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#1 alex1



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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:07 AM

As found on page 70 of the GMRS rules (http://transition.fc...FCC-17-57A1.pdf):


(1) The transmitter output power of mobile, repeater and base stations must not exceed
50 Watts.
(2) The transmitter output power of fixed
stations must not exceed 15 Watts.


So if I have a repeater set up at my house, it's a fixed station and the 15 watt max applies, right?

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 11:41 AM

no it's is a "repeater" and is 50 watts. there is so much confusion of these classifications and associated numbers. I am not even sure my self what particular radio configuration is limited to 15 watt's, I could see 15 watt's for a fixed mobile install. 25 to 50 watt's for a fixed base or repeater.

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Posted 23 June 2017 - 03:18 AM

Hopefully this straightens this out for you:


Fixed station: A fixed station, not open to public correspondence, operated by, and for the sole use of those agencies operating their own radio communication facilities in the Public Safety, Industrial, Land Transportation, Marine, or Aviation Radio Services.


Base Station - A station at a specified site authorized to communicate with mobile stations.



50watts is your max Mobile, Base, or Repeater

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:11 PM

But. Buttttt I'm a ham I'm allowed 1500 watts......
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Posted 29 June 2017 - 08:58 AM

But. Buttttt I'm a ham I'm allowed 1500 watts......

Good one and some believe they are allowed to use any band including GMRS with that...William

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 12:39 PM

Good one and some believe they are allowed to use any band including GMRS with that...William

Which is really silly since there exist charts that point out the precise frequencies allowable, along with their useage modes.

I'm so anal about the matter that Saturday during the annual Field Day I asked for an Extra to help me with logging since many of the best signals were in the portions of 15m that I'm not legally allowed to use.

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