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Save $15–20 | 2022 Year End SALE!

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2022 Year End Deals

Save $15–20 more on a Wouxun high-end superheterodyne HT:*

One Final 2022 Blowout & New Year’s Sale!

KG-UV9PX HAM – The best of the 9-Series line! – $15 OFF!
KG-916 GMRS – The best audio for the best price! – $20 OFF!

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Dec 24 to Jan 2 ONLY!

When the SHTF, BetterSafeRadio than Sorry!™

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Pre-programmed with the frequencies you need for SHTF prepping, emergencies, survival, neighborhood safety, business, Public Safety, CERT, special events, and recreational activities like camping, overlanding, AMSAT, hunting and hiking, our rugged personal and ham handheld two-way radios will provide years of at-the-ready service, whenever you need it.

*Good from Dec. 24 – Jan. 2 Only – No Coupon Necessary – National Versions Only – While Supplies Last.

Merry Xmas & Happy New Year from Mark (K6LED | WQXR567) @ BetterSafeRadio.com!

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Save An Extra $5–10 – BLACK FRIDAY 2022 SALE!

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Times are rough… So you owe yourself a discounted radio! 😉

Save $5–10 more on a Wouxun high-end superheterodyne HT:*

KG-UV9PX HAM – The best of the 9-Series line!
KG-UV9GX GMRS – The best GMRS radio, upgraded!
KG-UV9G PRO GMRS – The radio that changed everything.
KG-916 GMRS – The best audio for the best price!
KG-UV7D LMR / HAM – The perfect entry-level radio.
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November 24–28 Only!
When the SHTF, BetterSafeRadio than Sorry!™

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Pre-programmed with the frequencies you need for SHTF prepping, emergencies, survival, neighborhood safety, business, Public Safety, CERT, special events, and recreational activities like camping, overlanding, AMSAT, hunting and hiking, our rugged personal, commercial and ham handheld two-way radios will provide years of at-the-ready service, whenever you need it.

*Good for the extended Thanksgiving Day (and weekend), Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday 2022 – Nov. 24–28 Only – No Coupon Necessary – National Versions Only – While supplies last.

Happy T-Day from Mark (K6LED | WQXR567) @ BetterSafeRadio.com!

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New $35 FCC License Application Fee for Ham & GMRS Radio Services

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It’s official, the new $35 FCC license application fee for Ham & GMRS radio services were formally adopted by the agency for the Part 95E General Mobile Radio Service & Part 97 Amateur Radio Service (and other commercial radios services), having now been officially published in the Federal Register on 03/19/21.

Header Image for FCC Federal Register License Fee Schedule Changes for March 19th 2021 Article

FCC_GMRS_Fee_Schedule_Changes_2021 Promo ImageAs widely anticipated for GMRS users, the new $35 license fee changes will go into effect 30 days from the date of publishing in the Federal Register, which means they will now be in effect on 04/19/21.

UPDATE: The FCC has finally published a note that the new fees will finally be active on the FCC ULS (Universal Licensing System) website on 04/19/22, an entire year after the new fees were actually approved. 

While some on the Amateur Radio / Ham Radio community are not happy about the addition of this $35 fee for what used to be essentially free for ARS license applications, the new fees bring a 50% reduction in fees for the GMRS community.

For a GMRS license, the changes include the same 10-year license terms, the same inclusion of your entire immediate family under the same license, and a new reduced license application fee of $35. That’s only 29 cents per month, and even less if you share the license with any family members!

The new lower fees comes at the perfect time for a major influx of new GMRS applicants and an overall increase in awareness about emergency radio communications on all radio services and bands, for disaster preparedness and SHTF prepping.

BSR Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF ScannerIt also comes at a time when there are finally several more options for quality handheld radios such as the Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner, co-designed by Mark Lindsey (K6LED/WQXR567) and sold exclusively by BetterSafeRadio.

The new fee schedule was originally proposed to be $50 per application, but due to public comment, the FCC agreed to lower the fee to $35 for the personal radio services. Other commercial and broadcast radio services are also affected by the new changes. See the published FCC rule changes for all the details.

What do you think about the new changes? Chime in below.

Cheers and Be Safe!

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Meet the New Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner!

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Pre-Sale On Now!

Get $15 OFF the New Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner as the first batch of radios are being produced!

