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Old 01-16-2018, 6:39 PM
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Yep, not sure why CB'ers try and blast as much power as they can.. im surprised antennas arent melting. Also, I hear occasional FRS/GMRS activity at malls, when I go. I sometimes hear a bubble pack roger beep on buisness band frequencies.. anyone explain that?
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Yep, not sure why CB'ers try and blast as much power as they can.. im surprised antennas arent melting. Also, I hear occasional FRS/GMRS activity at malls, when I go. I sometimes hear a bubble pack roger beep on buisness band frequencies.. anyone explain that?
You have people who will never understand that their over wide modulation is power wasted.
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Yep, not sure why CB'ers try and blast as much power as they can.
I think it may be a macho thing.....perhaps a way to try to compensate for other deficiencies..
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There is now a new FRS radio with a mag mount car antenna that might do good.
A new FRS mobile radio? What make and model?

I have two of the Radio Shack 14 channel FRS magnet mount radios.

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I think it may be a macho thing.....perhaps a way to try to compensate for other deficiencies..
Theyíre also the guys with full custom running lights on their trucks
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A new FRS mobile radio? What make and model?

I have two of the Radio Shack 14 channel FRS magnet mount radios.

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Apparently the Midland 75-510xl. It may be something old and obscure that Ive mistaken for new.
https://www.wearecb.com/75510xlb-14-...frs-radio.html
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Apparently the Midland 75-510xl. It may be something old and obscure that Ive mistaken for new.
https://www.wearecb.com/75510xlb-14-...frs-radio.html
Midland 18-370 Magnet Mount Mobile Antenna for Midland 75-510XL Speak EasyM Mobile FRS Two-Way Radio (18370 18 370 183-70)
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Yep, not sure why CB'ers try and blast as much power as they can.. im surprised antennas arent melting. Also, I hear occasional FRS/GMRS activity at malls, when I go. I sometimes hear a bubble pack roger beep on buisness band frequencies.. anyone explain that?
The Motorola TalkAbout GMRS/FRS bubble packs have the ugly roger "bloip" sound enabled by default. It can be disabled if desired to make the radio sound more professional instead of sounding like a kid's toy.

Motorola's business bubble packs as I call them including the RMM2050 VHF MURS radio have the same ugly roger "bloip" and is disabled by default but can be enabled in the programming if desired.
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Odd. This was on UHF. And it wasnt a FRS/GMRS frequency...
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I sometimes hear a bubble pack roger beep on buisness band frequencies.. anyone explain that?
FRS/GRMS bubble pack radios aren't the only ones that have sound effects. What frequency was it? It could be soembody using Chinese factory frequencies out of the box or it could be a legitimate user.
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Odd. This was on UHF. And it wasnt a FRS/GMRS frequency...
Nothing odd about it. Motorola's UHF business bubble packs used on the popular UHF business channels (464.500, 464.550, 467.7625, 467.8125, 467.850, 467.875, 467.900, 467.925) have the annoying roger "bloip" option. The feature is (thankfully) disabled by default but can be enabled in the programming if desired.

The Motorola Talkabout GMRS/FRS bubble packs have the annoying roger bloip sound enabled by default but can be disabled if desired to make the radio sound more professional instead of sounding like a kid's toy.
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I would think that would be in violation of the FCC regulations, since FRS radios aren't supposed to have detachable antennas.

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There was one weird radio shack unit that has the radio and transmitter in a little puck that went on your roof with a magnet base and the control head was just that a remote control head for the transmitter. I haven't looked into it, but don't the Midland GMRS micro mobile radios have FRS in them?


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I have two of the Radio Shack mag-mount FRS radios.

Those micro-mobiles are GMRS, which share 7 channels with the FRS, while allowing up to 5 watts ERP and a detachable antenna.
The accessory antenna linked above attaches to an FRS handheld radio, which would seem to be in violation to me.

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Here in Dallas we have a few repeaters, quite active during some parts of the day.

600 used to be the most active, to the point where when you turned on your radio and didn't hear anything something had to have been wrong with the repeater! (REACT repeater)
650 is a new one that got put up recently, most of the users are in the eastern part of Dallas County and that has a better footprint that direction so most everyone moved to that one.
675 is also used by REACT, it's down right now due to an antenna issue but we plan on getting it back on the air soon, used as a backup for our main system or "interop" when other REACT teams come to town.
725 in McKinney is another popular one and 725 in Arlington.

All of the repeaters except for 650 and 725 in McKinney use the travel tone. As far as FRS goes I don't monitor it as much as I'd like to, so I can't tell you about that. When I do monitor it I'm usually travelling. I stopped scanning MURS due to Walmarts and Sams Clubs using them non stop.
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I would think that would be in violation of the FCC regulations, since FRS radios aren't supposed to have detachable antennas.

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That radio was actually short lived. It had its certification pulled for the reason you mentioned.

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I live in rural central Minnesota, and I from time to time monitor FRS/GMRS from time to time. Iím normally more active with ham radio. We just had this conversation this morning about activity in our area at our ham radio weekend coffee. Around this area there is a fair amount of FRS traffic, majority is during summer time with being in lakes and parks area where itís a forum of communication among families. Also there is small amount of small business like lumber yards that use FRS. GMRS is used from time to time up here. Some owned Repeaters in the area that do get used few times a month, but nothing crazy.
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Nothing odd about it. Motorola's UHF business bubble packs used on the popular UHF business channels (464.500, 464.550, 467.7625, 467.8125, 467.850, 467.875, 467.900, 467.925) have the annoying roger "bloip" option. The feature is (thankfully) disabled by default but can be enabled in the programming if desired.

The Motorola Talkabout GMRS/FRS bubble packs have the annoying roger bloip sound enabled by default but can be disabled if desired to make the radio sound more professional instead of sounding like a kid's toy.
Haha! I was one of those people who enabled my "bloip" on my RM series radio. Well, luckily I have grown up and turned it off. I don't use my RMM2050 as much anymore.
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pretty dead in laughlin nv - bullhead city az , bordering river towns full of snowbirds
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It depends on where you live... hear in Lexington,SC we have a couple local repeaters that a couple of us talk on,but other than that all I hear is little kids on simplex


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