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Author Topic: Cobra FRS 2 way radio's  (Read 581 times)
BLUEPIPPA
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« on: November 18, 2005, 07:37:16 AM »

Hi...

A bit of a numpty when it comes to these sorts of things.... Ive got some cobra 2way radios from the USA and plan to use them whilst skiing in france to keep in touch with the kids. Someone has said that the frequency the FRS (US) units transmit at may get me in trouble... Is this the case ?

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BP
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K7UNZ
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2005, 01:31:59 PM »

Yes.....

What is legal in one country is not necessarily so in another, and often is not.  Each country sets it's own rules for frequency use, license requirements, modes authorized, power levels, etc, etc.

Be safe and leave 'em at home....besides, the way things are going, you might not even get 'em on the airplane.

Jim/k7unz

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BLUEPIPPA
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2005, 02:18:36 AM »

HI.....

OK so I have US speced Cobra radios. I have used them in france skiing before, and want to use them again... We are driving so no problems with the airplane etc. I know the frequencies the units transmit at on each channel, is there anywere I can go to see if these frequencies are allowed in the UK and in France.

Allowing for the fact they are all low powered sets (3Km range) does it realy matter Huh

Cheers
BP
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2005, 12:18:37 PM »

Whether it matters or not depends on several factors:
(1) do the radios interfere with authorized/assigned users?
(2) are such radios legal in the country?  (Some places it
may be illegal to have a radio that can listen to certain
frequencies.)  What are the penalities for this?
(3) do the local authorities mind having unlicensed people
operating on unauthorized frequencies?
(4) how much time are you willing to spend in Customs
trying to explain having a radio that is illegal to operate?

Look at it from the other perspective: in Great Britian,
at least, the FRS radios operate in the 440 MHz range.
Although the chances are that someone could bring a set
to the US and operate them without causing interference,
you might not appreciate it if they happened to end up
on the input to your favorite 70cm repeater.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2005, 03:49:09 PM »

If you can read French, you might look over the website concerning their communications rules & regs...my French isn't good enough and I don't have the patience, but you might:

http://www.art-telecom.fr/

WB2WIK/6

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KE4DRN
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2005, 06:22:14 PM »

hi,

It is called PMR446 in Europe,

PMR446 Personal Mobile Radio

http://www.446user.co.uk/

Have a nice trip !

73 james
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BLUEPIPPA
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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2005, 12:41:56 AM »

Thanx for the replies so far....

As I understand it looking at the following web site http://www.efis.dk/compare/applications and putting in for france the frequency of the USA units ie 462.5 to 467.5. In the lower range ie 460 to 466 (ie channels 1 to 7 on the cobra)I could get in trouble.

However the upper range ie 466 and above (ie channels 8 to 14 on the cobra)is used by PMR/PMAR, so I should be OK.

BP
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G3RZP
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« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2005, 08:08:17 AM »

Use is illegal in Europe unless the devices are CE marked and thus meet Eu standards. No ifs or buts. You might get away with it, or again, you might not. At one time, people driving into France with radar detectors would have the detector removed, put under their front wheel and told to drive on, because the use of radar detectors in France is illegal. If they cover frequencies not allocated to PMR446, they could never be legal.

73

Peter G3RZP
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