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Old 10-28-2013, 11:41 PM
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I have to say that I am surprised but FRS - GMRS and MURS is very quite in my area. There are several repeaters for GMRS in the area, but I very rarely hear anyone on any of the frequencies.

Once in a while I will hear kids playing on one of the FRS channels.

Much quieter than I ever expected.

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Lubbock, Texas…

We have a repeater running on .675 and .700…all those licensed in the county are aware of them. On .700 there is a bunch of traffic on the simplex on the West side of town. Couple of churches, construction crews (not the big contractors), kids, etc use them. All of them seem to just happen to be using a 118.8 PL just like the repeater so whenever your on that side of town you tend to hear some activity you didn't want to hear. Also, had a construction crew get mad at me one time telling me to get off their frequency…I just replied with my call and asked for theirs. They never got back to me and I never heard them on the repeater output again.

One of the businesses has a repeater on 575…hear them occasionally when I'm scanning but that's about it.

Otherwise, FRS/GMRS is pretty standard for a city of 230,000 people.
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This still holds true in my locale.
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I did hear some simplex on 462.5875 today, it was freq inversion scrambled. I was out in the boonies, so I will assume it was deer hunters....or thieves!
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The extent of "congestion" in my area is the VERY occasional farmer talking to his workers. I live in a rural area and there's hardly ever any activity on both services.
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Seems to be common in rural areas... Farmers, hunters...
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Seems to be common in rural areas... Farmers, hunters...
Had the market been flooded by MURS/FRS radios…it might be a different story.
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Had the market been flooded by MURS/FRS radios…it might be a different story.
True.
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Hello everybody I wanted to share my activity here in Peoria with you. Here in Peoria where I live Ch.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 are used by business. I also have Big Lots on Knoxville in Peoria use it. Channel 16 is used by Negware Materials. Channel 21,22,15,18 are all repeaters.Channel 1 is used by a school in our school district. Channel 2 is used by an unknown business. Channel 3 is the same. Channel 4 is used by a trailer court. Hope this helps with this post.The only thing on the MURS where I live is Wal-Mart.

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Lehigh valley it varies. Our golden corral usses 462.650 with a Dpl and of course our mall area very active down Lehigh valley. Walmart is using 154.57 like normal csq do find in construction zones, flagger force does use GMRS mostly CH.1 once in awhile something different. Weis markets also uses them mostly managers you see hanging from pocket. We do have active repeater 462.550 alarm company operating on along with 675 REACT team which hear once in awhile in allentown
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In the Oakwood, GA area perhaps a hospital or nursing home possibly use a repeater for their services. I'll have to look at the frequency again, as is I do not yet have a real gmrs radio to talk on yet.
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FRS 11-14 are fairly active where I work.
I have them programmed into our work radios as "working" frequencies, when things get congested on other channels. Works out good when a two or three people are working on a job, and they need to talk back and forth while troubleshooting or doing calibrations, when the common channels are busy.
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FRS 11-14 are fairly active where I work.
I have them programmed into our work radios as "working" frequencies, when things get congested on other channels. Works out good when a two or three people are working on a job, and they need to talk back and forth while troubleshooting or doing calibrations, when the common channels are busy.
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My area is about the same for FRS (construction/mall/flaggers/schools etc). GMRS is pretty quiet other than the FRS folks that get on a GMRS channel. I have a few GMRS repeaters up in the area but not all cover huge areas. Mainly used for my family and some of my SAR members. I plan to add a couple more next summer as time permits.
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Next to no activity here, usually just kids or the odd business. Hell I came home from work yesterday and heard some voices coming from my shack. Completely forgot I left the PRO-2021 scanning GMRS.
There was a couple kids yappin in the neighbourhood.

GMRS is license free here in canada, and its DEAD, CB is way more active.
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Hahaha, I've done that, left it on and then heard mysterious chatter from my room. Freaked me out.
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Decatur, IL mostly by Tate & Lyle and Nelson park. Mostly no traffic, even on FRS now. Static on 19, and (as reported from Peoria) Big Lots on 7 with a 35 tone. I looked at their radio sitting on the service desk. Occasional road crew on 1 and travellers on us36. It is very dead here since smart phones came out.
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...if and when they drop the gmrs license requirements whether or not traffic will actually will pick up?
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...if and when they drop the gmrs license requirements whether or not traffic will actually will pick up?
Why would that be a good thing? If they drop the licensing requirements, I'd be more worried about them (Congress, mostly) wholesale dumping GMRS and auctioning it for broadband or using it for "white space devices" that can tolerate some degree of interference but still stay operational (which might happen regardless). That would create a higher noisefloor, which reduces the usable range of incumbent systems (which, to the blister-packed radio folks is tolerable - the FCC's vision is that the user base of the band does not resemble LMR repeater/mobile topology anymore, but unit-to-unit self-contained portables). Licensing actually creates an environment where this subband becomes more valuable because use is more or less registered and not "wild."
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There is a GMRS network of repeaters in north Georgia. Most have very good coverage. I got a GMRS license just in case I might need the use of one of the repeaters. Had the license 4 years. Have not used at all. I scan the GMRS and FRS frequencies in my mobile UHF Radio. Seldom hear any traffic except for kids playing with FRS talkies. Sometimes gets interesting while traveling the interstates.

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