Okay, so now that I have both my GMRS and ham licenses (just waiting to receive my ham call sign), I have a couple of questions about these two radios: BTECH GMRS-50X1 and the BTECH UV-50X2.
If I get the GMRS model so I can truly be FCC 95A compliant, can I program (CHIRP) the radio so I can also use ham freqs in the 2 meter and 70 cm bands? If I do, does that negate my 95A compliance? In other words, does the GMRS-50X1 block me (in firmware) from tx on ham freqs?
Conversely, if I get a UV-50X2 and program it correctly (leap of faith) for GMRS usage, is that externally (over the air) discernible from using the GMRS-50X1 on those same freqs?
Buying 1 of each seems silly to me. And yes, I know I can get a used Kenwood, etc. At some point, I'll no doubt buy a big and hugely capable transceiver, but I prefer to do these things iteratively. That's me.