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CX80 - Cobra 14-Mile Two-Way Radios

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KB3SKU

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Hi i got this set from my sister,she had them for a long time,she was going to throw them away but i asked if i could take them and she let me have them.

I tried searching for a users manual for them but cant find one.

My question is what channels are GMRS and What channels are FRS?

I know i will need a license to transmit on GMRS but im not 100% sure about FRS.

I am a Ham Radio Operator so that means i don't want to risk my Ham License,by transmitting on GMRS channels by mistake.

Thank you in advance for the help

73 :)

P.S. These are the ones i have;

Cobra Electronics - Cobra 14-Mile Two-Way Radios - Two Pack - CXT80 - Handheld 2-Way Radios - Camping World
 
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Sounds to me that you have FRS RADIOS

Back in the days when they came out Everyone on the market selling these Radios Claimed they were 14 mile range Which they Were,nt

Try E-Bay under Consumer Electronics then FRS Radios Under the Search Option

Hope this helps a bit...Good Luck
 

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GMRS (General Mobile Radio Services) Frequencies
Ch Frequency Use
1 462.5500 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.5500 Repeater Input
2 462.5750 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.5750 Repeater Input
3 462.6000 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.6000 Repeater Input
4 462.6250 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.6250 Repeater Input
5 462.6500 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.6500 Repeater Input
6 462.6750 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.6750 Repeater Input
7 462.7000 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.7000 Repeater Input
8 462.7250 Simplex & Repeater Output

467.7250 Repeater Input

FRS (Family Radio Service) Frequencies
Ch Frequency Notes
1 462.5625 GMRS allowed - 5w maxc
2 462.5875 GMRS allowed - 5w max
3 462.6125 GMRS allowed - 5w max
4 462.6375 GMRS allowed - 5w max
5 462.6625 GMRS allowed - 5w max
6 462.6875 GMRS allowed - 5w max
7 462.7125 GMRS allowed - 5w max
8 467.5625 Not for GMRS Use
9 467.5875 Not for GMRS Use
10 467.6125 Not for GMRS Use
11 467.6375 Not for GMRS Use
12 467.6625 Not for GMRS Use
13 467.6875 Not for GMRS Use
14 467.7125 Not for GMRS Use

MURS (Multiple Use Radio System) Frequencies
Ch Frequency Notes
1 151.8200 Narrowband
2 151.8800 Narrowband
3 151.9400 Narrowband
4 154.5700 Business Band
5 154.6000 Business Band
 

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GMRS lisensing...

You do not Need a GMRS License for these Types of Radios
Sure you do. Says so in the instructions, at least it did on my copy. Even as a Ham, just use the FRS channels at .5w, if you have reason to use the radios, like the rest of us do. No worries. Get licensed if you decide to pay the $85. Then, like the Hams do, upgrade to some better radios later. No big deal. No radio police here, just us Pirates!
 
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You need to have a license to transmit on GMRS freqs,you don't need a license for transmiting on FRS freqs.
 

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If you want to stay strictly legal- use channel 1-14- they are FRS or shared FRS/GMRS frequencies.BTW..if you google cobra cx 80. you should be able to find and download the user instructions for the radio....good luck!
 

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FRS channels...

If you want to stay strictly legal- use channel 1-14- they are FRS or shared FRS/GMRS frequencies.BTW..if you google cobra cx 80. you should be able to find and download the user instructions for the radio....good luck!
Please refer to the list above.
 

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As a general rule of thumb, if your cobra is 14 ch (early models) then you need not worry but if your unit is 22 ch then 1-7 are gmrs splinter channels. 8-14 are FRS and 15-22 are GMRS repeater outputs and simplex.

So the the ch that you are concerned with would be 15-22.
Hopefully this helps. :)

73,
n9zas
 

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Thanks gewecke, that's what I thought as well...and I found user instructions for this radio on the first page when I googled it.
 

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As a general rule of thumb, if your cobra is 14 ch (early models) then you need not worry but if your unit is 22 ch then 1-7 are gmrs splinter channels. 8-14 are FRS and 15-22 are GMRS repeater outputs and simplex.

So the the ch that you are concerned with would be 15-22.
Hopefully this helps. :)

73,
n9zas
Thank you,the one i have has channels 1 - 22.
 

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On 22-channel radios, channels 8-14 are FRS only, and are legal to use without a license.

Channels 1-7, although shared with FRS, are typically set up to transmit at >.5W, thus operate under GMRS rules (i.e. you need a license to legally operate on them).

Channels 15-22 are strictly GMRS channels, and a license is required to legally operate on them.
 

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On 22-channel radios, channels 8-14 are FRS only, and are legal to use without a license.

Channels 1-7, although shared with FRS, are typically set up to transmit at >.5W, thus operate under GMRS rules (i.e. you need a license to legally operate on them).

Channels 15-22 are strictly GMRS channels, and a license is required to legally operate on them.
Thank you for the info but was wondering if the $80 fee for a license to transmit on the GMRS Frequency's. Is it worth paying it?
 

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I cannot answer that for you. I doubt that anyone can answer that for you...
 

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No need to apologize. I am sure there are some questions we could answer, but your's was one of personal values and individual situation...and I don't know you that well, yet. :)
 
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