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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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Radio 101: Operating Two-Way Radios Every Day and in Emergencies https://govbooktalk.gpo.gov/2013/07/10/radio-101-operating-two-way-radios-every-day-and-in-emergencies/

General Mobile Radio Service... From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Mobile_Radio_Service

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) FCC Mobility Division https://www.fcc.gov/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs

GMRS / FRS - Discussions related to GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) and FRS (Family Radio Service) communications https://forums.radioreference.com/gmrs-frs/179111-gmrs-vs-frs.html<

FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-personal-radio-service-revisions-will-affect-gmrs-frs-cb-other-part-95-devices

A Beginner's Guide to Two-Way Radio http://blog.telecomny.com/a-beginners-guide-to-two-way-radio





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