GMRS now license-free at/under 2W

Discussion in 'CB & Scanner Discussion' started by Deacon, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. Deacon

    Deacon TXCTG Advanced User Premium Member

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    Indeed, if you’re looking for an installed mobile option, and you don’t mind being limited to exclusively GRMS. Others offer 50W mobile radios (some more compact than others) that include GMRS and a lot more (VHF/VHF). The Midland options are mostly geared toward simplified use for small organizations, ranchers/farmers, and rich vacationers who have lake/hunting/etc properties and want a simplistic solution to mount in their boats, 4-wheelers, trucks, and so on.
     
  2. erickonphoenix

    erickonphoenix I never lose, I only run out of laps, gas or time. Advanced User Premium Member

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    I'm always amazed when I bring my Uniden 2 ways to testing events the range is only a mile. On the water it's 10x that. Just goes to show what terrain does to these little consumer radios.
     
  3. STS134

    STS134 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    Well on cruises, out at sea, you don't actually *NEED* a license to use them.
     
  4. erickonphoenix

    erickonphoenix I never lose, I only run out of laps, gas or time. Advanced User Premium Member

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    That's funny, then why does the license fee come with the ship to shore radio on my boat? I had to display it on the companionway door.
     
  5. Deacon

    Deacon TXCTG Advanced User Premium Member

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    True that. Just don’t expect your conversations to be private! It both amuses and frustrated me the way companies market their radios to have security or privacy built in, when it’s only a filter that prevents you from having to listen to anyone else on the same channel.
     
  6. STS134

    STS134 Premium Member Advanced User Premium Member

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    Different rules apply in international waters. The systems on cruise ships shut down when the ship goes within 12 nautical miles of shore, because those areas are regulated by the respective agencies of the country whose waters you are in. In those zones, you would need a license, if you are near the US. If near another country, you'd have to get permission from the appropriate regulatory agency. http://cruisetalk.org/cellular-at-sea-know-your-rates-before-you-go/
     
  7. LeftLaneInPA

    LeftLaneInPA I have a nifty title. Beginner User Premium Member

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    Because it's ship-to-shore. When you're 12 + miles out in sea, those little handhelds aren't going to be interfering with any land-based stations.