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Old 09-28-2013, 6:31 PM
Darth_vader Darth_vader is offline
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At first I thought this thread was meant as a joke, since this subject has been covered so many (i.e. hundreds) of times in this forum already.

Anyways...

FRS 1-7:
FRS only: 0.5 watt maximum
GMRS: 5 watt maximum
Repeater use: prohibited (simplex only)
Licence/call letters required: only when operating GMRS equipment greater than 0.5 watt (people sometimes use handles on FRS and GMRS; call letters must always be announced on-air regardless)
CTCSS/DCS: allowed
Regulation (FRS): 47 CFR 95.194c
Regulation (GMRS): 47 CFR 95.179

FRS 8-14:
FRS only: 0.5 watt maximum
GMRS: prohibited (though most mainstream GMRS HTs do include 0.5 watt coverage of 8-14 for interoperability purposes)
Repeater use: prohibited (simplex only)
Licence/call letters required: no
CTCSS/DCS: allowed

GMRS 15-22 (a.k.a. 550-725)
FRS only: not applicable
GMRS: 50 watts maximum (though this may change in the coming years)
Repeater use: allowed; +5 MHz shift
Licence/call letters required: always; people sometimes use handles on GMRS but call letters must always be announced on-air regardless
CTCSS/DCS: allowed (may be required to access repeaters)
Other restrictions: Channels 19 and 21 (650/700) not permitted for use near the Canadian border

And since I know somebody will probably ask (since it does sort of fall into this category):
MURS
All channels: 2 watts maximum
Bandwidth: 1-3: 11 kHz; 4-5: 20 kHz
Deviation: 1-3: 2.5 kHz; 4-5: 5 kHz
Repeater use: prohibited (simplex only)
Licence required: not required for personal use, may be required if used during the course of duties in a place of business; people sometimes use handles on MURS when conducting personal communications
CTCSS/DCS: allowed

See also:
Family Radio Service - The RadioReference Wiki
General Mobile Radio Service - The RadioReference Wiki
Multi-Use Radio Service - The RadioReference Wiki

There.

Last edited by Darth_vader; 09-28-2013 at 6:59 PM.. Reason: links; clarification; CTCSS/DCS
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