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MURS - Do you use it? How often do you hear traffic?

MiCon

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I don't use it, but as a radio enthusiast I like to listen. I used to use FRS when I needed two-way comms. Mostly for traveling with the kids, or working on a project where talking to my partner wasn't possible. I don't have a current need for two-way comms now, but if I had a specific need I'd probably go with MURS because most everyone uses FRS for everything: stores, manufacturing, schools, kids, social activities, traffic control. It's become the CB of UHF. As for what I hear, it depends on where I am. Where I used to live, there was quite a bit of business activity. Where I live now, not so much. In my opinion, FRS is much more popular because they're small, cheap, and available at any general merchandise store, and most of the common folk don't even know MURS exists.
 

Coffeemug

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It may seem that I'm rambling on about everything except the current topic. However, I figure, since the discussion is on the MURS channels, the Red Dot frequency sometimes get brought up.
Now I hardly ever hear anything on the MURS channels, but Business Communications.
Of course, the most heavily used channels are the 154.570 aka Blue Dot and 154.600 Green Dot. I hear more Business Comms on the FRS channels and I think I listen some type of medical establishment.
Now, there was a previous forum on 151.625 aka Red Dot. W9NES must have thought that.
151.625 was a License Free. Obviously, that frequency remains a Licensed frequency.
 

BinaryMode

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I have programmed a system in my P2 for itinerant frequencies which is comprised of MURS, FRS/GMRS, Marine and the default CCR frequencies that come pre-programmed. I hear way more traffic on FRS/GMRS than I do on MURS. The Walmart is still using green dot though. FRS seems to be utilized more so by businesses and annoying kids than anything.

Also, I keep the mode to ALL because I have heard DMR on FRS. And I may hear that on MURS one day so I keep the mode to ALL rather than analog.
 

DVINTHEHOUSEMAN

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Up here both GMRS (including FRS) and MURS are fairly dead. There is nearly zero MURS traffic (on three separate occasions have I heard something other than me and my group) and little GMRS traffic (Grocery stores on 8 and 22, something weak on 7, tourists on the first 4 in the summer, rarely a guy and his wife on 14).

I mainly use MURS for communication with family or groups at outings or events so we don't need to rely on cell phones.
 

madrabbitt

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i have 4/5 programmed into my personal VHF portables on 20k bandwidth and low power. gives me a convenient talkaround channel when using them for non work related things and I cant use licensed channels. Out in the desert there arent any users around at all, and even if the off road crowd is on GMRS/FRS, MURS is wide open
 

mastr

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There are several "MURS" users in my area, most of which appear to be using commercial land mobile or modified ham radios and considerably more than 2 watts.
 

drsparky

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There are hundreds of miles of logging roads the 3.5 million acres of the North Maine woods. Each road has a MURS channel assigned to it, vehicles call out their location, type and direction of travel as they pass mile markers. Meeting a loaded logging truck on a blind corner is avoided. I wouldn't drive out there without MURS.
 

KD4SHK

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My local CERT team uses MURS for their communications (drills and the occasional activation). Works well for short range comms.
 

captainmax1

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Our GMRS club have been installing linked GMRS repeaters in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys in Monroe County. Our Amateur Radio Club also has a linked VHF, UHF and DMR network here in the Florida Keys. These linked networks are a big asset to share information during hurricane season in these two counties. Rarely hear MURS in these areas but I own MURS capable radios.
 

kb1fua

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Stover MO
1. Do you use MURS frequencies? If so, how often?
2. Do you often hear traffic on MURS in your area? If so, what percentage is business versus personal?
3. Which is more popular in your area, MURS, or FRS/GMRS frequencies?

I often read questions or recommendations for people to use FRS, or GMRS, but MURS does not come up as often. Although limited to two watts, the ability to use a removable/external antenna would definitely give it considerable gain. Since it has opened up as a "Licensed by rule" service I am curious about its popularity among individuals.
Where we live deep in the woods, and hills MURS is what we use when the kids and grandkids come down here to the lake. I have a vhf mobile with an outside antenna, I can communicate with the HT's about 8 miles away. We originally tried the frs/games radios, and it sucked.
Every once in a while I hear Wal-Mart on channel 2-it's like 12 miles away (as a crow flies). Other than that its dead quiet, and I'm glad. During the part-timers season here at the Lake, I have to "skip" the frs frequencies on the scanner, they have the frs freq's all busy! So, I will stick with my MURS.
 

03msc

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Murs is just another option. Supposed you have family members in a park with you who are not hams, and you want to keep contact with them ? Then Murs could provide those comms.

Sure. But you said "family of hams on MURS 2" which made me think group of hams.

MURS and GMRS both good options when not all are licensed hams, for sure.
 

03msc

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I have a vhf mobile with an outside antenna, I can communicate with the HT's about 8 miles away.

On the 2 watt limit, right? ;)**

Just kidding. I mean, that is the limit but...yeah...

**I mean, maybe a mobile goes down to 2w so I'm not implying here, just giving you a hard time.
 

kb1fua

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On the 2 watt limit, right? ;)**

Just kidding. I mean, that is the limit but...yeah...

**I mean, maybe a mobile goes down to 2w so I'm not implying here, just giving you a hard time.
Ummm, yep...sure...
I got you!
LMFAO
 

exkalibur

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We don't "officially" have MURS in Canada, but I scan them in my FRS/GMRS scanlist and have heard activity now and then. I suspect it is Americans visiting, or people that have bought radios down south.
 
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