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    Family Radio Service (FRS)


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    Family Radio Service (FRS)

    Post by Cabrillo-1 on Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:38 am

    FRS radios are the radios you see sold in pairs at Best Buy, Costco, Target, and Walmart either made by Motorola, Midland, or Cobra as well as various other smaller brands.  They range in price from $30-$90 for a pair.  You generally get what you pay for with the Motorolas generally performing better of the brand names.

    FRS radios are perfect for short ranged communications at the block and neighborhood level (approximately 1 mile range in an urban area).  They are free to use on channels 1-14 (channels 15-22 are GMRS channels and require a $65 license to legally transmit on).

    FRS radios can only operate radio-to-radio (simplex).

    The advantages of FRS radios (relatively cheap, easily available, free to use) are also their disadvantages.  There are lots of FRS radios out there and in an urban area can have quite a bit of congestion.

    Patrick Botz-Forbes
    CERT Battalion 2 Coordinator
    Monterey Hills Neighborhood Leader

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