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I also own a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Repeater in Miami, KAF9118.    If you have a GMRS license, here's the information you will need to access this repeater:

    462.6750 MHz      + 5 MHz          PL 141.3 Hz

Here's the repeater.   Despite the Motorola Cabinet, it's a GE Exec II inside.

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For more information on GMRS, check out the PRSG.    You can also join a new mailing list for GRMS: 

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Here's some data on GMRS repeaters in Florida.  You can input this data into your favorite spreadsheet or database program.

I think some of you might be interested in this. If you're running a camp and need a base station to communicate over a large areas, the person at the base station could operate under GMRS rules and legally talk to the Scouts working under the FRS rules. Remember, both services share 7 channels. It doesn't look legal in the rules, but the FCC's opinion is that it is okay. Just make sure that the PERSON at the base has a GMRS license, the camp can't be licensed (unless still grandfathered). It also has to be a small basestation as definded by the rules.


Before the
Washington, D. C. 20554

In the Matter of ) WT Docket No. 95-102
) RM-8499
Amendment of Part 95 of the )
Commission's Rules to )
Establish a Very Short Distance )
Two-Way Voice Radio Service )


Adopted: October 30, 1998 Released: November 9, 1998

By the Commission:


25. We agree it is very likely that GMRS stations and FRS units, when they hear each other, will communicate with each other. We also believe that allowing GMRS stations and FRS units to exchange messages on the seven channels they share, particularly in emergency situations, furthers our goals of maximizing efficient use of the radio spectrum and promoting public safety. However, we find it unnecessary to amend the rules as Trahos suggests. The rules to which Trahos cites as prohibiting GMRS stations from communicating with FRS units do not apply to the classes of GMRS land stations that are authorized to transmit on channels that are shared with FRS units. GMRS stations, which are authorized by rule to share the 462 MHz interstitial channels with FRS units, are mobile stations and small base stations transmitting voice type emissions with relatively low power. Typically, these stations are transmitting the same type of communications as FRS units. The rules already permit GMRS station operators to transmit the same messages as FRS units and GMRS stations are not prohibited from communicating with FRS units. Nevertheless, we clarify, that GMRS and FRS units operating on the same frequencies may communicate with each other if the individual operators so choose.

Here are the frequencies used for FRS:

Channel Frequency in MHz GMRS Shared?
1 462.5625 Yes
2 462.5875 Yes
3 462.6125 Yes
4 462.6375 Yes
5 462.6625 Yes
6 462.6875 Yes
7 462.7125 Yes
8 467.5625 No
9 467.5875 No
10 467.6125 No
11 467.6375 No
12 467.6625 No
13 467.6875 No
14 467.7125 No


FRS and Ham Radio.

From: "Ray J. Vaughan" 
Date: Thu Dec 25, 2003 11:20 pm
Subject: FRS at Events

I want to run an idea by everyone...

Love them or hate them, FRS radios are very popular. I'm thinking we can use them to our advantage. If we can get the word out to participants at events, we could be available to them via radio to reduce the time it takes for us to get information.

Imagine all of us having FRS at each of our locations. Ham radio to communicate with Net Control, but FRS to contact anyone within range, which is about the distance between our positions. For most of events we do, we can pretty much cover all the route this way. On any paperwork they get, and on signs we would have something like:

"We Monitor FRS Ch 2"

At each of our positions we would listen out for anyone calling and try to help them. Might be directions, a question about the route, or to report someone down. As needed, we would relay this to Net Control.  Every report from FRS would need to be announced as such so if it turns out to be a false alarm we wouldn't hurt our reputation. But I think, by far, we'll get good information. I think Andy was already monitoring FRS 1 at the Kayak event, so this isn't anything new to at least some of you. I would just like to make it official.

It's also great PR for us. They'll see how their toys helped them communicate something important and learn that there's something a lot bigger and better out there.

So, if everyone is agreeable, I guess this means that we need to buy FRS radios, pick a channel, and put out the word.

Ernesto: Can you get this added to the rider information for Break Away?

Ray J. Vaughan, MS, CBTE, CERT
KD4BBM PG-7-15266

I got a lot of feedback on this, positive and negative.  How do you feel?

From: LARRY33414...
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2003 7:13 am
Subject: Re: [SoFlaHams] FRS at Events

We have been using them for about two years at our events... mostly the "Lost Child & Communications Booths".

We've never had QRM and non-hams from the event management and/or security don't mind carrying them because they're so light (compared to their Astro or other portables).

While you can, get some of the mag-mounted FRSs from Radshack... they are down to $10!
Mount on 10-12 foot PVC pole with metal plate. Make FB base station.

Like your sign idea... will try it at our next event.

Larry KS4NB
Wellington Radio Club

From: "James Carlin" 
Date: Fri Dec 26, 2003 3:10 pm
Subject: Re: [SoFlaHams] FRS at Events

I suggested this one year for the Breakaway. The idea was not really received well, something about the committee not wanting people on bikes yapping on radios. I still think it is a good idea though. FRS could fill in the gaps between rest stops and intersections.

I have been monitoring FRS frequencies for the breakaway for the past two or so years. I set up my portable antenna mast with a base station dual band antenna, then set one VFO on my dual band radio to 147.000 and the other VFO continuously scans all the FRS channels. Of course, this radio can not transmit on FRS frequencies at 35 watts - so if you can hear me across 20 or more miles, it is a total fluke. A rare 440 band opening...(legal disclaimer over).

-- James KF4OUI

So, if everyone is agreeable, I guess this means that we need to buy FRS radios, pick a channel, and put out the word

01/14/08 13:11

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