Image showing BetterSafeRadio Wouxun KG-UV9G FCC ID Part 95E & 15B Certification
FCC ID: WVTWOUXUN19

After a long battle to get all of the power and features we wanted, we’ve finally passed the FCC Certification process (ID: WVTWOUXUN19) last week and are starting to ramp up production of this amazing new GMRS radio, available exclusively at BetterSafeRadio. With an expected ship date of the end of March 2021, you can now backorder this killer radio and save your spot in line. But don’t wait too long as the pre-orders are racking up quickly (I’m actually overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and response so far) and it will take some time to prepare and process all of these orders, to be shipped on a first-come, first-served basis.

Use Coupon Code “UV9GLAUNCH”

The product page has all of the juicy details on the new radio and the list of features is stunning! Check it out now, but here’s a little taste:

BSR Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner - Flyer

Finally, if you’re an influencer or manager of a club or other group, or just a radio enthusiast that loves turning other people on to great gear at great prices, then check out the new BetterSafeRadio Affiliate Program, were you can earn a commission on all referred sales (via affiliate links or coupon codes tied to your account). It’s free, and the compensation terms are, let’s just say, way better than Amazon. 😉 Interest in GMRS is booming right now and I’d love to partner with you, especially on this UV9G launch!

Cheers and Be Safe!

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Finally, A Pro GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner That Delivers Peace of Mind!

BSR Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio - Box Contents

I’m pleased to announce the impending release of a new pro-grade GMRS two-way radio, co-designed by Mark Lindsey and which will be sold exclusively by BetterSafeRadio, the new:

Wouxun KG-UV9G Pro GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner

Everything you love about the 9D(Plus) & 9P, now for GMRS use!

The front view of the BSR Wouxun KG-UV9G Pro GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner

BSR Wouxun KG-UV9G PRO GMRS Two-Way Radio & SHTF Scanner - Flyer

The first release in the new BetterSafeRadio PRS-GO! radio line…

The BSR-exclusive Wouxun KG-UV9G is a 999 channel programmable dual-band handheld analog superheterodyne FM GMRS two-way radio transceiver with wide 7-band receive range, TDR (true dual receive), repeater capability, and pro features, ideal for families, scouts, SHTF preppers, survivalists, business, or EmComm emergency communication groups.

Finally, a pro GMRS two-way radio & SHTF scanner that delivers peace of mind with the advanced features you need!

It has 2.5kHz tuning steps and comes custom pre-programmed with 880 channels for GMRS + SHTF* (ships with Tx locked to GMRS band for Part 95E compliance), for dual-use GMRS transceiver & analog FM scanner operation. User programmable with free downloadable Wouxun programmer or optional advanced software programming & USB cable kit (by RT Systems).

This is the GMRS Two-Way Radio you will EDC (Every Day Carry) or Bug-Out with!

With a full legal 5.5 Watts of power (on UHF) and a talk-around range of 2 to 7+ miles (many more when used with GMRS repeaters or at higher elevations), the KG-UV9G provides reliable recreational or emergency radio communications for personal disaster preparedness, family outings, scouting, prepping, survival, business operations, Neighborhood Watch, REACT, CERT, Guardian Angels & EARS groups to keep in touch when other methods of communication break down. IP55 rated and Part 95E FCC (certification pending). The UV9G is custom power calibrated for GMRS simplex & repeater use and transmits on all 30 GMRS frequencies. Even the antenna is tuned for the GMRS center (465MHz).

In addition, the UV9G features simultaneous dual-receiver scanning, 10 scanning groups, and improved “scan-advance” functionality over previous 9-Series models, turning the KG-UV9G into a powerful portable GMRS two way radio communications device & SHTF scanner, especially with its advanced features, high-quality performance, wide 7-band receive range, and full host of accessories (available separately).
If you like the clarity and reliability of the Wouxun KG-805G, 905G, or 935G, then you’ll love the massively upgraded functionality and features on the 9G for normal everyday GMRS use, as well as for emergency EmComm and SHTF uses. We’ll also be releasing a line of replacement radios for the 805G with an IP67 case for more reliable outdoor all-weather uses. 
Check out the KG-UV9G & Get On The Waitlist Now to save with a special introductory offer!

