Introduction to GMRS

The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a licensed radio service that uses channels around 462 MHz and 467 MHz. The most common use of GMRS channels is for short-distance, two-way voice communications using hand-held radios, mobile radios and repeater systems. In 2017, the FCC expanded GMRS to also allow short data messaging applications including text messaging and GPS location information.

Services that provide functionality similar to GMRS include the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS) and the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS).

The GMRS is available to an individual (one man or one woman) for short-distance two-way communications to facilitate the activities of licensees and their immediate family members. Each licensee manages a system consisting of one or more transmitting units (stations.) The rules for GMRS limit eligibility for new GMRS system licenses to individuals in order to make the service available to personal users. (Some previously licensed non-individual systems are allowed to continue using GMRS.)

In 2017, the FCC updated the GMRS by allotting additional interstitial channels in the 467 MHz band, increased the license term from 5 to 10 years, allowed transmission of limited data applications such as text messaging and GPS location information and made other updates to the GMRS rules to reflect modern application of the service.

Source:  FCC

How to obtain a GMRS License

Getting your GMRS FCC license is really simple actually. There's no courses that have to be taken, or exams that have to be passed. The folks over at the Arizona GMRS Repeater Club put together a really good step-by-step guide on how to get your license. Click this link to view it: https://www.gmrs1900.net/blog/93-tutorials/122-getting-your-gmrs-license

Basically, it's just a few simple steps:

  1. Obtain an FRN (FCC Registration Number)

  2. Apply for your GMRS License

  3. Submit Payment (don't forget to do this part)

  4. Receive your license

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Here's a great video outlining the steps to navigate through the FCC website to obtain your GMRS license.

Maryland GMRS Repeater Network

The Maryland GMRS Repeater Network is a community initiative focused on establishing a 2-way radio communications system centered in the county. It uses UHF 2 way radios to provide simple FM communications at a few sites throughout the state.

  

The primary goal is to provide a daily use communications system and a last resort method of communication in the event of an emergency  You can have a lot of fun using GMRS radios and they can be very beneficial even if an emergency doesn't arise.

GMRS is not HAM radio and you do not have to take a test.  GMRS primarily uses small hand held radios and does not require antennas to be mounted on your home. 

A license is required and can be purchased from the FCC for $70 There are no dues or membership fees associated with Maryland GMRS Repeater Network

In a sentence; Maryland GMRS Repeater Network is public citizens communications network designed for everyday use as well as emergency communications.

Maryland GMRS Network can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marylandgmrs

To learn more about Howard County GMRS, please email us at mail@howardcountyreact.org or submit the form below.

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