GMRS license stuff you should know

Started by TACAIR, April 01, 2024, 07:18:59 PM

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TACAIR

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)

What the Man says.

License is a non-test fee of $35, good for 10 years.

Covers the entire 'family' - from Mom and Dad to kiddos, grandkids, grandparents and aunt/uncles - the lot.

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Lots of commercial sites with good dat and system information:
General Mobile Radio Service - Wikipedia  a good place to start and get smart of the Service.

FRS vs GMRS vs LMR (radiodepot.com)
good site showing that the FRS radio can now be up to 2 watts, something 'new'.

USA GMRS Association's Welcome Page
USA GMRS Association's Welcome Page  industry website.  Good stuff.

SHOP AROUND.  Prices vary wildly.   Remember a 5 watts UHF HT - no matter Ham, GMRS, LMR or SMR will offer the same "range' in simplex mode.   No brand offers a magic wand to better coverage.....

Let me know if you have specific questions.  I'll help all I can.
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Good info, TACAIR. I got my license almost a year ago as GRMS is very popular among offroaders & overlanders. Texas has a pretty extensive network of GRMS repeaters, but you do need to join the club to use them: https://www.texasgmrs.net/

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TACAIR

I monitored the GMRS frequencies via an inside scanner and heard nothing in the week long effort.

I think Anchorage is in love with cell phones.   Not a bad thing from my viewpoint.  I'll be ordering a set of GMRS radio sets this week for the family here in town.

Then we can play with coverage from home, dead spots, etc...
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TACAIR

Applied for the license online, paid my $35 yesterday, radio license was emailed to me today.

24 hr turnaround, not bad.

IMO, worth it if you want radio comss and everyone will not get a ham license.

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MacWa77ace

Does one license allow multiple users?
Like if I had 20 GMRS radios and I'm the only license holder, can I hand them out at an event and have 20 people on comms?
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TACAIR

If I was a sad ham, I would say no.  Me?  What is the real risk?

The rules - 
https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-47/part-95/subpart-E
say

"(2) Any individual who holds an individual license may allow his or her immediate family members to operate his or her GMRS station or stations. Immediate family members are the licensee's spouse, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, parents, grandparents, stepparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

(3) Any individual who holds an individual license may allow anyone to operate his or her GMRS station if necessary to communicate an emergency message."

Unless you are responding to a Chernobyl type evet - it isn't in the rules for non-family.

GMRS usta be Class E CB radio.  No bueno for commercial use.

OTOH, small radio, big world.  Unless you piss off someone - like a Sad Ham (ie a Karen), I doubt anyone will know you are there - provided you are checking so as not to interfere with anyone.

On the other, other hand FRS (2 watts) and MURS are both license free, can be used for business (MURS) and many of the UV-5R [program up nicely to use these.   Are the UV-5R radio type accepted or approved?  No, they are not.

You pick what you want to do and stand ready for any downside, as remote was that might be. 


I have some new UV-5R8W (TIDradio) sets for ham use (I have an Extra ticket) -- with the vendor software, easy enough to program.

let me know if I can help...
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MacWa77ace

Quote from: TACAIR on May 21, 2024, 03:54:42 PMOn the other, other hand FRS (2 watts) and MURS are both license free, can be used for business (MURS) and many of the UV-5R [program up nicely to use these.  Are the UV-5R radio type accepted or approved?  No, they are not.

You pick what you want to do and stand ready for any downside, as remote was that might be.


I have some new UV-5R8W (TIDradio) sets for ham use (I have an Extra ticket) -- with the vendor software, easy enough to program.

let me know if I can help...


If you have a multi power Baofeng you can program the FRS to at least conform to the low output wattage regulations.

That's a pretty broad immediate family list, luckily they don't use ICU rules.
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NT2C

Quote from: MacWa77ace on May 21, 2024, 03:02:12 PMDoes one license allow multiple users?
Like if I had 20 GMRS radios and I'm the only license holder, can I hand them out at an event and have 20 people on comms?
Only if it's a family event and you're all related.
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NT2C

As someone who needs to stay squeaky clean to not endanger the wife's employment, I find the TIDradio H8 and H3 meet my SHTF multi-service needs.  With the ability to change firmware on the fly and reprogram them from saved files on my phone, and them being type accepted on both GMRS and amateur bands (with the appropriate firmware loaded) that actually gives me legal three-band capability since GMRS ties in with FRS on some channels.
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