Posted 30 August 2020 - 03:22 AM
I won’t be buying one. If I were, I could find some value in it as a base station, but I don’t see any substantial advantage over my Part 90 LMR radios which would compel me to switch.
The CTCSS and DCS scan is a nice feature to have, as is the ability to change those tones on the fly. However, I don’t know about you, but if I’m in my car, I’m not just sitting in it and monitoring the radio, and I’m not going to be messing with that while I’m driving. As if, if I hear traffic on one of the repeaters, I can simply pick up the mic and respond if I feel like it. If at some point someone wants to go to simplex, I can just press a couple buttons on my 12 key Kenwood DTMF mic and I’ll be at whichever frequency/DPL tone combo preprogrammed into my radio that I wish to be at. To that end, I don’t bother with Operator Selectable Tone, either.
If it’s like the GMRS-V1 handheld, and can only have one setting per frequency at a time, that’s not going to compel me to switch. Right now, Front Range GMRS plans to eventually have three repeaters at 462.700 in the Denver Metro area, all with different input tones. So, for each of the repeater output frequencies, I dedicate a bank to that in my LMR radio. So, for example, let’s say we’re talking 462.600, which is the most often used GMRS repeater for FRGMRS. In my 600 bank (or zone, as Kenwood refers to them as), I’ll have the Metro 600 repeater programmed in, and Metro 600 TA which is just simplex on the receive side. And any other repeaters I add (as well as travel tone), I’ll just add to that zone, with a corresponding TA channel which I’ll remove from the scan list. Then there’ll be a zone for simplex frequency/DPL tone combinations such as those proscribed by FRGMRS for events, ones others and I have set for ourselves, etc. Then a zone of miscellaneous frequencies within the radio’s band split as I see fit to add them then a zone with the FRS/GMRS simplex frequencies in carrier squelch which I can add or remove from the scan list as I see fit to with the DTMF key assigned for scan delete/add. The strip clubs around here... some use the business band itinerant frequencies, and a couple use FRS, and sometimes you can witness some absolute hilarity over the air when you drive in the vicinity of them.
The GMRS-50X1 has some capabilities my LMR radio doesn’t have, but none which offers me any particularly fantastic benefit. It also lacks in some compared to my LMR radio, and those would be to my detriment as I see it.
2x Kenwood TK-3180
3x Kenwood TK-380
3x Kenwood TK-350G
A whole slew of BaoFeng BF-888S and GT1 radios