Baofeng UV-5R Radios Illegal? The Real Story – Ham Radio Q&A

The Baofeng UV-5R Radio, just about every ham active on VHF/UHF has one. With a purchase price of around $30, you get a lot for your money. But on August 1, 2018 the FCC isued a Citation and Order for the ‘Illegal Marketing of Unauthorized Radio Frequency Devices” against Amcrest Industries, the company that imports Baofeng radios in to the US. So what does that mean? Are these radio now illegal to use? Are they contraband? . . .

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