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Old 12-23-2017, 4:45 PM
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Is there a FRS base station that covers all FRS channels?
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Old 12-23-2017, 4:53 PM
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A quick Amazon search had these two pop up on the first page…
https://www.amazon.com/Memorex-Stati...o+base+station

https://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-Stat...o+base+station
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Is there a FRS base station that covers all FRS channels?
Is getting a GMRS license out of the question? You could always get this and be within license limits.

https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt11...e-2-way-radio/

https://www.fcc.gov/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs


How about MURS? No license needed and probably better coverage, especially with external antenna which you can't do with FRS. Can't say much about this equipment though.

https://www.dakotaalert.com/store/mu...-base-station/

https://www.dakotaalert.com/store/mu...urs-hand-held/

https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...k-menu-block-4

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MURS is limited to 2 watts. GMRS can have up to 50 watts, depending on the frequency, and also work with a repeater at the power. The other choice is to rent radios and repeater use, but than can be cheaper than maintaining your own repeater.
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Is there a FRS base station that covers all FRS channels?
NO FRS is only a hand held radio with fixed antenna.
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MURS is limited to 2 watts. GMRS can have up to 50 watts, depending on the frequency, and also work with a repeater at the power. The other choice is to rent radios and repeater use, but than can be cheaper than maintaining your own repeater.
The OP hasn't responded to the GMRS license question. If he's okay with paying for licensing and wanted to continue with a fixed station then there is a 15W limit. If he's mobile then that could bring it up to 50W but that's not what was asked.

I offered MURS since it's unlicensed, would provide wider coverage and allow for an external antenna which would be better than FRS with fixed HT antenna at 2W.
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Between the 3, GMRS is the best way to go.
FRS = wattage limits are too low
MURS = wattage limits are too low
GMRS = 50 watt limit, antenna of your choice, repeater usage, cheap handhelds
can do GMRS.

Seems like a no brainer. GMRS license is now like $60+ for 5 years. 12 bucks
per year is well worth it
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The OP hasn't responded to the GMRS license question. If he's okay with paying for licensing and wanted to continue with a fixed station then there is a 15W limit. If he's mobile then that could bring it up to 50W but that's not what was asked.
The 15 watt fixed station is only one of several possibilities under the new GMRS rules. They also allow base stations and repeaters up to 50 watts, same as the mobiles.
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Between the 3, GMRS is the best way to go.
FRS = wattage limits are too low
MURS = wattage limits are too low
GMRS = 50 watt limit, antenna of your choice, repeater usage, cheap handhelds
can do GMRS.

Seems like a no brainer. GMRS license is now like $60+ for 5 years. 12 bucks
per year is well worth it


Now, I think if you get it it's 10 years, not just 5


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Those are both 1/2 watt models with only the old 14 FRS low power channels. I wonder if they are even still available.

The new FRS rules (effective 9/28/2017) allow up to 2 watts on 1-7 and added 15-22, also on 2 watts. 8-14 remain 1/2 watts for both FRS.
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And I'll raise you an Amateur Extra license.
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Those are both 1/2 watt models with only the old 14 FRS low power channels. I wonder if they are even still available.

The new FRS rules (effective 9/28/2017) allow up to 2 watts on 1-7 and added 15-22, also on 2 watts. 8-14 remain 1/2 watts for both FRS.
Amazon says they are, if that's worth anything.

And it is what SpaceMann was asking for, not MURS, Not ham, not GMRS, he's asking about FRS...
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Is there a FRS base station that covers all FRS channels?
McKenna had two good links. Depending on range, those may work well for you. If you're looking for greater range than those, your best option may be to get a used UHF mobile on a power supply, run an outside antenna, and program the FRS channels in the radio. Another option would be to use a ham radio modified to talk out of bands. That would give you front panel programming. You would not need a computer to reprogram, as opposed to using commercial equipment.

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Like others have said, they don't make FRS base or mobile radios.
Your best option would be to get a UHF mobile on a power supply, run an outside antenna, and program the FRS channels in the radio.
Another option would be to use a ham radio modified to talk out of bands. That would give you front panel programming. You would not need a computer to reprogram, as opposed to using commercial equipment.
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Like others have said, they don't make FRS base or mobile radios.
See post #2.


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Your best option would be to get a UHF mobile on a power supply, run an outside antenna, and program the FRS channels in the radio.
Another option would be to use a ham radio modified to talk out of bands. That would give you front panel programming. You would not need a computer to reprogram, as opposed to using commercial equipment.
So much wrong in this statement. Illegal on many levels. Wrong on several.
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I have this BASE station in my motohome. Actually came with this and 4 FRS radios mounted in a charger.

http://a.co/7ZnnMvI

Audiovox. Works well.
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Why not this if you can still find?

https://midlandusa.com/product/xt511-base-camp/
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There is the new audiovox new version base radios with Gmrs/Frs also.
https://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-GMRS.../dp/B00005MITI

I have 2 of the older audiovox frs units also and the work well.
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There is the new audiovox new version base radios with Gmrs/Frs also.
https://www.amazon.com/Audiovox-GMRS.../dp/B00005MITI

I have 2 of the older audiovox frs units also and the work well.
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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.
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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.
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.
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