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FRS/GMRS Frequencies

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    Neil, W6VG

    Found a great chart of the new FRS/GMRS frequencies (2017). Of particular interest are the frequencies common to both radios, and the GMRS repeater info. Here’s a link to the pdf in our library:—the-radioreference-wiki.pdf

    David, KM6DOV

    FRS-GMRS combined channel chart

    The browser seems to have rewritten the 3 dashes and broke the link. Here’s the fix.

    If you note on this chart, someone with a GMRS license can use up to 50 watts on those frequencies. Typically, cheap Chinese radios like the Baofeng, TYT, and Leixen have these frequencies unlocked, but it’s possible to modify Kenwood, Icom, and Yaesu radios to unlock those frequencies for transmit. This is called a MARS/CAP mod, and you can find instructions online. You will definitely want a steady hand with a soldering iron because the parts are TINY. You’ll also need an antenna tuned to the higher frequencies or risk burning out your radio. Fortunately, we have the skills to build antennas! And if you’re just making one for GMRS, it’s only the short bottom section, so it’s far less soldering, unless you want to tune the top segment for MURS frequencies. But that’s another topic for a later time.

    Joseph, K9JOE

    Just keep in mind that transmitting on those frequencies with a modified radio is illegal….Just say’n.

    David, KM6DOV

    Oh right. Yes. Forgot to mention, don’t modify your radio unless you’re a MARS member (which I was when I modified mine).

    Neil, W6VG

    Here’s a new link to the FRS/GMRS chart: Click Me

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