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Old 07-24-2019, 06:56 PM #1
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Is there a common GMRS channel that you guys use when on the trails?

It would be nice to see if anyone can help out in the area if need be.
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Negative... I don't think there is a common or standardized channel for such a thing. It's really more about what you decide to establish to use with the group of people you are wheeling with.

There are also different power levels associated with channels.

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Ideally the higher numbers if you get a good GMRS radio (4 watt+). Less likely you will get kids cross talk.
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Ideally the higher numbers if you get a good GMRS radio (4 watt+). Less likely you will get kids cross talk.
This ^^

Last big trip I did we specifically used the higher channels because they would offer less cross talk with other people. I am not sure if there is enough of a GMRS network built up to really use one for emergency communications. I usually look up any repeaters in the area I am going to and try to keep that in my notes for the trip. Repeaters mean traffic and better odds of reaching someone.
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Speaking of gmrs radios what's everyone's opinion about this model. Just need something portable to swap in and out of rigs if I happen to swap rides or jump on a buddies

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Speaking of gmrs radios what's everyone's opinion about this model. Just need something portable to swap in and out of rigs if I happen to swap rides or jump on a buddies

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For the same amount of money, get a slightly used Kenwood or Icom and programming software. Program it anywhere you go, 256 channel versions are easily affordable, and get something P25 capable if you want.

Those Midlands can’t be end user programmed. And from what I hear, RX is narrow while TX is “old school” wide, so older wide repeaters (probably most repeaters on the air today) will sound like crap. Think I read that on QRZ but could have been Radio Reference.
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technically you shouldn't be using those on GMRS frequencies
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technically you shouldn't be using those on GMRS frequencies
Which, the Midland MXT series? Those are Part 95 certified.
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It's ok if you purchase a license from my understanding
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Which, the Midland MXT series? Those are Part 95 certified.
any of the programmable Ham radios, you're not supposed to be using those on GMRS. if you're going to anyways, at least reduce your power.

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No common channel. Just establish a channel with your group beforehand. In general stick with the higher channels though in my experience. But I've used lower channels with no issues as well. Just really depends on who is on what channels in your area.
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I’m pretty big on radio gear… I am a licensed HAM and have mobile and handheld radios in the truck and have over 10+ years of experience with this stuff. HAM radio is literally the pinnacle of radio coms for the general populace. I’ve talked around the world with the equipment, and it’s amazing how much capability the FCC allows us. You can talk directly to the international space station with one just as an example.

I’ve used it for hobby, safety, emergency preparedness, long range and short range group communications, but it doesn’t come without challenges. Primary licensing and being familiar with your equipment and maintaining proficiency. Understanding frequency, tone, shift, and how to use and program it into your radios as you travel is also pretty important. Unless you are wheeling with a group of nerds, chances are most won’t be licensed. It’s the best radio tool for emergencies, but I rarely use it for car to car communications because most of my friends are not licensed.

MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) - I feel this is a lot better than GMRS. This is free and unlicensed, you can run more power with external antennas, and is very easy to use because once a radio is programed there is nothing else to do but use it. I carry a few of them in a Pelican case which I give out to others who I wheel with if they don’t have one. Perfect for talking on the trail, but crap for emergency use just like FRS and GMRS.



I still carry a HAM radio for emergency, but someone still needs to be on the other end of it to help. I also think in a true emergency I need absolute reliability. These days I carry a satellite communicator as a budget option to a sat phone. As much as I like radio, I absolutely LOVE this thing and feel it’s worth every penny. If you wheel outside of cell coverage, I really don’t think there is a better tool. What I like about it the most is that you can use it as a satellite modem and though the Garmin app, just text people from your smartphone. Friends or family can also track you live and keeps tabs on you too if you allow it. It also has an SOS button, which puts you in contact with GEOS (Emergency Response Coordination Center). Plus for $18/year extra, that includes $100k of search and rescue coverage. All your GPS data is automatically sent on all communications too.

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Except for the ham part (still working on getting licensed - just gotta get around to taking the exam), I'm with Bumbo. MURS for vehicle-vehicle comms on the trail, and Inreach for back-home communication and for emergencies.

I was even able to use the Inreach to make campground reservations at Needles Outpost when our plans changed within the Elephant Hill backcountry area of Canyonlands NP in Utah. A couple of text messages and we were all set.
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In case anyone wants to know… here is some data on MURS along with frequency and radio options.

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I have a couple old commercial Motorola radios, but these are about as cheap/easy as you can find for type accepted equipment.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075VBP9YG..._JrQCDb4KFQZV8

That said, a ton of people do use ham equipment, even though technically it’s illegal to do so. So don't do it.

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151.880 MHz (11.25 kHz)
151.940 MHz (11.25 kHz)
154.570 MHz (20.00 kHz)
154.600 MHz (20.00 kHz)
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