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Why are Imported Radios Illegal to use in Australia.
Australia has stringent laws for two-way radios. This includes the testing and approval of hardware including the Transmit and Recieve stages for approved operation complying to Australian Specifications from the ACMA (Australian Government) for the Safe Operations of Radio Transmitters.
Each 2 Way Radio must undergo expensive type approval test to ensure it does not exceed normal radiation standards and to ensure safety whilst operating the device.
If a radio has not been approved then it is instantly ILLEGAL to own and operate in Australia. Heavy Fines can be levied on Users and Importers who break these laws. Radio Inspectors are out there checking and tracking Illegal Users and importers all the time.
How to tell if your radio is Legal
Check for an RCM or C-Tick Lable (like the ones below) check on the inside case under the battery area. If the two-way radio dos NOT have these Marks or Stickers then the Radio Is Illegal for use in Australia
or The older mark like this with a N12345 styled number after the label is called a C-Tick.
These illegal unapproved two-way radios pose a significant risk to public safety, not only are they often programmed Illegally to the same frequencies as those used by the Police, Fire & Ambulance services and Licensed Private Frequencies but also because the radios sometimes transmit across multiple frequencies because they are cheap and badly designed.
The following fines are applicable if a user is found in possession of a radio:
The Australian Government Department ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) has legislated that only Radios which pass the approval System can be sold and used in Australia.
As of January 2007 the maximum penalties for the misuse of the legally allocated CB emergency channels are:
Illegal Motorola Radios
The following Motorola models are illegal to import and/or use in Australia:
These radios are NOT type-approved and are actually programmed on American UHF Frequencies (FMRS) which are Illegal to use in Australia. ALL Motorola Radios Starting with the Model Letter T xxx are Illegal to use in Australia and NZ.
Baofeng Brand Radios are ALL ILLEGAL
ALL Baofeng Radios Are Illegal To Use In Australia. Most of these radios come in Illegally and are Programmed with Police and other frequencies that interfere with licensed users and Public Safety Radios. These Radios are Dangerous.
Many of these radios are also marketed under different brands such as:
Models Such As:
Other Illegal Radios
Brands Such As:
PLEASE NOTE: Unless you transmit on the Free 80 Channels of UHF CB Channels only YOU WILL NEED A PRIVATE LICENSE for any other frequency. Radio Industries can organise to apply for a Private Frequency (at a cost for ACMA) to you. AGAIN you cannot have an Illegal radio programmed for Australian Frequencies.
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