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I get that CB’s are allowed 4 Watts, but this was 1975-1976 when you had to have a license for CB and those channel 11,14 Walkie Talkie’s sold at stores like Ross didn’t require a license becase they were 100mW and at that time it was called part 15. Kids could get those cheaper versions where as the whole CB band was heard with a loud hiss of static. But the better Walkie Talkie’s had a crystal controlled transmit and receive. In fact reverse the transmit and receive crystals and you were broadcasting at 26.670 instead of 27.125 Mhz (Channel 14). Midland had put out a part 15 Walkie Talkie at the time that seemed to transmit further than most part 15 Walkie Talkie’s at the time. It went further than the Realistic, GE and the other ones the other kids had at the time. My friend Wally AKA Thunderfoot was talked to by an FCC agent at the time and he wanted to see his Walkie Talkie because it was in his words more powerful than allowed for unlicensed CB operation. The Dean of the school was also involved for the school was contacted when the agent came to the school because he was on the 3rd floor of the school and talking to others around campus. His transmitter was much more prestine sounding than any other students poorly built walkie talkie (Maybe not the Cobra) but still seemed far stronger. Why the agent went after him was beyond me or the Dean of the school who was on duty at night after school around 4PM-8PM. The ban on walkie talkie’s happened for about a year because of the incident. Students were upset and could not understand why one person’s Walkie talkie was so much a concern of the FCC back then. I still to this day don’t see the problem. Yes it went out a mile or two but we were kids for God’s sake and we didn’t know anything about wattage we just used them.
So this again could happen to someone who bought a certified AM or FM transmitter and to their surprise get a visit from an agent. I’m sure FM the agent would be far more strict than AM.