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What's The Difference Between GMRS & FRS...



What's The Difference Between GMRS & FRS you ask?

Well for one, FRS radios have lower transmit power (like .5 watts of RF power output), must not have the ability to remove the antenna, and FRS channels require no license to transmit on them.

GMRS radios can run more power (up to and a max of 50 watts with no max on ERP) and GMRS users may use handhelds with removable and more effective antennas, and GMRS channels require a license (about $70.00) to operate on the GMRS frequencies and said license, once approved, are good now for ten years as issued from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Each service (GMRS & FRS) has its own set of frequency channels, and they share some (seven) common channels with each other. Different makes and models of radios may use different channel numbers for the same frequency. It's best to obtain radio equipment with the channels all programmed the same...


Most GMRS and FRS radios have tone encoders and decoders that may go under the name of “privacy code”, “PL”, Privacy Plus or the like. Some people even have refered to it as encryption...it's not encryption.

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FCC GMRS License Information...
License First...
If you plan on the purchase of and use of (by means of transmitting on) GMRS Frequencies and plan to use it within the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that you first register for and obtain a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) license. Transmitting on any of the licensed GMRS repeater pairs without first obtaining an approved FCC lices is a violation of the FCC rules.

Why an FCC license?...
In the United States, the FCC regulates the frequencies that are used by devices like two way radios. The FCC requires that anyone operating a device on the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) obtain a license prior to use.

How can I apply for a General Mobile radio Service (GMRS) FCC license?...
A GMRS license requires that you must first obtain a Universal License Number on FCC Universal Licensing System. You can apply for a Universal License Number and a GMRS license on-line at the FCC Universal License System (ULS) web site.

Eligablity...
Eligibility information may be obtained on FCC Website on-line at the FCC License System (ULS) web site.

FCC GMRS Band Plan Information...
FCC GMRS Band Plan Information may be obtained on FCC Website on-line at the FCC License System (ULS) web site.







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