n7ekb Posted April 4, 2018 Report Share Posted April 4, 2018 I can think of a lot of scenarios where local community groups using GMRS radios would like to communicate with a dual-hatted GMRS station that is also an Amateur Radio station to pass along non-emergency message traffic such as individual health and welfare traffic, neighborhood damage assessments, etc. to outside of the local area via the Amateur Radio station. I've heard of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups using this layered approach to integrate non-hams into their disaster communications plans. Is the FCC explicitly saying this is illegal in the following snippet from the FCC Part 95, Subpart E, 95.1733 (9) which is sub-titled "Prohibited GMRS uses": [...begin FCC Part 95 (March 30, 2018 edition) excerpt...] "(a) in addition to the prohibited uses outlined in 95.333 of this chapter, GMRS stations must not communicate: [...(1) - (8) omitted...] (9) Messages (except emergency messages) to any station in the Amateur Radio Service, to any unauthorized station, or to any foreign station;" [ ...end of excerpt...] I'm curious why the FCC calls out the Amateur Radio Service specifically. An Amateur Station shouldn't be operating on a GMRS frequency anyhow. If a ham receives the message traffic using a valid GMRS license on a radio authorized for GMRS operation and then later relays the message traffic using Amateur Radio equipment on amateur bands is this prohibited by the FCC? Or is the prohibition being directed only at an Amateur station operating on GMRS frequencies without a GMRS license and GMRS equipment? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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