RE: [MV] Radios in our MV's is it legal

From: Randy Orpe (
Date: Tue Feb 04 2003 - 07:45:42 PST

Having the radios in the truck and listening is not in itself illegal. When
we want to see if our VRC-46s are receiving we tune to 65.75 ( TV channel 2
audio )switch off the squelch and listen. Tells you if that darn thing even

Transmit, and you had better have a license and be on the proper frequency
( 50 - 54 Mhz for an amateur with a Tech license ). Remember that some of
the older radios need a lot of TLC and a regularly scheduled alignment or
they can drift off frequency and/or use too much bandwidth.
The newer sincgars either work or they don't and are more stable. Out of the
box they are just another POS single channel radio with capability of
accepting the means to encrypt.


-----Original Message-----
From: Military Vehicles Mailing List []On
Behalf Of Dave Ball
Sent: Tuesday, February 04, 2003 12:02 AM
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Subject: [MV] Radios in our MV's is it leagal

I was wondering after seeing the post about licensing needed for operation
of some of the military radio equipment.
I see a lot of radios in the Mil Vehicles (100's of Jeeps) and I plan on
putting a BC-659 in my 1943 Dodge Weapons Carrier is there an FCC rule that
says I can not do this legally or is it just illegal to transmit on them?
Can you make a dummy mike just for authenticity and still receive I mean if
someone out there is transmitting of course much like a scanner?
Also I seem to remember a no code License for a certain band what band is it
and is it any use to us MV collectors and does it cover any of the old
military radio bands.
I am talking about 55 year old equipment not the new sincgars stuff I see
people using in the Humvee's and CUCV's which I would imagine would be a
sensitive area due to these radios still being state of art and encrypted
and in use by our troops at present.


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