Greetings from the People Republic of San Francisco

I’m a long-time GMRS/FRS user from hiking and playing airsoft. I recently got interested in Ham and more serious comms after using Baofeng and other Chinese comms, though I’ve been hesitant to go down that rabbit hole of time commitment.

I’ve recently discovered a problem with my Midland GXT1000 radios that I haven’t been able to find an answer for searching on Google. I figured posting here may be more productive. I’ve posted my question on the forum:

Hi! It’s great… But. What is “People Republic of San Francisco”? Is it a joke? ))