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Old 05-22-2018, 05:30 PM
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I picked up a Midland Micromobile GMRS radio for my Jeep. I just got my FCC license today.

What are some of the basic rules for GMRS, such as when do you have to give your call sign, and how often?

I also know that to use a repeater, you are supposed to ask for permission? How do you go about that?

Sorry for the basic questions, but I want to learn to use it correctly and legally. I wanted more clear communication than a CB and more range. I still have the CB for most group trail runs, but I have two Jeeps, a JK and JL, and we'll be taking them on trips, so I'm equipping each with these radios.

Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated!
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Old 08-09-2018, 08:04 AM
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Standard FCC rules are you have you ID your station once every 10 minutes when in a conversation. I run ham, CB and GMRS and I will identify myself on the ham unit within the 10 minute window when we run simplex, My GMRS transmissions are usually the same IF we are running a true GMRS channel and power. If we are on FRS, I don't bother.

In reality, you are better off getting your ham tickets. It's not hard to get a technician license, they are good for 10 years and allow a much broader frequency spectrum with more power. You also will have the advantage of repeater use while on GMRS, although you can have a repeater, they are usually few and far between.
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Old 08-12-2018, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by cranbiz View Post
Standard FCC rules are you have you ID your station once every 10 minutes when in a conversation. I run ham, CB and GMRS and I will identify myself on the ham unit within the 10 minute window when we run simplex, My GMRS transmissions are usually the same IF we are running a true GMRS channel and power. If we are on FRS, I don't bother.

In reality, you are better off getting your ham tickets. It's not hard to get a technician license, they are good for 10 years and allow a much broader frequency spectrum with more power. You also will have the advantage of repeater use while on GMRS, although you can have a repeater, they are usually few and far between.
This is what I am working on now. Any recommendations on a radio setup for the Jeep?
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Old 08-13-2018, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jk_southwest View Post
This is what I am working on now. Any recommendations on a radio setup for the Jeep?
I run a Kenwood TMV-71a, which is a dual band 2m/70cm radio that is capable of receiving on 2 frequencies all the time and is capable of cross band repeater operations. 50W on 2m and 40W on 70cm For some, it may be a bit more radio than needed.
With the CAP mod, it can also do GMRS (technically not legal though)

One of our Hams found a Talk Cool 8900 on Amazon for $69. Dual band and small, can go in any Jeep. 25W 2m and 20W on 70cm. I understand the Talk Cool can be opened up for GMRS also.
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