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Jul 09, 2003, 09:03 PM
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I have an old Futaba FP Radio - Am I allowed to sell it?

I have an old Futaba FP 4-Channel Radio & Receiver that I would like to sell, it is approximately 30 Years old & is NOT Narrow Band.
I know that this radio is Not Gold Stickered & should not be used in an urban environment.
My question is, Can I sell it to someone who lives out in the middle of nowhere & wants a cheap radio. I guess my question is, is it legal to sell it? (I paid like $175 when it was new).


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Jul 09, 2003, 09:17 PM
wild in the park?
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I'm no expert, but I think you can sell anything. I think you are 'grandfathered" in.
As long as it's not a weapon of mass destruction.

Jul 09, 2003, 09:39 PM
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This Radio still works great & I just put in on Ebay but got a nasty Email from some guy saying it is Illegal to use. I don't want to use it, I want to sell it!
I remember when 1991 came, I had to buy a whole new Radio that was Narrow Band, I thought that kinda stunk since I paid so much for this radio. A dude told me to just throw my FP Radio in the garbage can, I said heck no I paid $175 bucks for it & it still works, you don't throw that kind of money in the garbage.
The way I figure it, if you live somehwere out in the middle of nowhere & you're property is farther than the range of the Transmitter, you got no problem, My main concern is, is it legal to sell it?

Jul 09, 2003, 09:46 PM
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Like you said, you want to sell it not use it. The buyer has the responcibility to use it properly, not you once it's sold. Shoot, there are certainly people who would want it just as a collectors item!
Jul 09, 2003, 09:48 PM
wild in the park?
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Like I said, I don't really know know for sure, but I don't think it's illegal to use the old frequencies.
But it's definately not illegal to sell.
How the buyer decides to use it is up to him.

PS, i'll check around with some folks that should know and post back later...
Jul 09, 2003, 09:54 PM
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I just revised my Ebay Listing to specifically say that it's NOT Narrow Band & it's NOT Gold Stickered so you will be using this at your own Risk.
I figure with that disclaimer, I'm covered?


Jul 09, 2003, 09:57 PM
wild in the park?
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A buddy of mine has an older Futaba.
I'll try and ask him tomorrow.
but IMHO you can sell pretty much anything. It's how it's used that counts.

Jul 09, 2003, 10:24 PM
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wherndon is completely right. You're just selling the thing. I can sell a camera to someone. But if they use it to take naked pictures of little kids, then it's their fault. Not mine. You put everything in there as a disclaimer, therefore as far as you know, the person is just buying it as a collectors item. Don't worry what they do with it after it leaves your hands.
Jul 09, 2003, 10:28 PM
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Sure you can sell it
Jul 09, 2003, 11:30 PM
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I sold a pre '91 radio. I made sure to post the disclaimer and a guy outside of the US purchased it. He said it was still legal in his country.