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Old 02-28-2016, 06:19 PM   #51
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i like the fact i can always get local directions when needed, and yes the entertainment sometimes become a little overwhelming.

but like was said before just squelch or gain them out
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Old 02-28-2016, 06:49 PM   #52
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Flybob, correct re: power and license. Power is 5W GMRS and 1/2W FRS. Licensing for GMRS is simply filling out a form for a 5 Year license, That license authorizes all family members. So no big deal. (Remember when CB required a License? Also just a form for the FCC. )
Per FCC GMRS Site.

The FCC currently charges a $90.00 fee for GMRS licenses. Some applications, such as government entities, are exempt from this fee. A license is valid for five years.
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Old 02-29-2016, 10:59 AM   #53
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As far as I can tell from the information that came with the BaoFeng UV-5R radios I have, they are FCC approved for FRS use. If they're not, I might have to return them.
Sorry. The BaoFeng UV-5R is NOT US FCC type accepted. It is technically illegal to operate on the FRS bands. You can find this in many searches, or a call to an FCC office.

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Old 02-29-2016, 11:08 AM   #54
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Per FCC GMRS Site.

The FCC currently charges a $90.00 fee for GMRS licenses. Some applications, such as government entities, are exempt from this fee. A license is valid for five years.
FlyBob, back early in 2015 the FCC placed on the table that within 90 days they were terminating the $90 fee and only going to charge "administration fees". I don't know if that ever happened, but as it turns out the admin fees were going to be $65 ! I cant seem to find any current prices listed on the FCC web site. Reference?
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Old 02-29-2016, 11:42 AM   #55
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I've used one for years. It's saved us from many traffic jams. The trucker talk can be "entertaining "
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Old 02-29-2016, 12:17 PM   #56
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We continue to use a CB as 4-5 of us get together a few times a year and caravan down to a lake. We find a little used channel say 14 and run on it during travel time. We're older and like the option that everyone in the TV can listen in. We also are able to get thru life without a cell phone permanently attached to ones left hand ... Ha!
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Old 02-29-2016, 01:29 PM   #57
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Years ago I bought some handheld CBs with rubber duckie antennas for caravanning, and, like others, quickly found that the output is attenuated by the glass so badly that you can't talk to another driver even close by...

So I got mag mount antennas, and discovered that range improved, but not only are there folks using language I don't want to hear, there are a lot of idiots out there with CBs that are intentionally being as obnoxious as possible.

Then I got my first set of frs radios and discovered that the higher frequency isn't impeded by glass nearly as bad, and a little frs handheld has much better range and clarity than a handheld CB, the batteries last much longer... Great for caravanning. And, like mentioned before, great for talking to a backer, or just using around the campsite.

For caravanning I have two frs radios that have removable duckie antennas and came with mag-mount antennas. Increases the range at least a little, but I'm not sure it's a big deal. Besides, I think they are against the FCC rules. I think legally frs radios have to have a permanent, non-removable antenna attached directly to the transmitter. I think that's why frs radios with removable antennas are hard to find. Radio Shack and Midland both made a model with a mag-mount antenna, but they only offered them for a short time. I think the FCC made them stop. But that's speculation.

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We use GMRS/FRS radios from the TT to our boat and while positioning the TT at the campsite. Over water, they have several miles of range on our units. Come in very useful on lakes when I'm out fishing or hiking. Five watts work well enough to cover our needs and do well on the road especially if you have the right antenna setup. You can code them so no one else can understand you.
Just to pick a nit, you really can't code them so no-one can hear you. Strictly speaking. They've been marketed as 'privacy codes,' but they don't really give you any privacy. They make it sound like encryption when it's really selective hearing.

If you set a code, it really means that you can only hear other radios that are using that same code. However, radios that are not using a code, and other devices like scanners and such, can still hear everything you say.

This is kind of a soap box of mine. Partly due to deceptive marketing (promising privacy), and partly due to the fact that I think they impede proper radio etiquette.

The etiquette part comes from the old rule about monitoring a frequency for a couple minutes to see if someone else is using it, before you start using it. If you have a code set, you are prevented from hearing other people using that frequency, and could talk right over them without ever knowing.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:44 PM   #58
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We use the FRS radios to back into a site, etc. Funny thing happened a couple years ago- the rv park we were staying in, the workers at the park, used the same frequency we were using. So as I was backing in the BOSS was telling me which way to go. I started hearing phrases like:
Did you call me? No, not me. Huh? What are you talking about? Is that you Bill? I can't understand what you are saying!
It went on for a minute or so and I just waved to the wife to just forget the radio and use hand signals.

Sometimes, the batteries are run down on them(now who forgot to check them?) so we just use our cell phones.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:02 PM   #59
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Use to use a 102" whip antenna with a big spring on the bottom and mounted on the rear bumper. Could get about 20 miles with a HALLICRAFTER CB-3-A. Buddy wired a Q bird in it that would broadcast 30 miles.
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Old 02-29-2016, 04:09 PM   #60
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In my opinion, the very rare occasion where a CB could save you from a delay/ticket/whatever, is not worth the non-stop noise pollution that the CB has become. You couldn't pay me enough to have one of those things in my vehicle and turned on while on a trip. The Citizens Band is not what it once was.

Now having one around that can be turned on for an emergency...I can see (a little) value to that. But still haven't owned one for nearly 2 decades.
But still haven't owned one for nearly 2 decades.. What are you basing your opinion on?
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