fully programmable both with the key pad and with a computer. these are the ones we use at work. so I have not personally programmed one, my personal radio is different. radios are key to not getting killed on logging roads. also having a talk channel (ie a frequency not used locally) so you and your group can communicate with each other with out walking all over the road channel, or the local catski or heli ski ops is nice.
Just a speculative fiction. No cause for alarm.