Since channels vary by radio its hard to say channel XX is FRS or GMRS. Its ALL going to depend on how the radio is type accepted. COmbo radio's have two type acceptances, one for FRS and one for GMRS.I would have to dig out the code, but I am pretty sure the channels you are thinking of are the GMRS interstitial channels (shared with FRS), not the FRS channels.
That website is wrong.
From Popular Wireless:
FRS only frequencies:
"If your radio equipment transmits greater than 1/2 watt (500 milliwatts) on the above frequencies, you are operating illegally. The FCC does not permit GMRS operation on these channels; only FRS radios. So if you are not using an FRS radio then you are a pirate.
If your radio is transmitting on these channels with more than 1/2 watt. your radio will likely be transmitting in "wide band" mode as well, which is also not permissible on these frequencies. In either case, it is likely that your operations are causing severe interference to licensed GMRS "repeater" systems. The FCC does not permit GMRS operations on these channels for this reason. However, 1/2-watt narrow band FRS operations are permitted since the FCC believes FRS radios cause less interference."
Which makes me beg the question why do these blister pack radios NOT inform people those are illegal? Nobody seems to care. Before I got in to scanning or amateur radio, I never knew or realized this.Be that as it may, you may only legally MONITOR channels 15-22 on your blisterpack radio. If you want to talk to someone, stick to channels 1-14. I
I've owned several over the years, and most of them did mention the GMRS license requirement, but not until after you totally destroyed the bubble pack and used a magnifying glass to read the fine print...really fine print! :roll:Which makes me beg the question why do these blister pack radios NOT inform people those are illegal? Nobody seems to care. Before I got in to scanning or amateur radio, I never knew or realized this.
I just went to the CFR and found that the FRS channels are numbered and the GMRS channels are not.jon_k said:Now on our trips we use 1-15 and hardly get bothered with others using the frequency.
This should get you to the technical specifications:
The GMRS radios are operating on GMRS frequencies that are shared with FRS. Each service is operating within its own rules.GreatLakes said:It still doesn't address using a licensed GMRS radio on FRS frequencies. I can't find any FCC documents that say you can, or can not.
Not to be picky but NO your not using FRS channels. Your using GMRS channels with 5watts.According to these band plans, as I stated previously, if you have a GMRS license, you are allowed to use FRS channels 1 ~ 7 with 5-watts maximum.