Rules for Using Gmrs
(b) Equipment certification for the HSM shall not be granted for a type of GMRS transmitter that does not comply with the applicable requirements of this Subsection. The FCC website is a bit confusing, so here`s our attempt to explain the licensing process and simplify it for you. It`s a bit long, so think of it as a marathon rather than a spring. Let`s get to the heart of the matter: Here are some of the FCC`s rules for the use of GMRS, which have resulted in fines of more than $30,000 for non-compliance with some of them. (From Midland USA website.) • Applicant must have 18+• No foreign government representative• Only available to individuals, also known as no new GMRS license for businesses (there are some who are grandfathered, but that`s a different story around 1987)• No test, only payment; $35 and valid for 10 years• The license covers you and your immediate family (husband, wife, children, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, you get the point!) • If you have been convicted of a crime in the past, you must disclose more information about the context of the indictment (this does not mean that you will be automatically dismissed)• And finally, follow FCC rules Before using your new radio, listen to the conversations of other GMRS users. Don`t set up sound cancellation codes or PL (Private Line) codes that prevent you from hearing other users – at least not yet – so you can hear how other people around you are using GMRS. (d) overmodulation. Any type of GMRS transmitter, except a type of mobile transmitter with a transmit power of 2.5 W or less, must automatically prevent a higher than normal audio level from causing overmodulation. Assuming you haven`t set privacy codes, you can request a signal report by saying, “WABC123, search for report” or “WABC123, report report please” (or “repeat check” if you`re using one). Conditions: As of 16/02/1999, the SRGM rules have been modified and you can work on any of the primary or interstitial channels listed in section 95.1763. Exception: Licensees operating north of Line A and east of Line C may not operate channels 462 650 MHZ, 467 650 MHZ, 462 700 MHZ and 467 700 MHZ (CH 19 and 21) unless authorized by your previous licence.
To call another station, you would use their call sign followed by theirs. “WBCD345 is WABC123″ or simply WBCD345, WABC123” By first using their GMRS call sign, that person and everyone listening will immediately know who is being called. In all cases, each GMRS station must be identified by transmitting its call sign assigned by the FCC at the end of a transmission or series of transmissions and at least once every 15 minutes during a series of more than 15 minutes. The call sign can be spoken or transmitted with audible tones using Morse code. A repeater station that deals with correctly identified transmissions of other people does not need to send its own station identification.  You may just want to use your GMRS radio to talk to other family members, and that`s fine. If you set up sound cancellation or “privacy codes” on all channels you use, you may miss out on valuable information from other nearby users, such as “Hey Bob, is this wildfire coming?” (e) Individual License Term. Each individual MRSS licence normally has a term of ten years from the date of issue or renewal and may be renewed in accordance with the procedures set out in Part 1 of this Chapter.
The FCC may grant a shorter license term upon renewal as a penalty for violations of FCC rules. Any type of portable transmitter submitted for certification under this paragraph is subject to the rules set out in this section. However, it`s your decision, there are no rules that say you can`t cut your skeleton using one of the 38 CTCSS codes or 83 DCS “privacy”. With some radios, you can even use a combination of both if you really don`t want to listen to anyone, but communication can suffer from marginal conditions as it gives your radio more to decode. To regulate the frequencies used by radios, the FCC requires that you need a license to operate a GMRS radio. In 2017, any radio that uses the current FRS/GMRS frequencies and transmits 2+ watts of power was reclassified as GMRS and requires a license. Hold your radio microphone a few inches from your mouth and speak clearly at a normal volume. Speaking louder makes it harder, not easier, for you to be understood. Keep your transfers short and accurate. Also, try to avoid VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) in most situations, as loud noises can accidentally activate your transceiver. A valid individual licence is required to operate a GMRS station. To obtain an individual licence, an applicant must be eligible and follow the applicable rules and procedures set out in this paragraph and Part 1 of this Chapter and must pay the necessary application and regulatory fees in accordance with Part 1, Subdivision G of this Chapter.
The GMRS licensing rules can be found in Part 95, Subdivision A of the Code of Federal Regulations. The rules are available on the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations website. In the last article, we explored the benefits of GMRS radio for landing. These long-range radios are ideal for your land vehicle or motorhome, but once you`ve installed one, how do you use the GMRS? There`s a little more to your powerful new cell phone than just tapping the microphone and talking. Other countries have licensed and unlicensed personal radio services with similar characteristics, but technical details and operating conditions vary depending on national regulations. Many European countries use a similar 16-channel system near 446 MHz, known as PMR446, as well as a 69-channel low-power LPD433 shared with the 433.92 MHz ISM band. GMRS devices approved for use in the United States do not communicate with PMR446 radios due to different frequency ranges. Keep your conversations short, use your call sign, and when you`re all closer together, switch to one of the lower power channels (1-7) instead, or even better if you`re close enough, switch to a pair of FRS walkie-talkies on channels 8-14 instead of GMRS.