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FRS frequencies are interleaved with GMRS frequencies. GMRS radios are also authorized to transmit on FRS channels 1 to 7 with no more than 5 watts and using 5 Khz deviation. All FRS channels are simplex, with 3 Khz deviation, 500 milliwatts output, and fixed antennas only. GMRS has expanded capability in power and external antennas allowed. GMRS uses 467 Mhz frequencies as repeater input channels. NOTE: There are a large number of very inexpensive radios available with both FRS and GMRS frequencies in them so, if you are using a licensed GMRS radio do not be surprised if you receive interference from someone who did not bother to get their GMRS license.
FCC GMRS Page. Information and Licensing
About 11 years ago I wrote on this page that GRMS would be like CB radio after Audiovox released a FRS radio with GRMS frequencies on it. People sent me nasty emails complaining I was encouraging people to break the rules when all I was doing was predicting the future based on my past experience in the CB radio business, well, I TOLD YOU SO!......................
The FCC is proposing a massive rewrite of its Part 95 rules. These are the regulations
that govern such public available two-way radio as the General Mobile Radio Service, the Family Radio Service,
and 11-meter CB, to mention only a few.
As to the Family Radio Service, the FCC proposes to prohibit the authorization
of radios that combine FRS with other safety-related services. In other words, an FRS radio would have to be a
Family Radio Service only transceiver and it would become illegal to manufacture an FRS radio that could work with
or in any service other than channels where FRS
Update 2009. Looks like my guess years ago was in error. Doesn't seem to be much happening on MURS. I suppose everyone is relying on their Cell phone.
The hottest, most recent, controversial, addition to "Family / CB" Radio is MURS. Established at the end of 2000 MURS has taken channels from the 151 Mhz VHF business band and given them to "Family Radio".
The frequencies below are commonly called "dot" frequencies as 5 watt or less portables are sold with these frequencies named for the color of the dot on the radio. I can get no clear reading of what the rules are on these frequencies. Some of them are really MURS frequencies and some are labeled " incinerate ". If you really want to know I suggest a Google search.
These frequencies are found in radios sold to contractors, security companies, schools and anyone else looking for inexpensive portable radios. I haven't a clue on the license requirements as most people just buy them and start using them. Google "jobcom radio" and you will find lots of vendors.
Updated August 2009