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What will come to market under the new rules?

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blastco2

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Just speculation about what we might be seeing in the way of features.

I'd like to see somthing along the line of the garmin rino. With a few differences. Display on the radio would be simple, no map, just show direction and distance to other group members. The next step would add an aprsdroid type interface. Where the radio would bluetooth that location info to a smartphone topo map.

Feel free to post your thoughts and ideas.

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As an unintended consequence, we may see high powered repeater capable bubble packs marketed strictly as GMRS radios with no mention of FRS at all. They will advertise "More power (5W)! More channels (repeaters)! More range (using repeaters)!"

Sound familiar?? More power, more channels, and more range were being advertised when the 22-channel GMRS/FRS bubble packs were becoming popular.




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They will advertise "More power (5W)! More channels (repeaters)! More range (using repeaters)!"
That is almost guaranteed when the sales department designs the packaging

It will say "UP TO 120 MILES!"

That is of course if a repeater has a 60 mile range (60 each way = 120)
 

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We might have created a monster with the new rules but IMHO I think the new rules are about the best we could have hoped for. The result could have been a LOT worse.


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Most of the market for license by rule radio services is for disposable/cheap and simple radios. While it's entirely possible that someone will market something with "APRS like functions", like the Rino, etc. I don't think you are going to see much difference. Most consumers are looking for a cheap radio. While milage claims will draw some users, most are only looking at price.
 
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