I also own a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Repeater in Miami, KAF9118. If you have a GMRS license, here's the information you will need to access this repeater:
462.6750 MHz + 5 MHz PL 141.3 Hz
Here's the repeater. Despite the Motorola Cabinet, it's a GE Exec II inside.
For more information on GMRS, check out the PRSG. You can also join a new mailing list for GRMS:
Here's some data on GMRS repeaters in Florida. You can input this data into your favorite spreadsheet or database program.
I think some of you might be interested in this. If you're running a camp and need a
base station to communicate over a large areas, the person at the base station could
operate under GMRS rules and legally talk to the Scouts working under the FRS rules.
Remember, both services share 7 channels. It doesn't look legal in the rules, but the
FCC's opinion is that it is okay. Just make sure that the PERSON at the base has a GMRS
license, the camp can't be licensed (unless still grandfathered). It also has to be a
small basestation as definded by the rules.
Here are the frequencies used for FRS:
FRS and Ham Radio.
From: "Ray J. Vaughan"
Love them or hate them, FRS radios are very popular. I'm thinking we can use them to our advantage. If we can get the word out to participants at events, we could be available to them via radio to reduce the time it takes for us to get information.
Imagine all of us having FRS at each of our locations. Ham radio to communicate with Net Control, but FRS to contact anyone within range, which is about the distance between our positions. For most of events we do, we can pretty much cover all the route this way. On any paperwork they get, and on signs we would have something like:
"We Monitor FRS Ch 2"
At each of our positions we would listen out for anyone calling and try to help them. Might be directions, a question about the route, or to report someone down. As needed, we would relay this to Net Control. Every report from FRS would need to be announced as such so if it turns out to be a false alarm we wouldn't hurt our reputation. But I think, by far, we'll get good information. I think Andy was already monitoring FRS 1 at the Kayak event, so this isn't anything new to at least some of you. I would just like to make it official.
It's also great PR for us. They'll see how their toys helped them communicate something important and learn that there's something a lot bigger and better out there.
So, if everyone is agreeable, I guess this means that we need to buy FRS radios, pick a channel, and put out the word.
Ernesto: Can you get this added to the rider information for Break Away?
We've never had QRM and non-hams from the event management and/or security don't mind carrying them because they're so light (compared to their Astro or other portables).
While you can, get some of the mag-mounted FRSs from Radshack... they are
down to $10!
Like your sign idea... will try it at our next event.
From: "James Carlin"
I have been monitoring FRS frequencies for the breakaway for the past two or so years. I set up my portable antenna mast with a base station dual band antenna, then set one VFO on my dual band radio to 147.000 and the other VFO continuously scans all the FRS channels. Of course, this radio can not transmit on FRS frequencies at 35 watts - so if you can hear me across 20 or more miles, it is a total fluke. A rare 440 band opening...(legal disclaimer over).
-- James KF4OUI