For example when my wife and 2 of my kids studied for there Tech they ey went in and took a Saturday and Sunday course to give them the extra knowledge and a better understanding of the things I had help them study and help by better explaining things to them just in more detail.
There first day they were told a story from the 4 instructors about a man I believe it was California that had came upon an accident and used his 2 meter rig to summon help mind you this was a licensed operator he was later contacted about his meathod he used to get help. Well unfortunately the poor fella was actually taken into court and was fined and found himself in hot water!!
I being a licensed operator myself was puzzled and found this story kind of hitting a nerve. This was until (my kids) gave me the explanation. The man was sited and issued a fine because he had modified the radio prior to this incident like it was looked at as a premeditated thing I guess. Ok I get that part but what got me was what the hell they expect?/ A guy to open a radio and modify that radio to then beable to get help?? Well then he might aswell dispatch the county coroner!!
I noticed that one of my Yaesu FT
-2800M takes a internal mod to expand frequency TX
and my newest one only takes shutting off the radio then holding 2 buttons in while powering it on and one turn of a dial and the push opf a button its done!! And the open TX
mod can also be reversed the exact same way unlike theo older model although they look and operate the exact same way!!! Kind of funyy but made light of the kids story after thinking about these to FT
All in All it doesnt matter who you are what license you posess there are thin lines to what you can and cannot do and it depends on what the big boys decide there going to do when or if you get caught doing whatever it is your doing. This story will always stick in my head because it just bothered me that a man helping got in trouble over his radio. Theres thin lines and red tape in all of this radio stuff and I know one thing Ill never be the Guinea Pig or Lab Rat to test these waters!!