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Please Take Note On Changes That Need To Be Made At The FCC

The Amount Of Used Two-way Radio Equipment Available On The Market For Sale Today Is Becoming Slimmer And Slimmer. Soon There Will Be No Used Radios Available For Use On GMRS.

The majority of the older GMRS repeaters in use today are running old 25KHz analog repeaters. As those repeaters fail, GMRS repeater owners and potential repeater owners will begin to have a harder time finding good wideband gear like what has been available.

Even the mobile and portable radios that are being used to make portable repeaters will soon be gone.

New radios that are being manufactured today for part 90 use are not part 95 compliant. And, the manufactures of Part 95 gear for GMRS are not interested in expanding its line of GMRS radios to meet the challenges we Licensed GMRS operators are facing.

Too many combo FRS/GMRS radios are being produced instead of quality GMRS radios. Even finding good quality new repeaters at a reasonable price is a joke.

In order for GMRS to stay viable for it's licensed users view and opinion on GMRS and the types of radios (can we say narrow-band, digital) are going to have to change at the FCC.

Rules and regulation about part 95 compliance and/or certification needs to be updated to include those radios that are also included under Part 90.

Please send a letter or email to FCC asking them to make the changes necessary to the rules, including the use of "Digital Modes" so that we GMRS licensed users will have radios available to us in the future.

We GMRS Licensed Operators are entitled to the same advanced technology (Digital Modes) in radio communications equipment as is allowed and being used in/on other bands.

Don't sit back and let other bands (like Amateur & Commercial) control what direction GMRS travels forward.

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What GMRS Radios To Use & When ...
The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a "licensed required" land-mobile FM UHF radio service that was originally in its intent designed for short-distance two-way communication (Apparently "short distance communications" has been removed from the language within the GMRS FCC rules). It requires a license issued by the FCC for the use of the GMRS Channels as allocated by FCC in the United States.

FCC permits use by individuals (licenses are issued to individual adults age 18 years of age and older) who possesses a valid GMRS license. In addition to this licensed individual who is authorized to use this license, other individuals (even those under 18 years of age) with permission of the licensed holder, such as his or her immediate family members, are allowed to use same said license. Per FCC, "family members" includes a spouse, children, stepchildren, parents, stepparents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, and in-laws (see 47 CFR 95.179).

Immediate relatives of the GMRS system licensee are entitled to communicate among themselves, or with other licensed GMRS users, regardless of location within the United States. Non-licensed individuals may place a base, control, or repeater station in operation anywhere within the United States but only licensed holder and approved individuals as approved by the hold may actually transmit on said GMRS base, control or through a repeater for personal or business purposes. Employees of the licensee, who are not family members, are not covered by said same license.

GMRS radios are typically, base, mobile, repeater, and hand-held portable devices. These base, mobile, and hand-held radios, unlike Family Radio Service (FRS) radios, and share some of the FRS frequency band near 462 and 467 MHz. Unlike FRS radios, hand-held radios are allowed to have detachable antennas. Mobile and base station-style radios available are normally commercial style UHF radios as often used in the public service and commercial land mobile bands. These are legal for use in this service as long as they are GMRS type-approved. Many public service and commercial radios manufactured prior to 2005 are type-approved/accepted for GMRS use.
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