Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Bedford Hts, OH, USA
Re: Two Way Radio Thought
Ch 2 462.5875 would be a good choice.
frs/gmrs info below.
FRS radios are limited to 500 milliwatts in the U.S., according to FCC regulations. Channels 1 to 7 are shared with low-power interstitial channels of GMRS, the General Mobile Radio Service. A license is required for those channels only if the power output is over FRS limits, up to GMRS limits. Unlike Citizens' Band (CB) radios, FRS radios frequently have provisions for using sub-audible tone squelch (CTCSS and DCS) codes, filtering out unwanted chatter from other users on the same frequency. Although these codes are sometimes called "privacy codes" or "private line codes" (PL codes), they offer no protection from eavesdropping and are only intended to help share busy channels. Tone codes also do nothing to prevent desired transmissions from being swamped by stronger signals having a different code.
FRS stations on channels 1 through 7 may communicate with GMRS stations on those channels; the GMRS stations may use up to 5 watts of power, while the FRS stations are restricted to 0.5 watts.
The use of duplex radio repeaters and interconnects to the telephone network are prohibited under FRS rules, unlike in GMRS, where repeaters but not telephone interconnect are permitted, and the Amateur Radio Service. FRS radios must use only permanently-attached antennas. This limitation intentionally restricts the range of communications, and promotes sharing of the available channels.
FRS manufacturers generally claim an effective range of 3 km (2 miles) or more, but actual performance is limited by the physics of propagation. The presence of large buildings can reduce range. Under exceptional conditions, such as hilltop to hilltop, communication is possible over 50 km (30 miles) or more. Under normal conditions, however, with line-of-sight blocked by a few buildings or trees, FRS generally has an effective range of 0.5 to 1.5 km (1/3 to 1 mile).
 FRS/GMRS Dual Service Radios
Recently, hybrid FRS/GMRS consumer radios have been introduced that have 22 channels. Many of these radios have been certified for unlicensed operation (on the 14 FRS frequencies) under FRS rules. 
The FCC rules and statements regarding the use of hybrid radios on channels 1-7 stipulate the need for GMRS licensing only when operating under the RULES that apply to the GMRS. Many hybrid radios have an ERP that is lower than 0.5 watts on channels 1-7, or can be set by the user to operate at low power on these channels. This allows hybrid radios to be used under the license free FRS rules if the ERP is less than 0.5 watts AND the unit is certified for FRS operation on these frequencies.
Channels 8-14 are reserved exclusively for the FRS, and GMRS operation is not allowed on these channels.
Channels 15-22 are reserved exclusively for GMRS, and FRS operation is not allowed on these channels.
 List of FRS channels
Channel Frequency (MHz) Notes
1 462.5625 Unofficially designated the National Call Channel. Shared with GMRS.
2 462.5875 Shared with GMRS.
3 462.6125 Shared with GMRS.
4 462.6375 Shared with GMRS.
5 462.6625 Shared with GMRS.
6 462.6875 Shared with GMRS.
7 462.7125 Shared with GMRS.
8 467.5625 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
9 467.5875 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
10 467.6125 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
11 467.6375 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
12 467.6625 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
13 467.6875 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
14 467.7125 FRS use ONLY (GMRS not allowed)
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