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 Post subject: FRS vs GMRS opinions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:46 pm 
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I have a CB in the Jeep that works ok & not looking to replace it. However, I’m looking at handheld radios to have as backups in case someone doesn’t have a CB, for event planning, etc.

FRS/GMRS can’t talk to CB - sucks, otherwise would have been perfect.

Anyways, I was looking at getting just a basic set of FRS radios & then ran into GMRS ones. A little more expensive, needs a license but more powerful from what I understand.

Any thoughts on FRS vs GMRS? Is it worth buying GMRS instead of a standard FRS?


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 Post subject: Re: FRS vs GMRS opinions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:51 pm 
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Example products.

FRS - https://midlandusa.com/product/x-talker-t51vp/

GMRS - https://midlandusa.com/product/gxt1000vp4/


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 Post subject: Re: FRS vs GMRS opinions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:54 pm 
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The Baofeng radios will do GMRS and FRS along with a bunch of others. I have (and I think Dave R has) the UV-5R radio. I believe Will (Ripper) has a couple too, along with his hard wired setup in his rig.

https://baofengtech.com/product/uv-5r/

It’s pretty inexpensive and completely programmable. I think it gets weather band and even FM frequencies. I’m not sure how they can get away with that in the USA, but they do.

I got mine through a group buy from another NEA4WD club. They programmed it with all the FRS and GMRS frequencies along with a bunch of repeaters, the channels from the King of the Hammers, all the national weather frequencies and some other stuff I can’t remember. I think it cost me $30 with a $5 fee to the guy that programmed it.

There are some upgraded antennas and long life batteries and other stuff out there for it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:19 pm 
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I have a midland gmrs setup in the x, along with a BTech handheld. Both work well at rausch and aoaa. Also have the cb still.

And I have a uv-5r that John mentioned. Technically, it's a ham radio and it's illegal to use on gmrs or frs. I've done it though. Not like the FCC is gonna swoop down in choppers and arrest you.

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 Post subject: Re: FRS vs GMRS opinions
PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 6:01 pm 
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Thanks for the info guys. I did look at a few of those Boafeng (?) radios but then there was talk about programming & it became too complicated for me.

More to think about.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2021 3:29 pm 
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I ended up ordering these GMRS radios & also applied for my license as well.

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Suresh, where did you apply for the license and how much is it?

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 Post subject: Re: FRS vs GMRS opinions
PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2021 10:48 am 
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$70 for 10years at fcc.gov/uls. Have to register with their system & then apply. One person get it, it covers everyone in your immediate family.


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