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What is GMRS
General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a two-way radio service.
An FCC license is required to use GMRS.
One license covers all immediate family members, including in-laws.
GMRS versus FRS
Family Radio Service (FRS)
Does NOT require a license
Limited to 1/2 watt output
Antenna must be fixed (cannot be removable)
Fees: $90 (will be $65 by July, 2015)
Valid for 5 years
No test required
Takes approx. 2-5 days to get license
FCC online form found
General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)
Up to 50 watts output allowed
Can use removable antenna, including mobile-mount and roof-mount antennas
Handhelds: Approximately 1-2 miles in average terrain
Mobiles (car radios): Approximately 5 miles
Using Repeaters: Approx. 5-50 miles
My repeater: Approximately 10 miles radius from my house
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