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FRS/GMRS channel assignment

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I'm a HAM and a Block Captain for our neighborhood association. During some Training (CERT) there was some discussion of possibily assigning some of the FRS freqs to a "consistant" use (1 for Emerg, 2 CERT members, 8 community members with radios etc.). This is not a part of the FCC regs just local policy. We also found out that some of the LEO's (Law Enforcment Officer's) monitor channel 1 on the FRS radios. If you have a community group this might be a consideration for the GMRS freqs also.
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channels 1-7 and 15-22 require a GMRS license,channels 8-14 are license free for frs for use by anyone,a license is needed for the rest,CERT,Police as a organization can't be licensed, the FCC states a a GMRS license is only for individuals and their family.In general each family needs a license for GMRS.
 

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Also, FWIW, because anyone can get on any channel and use it, you can't expect to have reliable, group member only communications. Not that you can't designate specific channels, just that you can't make anyone (jammers and jerks alike) get off your "channel".
 

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channels 1-7 and 15-22 require a GMRS license,channels 8-14 are license free for frs for use by anyone,a license is needed for the rest,CERT,Police as a organization can't be licensed, the FCC states a a GMRS license is only for individuals and their family.In general each family needs a license for GMRS.
Part of this statement is correct about channels 1-7 you do need a GMRS license on the first 7 channels if you are doing more then 500mw, but if its 500mw or less then you don't.
 

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Partially correct.
IF it's an FRS Only Radio the channels are different.

Consult your owners manual first to determine the correct channel information as each make/model can vary

channels 1-7 and 15-22 require a GMRS license,channels 8-14 are license free for frs for use by anyone,a license is needed for the rest,CERT,Police as a organization can't be licensed, the FCC states a a GMRS license is only for individuals and their family.In general each family needs a license for GMRS.
 

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Partially correct.
IF it's an FRS Only Radio the channels are different.

Consult your owners manual first to determine the correct channel information as each make/model can vary
I'm not even sure they still mfg the FRS only talkies,lol! They just had to screw up by allowing GMRS to be in the list, while knowing full well that the general public would throw the package,owners manual ...and the disclaimer explaining the license process in the garbage!! :(
You gotta love the vast wisdom of the fcc ! (not)
Ok, sorry. My rant mode is off now.


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I'm not even sure they still mfg the FRS only talkies,lol! They just had to screw up by allowing GMRS to be in the list, while knowing full well that the general public would throw the package,owners manual ...and the disclaimer explaining the license process in the garbage!! :(
You gotta love the vast wisdom of the fcc ! (not)
Ok, sorry. My rant mode is off now.


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RadioShack now sells Motorola bubble packs that allow you to access repeaters now I believe its the Motorola MS350R.
 

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RadioShack now sells Motorola bubble packs that allow you to access repeaters now I believe its the Motorola MS350R.

True, I have a old moto T7200 that allows for repeater access as well but only with pl but no dpl tones.
When FRS was first introduced to the public it was in the form of 14 channels, frs 1-7 & 8-14.
Some with pl option and none I'm aware of had the dpl or NOAA weather option.
I also have a early coleman frs 14ch. that even had the charging contacts for a drop in charger, but never found a drop in charger for it.

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As far as the channel assignment, it sounds logical enough. Might have to consider range factors. As far as the GMRS license, you could have GMRS licensees be some sort of a base relay if you are thinking of using the GMRS channels. It would require that the members get a GMRS license. Let me know if you need more advice.
 
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