- Nov 25, 2013
that can be remedied by using it as an actual ham/bussiness radio and staying away from cell phone towers. Problem one is that it doesn't handle closely spaced frequencies well, such as the real GMRS repeater output channels and the first seven FRS channels. On mine any signal on FRS 1 would come in on GMRS 1, and so on up to 7. You may know of these as 15 through 22 although the real numbering stops at 14 on an frs radio and real GMRS should have 1 through 8. Problem two is that the lower cell phone frequencies desensitize the reciever. For example, I work a half mile from my at&t tower. I can NOT go up high and outside to increase my range. It is like you threw a wet blanket over a fire. Woooshhh, no reception even with the squelch open. I even tested by driving another route home that would take me under the tower. UHF popped and opened all the time until I was blocks away. On the other hand, I can receive many HAM repeaters at ground level.