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Old 03-22-2014, 2:51 AM
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hi im not sure if im posting in the right place but maybe hoping for some help. i was wondering how to go about getting a broadcast license from the fcc and what kind to apply for. we would be using the radios for personal use ( farm) and a few of us severe weather spotters to keep in contact during severe weather. right now we use vhf but tuned down and using m.u.r.s so not much range.
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Old 03-24-2014, 9:27 PM
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First of all a Broadcast License would be something like what a radio station (AM/FM) or Television station would have. They transmit, you receive. Amateur Radio cannot be used for "business" and not sure if using it on a farm would count or not. A lot of weather spotters are indeed Amateur Radio operators, and that is often one of the primary modes of commutation. If you are wanting a radio for you farm work, CB or FRS (Family Radio Service), or go to the GMRS, however, GMRS does require a FCC License. If you are just wanting to have personal use (no business) than a Amateur License is okay. However, with this you need to take a test. There is a cost, however, the license is "free", and good for ten years.

I hope this answers your questions.
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If he went the amateur license way, each operator would also need a license. He could get a business license.
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If he went the amateur license way, each operator would also need a license. He could get a business license.
Quite correct.
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Default Family Farm?

If the farm is operated by members of his immediate family then GMRS is likely the best option. One $85 Licence covers the whole family, and the maximum power is 50 watts ERP. Sufficient for most property.
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