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GMRS Repeater

Ellicott City 650

STATUS: ONLINE

462.650      +5mhz offset      PL 141.3

Towson 600

STATUS: ONLINE

462.600      +5mhz offset      PL 192.8     

Use of our repeaters is open to all and free of charge!

Ellicott City 650 Weekly Net

JOIN US! All licensed GMRS operators are invited to our weekly NET

Every Wednesday at 730PM. Participation in REACT is not required.

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.

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Repeaters

Ellicott City 650 (GMRS)

462.650     +5Mhz     PL:141.3

Towson 600 (GMRS)

462.650     +5Mhz     PL:192.8

Volunteer Hours

2019 Hours: 1319 (as of 12/3/19)

2019 Value of Volunteer Time: $25.43

2019 Savings to Taxpayer: $33,542.17

REACT Nets

Ellicott City 650 GMRS NET

Every Wednesday at 7:30pm

462.650+   PL: 141.3

Maryland State Council REACT NET

First Sunday at 7:30pm

146.805-   PL: 107.2  & Echolink 90911

 

World Wide REACT AMATEUR NET

Every Tuesday at 9pm EST

Echolink 10977

World Wide REACT ZELLO NET

Every Saturday at 8pm EST

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Contact Us

Howard County REACT

9235 Berger Road

Columbia, Maryland 21046

 

410.782.0432

mail@howardcountyreact.org