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Old 10-22-2011, 07:42 PM
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On my way home from work today and had my 148 gtl in the truck with a 102 SS on it. anyway I live in a subdivision and pass a park on my way home daily, well today I stopped to watch a couple of people flying remote control helicopters for like 2 minutes. I then went home and got in the shower (I'm a Mechanic) my wife comes to the bathroom telling me that a cop is at the front door and wants to speak to me about my "truck with the antenna on it". To make a long story shorter I am being accused of using my radio to purposely cause one of these guys to lose control of his R/C helicopter and crash it. He demanded a police report and says he will be taking me to small claims court. I have a R/C car and it states on the remote that it must accept all interference, Wouldn't it be the same for a helicopter or am I going to be buying someone a new toy? To make matters worse this is not a cheap R/C it was pretty big like 8 inches wide and maybe 2 foot long. The blades on top where busted off and the plastic is cracked all the way down one side and the tube going to the rear propeller is bent. My wife is now giving me a hard time and saying that I should take my radio out of my truck as she knew it would cause problems.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:04 PM
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If you were:

Talking on the "A" channels (3A, 7A, 11A, 15A, and 19A).

Using too much power/mic gain too high and cause bleedover into those above freqs.

Using a linear with that radio while having the modulation in the radio too high (more than 100% mod.).

Then, yes, it could happen.
Even if it was accidental; you would still be liable.

A law suit would have no grounds, as there was no intent. But to prove it was you and not a failure of his own equipment is another matter. Malicious intent would also have to be proved. That is, that you went out there knowing that your interference would do his copter damage.

What brand/model of radio were you using at the time; and what channel/mode?

This is a tough one . . .
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The words kiss my ass need to be used more often.

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Old 10-22-2011, 08:06 PM
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they use frequencies that are what are called A channels on cb radios . a 10k switch will take you there also . there's no way they can prove you or your radio were the cause of the accident . it's most likely it was his fault and he wanting to scare you into paying for his screw up . tell him to take you to court and when its thrown out you'll sue him for time missed from work and harassing him .

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"......... Next is the +10 KHz switch. Many radio operators donít understand the purpose of the +10 KHz switch. This switch increases the frequency by 10 KHz or 1 channel. If the radio was on channel one and the +10 KHz switch was turned on, the radio would then be on channel 2. You might ask what useful purpose does that serve. Well, these chassis are nothing more than converted CB chassis using the same switches used in CB radios. The switches have channel skips built in for the radio control (RC) channels used for remote control devices. These RC channels are also referred to as ďAĒ channels. There are RC channels between channels 3 & 4, 7 & 8, 11 & 12, 15 & 16, and 19 & 20. Some radios designate them as 3A, 7A, 11A, 15A, and 19A. Being a function of the channel selector switch, this means these skips occur on all six bands making a grand total of 30 skipped channels or frequencies. To pick up one of these skips, go to 3, 7, 11, 15, or 19 and turn on the +10 KHz switch and youíre there. ......"

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sounds like urban legend to me ........
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Taking your radio out might imply guilt.

But, I myself, would tell that turd to cry me a river.

Just play dumb...
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The words kiss my ass need to be used more often.
That and go suck a fat root.

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I was on 38 LSB but while sitting there I had turned it down and I don't have a amp on it. It does have extra channels and has been peaked and tuned. It's an older Cobra 148 GTL I bought used on craigslist about a year ago and had a local shop do all the work to it for me. The cop was in my favor and looked at my radio after I offered to show him I have no amp and no switches added to radio.
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