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Old 06-12-2014, 01:04 PM   #11
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This technology has become so good and affordable, that even a cheapo "hello kitty" walkie-talkie set my daughters received as a present work amazingly well. I was surprised my them having multi channel as well as sub-channels for more secure talk. This being said, the selection at the local sporting goods store will yield some high quality, multi function walkies for a very reasonable price. I like the Motorola brand.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:30 PM   #12
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Most of the good ones use GMRS but also include FRS channels. Channels 1-7 and 15-22 are GMRS and 8-14 are FRS.....FRS is low power and needs no license but the others do. You can avoid all this by buying an FRS only walkie talkie or do what we do and use the middle channels that are set to low power.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:32 PM   #13
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I thought the whole point of the Family Radio frequencies (which most of the little cheap, short range walkies operate on, not the same frequencies as CB or HAM) was so that you didn't have to deal with licensing and all that crap...? I would LMAO if some lackey from the FCC came around and gave me flack about my little radios!
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #14
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The FRS radios do not require a FCC license to operate on CH8 thru CH14 I think it is. The GMRS channels do require a FCC License.

Read this from google search which explains it pretty good..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General...vice#Licensing

I was raised to follow the rules but in this case unless you are reported by some other irate user than I doubt if the FCC is going to track you down for using your GMRS radios without an license.

Yes - I even had a FCC License when I was involved with the early CB operations on 27Mhz back in the early 60's. KBX-9218 I think was my call sign back then...

I have a couple of FRS radios to use around the camp sites... The frequency is so high (460Mhz) almost anything absorbs the transmitted frequency making them very short range operations...

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Old 06-12-2014, 01:41 PM   #15
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The FRS radios do not require a FCC license to operate on CH8 thru CH14 I think it is. The GMRS channels do require a FCC License.

Read this from google search which explains it pretty good..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General...vice#Licensing

I was raised to follow the rules but in this case unless you are reported by some other irate user than I doubt if the FCC is going to track you down for using your GMRS radios without an license.

Yes - I even had a FCC License when I was involved with the early CB operations on 27Mhz back in the early 60's. KBX-9218 I think was my call sign back then...

I have a couple of FRS radios to use around the camp sites... The frequency is so high (460Mhz) almost anything absorbs the transmitted frequency making them very short range operations...

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Wow, I didn't even know you needed anything for the GMRS frequencies... Interesting.
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Wow, I didn't even know you needed anything for the GMRS frequencies... Interesting.
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Please everyone, take a deep breath. The license thing [need one or not, I don't really know] is a total non event. The Fcc, the FBI, or even our wonderful power hungry leader isn't going to knock on your door. They simply don't care. For the record, they don't care about CB's or VHF either.

You shouldn't need to spend more than $50 on even a good pair. The better ones have code settings that will block your transmittion on a channel from anyone other than those who set their radios to the same channel and code.

Another example of over thinking something. These radios are a great help keeping track of your wife or kids in the CG, Wally world, or where ever you go.
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Hi all, allow me to shed some light here - You do not need an FCC license for CB, or for the FRS channels, but one is required for GMRS and MURS, though most people don't buy MURS radios. The way to obtain your GMRS license if you choose to work within the law is to simply send your fee (I believe it's $80-$85 now) to the FCC and they send you your license. Easy-peasy. The reason that the GMRS requires a license is that the FCC allows users to maintain repeater systems on GMRS, which greatly increases their coverage.

One thing I should note though is that when Bassdogs said, "For the record, they don't care about CB's or VHF either" I have to disagree with the latter. VHF includes Amateur Radio frequencies, and I'm here to tell you that hams are quite good at locating the source of illegal transmissions and reporting it to the FCC, and they do follow up.

That being said, I encourage you to study, take the test and get your ham radio license! Then you can use the VHF and UHF frequencies all you want, get much better range and it costs much less than a GMRS license!
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We have the Motorola Talkabout T5000. I use one of the free channels for FRS. It works great for me to give hubby instructions on backing in the spot. First try every time.
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The reason that the GMRS requires a license is that the FCC allows users to maintain repeater systems on GMRS, which greatly increases their coverage.

One thing I should note though is that when Bassdogs said, "For the record, they don't care about CB's or VHF either" I have to disagree with the latter. VHF includes Amateur Radio frequencies, and I'm here to tell you that hams are quite good at locating the source of illegal transmissions and reporting it to the FCC, and they do follow up.
And that's exactly who cares. There are some pretty serious GRMS users out there with repeaters and very nice hand helds that actually do have some decent range. If they pick you up and you aren't licensed, they will report it. Will you get caught? Perhaps not. But its on your conscious should you choose not to pay for the license.

We bought GMRS for hiking back country trails but I let my license lapse because we haven't used them much. Now I just use the FRS frequencies. FRS and GMRS used to be so clogged with users, but now with cell phones hardly anyone is using these radios anymore. You can use FRS for free and probably never have anyone trying to share the frequency.
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