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Old 12-24-2017, 3:52 PM
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I like that one. The manual says it has a removable antenna. If you need extra range, you can run feedline to an outside antenna.
FRS does NOT allow a removable antenna, period. So that would not be legal on FRS frequencies, period..........

In order to have a FCC certification for FRS, the radio must have a FIXED antenna.
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FRS does NOT allow a removable antenna, period. So that would not be legal on FRS frequencies, period..........

In order to have a FCC certification for FRS, the radio must have a FIXED antenna.
If you look at the Amazon page for that radio, they claim it has the 8 GMRS channels and 7 FRS channels. Sold/advertised as "FRS", obviously incorrect.
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We used two of those Audiovox units on the farm for many years. Interestingly, they have what I believe is an RCA antenna connector on them for an external. They are packed up somewhere around here so I'll have to check again when I come across them.

EDITED: I downloaded the manual and no antenna connector shown. Either I am mistaken or we had some early models. The former is probably the case.

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A modern version of those Audiovox FRS-1000 with a better but compliant antenna bumped up to the new rules would be kind of interesting.
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The used price for those is 125 used. Too rich for me.
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yup. Has a BNC connector. My parents have this installed in there motor home with a 1/4 wave on the roof. It would not pick up any weather stations in the camper until I installed the outside antenna. I know a UHF whip isn't meant for weather but it works as intended.
I have two of these. Great radios.
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An alternative from this FRS/GMRS business is to get a commerical license using one of the "itinerant" channels. They do not require coordination so are much cheaper to get into. Up to 40 watts on some of the channels. Then you can use any damn Part 90 radio you want as long as it within specification for the particular channel you are using.
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