Here are the key features of the new radio – almost too many to list:

999 Channels • Analog FM UHF GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) Two-Way Transceiver • Pre-Programmed for GMRS + SHTF (876 Channels, User Programmable) • Tri-Power 5.5/5/0.5 Watts • Two Dual-Band Double-Conversion Superheterodyne TDR (True Dual Receive) Receivers • IP55 Water Jets Rated • Extended-Capacity 3200 mAh (23.68 Wh) Li-ion Battery • Part 95E & 15B FCC (WVTWOUXUN19) • Simplex & Repeater Capable • Wide 7-Band Receive Range with AM AIR Band & Broadcast FM Radio (w/ 20 Memories) • Dual-PTTDual Simultaneous Scanning (3 Modes, 10 Scan Groups, Priority Scan, Dual-Watch & Single-Receive Modes, Mutable Sub-Receiver & New Scan-Advance Feature) • Memory & VFO Modes (Tx locked to GMRS frequencies) • Wide & Narrow Bandwidth • DTMF Keypad • Repeater Reverse & Talk-Around Functions • 50 CTCSS PL Tones & 105 DCS Privacy Codes (Independently Front-Panel Programmable) • CTCSS/DCS ScanningColor Screen • Dual Signal Indicator LEDs (customizable) • Full Keypad (w/ Auto-Lock) • 3 Programmable Function Side-Keys2.5 kHz Tuning Steps • FlashlightStopwatch • Battery Saver • Time-Out-Timer (w/ variable warning beep) • 8-Character Alpha Channel Names • Voice Announce (English or Chinese) & Key Beeps (optional) • 10 Squelch Levels • Functional Emergency RESET w/ Usable Default Channels & Repeaters • BCL, VOX, SideTones, DTMF & ANI PTT-ID • 8″ High-Gain Dual-Band GMRS-Tuned Antenna (removable) • Wrist Strap • Belt Clip • English Manual (full rewrite coming soon) • Full Line of Accessories

Tx Range (MHz): 30 GMRS Frequencies 462.550-467.725 UHF
Rx Range (MHz): 76-108 FM Broadcast Radio • 108-136 AM AIR • 136-180 FM/AM VHF • 230-250 FM/AM VHF • 350-400 FM/AM UHF • 400-512 FM/AM UHF • 700-985 FM/AM UHF

ReadySafeGo™ custom pre-programmed for GMRS + SHTF* with 876 channels! (see PDF chart above) – Tx locked to GMRS frequencies for Part 95E compliance. User programmable with free factory software (downloadable above – requires USB cable) or an advanced software & cable kit.*

The new Wouxun KG-UV9G is a firmware modified version of the Wouxun KG-UV9P, co-designed by Mark Lindsey will be sold exclusively by BetterSafeRadio. The UV9P is an upgraded, high-power version of the revered and trusted Wouxun KG-UV9D Plus, known for their quality double-conversion superheterodyne receivers, performance & features. The 9G GMRS is functionally similar to the UV9P Amateur/Ham radio, with a few modified features that are restricted or prohibited for GMRS, such as the cross-band repeater and power levels.

If you like the clarity and reliability of the Wouxun KG-805G and KG-905G, then you’ll love the massively upgraded functionality and features on the UV9G for normal everyday GMRS use, as well as for emergency EmComm and SHTF uses. We’ll also be releasing a replacement for the 905G with an IP67 submersible case for even more reliable outdoor all-weather uses in the near future (join the email QST to be notified when it comes out). 

The Wouxun KG-UV9G works fine (unofficially) with the RT Systems UV9D Advanced Programming Software & Cable Kit or the new free Wouxun factory software, (downloadable on the product page – requires optional Wouxun “Red” USB cable), and the 9G will accept any program from the UV9D Plus or 9P (but with Tx locked to GMRS). The optional slimmer 2000 mAh battery pack from the original UV9D & UV9D Plus is also compatible with the UV9G for a lighter, more compact package. Check out all of the Wouxun 9-Series Accessories, which are all interchangeable.

Note: Transmitting on the GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) requires a license (currently $70 for 10 years and good for your entire immediate family – typically takes only a couple days to obtain online from the FCC). NEWS FLASH: The FCC has agreed to lower the GMRS license fee to $35, expected in the next month or so. More details to come.

Appearance, features & specifications for the production version of the KG-UV9G may vary slightly with these pre-release details. While we don’t expect anything to change, before shipping occurs, the final production version details will be updated on this page. You will be notified by email when this takes place and when ordering is available.

Cheers and Be Safe!

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The BetterSafeRadio TERA TR-505-MURS is Now on Amazon!

BetterSafeRadio TR-505-MURS on Amazon

NOTE: We’ve discontinued working with TERA/Powerwerx due to poor QC and a lack of dealer support. We do still have a handful of TERA accessories available though and still offer custom programming for the TR-500-Series radios.

