tuned not to conflict with other hams or users on other services. The purpose of amateur radio was to tinker and that falls totally within that realm.

Once it's been brought into the ham fold, though, it must always remain there unless it's properly brought back to the original service (and I'm not 100% sure if this is possible). By that I mean if you take a CB and mod it to work on 10m or 12m, then to bring it back to CB would take being worked on by someone licensed to do that. In the case of Part 95 radio (FRS, CB, GMRS), marine, aircraft, commercial service the people who are allowed to work on the radio are specially licensed to work on those radios. So a ham modified CB would have to be tuned back to CB by a CB radio technician, you can't do that yourself. That is a different license and test.

What is wrong probably about this radio is it's not a legal CB radio. Many of these Galaxy radios are ham radios modified to work on CB with much higher power. That is illegal and there is no way around that. You can never take a Part 97 approved radio (this is the amateur rules) and use it anywhere else no matter who works on it. A Part 97 radio is not and never was approved to work on Part 95 bands. Even if you can show that it meets all the criteria the FCC won't allow it.
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What is wrong probably about this radio is it's not a legal CB radio. Many of these Galaxy radios are ham radios modified to work on CB with much higher power. That is illegal and there is no way around that.

Bingo, and that's why the truckers like them. Those are the guys that come through like they are trying to blow you up.

There's lots of info on the web about modding the Galaxy radios, they seem to be a good one for this type of illegal mod.
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People not to buy this garbage.


Type 95 (CB) gear all has to be approved and tested by the FCC. If it doesn't have the FCC stamp for the exact configuration as when it is sold or used, it doesn't meet the standards and is therefore illegal.

Type 97 (HAM) gear falls into two categories:
1)Commercially made rigs
2)Homebrew rigs

The first has to also be type approved by the FCC. That is why the new Yaesu radio that we were all ogling lately didn't have price yet because it didn't "exist" yet until its type approval was completed. Then they could sell it as Type 97.

The second can have anything done to it the owner/creator/tinkerer wants, as long as it still meets type 97 rules. For instance, you cant make a 2 meter radio have an integrated 2000 watt amplifier, because the 2M band is limited to 1500 watts.

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§ 95.409 (CB Rule 9) What equipment
may I use at my CB station?

(a) You must use an FCC certificated
CB transmitter at your CB station.
You can identify an FCC certificated
transmitter by the certification label
placed on it by the manufacturer. You
may examine a list of certificated
equipment at any FCC Field Office or
at FCC Headquarters. Use of a transmitter
which is not FCC certificated
voids your authority to operate the
station.
(b) You must not make, or have
made, any internal modification to a
certificated CB transmitter. (See CB
Rule 25, § 95.425). Any internal modification
to a certificated CB transmitter
cancels the certification, and use of
such a transmitter voids your authority
to operate the station.
[48 FR 24894, June 3, 1983, as amended at 63
FR 36610, July 7, 1998]
EFFECTIVE DATE NOTE: At 63 FR 36610,
July 7, 1998, § 95.409, paragraphs (a) and (b)
were amended by removing the term ‘‘typeaccepted’’
each place it appears and adding
in its place ‘‘certificated’’, and by removing
the term ‘‘type acceptance’’ each place it appears
and adding in its place ‘‘certification’’,
effective Oct. 5, 1998.
§ 95.410 (CB Rule 10) How much power
may I use?

(a) Your CB station transmitter
power output must not exceed the following
values under any conditions:
AM (A3)—4 watts (carrier power) SSB—12
watts (peak envelope power)
(b) If you need more information
about the power rule, see the technical
rules in subpart E of part 95.
(c) Use of a transmitter which has
carrier or peak envelope power in excess
of that authorized voids your authority
to operate the station.
§ 95.411 (CB Rule 11) May I use power
amplifiers?

(a) You may not attach the following
items (power amplifiers) to your certificated
CB transmitter in any way:
(1) External radio frequency (RF)
power amplifiers (sometimes called
linears or linear amplifiers); or
(2) Any other devices which, when
used with a radio transmitter as a signal
source, are capable of amplifying
the signal.
(b) There are no exceptions to this
rule and use of a power amplifier voids
your authority to operate the station.
(c) The FCC will presume you have
used a linear or other external RF
power amplifier if—
(1) It is in your possession or on your
premises; and
(2) There is other evidence that you
have operated your CB station with
more power than allowed by CB Rule
10, § 95.410.
(d) Paragraph (c) of this section does
not apply if you hold a license in another
radio service which allows you to
operate an external RF power amplifier.
[48 FR 24894, June 3, 1983, as amended at 63
FR 36610, July 7, 1998]
EFFECTIVE DATE NOTE: At 63 FR 36610,
July 7, 1998, § 95.411, paragraph (a) introductory
text was amended by removing the term
‘‘type-accepted’’ and adding in its place ‘‘certificated’’,
effective Oct. 5, 1998.

§ 95.413 (CB Rule 13) What communications
are prohibited?

(a) You must not use a CB station—
(1) In connection with any activity
which is against federal, state or local
law;
(2) To transmit obscence, indecent or
profane words, language or meaning;

(3) To interfere intentionally with
the communications of another CB station;
(4) To transmit one-way communications,
except for emergency communications,
traveler assistance, brief
tests (radio checks), or voice paging;
(5) To advertise or solicit the sale of
any goods or services;
(6) To transmit music, whistling,
sound effects or any material to amuse
or entertain;
(7) To transmit any sound effect solely
to attract attention;
(8) To transmit the word ‘‘MAYDAY’’
or any other international distress signal,
except when your station is located
in a ship, aircraft or other vehicle
which is threatened by grave and
imminent danger and your are requesting
immediate assistance;
(9) To communicate with, or attempt
to communicate with, any CB station
more than 250 kilometers (155.3 miles)
away;
(10) To advertise a political candidate
or political campaign; (you may use
your CB radio for the business or organizational
aspects of a campaign, if you
follow all other applicable rules);
(11) To communicate with stations in
other countries, except General Radio
Service stations in Canada; or
(12) To transmit a false or deceptive
communication.
(b) You must not use a CB station to
transmit communications for live or
delayed rebroadcast on a radio or television
broadcast station. You may use
your CB station to gather news items
or to prepare programs.

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Old 02-08-2010, 11:20 AM
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thanks! hey some of my posts are pedagogical too, I'm not always this dense..
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