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- Aug 6, 2016
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- Henderson Nevada
Yes, they will. The rugged radio system uses the GMRS frequencies but they program them to be more user friendly. They just pick a channel, more kike the old CB. That channel corresponds to a frequency that can be selected by the handhelds. As long as everyone is on the same frequency (channel) then they work together.Will Rugged Radios work with these?
I ask because I got my dad some Rugged Radios a couple years ago because he wanted some good radios and I had no idea what I was getting. I just knew they were supposed to be good. I wished I had done more research prior to that, but oh well.
You can turn the Baofeng power down, not sure how, the interface is difficult. Even if you do I think FRS technically needs a fixed antenna, the Baofeng antenna is removable. Nobody's checking anyway.I should add that with the FRS technically speaking the typical Baofeng radios are not legal to be on those channels because they are over powered. I think you are limited to 1/2 or 1 watt, but I think some channels allow a little higher power but still less than a Baofeng. Take that for what it's worth.
I think in terms of technicality the FCC only cares that the radio is capable of the higher power whether or not you have it turned down.You can turn the Baofeng power down, not sure how, the interface is difficult. Even if you do I think FRS technically needs a fixed antenna, the Baofeng antenna is removable. Nobody's checking anyway.
i tried to progam my v3 with the boafang cable i couldnt get it to work. im not sure if chirp was supporting the v3 at the time or rugged has the radios locked. im still a newbe with programing. I never really found a frequency list from rugged.The older blue rugged handheld radios should able to program to the GMRS frequencies on the interface but if not, with the chirp software and a cable it can definitely be done.
The new rugged handheld radios V3's may have to go through chirp to get programmed to the GMRS frequencies. @mrk5 brought a pair to the snow wheeling trip we did a couple months back and it would not allow plugging a frequency in through the buttons. At the time I couldn't nail down what frequencies rugged programmed into the V3 so we could put the Baofengs on the same channel. So half the group was on Baofengs and the other half on ruggeds. I had my Ham base unit on GMRS talking to the Baofeng part of the group and had one of the ruggeds to stay in the loop with the other guys.
I'm not sure if Chirp and the standard Baofeng program cable will work on the V3 units. But rugged does sell its own cable and programming software through rt systems that they sell on the rugged site. I'm just not sure if they locked out the GMRS (70cm band).
If anyone can get an actual frequency to channel chart from rugged to know exactly how they are set up it would help.
Rugged lists their own cable and the programming software is available through a company called RT Systems.i tried to progam my v3 with the boafang cable i couldnt get it to work. im not sure if chirp was supporting the v3 at the time or rugged has the radios locked. im still a newbe with programing. I never really found a frequency list from rugged.