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I bought a Chinese-made handheld radio with detachable antenna. I programmed it for FRS/GMRS frequencies, but its output is about 3W. Is it illegal? If it is, why and how would anyone find out?

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closed as off-topic by Adam Davis, a CVn Sep 6 '14 at 21:11

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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about consumer radio spectrum and rules, and not about amateur radio. $\endgroup$ – Adam Davis Sep 5 '14 at 22:15
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Yes, transmitting with that kind of power is illegal. The max power you may transmit with would be 1/2 of a watt (0.5 watt - 500mw). Their are other factors that make it illegal as well such as the bandwidth you are using while transmitting, spurious emissions, not having a license to transmit on GMRS, and using a detachable antenna. The radio is also most likely not FCC approved. Their are multiple ways you could be "caught". Mainly telling others, interfering with local police / ems / other services, or by a Amateur Radio operator listening (or anyone with a scanner). You could be tracked down via RDF and fined or possibly imprisoned if purposely interfering with other services.

I do not recommend using your radio for FRS / GMRS services.

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