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JoeMama
01-27-2005, 10:11 AM
I'm thinking about upgrading my "moto". I'm looking for a radio that I can set certain channels (ie 8, 12 or whatever) to individual buttons. I hate having to pull out my radio and manually change the channel under fire and I also don't like lugging more than one radio. here is my question...

Can all GMRS radios talk with FRS radios?

Can UHF and VHF talk to FRS radios?

I don't want to pick up a radio, find out it doesn't work with everyone else, and put it up on ebay.

HammerHead
01-27-2005, 10:22 AM
Q: Can all GMRS radios talk with FRS radios?
A: No, they must be programmed to the same frequencies as the FRS frequencies.

Q: Can UHF and VHF talk to FRS radios?
A: FRS radios use ultra high frequency. A programmable UHF radio can be programmed to "talk to" FRS/GMRS frequencies. VHF, cannot.

I'd suggest you look for the following features:

1. UHF programmable radio (PC programmable, is best)
2. Band range of 440 megahertz to 470 megahertz
3. Rechargeable batteries
4. Availability and durability of accessories
5. Dual pin or locking speaker/microphone port

From the following manufacturers:

1. ICOM America
2. Motorola
3. Yaesu

If you consider the ICOMs, you will want an IC-F4 radio. The F3 series is VHF. The IC-F4-S2, IC-F4-S4 and IC-F4GS models can be had on eBay for $75-$150, depending on condition and included accessories.

Agrovale
01-27-2005, 10:37 AM
Q: Can all GMRS radios talk with FRS radios?
A: No, they must be programmed to the same frequencies as the FRS frequencies.


This is not quite true.

FRS Channels 1-7 are the same frequency as GMRS channels 1-7. However, on these frequencies FRS is limited to .5 Watt output, where GMRS is limited to 5 Watt output. So GMRS and FRS radios can talk to each other, but the GMRS will have much better trasmit range.

AustinWolv
01-27-2005, 10:41 AM
And to Agro's point, transmitting using that 5W requires a FCC license. Quite cheap at something like $75 for 5 years.
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2819&highlight=license
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2416&highlight=GMRS
http://www.austinairsoft.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3742&highlight=GMRS

JoeMama
01-27-2005, 12:06 PM
Everyone... Thanks for the responses. It really helped! :D