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#1 Guest_BobG_*

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Posted 20 June 2020 - 02:03 PM

FYI, I just got my GMRS license yesterday. Call sign WRHU703. But even though its after 12EST the next day, its saying that the call sign is not known.
 
I will try again tomorrow.
 
I have been looking for a source of etiquette for GMRS use.  So far I find a lot of the same information explaining about what GMRS, FRS, HAM, etc.. is but not finding the practical guides to how to use it well in a shared way.
 
So far I gather that there must be two ways to use it. One is to tune into a repeater and monitor and occasionally engage in conversations with strangers.  The other is for point to point communications between a group of people involved in an outdoor activity.
 
I am taking my family out to Moab next month and we will be riding dirt bikes in the desert. Each time we ride, I am thinking that we will monitor channels (that are not listed on this website as repeaters) to find one not being used and then just start using it for our personal communications. Does that sound right?
 
Should I try to find a club in the area to check in with? 
 
 
--BobG


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Posted 23 June 2020 - 04:04 PM

... I am thinking that we will monitor channels ... to find one not being used and then just start using it for our personal communications. Does that sound right?
 

If you are just talking to your family, then yes.  That is right.  Find a blank spot, and use it.  All channels are shared, no one owns any channel, so feel free to use it as long as you aren't intentionally interfering with anyone else.  If others are using the channel, then you should use tone squelch, or "Private Tone" on all of your radios so that you don't hear others.

 

Note that Private Codes or tones have absolutely nothing to do with privacy, they simply prevent your radio from hearing any other radios that are not using the same code. Others not running code can still hear you anyway.  Likewise, if you are not running code, and other people are, they won't hear you if you try to talk to them.



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Posted 23 June 2020 - 08:11 PM

Your family also needs to identify your call sign with their identifier at their 1st transmission and at least once every 15 minutes after.
For example: abcd123 unit 1 (2,3, & so on) or abcd123 handheld 1 or
Abcd123 (their name) something of that nature that identifies your licensed call sign and each authorized user of it

#4 berkinet

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 01:02 AM

Your family also needs to identify your call sign with their identifier at their 1st transmission and at least once every 15 minutes after.
For example: abcd123 unit 1 ...

While the use of an identifier is common, it is not require to meet FCC requirements. Each person operating under the license need only state the license number.

Also, while most people follow the identification timing you noted. The actual regulation says every 15 minutes and at the end of each conversation.


ยง 95.1751 GMRS station identification.
Each GMRS station must be identified by transmission of its FCC-assigned call sign at the end of transmissions and at periodic intervals during transmissions except as provided [for repeaters] in this section. A unit number may be included after the call sign in the identification.

(a) The GMRS station call sign must be transmitted:

(1) Following a single transmission or a series of transmissions; and,

(2) After 15 minutes and at least once every 15 minutes thereafter during a series of transmissions lasting more than 15 minutes.
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#5 Ccleveland1226

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 02:13 AM

Well I learned something new today, TY berkinet

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Posted 24 June 2020 - 03:49 PM

"If in doubt, identify!" It is far better to ID more frequently than it is to do so too little. :D





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