Many buyers prefer the simplicity of ordering on Amazon.com, so we’ve decided to start offering our pre-programmed radios there, starting with the TERA TR-505-MURS, our latest FCC Compliant MURS two-way radio configuration… and you’ll like the price!

BetterSafeRadio TR-505-MURS on Amazon

This MURS radio configuration is only available from BetterSafeRadio on Amazon. Feel free to “ask  the seller” any questions, and let us know what you think.

Be Safe!

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Xmas New Years SALE Month – Save 10% On All Two-Way Radio Gear!

BetterSafeRadio Xmas New Years Sale Month 2018

‘Tis the Season… Our Best & Longest Sale Of The Year!

The crazy is getting real… so there’s never been a better time to get prepared for whatever 2018 has in store!

Get the perfect gift of gear for your family, friends, associates or yourself – Peace of mind is the BEST gift!

Save 10% On All Two-Way Radios & Accessories!*

Xmas New Years SALE Month 2018

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We have commercial-grade stock or pre-programmed two-way radios with the frequencies you need for SHTF prepping, emergencies, survival, neighborhood safety, business, Public Safety, and recreational activities like camping, hunting and hiking. Our rugged personal, commercial and ham handheld radios and accessories will provide years of at-the-ready service, whenever you need them. Includes our ReadySafeGo service!

*December 9th 2017 – January 8th 2018 Only – One Coupon Per Order – Minimum order amount of $100 – One free USB Light per customer (entire promotion) on orders over $300, while supplies last.

Checkout with Coupon Code: XNY18

Happy Holidays & New Year from BetterSafeRadio.com!

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Part 95 FCC PRS Public Radio Service (GMRS, FRS, MURS, CBRS) Changes Published

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes Published

It’s official, the new changes adopted by the FCC for the Part 95 PRS (Personal Radio Service) rules, which affects GMRS, FRS, MURS & CBRS (CB Radio, Citizens Band), were officially published in the Federal Register on 08/29/17.

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes Published

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes for 2017As described in our previous post about how the FCC Part 95 rule changes will affect the popular two-way radio PRS bands, most of the changes will go into effect 30 days, on 09/28/17, with some of the equipment authorization changes going into effect in 90 days and 24 months.

Nothing will change for our existing Part 95-compliant GMRS & MURS custom radio programming configurations and all existing radios will continue to operate as intended, but we are currently evaluating if any new configurations would be beneficial to radio users. Stay tuned for more information on that front.

What do you think about the new changes? Comment below or on the post linked above.

Cheers and Stay Safe!

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FCC Adopts Long Awaited Changes to PRS Bands – GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes for 2017

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes for 2017On May 18th 2017, the FCC adopted parts of a long-standing Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that affects several of the PRS (Personal Radio Service) bands, which include GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), FRS (Family Radio Service), and CB (Citizens Band), now called the CBRS (CB Radio Service). MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) remains largely unchanged. Read the full FCC Report & Order.

Implementation of the rules took effect 30 days after the new order was published on 08/29/17 (effective on 09/28/17), but some of the equipment changes required by the new rules won’t take place for 90 days to 24 months.

We’ll dive deeper into the changes and also what exciting new gear and programming configurations we’ll be offering to take advantage of the new GMRS capabilities in future posts, but in the meantime, here are some bullet points of the rule changes that might affect BetterSafeRadio customers and FRS/GMRS users in general:

