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Old 06-13-2014, 11:14 AM   #31
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I think that the bottom line here is that radios bought at your local retail store do not require a license.
Correct for Canada. Not for the US. GMRS frequencies require a license in the US. Yes, even for those cheap bubble pack radios sold in retail stores.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:04 PM   #32
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In 2010 the FCC floated a proposal to remove the license requirment from GMRS if the hand held was under the common wattage found in most sets in use today. The requirment comes from a range of wattage that goes up to 50 watts and hand helds should have never been in it in the first place, but they are. They have not changed anything to date but hold on because 5 years in government is like a week to the rest of us. So they might work on it for a few weeks.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:08 PM   #33
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Mistakenly scaring someone?

Who's scared? Its a clarification of how things work. That's what makes these forums educational and why most of us are here.
Kind of beating a dead horse aren't we? Think the OP and others got the info they needed, and you're info has been noted. I'll be glad to send a charity of your choice a $ for each purchaser of a bubble pack set who spends $50 or more to get a license if you would send in a nickle for those who don't.

Scared may have been the wrong term but then you knew what I meant.
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Old 06-13-2014, 12:21 PM   #34
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Kind of beating a dead horse aren't we? Think the OP and others got the info they needed, and you're info has been noted. I'll be glad to send a charity of your choice a $ for each purchaser of a bubble pack set who spends $50 or more to get a license if you would send in a nickle for those who don't.

Scared may have been the wrong term but then you knew what I meant.
It's funny, if you research the 2010 proposal to remove the requirment it's based upon the very very low number of requests for license against the very large number of radio's sold. The FCC knows full well most people never read the fine print and manufactures always put this requirment in the fine print.
My 2 watt radio is not going to take over the air waves anytime soon. And they are set on channel 8 which takes me down to 1 watt or less (most of the time).
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Old 06-13-2014, 01:12 PM   #35
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Kind of beating a dead horse aren't we? Think the OP and others got the info they needed, and you're info has been noted. I'll be glad to send a charity of your choice a $ for each purchaser of a bubble pack set who spends $50 or more to get a license if you would send in a nickle for those who don't.

Scared may have been the wrong term but then you knew what I meant.
Oh goodness. Really? Who's beating a dead horse?
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:07 PM   #36
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We have motorolas and they work great. I'd have to post the model number later. They have the GMRS channels but we just use the FRS channels and have good range.
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Old 06-14-2014, 01:21 PM   #37
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Wow. This thread went 3 pages too long!
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Old 06-15-2014, 06:32 PM   #39
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i just hollar out the window

This weekend we had to go back to this primitive method, batteries were dead...
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Searched the forum - didn't find a comparable suggestion for an improved back-up experience. We just got a new TV with all the bells-and-whistles, including pairing with smart phones for hands-free. How about the spotter dialing-in to the driver so the call goes to their TV speaker then 'talk them into' the spot? Heading off in two weeks for our first outing with the new TV so will try this out because our problems with other solutions include [1] Walkie-talkie: never remember to test it ahead of time; [2] Yelling: forget to open the window (especially in bad weather) and really don't want the campsite neighbors to overhear what may degrade into bickering and sniping after a stressful drive; [3] Hand-signals: not always visible in rear mirror and you can guess which gesture becomes our favorite.
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