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Question of Simplex Repeater use on FRS

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  • Jon Pearl W4ABC
    This was posted on the GMRS remailer today. It has been the subject of contention for the past few days as to whether the RS simplex repeater was legal for
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 20, 2000
      This was posted on the GMRS remailer today.  It has been the subject of contention for the past few days as to whether the RS simplex repeater was legal for GMRS or FRS operation.  The subject has come up here also, in regards to it's legality in Scouting use.
       
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      From: Bob Leef <kb6don@...>

      Page 76 of the 2000 Radio Shack catalog shows "Simplex repeater
      controller extends range of your handheld". It is accompanied by a
      picture and description. Questions have come up regarding the legality
      of its use in certain circumstances, and whether or not it is a real
      repeater as  people commonly use the term.

      A well placed functionary at Tandy headquarters in Fort Worth has
      advised the following:

      "There is no requirement for type acceptance of the controller. It is
      simply a controller for whatever radio that is connected to, so far as
      emmisions/bandwidth/etc. that is all controlled by the radio.

      Also, since it is intended only for simplex operation, as far as the FCC
      is concerned, it is not a repeater (so none of the repeater requirements
      like ID'ing, etc. apply).  If you use it on a licensed service (we
      indicate for use only for Ham or Business Band), your ID is the ID.  I
      have gone further to suggest that in the Amateur Radio service, you are
      the control operator - responsible for legal operation and I'm sure
      that's true.

      We asked the FCC about using it on FRS. They said they would not approve
      of its use in the FRS service. Information sent to RS stores has
      repeatedly informed them NOT to sell it for FRS".


      Obviously, the key words here are "as far as the FCC is concerned, it is
      not a repeater".  Perhaps there should be another less confusing name
      for the product - "automatic replayer" or something similar.

      Bob Leef
       
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