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Author Topic: Yaesu VX-6 and FRS  (Read 1296 times)
KI6HJL
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« on: November 30, 2007, 08:04:55 AM »

Hi, I am a new ham with a new Yaesu VX-6.  I see that I can set my radio to receive the 14 FRS frequencies that are being broadcasts by my nephew's little FRS radios.

I don't appear to be able to broadcast to them with my radio.  Is this a legal limitation, meaning that my radio by law can't do this?  or is it technically and legally possible to broadcast on the FRS frequencies with the VX-6.  It sure would be convenient.
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WW5AA
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2007, 09:07:38 AM »

"NO"

The FCC requires you to use type certified radios for FRS. The power is resticted to .5 Watt.

73, de Lindy
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KI6HJL
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007, 11:20:21 AM »

That's what I kind of thought.  Oh well.  

Now back to figuring out how to use the radio.
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KB1OCC
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2007, 09:19:35 AM »

If you wanted to only carry 1 radio, then I would suggest getting a commercial UHF or VHF/UHF (available?) HT and programming in the frequencies you use on the ham band.  In addition, you can use (I believe) program in the FRS frequencies shared by the GMRS service.  I think there are 7 FRS frequencies usable.  

You must possess a valid GMRS license in addition to your ham license to use those FRS/GMRS frequencies.

If a dual band (VHF/UHF) type accepted commercial HT exists, you could probably also program in the 5 MURS frequencies in the VHF band.  Of course, power would need to be restricted to 2 watts for MURS.
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W3LK
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2007, 01:53:03 PM »

<< If you wanted to only carry 1 radio, then I would suggest getting a commercial UHF or VHF/UHF (available?) HT and programming in the frequencies you use on the ham band. In addition, you can use (I believe) program in the FRS frequencies shared by the GMRS service. I think there are 7 FRS frequencies usable. >>

The problem with this is FRS is restricted to 500mW with a non-removable antenna. Additionally radios for FRS have to be type-certified for that service. Most aren't. Using commercial radios on FRS is not really a good idea.

73,

Lon - W3LK
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KB1OCC
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2007, 07:44:30 AM »

I'm fairly certain that you can operate 5 watts on the shared FRS/GMRS frequencies.

Please check out

http://ba-marc.org/writeups/gmrs-frs-freq.htm
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W3LK
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2007, 03:59:38 PM »

You are correct.

73,

Lon - W3LK
Naugatuck, Connecticut
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