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Trail Comms Question

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by itr1275, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. Aug 2, 2020 at 10:52 AM
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    itr1275

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    What are most people using?

    I have equipment for CB, FRS/GMRS and Ham and are licensed for GMRS and Ham.

    The gold standard was CB, then everyone wanted 2M Ham. Now GMRS/FRS seems popular. I haven't seen much difference in quality for 2M, CB, GMRS or 70cm for simplex communications.

    The exception is MURS, and that might have been the radios, nice Motorolas. They sound quality was much better than our handheld garbage.

    In fact my $30 Midland radios sound better then my Ham radio and have about the same distance. They are more compact too.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2020 at 6:30 AM
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    just ordered a Midland GMRS unit a 6db gain antenna for my 3rd gen but previously run CB's in my other vehicles. Also have a set of Midland X-talkers for trail/spotting uses. the range and clarity is great.
     
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    Yes. Not to say that people don't do it all the time, but 2m radio is technically not suposed to be used on GMRS freqs. Two different licenses and FCC certifications for the radios.

    Personally I would pay more for one radio with multiple standard certs.
     
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    I dont understand your response, as it seems to address something not asked.
    Just about the only 2m radio that will operate on the GMRS freq's are the Baofeng (which was the issue with FCC)
    I'm aware of the licenses, and frankly I expect more people to use gmrs due to the no test required, despite it costing much more, and being limited to only gmrs radios.
     
  6. Aug 20, 2020 at 9:11 AM
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    Just a comment about the radios. I would like to carry as little stuff as possible in general. So if there was one radio that could do both (legally) I wold pay more for one.
     
  7. Aug 20, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    I dont think there are any radios that can do both legally, alot of radios will transmit on both. But if its kept on low power you probably wont run into any issues.

    The murs frequencies are ideal for simplex in the woods. Good antenna and a quality radio, 2w will be more then enough.

    I suggest a 2m radio so you can call for help if needed, gmrs probably wont do much in an emergency. 2m repeaters are monitored heavily and have good coverage.
     
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    I got ya, and I agree. Which is part of why I like the cheap radio that does both
     

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