Originally Posted by Jeff Dodgen
From the reading I have done, if you contacted your own agency, the FCC probably would never know about it. If you contacted, say, the sheriff dept., they would not know who you are, and may register a complaint with the FCC. While the rules state that you can make an emergency call using any means available, licensed or not, you could still be subject to losing your license after the fact if some bureaucrat decides you should. In order to do what you want to do, you would have to modify the radio, and they could get you for that.
My suggestion would be to check out one of your agency handheld radios when going out, and making the call on that. Or get a surplus public service radio and mount in you vehicle. Then you would be completely legal, ham radio or not.
For the record, I am a ham radio enthusiast as well. I have made an emergency call when cell service was not available. I wrote about that incident here: http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...-an-Emergency?
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