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GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) Band & License Info

GMRS, or the General Mobile Radio Service band is part of the PRS, or Personal Radio Service bands, as outlined by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), which regulates and makes rules for the use of all RF (Radio Frequency) radio spectrum in the United States. The band is usable for personal or business two-way radio communications, and is used by individual preppers, families, Neighborhood Watch groups, CERT and other organizations.

TERA TR-505 GMRS-MURS Two-Way Radio - Assembled Stock Flag

The TERA TR-505 GMRS-MURS Two-Way Radio

The GMRS band consists of 30 frequencies, which overlap on 14 channels with the FRS (Family Radio Service) band (with a revised band plan as of September 2017). Transmitting on GMRS channels does require a license, which can be easily obtained online by any US citizen 18 years of age or older. Although there’s a proposed rule making to remove licensing from the GMRS band, no action has been taken by the FCC on the matter for several years.

A GMRS license is currently $70, lasts for 10 years, is shared by you and your immediate family, and with a simple online user registration (do this first to get an FRN (FCC Registration Number, then log in) and license application, is usually granted within just a few days (or less).

GMRS/FRS Combined Band Plan

ChBandRx
Freq
Tx
Freq
Mode
FRS, GMRS
Power
FRS, GMRS
01 CALLFRS/GMRS462.5625462.5625NFM2W, 5W
02FRS/GMRS462.5875462.5875NFM2W, 5W
03 EMFRS/GMRS462.6125462.6125NFM2W, 5W
04FRS/GMRS462.6375462.6375NFM2W, 5W
05FRS/GMRS462.6625462.6625NFM2W, 5W
06FRS/GMRS462.6875462.6875NFM2W, 5W
07FRS/GMRS462.7125462.7125NFM2W, 5W
08FRS/GMRS467.5625467.5625NFM.5W
09FRS/GMRS467.5875467.5875NFM.5W
10FRS/GMRS467.6125467.6125NFM.5W
11FRS/GMRS467.6375467.6375NFM.5W
12FRS/GMRS467.6625467.6625NFM.5W
13FRS/GMRS467.6875467.6875NFM.5W
14FRS/GMRS467.7125467.7125NFM.5W
15FRS/GMRS462.5500462.5500
467.5500
NFM, FM2W, 50W
16FRS/GMRS462.5750462.5750
467.5750
NFM, FM2W, 50W
17 EMFRS/GMRS462.6000462.6000
467.6000
NFM, FM2W, 50W
18FRS/GMRS462.6250462.6250
467.6250
NFM, FM2W, 50W
19FRS/GMRS462.6500462.6500
467.6500
NFM, FM2W, 50W
20 EM/TRFRS/GMRS462.6750462.6750
467.6750
NFM, FM2W, 50W
21FRS/GMRS462.7000462.7000
467.7000
NFM, FM2W, 50W
22FRS/GMRS462.7250462.7250
467.7250
NFM, FM2W, 50W
(FRS use is not allowed on the 467MHz GMRS Repeater inputs on chs. 15-22 – GMRS allows “wide” FM for simplex or repeater us on chs. 15-22 – NFM = 12.5kHz, FM = 25kHz – CALL = Calling Channel – EM = Emergency/Prepper freq. – TR = Travel Safety & Assistance)

 

Being in the UHF band between 462 & 467 MHz (megahertz), GMRS is particularly useful for indoor and urban settings, because these higher frequencies have a tendency to reflect and bounce around between obstructions, and thus reach their destination when lower VHF frequencies would otherwise be absorbed and fall off. On the same token, GMRS usually doesn’t do as well in rural, outdoor settings because the UHF waves tend to be absorbed more by trees and foliage, and don’t “bend” over hills as well as lower frequencies. This is why we recommend an EmComm radio that can do both UHF GMRS and VHF MURS at the same time, keeping you safe and in contact in just about any setting.

Unlike the FRS (Family Radio Service) Band, which most people use with cheap, throw-away blister-pack radios with fixed antennas and very low power limits (0.5 Watts), GMRS allows external antennas and up 5 Watts of power for handheld “HT” or “Walkie-Talkie” radios, and up to 50 Watts for mobile and base station radios, greatly increasing your potential operating range and making GMRS a great choice for serious recreational, prepper or SHTF emergency communications.

We’ll be providing much more information about this band soon as it’s one of the most popular services used for EmComms (Emergency Communications)!

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