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#301472 - 02/23/23 04:48 AM GMRS Radio Recommendation
CJK Offline
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Registered: 08/14/05
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Help. Just got my GMRS ticket. Looking for a good GMRS radio. Looking to keep it inexpensiveÖ..BUT I want GOOD. Too many Ďreviewsí out there and Iím going insane going through them! (My sanity may have been in question prior to this butÖÖ) Iíd like repeater capable. Simple to use. Programmable. Was seeing both good and bad about Boafeng and others that may be made by them. Was looking at something like this:

https://www.buytwowayradios.com/btwr-essentials-pk-frs.html

Thoughts? Suggestions?
Iím looking to ultimately go for our ham but Iím not the build the radio kind of guy. Looking to KISS but I can deal with setting it up so we can have simple use. Thanks for the help.

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#301473 - 02/23/23 08:42 AM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
chaosmagnet Offline
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I donít believe Baofeng or Wouxon make a transceiver thatís legal to use on GMRS. I cannot recommend Wouxon at all.

I have both ham and GMRS licenses but in the end I have stopped using my mid-range GMRS radios for the most part because my immediate family has three other hams.

Motorola and Uniden are where I would start.


Edited by chaosmagnet (02/23/23 08:44 AM)

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#301474 - 02/23/23 02:10 PM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
CJK Offline
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Canít recommendÖ. Because of bad experience or not familiar with it. The link I have in the original message is from a radio company that has been in business since 2002. The package has Wouxon radios. Iíve read things that say Baofeng isnít part 95 certified so they are illegal to useÖÖÖ Iíve seen SO MANY conflicting reports I just donít know.

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#301475 - 02/23/23 03:01 PM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
Michael2 Offline
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Registered: 10/07/04
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Originally Posted By: CJK


That has the Wouxun KG-805F, which is FRS not GMRS. FRS cannot use repeaters and has a lower power limit.

A GMRS license allows you to use both FRS and GMRS frequencies.

The appropriate GMRS model is the Wouxun KG-805G. I have it. I like it. It is Part 95E type accepted.

Any radio that transmits on both GMRS and Amateur Radio frequencies is NOT type accepted. There are a lot of those out there, too.

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#301476 - 02/23/23 03:14 PM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
pforeman Offline
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Registered: 04/23/08
Posts: 229
Loc: Iowa
This site may help you sort things out:
http://usagmrs.com/radio.html

I went with GMRS and a Ham license and find the Ham radio stuff is more "useful" but is a lot more complex. GMRS can be an excellent local communications solution. However, I don't think you will be able to just buy a couple of radios and be done - check your area and see if there are other (often businesses) GMRS users you could work with.
Example:
https://www.fccbulletin.com/ia/des-moines

This may also help...
https://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/FRS/GMRS_combined_channel_chart

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#301480 - 02/24/23 01:04 AM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
CJK Offline
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Link was a boo boo. Meant to link a GMRS radio. We just ordered 2 Wouxon 935s. GMRS with Repeater capability. There are VERY FEW repeaters in the area. Hoping more come up. Wanting and going for our (wife and I) Ham tickets too. Looking right now for local comms possibility. Hoping to convince a few local spots for repeater locations. I am familiar with the FRS vs GMRS, just ooopsed the link. Was looking more for a radio recommendation but decided on the wouxon ones.

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#301486 - 02/26/23 01:27 AM Re: GMRS Radio Recommendation [Re: CJK]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Originally Posted By: CJK
Canít recommendÖ. Because of bad experience or not familiar with it. The link I have in the original message is from a radio company that has been in business since 2002. The package has Wouxon radios. Iíve read things that say Baofeng isnít part 95 certified so they are illegal to useÖÖÖ Iíve seen SO MANY conflicting reports I just donít know.


I'm very familiar with Wouxon radios. Not recommended.

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