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Wes Harden

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I don't understand why Official Police or fire transmissions would be on a gmrs channel generally considered to be an off road channel. 151.625. Is this Moab search and rescue for off road ?
 

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I don't understand why Official Police or fire transmissions would be on a gmrs channel generally considered to be an off road channel. 151.625. Is this Moab search and rescue for off road ?
151.625 is a business band frequency in the US. But it also happens to be one of the main frequencies used in Mexico for Baja racing. This is where the "weatherman" name came from. Rugged and other racing radio retailers include the frequency under a dubious license loophole stating they bought a license for it and allow the purchaser of the radio to use it under their license.

Technically use of that frequency in Mexico won't have any bearing on the use of the channel in the states. But like miniwally pointed out it looks like it is in use in Moab and it would be wise for us to stay off of it and not upset the ones that are probably holding the local license to the frequency.

There are plenty to choose from for sure. We should be able to find clear one to work from for each group.
 

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I am unclear about local license of a gmrs frequencies. Is this something the Fcc does?
I do know you must have a license to use the gmrs frequencies. That Rugged and like are not being above board and confusing with the information.
I did do the Fcc license for myself and family. Little more than a form and fee.
 

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If you want to get technical, it's completely legal for you to listen to any of these frequencies, it's only illegal to transmit on them unless you hold the license for that frequency or work for the company that does.
 

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Yeah clear on that.

How does local frequency licensing work. This is something I wasn't aware of.
 

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I am unclear about local license of a gmrs frequencies. Is this something the Fcc does?
I do know you must have a license to use the gmrs frequencies. That Rugged and like are not being above board and confusing with the information.
I did do the Fcc license for myself and family. Little more than a form and fee.
So that's the thing, weatherman is not a GMRS frequency. It's in the business band of frequencies. So your license is good for the GMRS frequencies.

What rugged has done is a topic of discussion we can keep out of this thread but yes, they have confused the situation greatly with how they promote and sell their products.
 

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Hey,

Not to dig up an old thread, and if we need to start a new one for 2022 that works. But there is a new generation on Amazon and it they both are on sale and about about $32


There's also a cheaper in the $20 range


Looking for some guidance and at those prices have no excuse not to have one for BB2022. Any advice would be great. Id like to get one and familiarize myself with it before next year.

Thanks,
 

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Cheap enough to get. Keep in mind that is a full blown ham radio. Technically you need a ham technician license to operate.

But we’ve been working on gmrs or rugged radio frequencies to stay out of the way of the ham community.
 

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Right. Speaking of the GRMS than what did you guys end up using last year. I also have Garmin Rino 750 that I have and use for hunting. I also have an old CB radio in the truck I could get working too.
 

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Right. Speaking of the GRMS than what did you guys end up using last year. I also have Garmin Rino 750 that I have and use for hunting. I also have an old CB radio in the truck I could get working too.
I think most were running Baofengs or Rugged radios so we ended up on a Rugged frequency on most runs to allow the most to be able to talk.

I did program a few radios at the event last year and I'll have my laptop with me to do more this year if the need arises. As far as CB goes, not many have it. I wouldn't go through a ton of extra effort to make it work.
 
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