Sometimes I come across business and leisure activity in the 462 MHZ area such as on 462.125 MHZ.
I notice that on the WTR there exists no allocations in my area on these particular channels. Often times it mirrors that to PMR446-like activity (Shops, children playing, warehouses, businesses, walkers).
So where does this activity come from?
I believe I’ve discovered the source of this activity. It’s the default frequencies programmed into the Baofeng BF-888s radios. These are radios that come preprogrammed on test channels and since these radios do not have a keypad, they must be reprogrammed with a cable
What is occuring is that people are purchasing baofeng radios from Amazon, Ebay and other online stores. They don’t bother to reprogram them unaware they are not allowed to use these channels.
So it’s worth having these 16-channels present in your scanner to listen out for. So far I have heard some children on the channel as well as what appeared to be walkers.