  • Hybrid FRS/GMRS “Bubble Pack” or “Blister Pack” radios, sometimes referred to as FRS/GMRS combination radios, will no longer be certified in the future by the FCC. Radios will now only be certified as either FRS, or GMRS (or MURS), etc.
  • FRS radios can now operate on the previously GMRS-only 462 MHz (GMRS ch. 15-22) Channels. Yes, these are the GMRS repeater output frequencies, which could cause even more repeater interference by FRS users (especially considering the next item below), but they will not be allowed to transmit on the repeater input channels, so no repeater use for FRS.
  • FRS radios will now be authorized to use up to 2 Watts ERP (Effective Radiated Power) on FRS 462 MHz frequencies (FRS ch. 1-7), and on the new shared FRS/GMRS 462 MHz frequencies (GMRS ch. 15-22). This means a kid with an FRS radio running 2W next door to you, might be able to mask your repeater reception if they are close to your antenna (although they’ve been doing this with the hybrid FRS/GMRS radios for years).
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that use 2W or less, will now be retro-reclassified as FRS radios, using the new expanded FRS capabilities.
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that put out MORE than 2W, will now be retro-reclassified as GMRS radios, will still require a GMRS license, and will allow the new expanded FRS/GMRS interstitial channels (previously FRS-only ch. 8-14 – see below).
  • GMRS will now become Part 95E (instead of Part 95A), FRS (Part 95B) and MURS (Part 95J) remaining the same.
  • GMRS licenses (and new renewals) will now be good for 10 years ($70 license fee), and still cover your entire immediate family.
  • GMRS radios will remain largely the same, except that they will gain use of the previously FRS-only 467 MHz (ch. 8-14) frequencies, with the same technical limits that previously applied to FRS radios (.5W with a fixed antenna). This adds 7 new shared “interstitial” GMRS channels, giving existing hybrid FRS/GMRS radio users more legal options to find a clear simplex channel (but still shared with all the .5W FRS radios out in the world now).
  • Part 90 certified radios are still not officially legal to transmit with on GMRS, even though the FCC acknowledged that many people use them for such.
  • GMRS will now also allow digital GPS and Short Text Messaging between specific radios, limited to a maximum of 1 second per every 30 seconds, and only on radios that have integrated antennas, and not on repeaters, which will hopefully limit interference to serious GMRS users, but allow these digital services for short-range simplex communications. This does NOT mean you can use DMR or P25 (or any other digital voice encoding) on FRS or GMRS.
  • CB radios (Part 95D) will no longer be required to have their serial number etched onto the outside of their cases.
  • CB operation will no longer be restricted from long-distance “SKIP” communications, although the power limits will remain at 4W on AM and 12W PEP on SSB.

Here’s a handy little chart of the new GMRS/FRS band frequencies, channelized here based on the official FRS channels, and with SHTF Prepper channel use recommendations:

FRS/GMRS Combined Band Plan
[table type=”standard_bordered”]
[trow]
[thcol]Ch[/thcol]
[thcol]Old[/thcol]
[thcol]New[/thcol]
[thcol]Rx
Freq[/thcol]
[thcol]Tx
Freq[/thcol]
[thcol]Mode
FRS, GMRS[/thcol]
[thcol]Power
FRS, GMRS[/thcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]01 CALL[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5625[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5625[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]02[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5875[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5875[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]03 EM[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6125[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6125[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]04[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6375[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6375[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]05[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6625[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6625[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]06[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6875[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6875[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]07[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7125[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7125[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]08[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.5625[/tcol]
[tcol]467.5625[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]09[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.5875[/tcol]
[tcol]467.5875[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]10[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6125[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6125[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]11[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6375[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6375[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]12[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6625[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6625[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]13[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6875[/tcol]
[tcol]467.6875[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]14[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]467.7125[/tcol]
[tcol]467.7125[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM[/tcol]
[tcol].5W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]15[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5500[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5500
467.5500[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]16[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5750[/tcol]
[tcol]462.5750
467.5750[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]17 EM[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6000[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6000
467.6000[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]18[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6250[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6250
467.6250[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]19[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6500[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6500
467.6500[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]20 EM/TR[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6750[/tcol]
[tcol]462.6750
467.6750[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]21[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7000[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7000
467.7000[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[trow]
[tcol]22[/tcol]
[tcol]GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]FRS/GMRS[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7250[/tcol]
[tcol]462.7250
467.7250[/tcol]
[tcol]NFM, FM[/tcol]
[tcol]2W, 50W[/tcol]
[/trow]
[/table]
(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)

 

While these changes will simplify the rules and expand shared “interstitial” channels in both the FRS and MURS bands, it may also open up GMRS to more interference from newer, 2W FRS radios. We think this change makes MURS even more attractive for personal, business or emergency/prepper SHTF uses, because it’s VHF and still underutilized as compared to FRS/GMRS. The affordable entry-level Retevis RT27V-MURS and RT27-FRS radios are perfect examples.

Now that GMRS will have 22 channels available, 30 if you consider the repeater configurations, older radios like the TERA TR-505 and other limited 16-channel radio users will need to make some decisions as to which channels they want programmed. Those using larger radios (for emergency use only) such as the Wouxun KG-UV7D or Wouxun KG-UV9P, will be able to program and access all of the FRS, GMRS & MURS frequencies (although Part 90 or 15B/97 radios are not type-accepted for transmitting on the FRS/GMRS/MURS bands). BSR will have new legal GMRS and MURS radios soon that will cover all avail channels under the new PRS rules.

What do you think of these changes and how they might affect the bands? Let us know with a comment below… and Be Safe!