- May 3, 2021
My friends have told me Grand Forks has gone quiet on their TrunkTracker 3, did they go 800mgz or DMR?
It should be noted that GF County with great exception has been digital for a number of years now. A trunktracker iii scanner does not have digital capabilities.My friends have told me Grand Forks has gone quiet on their TrunkTracker 3, did they go 800mgz or DMR?
Thanks, I was worried that I may have bought an illegal radio.What they do is take Cheap Chinese Radios, rebrand them with their name, and jack the price up 3-5x. It is type accepted for GMRS, from what I can gather, so you'ree good there.
In any event, here is basically what they sold you, and I'm guessing you paid a little more than $135 for it. Heck, they were going on eBay not that long ago for under $99.
Don't fall for Rugged Radios' crap. You can do way better, cheaper, elsewhere.
I’m definitely thinking about getting my HAM license after a year or two using GMRS. Right now my priority is to meet Jeep’s requirement to use GMRS. I’m pretty sure HAM is even better! My long term priority is to be prepared for disaster.I am glad you found this forum and also happy that some folks out there are smart enough to understand what they are doing. I personally do not think you much to worry about. That said and having been a CBer in the "Golden Years" (1976) who sent in his FCC license when everyone went crazy with linear amps and later trash talk, I hope you lean in the future towards getting a HAM license. Not just because it gets you a ton of capabilities but it will propel you into a whole new world of possibilities you might have never thought of before. Yes there are some curmudgeons among us but they are not the majority. GMRS or FRS is fine for now but down the road being able to communicate off road via all manner of legal means is like nothing else. Setting up an HF or High power VHF/UHF station mobile will get you really out there.
I ran a 65 watt VHF simplex station that was heard 20 miles away. Radio is an important tool to have these days if the grid gets compromised. Forget the 5 watt Chinese HT's (good for a few blocks under the best conditions). Repeaters are great as well but if the power goes, simplex is going to need power and that's where a HAM radio license will come in handy. I doubt there will be FCC agents running around enforcing rules and laws on GMRS folks during a disaster but if you have a license its less likely you will get hassled.
I wheel with a bunch of Jeep folks, some had FRS handhelds and we were trying to talk over Channel 11. Nobody could get it to work. I could hear everyone, but nobody could hear me.Id be curious what channels you are talking on. the Midland has all available GMRS frequencies. Not sure how one radio will talk and one wont unless your on FRS or other channels.
I have my GMRS license (WRJJ303).What our new member needs to understand and know is the radio he is using now may be on a channel he is not licensed to use and causing interference with licensed users and could be held liable.
Wow thats an absolute mess, my lord lolAs long as we are on the subject of GF County let me share with you the communications mess it was 20 years ago.
GFPD 3ch's on 800 system
GFFD 2ch's on 800 system paging on vhf
Altru vhf and 800 mobiles, 800 portable
GFSO vhf portable/mobile 800 mobile for car to car/phone patch
Manvel FD 800
Thompson PD vhf
Thompson FD uhf
Emerado FD uhf
Emerado PD vhf
Northwood PD&FD vhf
all other FD's vhf
EGF/Polk CO MN VHF
Now tell me that wasn't a mess.
Clarification, GF PD is NOT encrypted on VHF.These forums are best served when accurate information is posted here. That being said, GFPD is still on vhf and. It encrypted. I’m listening to them right now. If they are encrypted on sirn which I don’t monitor, then I suspect they are patched from vhf and it is encrypted as it is patched to sirn. I have not heard in the news or heard any information regarding GFPD purchasing radios. Maybe they wouldn’t have to if they have dual band and are compatible with sirn.
The only fact that I can say with absolute certainty is that GFPD right now is on vhf and in the open
These forums are best served when accurate information is posted here.