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Author Topic: vx-7r and ft-8900r radio modification  (Read 954 times)
KI4FMJ
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« on: November 12, 2005, 12:56:41 PM »

is there a way to operate frs and grms with a grms licence . and how to do it.
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2005, 03:53:52 PM »

While it is possible, It is not legal to use modified amateur gear on either GMRS or FRS. Both services require radios specifically type accepted for those services.

Modified amateur gear cannot be used on any service but the amateur service and, with a DoD issued MARS license, by MARS operators.

You can use modified GMRS radios on amateur frequencies, but FRS radios cannot be modified to do so.

Also, remember that GMRS requires it's own license. An amateur license (of any class) is not valid for GMRS.

73,

Lon - N3ZKP
Baltimore, Maryland
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KC0VCU
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2005, 04:29:08 PM »

As a follow on, presuming you have the GMRS licence already, a gmrs capable radio (consumer variety) is going to cost very little.

Both the vx-7r and ft-8900r radios can listen to FRS and GMRS frequencies, so you can easily conserve battery life on a GMRS HT by simply listening on one of the big radios, and only powering up the GMRS when you are ready to communicate with it.

If you are concerned that this means that you have to carry around an extra HT, you may want to pick up a programable UHF radio, already type accepted for GMRS. The down side is that you loose some of the listening flexabilty you have with the 7r. Likewise you may have to add another HT to cover your vhf spectrum, including MURS channels.

That said, I seem to recall there being some programable dual band UHF/VHF HTs out there from Motorola, though I can't find any on e-bay at the moment.

-Rusty
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