FCC Advisory Admonishes Marketing Non-Compliant Import Radios

On September 24, 2018, the FCC released an Enforcement Advisory with the lengthy title TWO-WAY VHF/UHF RADIOS MAY NOT BE IMPORTED, ADVERTISED, OR SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES UNLESS THEY COMPLY WITH THE COMMISSION’S RULES. In it the FCC warns of the recent trend of imported, low-cost, two-way VHF/UHF radios which violate FCC technical requirements such as the ability to operate on public safety or land mobile channels for which they have not been authorized. The advisory says, “Anyone importing, advertising or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them. Violators may be subject to substantial monetary penalties.”

This appears to clarify the FCC’s August citation against Amcrest Industries, LLC for importing and marketing various Baofeng transceivers which were deemed to be unauthorized RF devices.

See also an ARRL article about this by clicking here.

The response from manufacturers like Baofeng, Wouxun, etc. may simply be to limit their radios to amateur radio frequencies. Some models might be changed to scanning receivers. Would any of the manufacturers bother with the changes that would be needed to type-certify one of their radios? That’s unknown.