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Once again, lots of FRS/GMRS

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I've been noticing alot more frs activity in my area since places have begun to open up due to this covid stuff.
 

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Not much activity here in southern NH and haven't noticed an increase due to places opening up due to all the Covid stuff. I regularly keep an ear on the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity in my travels. I'm not a user of GMRS/FRS anymore for the most part because I moved my local on-site simplex type use with family and friends from GMRS/FRS to digital on 900MHz using Motorola DTR radios. I still scan the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity.
 
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My thoughts too. Are you in So. Cal?



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No, I'm in Eastern New York.

Not much activity here in southern NH and haven't noticed an increase due to places opening up due to all the Covid stuff. I regularly keep an ear on the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity in my travels. I'm not a user of GMRS/FRS anymore for the most part because I moved my local on-site simplex type use with family and friends from GMRS/FRS to digital on 900MHz using Motorola DTR radios. I still scan the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity.
What I've been hearing is curbside orders being coordinated at small Mom and Pop shop type stores, and some restaurants.
 

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If anything it's dropped off here, other than the one repeater I can pick up. I used to hear a good bit of activity there and on the MURS channels, much of it in Spanish, but they've been pretty quiet all summer.
 

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I still scan the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity.
At least two of the active flagger companies in Maine use bubble pack radios for traffic control. This gives you a little heads up as to which particular intersection and route they've turned into blacktop-hell.
 

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At least two of the active flagger companies in Maine use bubble pack radios for traffic control. This gives you a little heads up as to which particular intersection and route they've turned into blacktop-hell.
I've heard flaggers many times on FRS around road construction projects.

One of the streets next to my house was repaved a couple of months ago and the flaggers used FRS. I don't recall what brand of radios they were using but I did get a look at one of them. I happened to be at home at the time because I was working remotely due to all of the Covid stuff. I had no trouble finding the flaggers by scanning the FRS/GMRS channels. They were close enough that I could also get Close Call hits from them on my BCD396xt. They were on 462.5625 (FRS 1) and not using CTCSS or DCS, just plain old CSQ and with no annoying roger beep when they un-key PTT. I live up on a hill and I can hear local FRS traffic up to a couple of miles away. Nobody bothered them and they actually sounded professional on the air, unlike a lot of flaggers I usually hear.

Most of the time the FRS activity I hear is kids playing around with FRS and with all of the annoying call tones, etc. The only reason I keep a few Motorola Talkabout FRS bubble packs around is for playing with my nephews when they visit. LOL, I'm guilty as charged for contributing to kids playing with bubble packs on FRS. :)
 
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Definitely noticed an increase here, but it's all businesses. Well...businesses and kids, but the kids were always there.
It's slowly becoming the "2 Watt" walkie talkie band for Biz and the kiddies... I don't even monitor the GMRS/FRS band anymore, too many "F Bombs" from kids and construction company employees..
 

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Not much activity here in southern NH and haven't noticed an increase due to places opening up due to all the Covid stuff. I regularly keep an ear on the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity in my travels. I'm not a user of GMRS/FRS anymore for the most part because I moved my local on-site simplex type use with family and friends from GMRS/FRS to digital on 900MHz using Motorola DTR radios. I still scan the GMRS/FRS channels to listen for local activity.
Most of the time the FRS activity I hear is kids playing around with FRS and with all of the annoying call tones, etc. The only reason I keep a few Motorola Talkabout FRS bubble packs around is for playing with my nephews when they visit. LOL, I'm guilty as charged for contributing to kids playing with bubble packs on FRS. :)
Ahh. 50 lashes and a walk on the plank for ye.

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LOL. I'm bracing for a visit from the nephews next weekend. Welcome to chaos, LOL. We probably will be playing around with the FRS bubble packs again. They DO NOT get to play with my Motorola 900MHz DTR radios.
 

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It's slowly becoming the "2 Watt" walkie talkie band for Biz and the kiddies...
Probably like PMR446 in Europe except the Europeans have some nicer radios to use in addition to bubble packs and also have a digital portion of the band to use. I would love to be able to use digital modes legally on GMRS/FRS and MURS but that probably will never happen. That's another reason why the Motorola DTRs on 900MHz have emerged my all-digital replacement for GMRS/FRS and MURS for my local on-site simplex type use with family and friends. Aside from occasional light use of FRS once in a blue moon, I don't use analog anymore for my non-ham stuff.

I don't even monitor the GMRS/FRS band anymore, too many "F Bombs" from kids and construction company employees..
I still keep an ear on GMRS/FRS and MURS because you never know who may show up there. Anything goes.
 
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It's slowly becoming the "2 Watt" walkie talkie band for Biz and the kiddies... I don't even monitor the GMRS/FRS band anymore, too many "F Bombs" from kids and construction company employees..
Ive got a few crews within range on vhf/uhf business band and gmrs thats half the entertainment right there is the creative ways to cuss out a co-worker with the F-word. Ive never heard it used so many ways
 

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Ive got a few crews within range on vhf/uhf business band and gmrs thats half the entertainment right there is the creative ways to cuss out a co-worker with the F-word. Ive never heard it used so many ways
LOL. So true.

I wonder if they know the world has ears and is listening to them or if they think nobody can hear them because they are using a "privacy code" on their bubble packs, LOL. They probably are clueless and don't give an expletive whether anybody else hears them or not.
 
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LOL. So true.

I wonder if they know the world has ears and is listening to them or if they think nobody can hear them because they are using a "privacy code" on their bubble packs, LOL. They probably are clueless and don't give an expletive whether anybody else hears them or not.
I once worked at walmart and carried a radio. One time I was helping curbside pickup customer and I guess I scared the fella because he had a handheld scanner he was fumbling to tuck it aside when I came up to his window

I didnt say anything but later thinking to ask why the hell someone would want to listen to our stupid management coming from someone who had heard enough myself and didnt care for them. different strokes for different folks. maybe he'd hear how screwed up some walmarts can be and I'd at least have a customer on my side

I really understand the crews pain when I listen to them, poor bastard works with so many f-ups its amazing hes still on the job!
 

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sorry shoplifters dont waste your time, they're plain clothes, big radios are obvious. Look up, see the cameras everywhere, your always on tv. Look for a door when you walk in, thats the ap room. Dont be looking stupid, cops will be waiting by the door when you try to walk out
 
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