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Author Topic: Hypothetical Unlock of Chinese Radios (Which Models?)  (Read 334 times)

Offline David_Lightman

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Hypothetical Unlock of Chinese Radios (Which Models?)
« on: July 26, 2022, 1350 UTC »
Hello! I'm new, so all apologies if this is the incorrect place to post this question!

Which Chinese radios can be unlocked to transmit/receive on GMRS/CB/Ham bands?  I know that these exist, although I don't know which model to buy.

Or, would a better route be to purchase an SDR piece of hardware also capable of transmitting?  Do those exist?

I appreciate your time & help!!!

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Re: Hypothetical Unlock of Chinese Radios (Which Models?)
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2022, 1746 UTC »
Most of the Baofangs Handy Talkies are ready to do so. You can check-out a list and ratings of them, here.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-category?id=49      Then, if you want mobile radios, then you can check those out here.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-category?id=38   In 2017, I bought and did a review of the B-Tect UV-25X4, weird Quad mobile. Mine talks about The Perks & Jerks of it.  https://www.eham.net/reviews/view-product?id=13440   Disappointingly, if you are in a very RF saturated area, i.e. metro, or rural county multi-used tower location, then your receiver performance will suffer badly from overload and desense. The front-end on my Kenwood TM-741A tribander, from the mid-1990's, is far superior in rejecting that. Then again, I'm comparing a +$800.00 Japanese radio to a $130.00 Chinese one. Still, in a setting that's not too RF saturated, the Chinese rigs are a nice, cheap, alternative. Now, my FCC C.Y.O.F'n.A., if you are going to use such radios on GMRS, MURS, and the commercial two-way areas, be sure that the radio is marked as Part 95 Certified to do so. Today, most Part 95 two-way radios will do the Part 97 HAM stuff, which is legal to do, as long as you have your HAM ticket. So, what's the difference in Part 95 and Part 97 today? Part 97 radios can be programmed with the DTMF keypad on the radios, while Part 95 can only be programmed via computer software only. RF circuitry-wise??? No real difference, really. Hope that this helps.  This should help explain that better.   https://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php/en-us/2016-04-07-21-08-49/9-blog/12-what-is-legal-and-what-is-not-legal-for-our-chinese-radios
« Last Edit: July 26, 2022, 1804 UTC by ThaDood »
I was asked if I liked the 80's pop band The Go-Go's, and I answered that I listened to them, like many other Top 40 pop bands of the time, so Eh. However, I did mention that I did kind of feel sorry for them, since I thought that the band members couldn't have sex. I was then asked, "What do you mean?" My reply was, "Duh... They sing about it themselves, their lips are sealed!".

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Re: Hypothetical Unlock of Chinese Radios (Which Models?)
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2022, 2128 UTC »
Thanks for your input!

Fun Fact:  Our Lips Are Sealed was actually written by Terry Hall of The Specials/Funboy 3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqQT3oKA3v8

 

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