Sorry, didn't mean to come across like the radio police. Lots of folks don't realize that "modded" ham radios can interfere with users on adjacent frequencies (like police or fire) just by their design. Keep in mind, the race freqencies are scattered in between other users like police and fire. For example, the Weatherman frequency 151.6250 MHz is only a couple hundred kilohertz away from one of the primary fire repeater frequencies 151.4450 MHz used by every fire agency in my area. With a modded ham radio (Icoms, Kenwoods, Yaesus, etc.) you don't have to be tuned to a given freqency to interfere with it. Let's say you're antenna has a gain of 3dB (decent for VHF) and you're transmitter puts out 50W. You effectively transmit with 100W! And with as much deviation as ham radios are capable of it's very easy to interfere with other folks who might be 20 or 30 miles away. Ham radios aren't set up to transmit past 148.000 MHz. They're usually aligned at 146.000 MHz (If I remember right). 99% of the modded ham radios aren't re-aligned. So not only can you cause interference with other commercial traffic, the folks you're trying to talk to won't hear you as well as if you had used a legal commercial radio. I used to use an old Yaesu FT470 with the department I was with. I did the MARS/CAP mod, re-aligned it for 155.0000 MHz, and bought a super-duper antenna. The radio was still crap for transmit and crap for receive compared to base model Motorolas and Bendix/Kings. So I guess I'm preaching from personal experience.loufish said:I just assumed the OP was looking for a race radio that would be able to monitor/communicate on the popular race channels....Nothing to do with Fire/Police bands.
PCI is very protective also, Bob isn't going to sell you a radio that you shouldn't have....but will sell you a RACE radio.
My own FM radio been "modded" to a wider band width, but it's only used in the race radio freqs range and only out in the desert...and no dirty power amps...just the factory 50 watts.