- Mar 15, 2010
But they already have their 22 channel bubble packs with GMRS mixed in that EVERYONE uses anyway regardless of getting licensed or not. I can't see where the license restriction is stopping ANY sales of bubble pack radios as most don't even know what GMRS or FRS are.It is because the manufacturers of this bubble pack junk are all engaged in a 22 channel 36 mile marketing war and they want to legitimize stomping on GMRS channels at the peril of licensed GMRS operators.
There is no reason for users of bubble pack radios to need the additional GMRS channels. Further the push to license all by rule forces the FCC to rethink the power levels of mobiles and portables because they can't have innocent and ignorant little Bobbie and Buffie using a 5 watt radio in front of their little heads nor a 50 Watt mobile on Buffies little Pink Barbie Corvette.
This was all hashed out in an NPRM several years back and the FCC and others seeing actual licensed GMRS operators push back had them shelve the NPRM waiting for the smoke to clear. This issue is not dead.
Maybe to increase the FRS channels to 2 watts? Even so, they probably could do better with a GMRS activation code to unlock 4 watt channels after obtaining a license.