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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's not encryption.

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How to Get Involved Locally ...
Over the past years, due to disasters, parades, and other local functions, community leaders and law enforcement have had to ask its local community members to help with assistance in the aid or delivery of services of their community. At times it may become necessary for community leaders (including law enforcement) to ask others in the community to help provide additional communication when all other communications is stressed or stretched to the max and/or even not working. In a majority of the times when additional communications have been required Amauteur radio operators will usually provide additional assistance with local, state and nationwide communications when called upon, but, they are not the only ones that can. GRMS licensed users can do the same. Amateur radio operaortor are not always available in all areas of the United States. In such places, GMRS licensed users and FRS radio operators can fill that gap. In addition, there are generally, now days, just as many if not more users of GMRS and FRS radio equipment than there are Amateur radio oporators.

Like the Amateur radio operaotors, GMRS licensed user have been forming a relationship with other like GMRS licensed users in around their local areas. Some have even formed clubs for the training and sharing of GMRS information just like Amatuer's have. Since many GMRS users have obtained a GMRS license before they obtained their Amateur raido permit, and vice-a-versa, many are familiar with how the advantages of additional communication can be of benifit within their communities. But like anything else, if your communities leaders are not aware that you have your license and radio equipment than you really won't be called upon. It is up to you, now that you have your license, to make contact with your community leaders and specifically your local County/City Emergency Management Co-ordinator (EMC) to introduce yourself and let them know what you have, how often you can be available and what service(s) you can offer to them. Even if you have a EMC and he/she tells you they won't need your services or shows that they are not interested in talking with you and getting your information then contact your County Judge or Mayor and advise them of the response you received from tyhe EMC so that they can be aware of your offerings and maybe so they can change the attitude of your EMC.... We all have capabilities and services we can provide to our communities, don't let one person or community "leader" convince you of otherwise....

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