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Someone told me that the lower channels on my Talkabout are a lower power than the upper channels :whazzup:

I'd never heard this but I thought I'd ask the pro's.
I bought 'em at Costco, they are the cheapies.
They are about 2 - 3 years old, work great, but this guy claimed they work better on the higher channels :shrug:

Is it true or had this guy eaten to many paint chips as a kid? :laugh:

Thanks in advance for helpin' out a poor technologically challenged guy. :hoboy:
 

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Depends on what radio you have. The lower channel number for the FRS radio service is shared by GMRS. The GMRS radio service allows higher transmit power output (up to 5 watts in the US) GMRS and FRS share channels 1-7. So really if you have a GMRS highpower radio channels 1-7 will work better. With your talkabout I don't think they are sophistacated enough to change power because you are on another channel. FRS Radios started out with 1/4 watt transmitters way back when. Some are 1/2 watt and 1 watt now. So again depends on which one you have - there are some threads in the hunting page on Rino radio and 14 mile radio I think.

When it comes to radios there are no dumb quesions - glad to help if I can
 

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I have a pair of Uniden GMR638 radios. Got them free from work, $20 dollar value.

The manual says

"The GMR638 radio operates on the General Mobile Radios Service (GMRS) frequencies when using channels 1-7 and 15-22 You must have a GMRS license issued by the Federal Communication Commision (FCC) to legally use these channels.)

There is more about how to get a license. Apparently you don't need a license in Cananda.

Why do they sell to the general public a radio that you need a license to use only some of the channels on? My wife and kids use these when shopping. We all use them when out in the woods, fishing etc. Do I need to get a liscense for every member of the family? Does anybody get this license? Do they enforce it?
 

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GMRS or General Mobile Radio Service - share some channels with FRS channels 1-7. GMRS also has the ability to use repeaters (channels 15-22 I think). Need a license for GMRS - yes - does everyone need one - lets just say the FCC site on it is as clear as mud FCC GMRS enforcable - they can - do they - I doubt they have time, but could if cases of interference are reported.

Wish I had clearer answers for you
 
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