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Hello all,   New to GMRS. Today I just registered on this site.

I have been reading FCC part 95.1763 as well as looking at some charts

showing freqs of both GMRS and FRS power levels, bandwidth.

When 2 services (FRS and GMRS) share Channels (1-22) are they allowed

to communicate with each other provided each maintain the proper power levels, Bandwidth, Deviation,

type of radio, for each channel 1-22.?(8-14 hand-held only) and would the GMRS operator be required to use

his call sign even though the FRS operator isn't licensed?

Would the GMRS operator have to reduce power to FRS levels to communicate

or can he maintain GMRS levels while speaking to a FRS operator.

 

As I understand it  channels 8-14  would only allow a hand held radio for GMRS with a power

level of 0.5w.  The bandwidth is narrow and I believe the deviation is 2.5KHz. Do they make a hand-held

that covers CH 1-22 along with Repeater channels (total 30 channels)

that meet the power,Bandwidth and Deviation for channels 8-14 ?

Bottom line,  if GMRS and FRS can talk to each other what's the rules.

Thanks,

Ken

WRQC504

N1KK

 

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To summarize, yes FRS and GMRS can interoperate legally, and yes, the user needs to follow the rules for the service they are using.

If you are a licensed GMRS user using a GMRS radio (repeater-capable, higher power), you need to follow the GMRS rules which include having to ID periodically, even if you are talking on a simplex channel to someone using an FRS HT.  Now, is anyone going to know or care if you don't ID?  Probably not, but the rules do require it.

As far as the question about GMRS HTs that can legally be used on channels 8-14, the answer is "absolutely they exist", and the ones I'm familiar with will allow you to change the power and bandwidth for 1-7 and 15-22, but are locked "Low" and "Narrow" for 8-14.

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1 hour ago, wrci350 said:

As far as the question about GMRS HTs that can legally be used on channels 8-14, the answer is "absolutely they exist", and the ones I'm familiar with will allow you to change the power and bandwidth for 1-7 and 15-22, but are locked "Low" and "Narrow" for 8-14.

And by "Low" he means 0.5 watts.

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