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GMRS Repeaters

WA0CBW

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A repeater has a transmit frequency and receive frequency. You transmit on the repeater receive frequency and you receive on the repeater transmit frequency. A repeater may also require a signalling tone for access PL or DPL. It is customary to get the repeater owners permission before using their repeater.
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I would add that you also need a radio capable of repeater operation. That is, your radio needs to be able to TX on one frequency and listen on another. Alot of inexpensive "bubble pack" GMRS radios can not do this.
 

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The GMRS community has a website/forum similar to this one. It is www.mygmrs.com Aside from forums/discussion, the website also maintains a list of GMRS repeaters, their frequencies, contact information, etc. As WA0CBW pointed out, it is also a good idea to obtain permission to use any of the listed repeaters. This website often allows you to contact the repeater owner to obtain that permission. While a good number of ham repeaters are open to all licensed ham users, this isn't necessarily the case with GMRS repeaters.
 

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A number of people use these BTechs and similar. I would stay away from the Midland radios because they only do narrow-band FM and their CTCSS (PL) doesn't work property with non-Midland radios. Those who don't care about strict legality, are using Part 90 radios, that is, radios intended for commerical and public safety, and some people just use "unlocked" ham radios.

 

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Hi,

I know this question may sound dumb, but I am fairly new to radio. How do I talk on GMRS repeaters? Do I just transmit on the same frequency?
The first thing you do is contact the repeater owner and ask him if it’s OK to use his repeater. He has a considerable investment in his equipment, & it’s not like a ham repeater where most are open access. In my case, the owner of the repeater approached me & said I could use his repeater if I needed to. GARY
 

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all repeaters are private property. Some may choose to allow them for "open" use but this by no means is an invitation to squat. It's always advisable to contact the owner(s) and request permission before "moving in". Of course, one can always put up their own repeater and run it how they wish, after they spent the copious amounts of money and pay the ongoing expenses (site rent, utilities, etc).
 
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