I have a FCC GMRS license. Is there something else. I didn't see anything on the FCC website that states I need anything more than that.
Sorry if I'm asking too many questions, this is very new to me.
It is all part of the journey.
There are multiple facets to the issue. The first is licensure. If you have your license, step 1 complete. Second facet is equipment. As a licensed user, you are expected to use equipment that meets the requirements of the FCC for the services in which the equipment is used. This means frequencies, power, modulation type, bandwidth, frequency stability and more. The FCC is expecting users to use only equipment that has been been type-certified for GMRS. You can read the federal regulars here: https://www.law.corn...rt-95/subpart-E
or on the FCC website. Part 95e not only covers your obligations as a licensee, but it also covers the equipment.
While some ham radio equipment (Part 97) may technically be capable of transmitting on GMRS, it is not legally permitted to be used there.
There is some legacy Part 95a equipment that I believe may still be legal to use on GMRS and there is much Part 90 equipment that folks still use for GMRS because its performance is superior to current generation GMRS product. My conclusion from all learned to date is that the FCC seems to be turning a blind eye to the use of Part 90 equipment on GMRS because a) it used to be used to be legal for use there and
it is far more superior to current GMRS equipment (and many times the price). In any case it must be programmed so it remains in compliance at all times.
I own separate radios for amateur and GMRS operations so can remain legal on both fronts. Both radios are capable of transmitting only on the frequencies for the services in which they are certified, both are capable of listening on a whole lot more.
As you read the posts in this forum, you will learn of some of the high quality products some are using. Purchasing used commercial Part 90 equipment seems to be a favorite.
I recommend reading the FCC rules for GMRS. Things should become more (but not perfectly) clear.
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