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Can I use 5 watts on the FRS/GMRS channels if GMRS is 50 watts


Premium Subscriber
Aug 6, 2012
FRS/GMRS combined channel chart - The RadioReference Wiki, according to the chart channels 15-22 are shared FRS/GMRS, it says that FRS would be 2watt output and GMRS would be 50watt output, i was wondering if anything below 50 watts or a good bit below 50 watts would still be classified as FRS like 5 watts.
No. FRS is not just about power level. There are other limits, such as non-removal antenna. Bottom line, a radio is FRS if it is certified as such. Running a GMRS radio at an FRS power level does not make it an FRS radio unless it is also certified for FRS. You would still need a GMRS license.