Ok, being new to the GMRS scene, I'm way in over my head with what I thought I wanted. Before I get to my needs, I do have a GMRS license, and I have several Motorola GMRS handhelds (I think a few of them are even repeater capable), and I have a Motorola CDM 1550 UHF radio that has been programmed with GMRS (and I think FRS) channels.
Now... I do a LOT of ATV/UTV riding in the WV mountains, and almost all of the guys I ride with have a UTV mounted radio for communication (most run the CDM 1550). I'm usually in my UTV and have the CDM 1550, but occassionaly I'll ride an ATV and just have one of the Motorola handhelds. Anyway, we (the riding club) was wondering if there is a way to have a system powerful enough that might reach somebody else riding in the area if one of us was to have an emergency. There are tons of people riding up there with similar radio systems, but we all know the range is very limited. Every now and then we will hear others on our channel, but it's usually just us the group. We were originally thinking about some type of repeater system, but even with my very limited knowledge of how these frequencies work, I've researched enough to know that a mobile repeater is basically not going to happen, and it doesn't appear there are any known repeater stations in the areas we ride.
SO, I guess my question is...Is there an economical/ realistic way to boost power on our mobile radios so that if something was to happen to one of us, somebody else could ride to a mountain top, and broadcast an "emergency call" that somebody might hear more than 3 miles away ?? We're not trying to do anything illegal, but a few of us have the GMRS license, and was hoping that would open up options for us that non-licensed users don't have.