A timely reminder - Non compliant radio equipment!

Submitted: Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 21:24
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Something to be aware of, the ACMA are policing and confiscating non compliant radio equipment.

Non Compliant Radios

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Reply By: takenbyaliens (QLD member) - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 21:34

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 21:34
Hi John
Lots of stuff available up in China and very cheap...have reisted the temptation so far and this is a good reason to continue to do so!!
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Reply By: Rockape - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 21:39

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 21:39
John,
I can remember them monitoring our VHF radios in the 90's. They would sit up the track and just see what frequencies you were licensed for and which ones you were using.

I haven't seen them for years now so it looks like they are back and looking. I have no problem with that and I do know why they are trying to keep a standard.

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Reply By: muffin man - Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 22:17

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 22:17
Hardly a big deal. So a few people have dodgy radio's. There are far worse things to get ya knickers in a twist over. I would be surprised if anyone of importance would be using them.
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Reply By: Member - Sanantone - Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 07:19

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 07:19
I will soon be purchasing a UHF radio, to take on my trip, if I purchase from a reputable retailer (in Aus) am I good to go? Are you saying I need a license to use certain channels?
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 07:58

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 07:58
Tony,

For UHF, no problem buying a known brand (eg GME, Uniden, Icom, etc) from a reputable dealer. Make sure it's 80 channel, not 40 channel which is being phased out. No license required to use any of those channels, though be aware that some are reserved for special purposes.

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John
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Follow Up By: bluefella - Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 17:36

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 17:36
g'day John
when will the 40 CH be phased out, there's gunna be a heap of em'
i'm one of em'
cheers
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 09:35

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 09:35
Good to see.

Back when the Galaxy mob first hit the scene with their sat TV, I got one hell of a noise all across the HF spectrum with peaks every 15Khz. Got the RI out and they found that it was the unshielded 68000 processor in the Galaxy set top box. It was so bad that the RI said that it could have interfered with a nearby heart pace maker and god knows if it was in a hospital. The box was immediately shut down and Galaxy was told to fix them all. They fixed mine but it took a complete grounded metal casing around the whole thing. They went out of business soon after that.

This is a case of something transmitting when they were not licensed to do so. Same as those blokes with the illegal radios. What if I had my pace maker back then. Kind of scares me. And we have people making little of illegal CB transmissions. Good on the RIs.

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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:12

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:12
Does'nt sound like the usual UHF we all use. More like the emergency services freq. or police.
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Follow Up By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:27

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:27
Hi Tony

If you are referring to the "Galaxy set top box" post of mine it was meant to be an example of how an illegal transmission can cause trouble. Not just the UHF CB band. I think it may have been up there also but I was only interested in the HF band at the time. Just like the old VWs used to do. Talk about spark gap transmitters.

Maybe you were referring to something else.

Phil
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:14

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 12:14
I would suggest its HF equipment they are targeting but they could pick up anything else that comes along.
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