***Trail Communications - Radios***

macgyvr

NAXJA Member #120
Board of Directors
NAXJA Member
I want to make sure again this year that everyone is on the same page for communicating on the trail at Winterfest. Many of you remember that FIVE years ago we gave away FRS radios with registration for Winterfest. Those worked very well on the trail instead of using CB radios. While we haven't made the change to FRS mandatory, we are still strongly recommending FRS radios and we aren't using CBs again this year.



What this means is that if you got a radio years ago, you are all set. Just throw a fresh set of batteries (some were AAA and some were AA) in that radio and you should be good.



If you don't have one, you can buy them online or pretty much anywhere for 1/10th of the cost of a CB setup.



The BOD will not have any extra radios for sale at registration.



There are some nicer radios and ones that have more options such as a bigger antenna, exterior antenna, programming options, and the ability to recharge. Please see this thread from 2016, "Which FRS?" for more information on other options.



I will work on getting someone that can program radios again should you buy something other than a regular FRS. I will try to have them available at the unofficial dinner at Robbie's on Thursday and likely at the Potluck on Friday evening. Please bring radios that need programmed to these gatherings to be programmed. We are trying to get away from last minute programming while lining up for the morning trail runs.



Below is the list of FRS frequencies that you can punch into your radio to get the FRS channels for your trail. Should you read the instructions for the radios and learn how to do it yourself, the information you need is below.



You have been reminded again.





FRS 1 462.5625

FRS 2 462.5875

FRS 3 462.6125

FRS 4 462.6375

FRS 5 462.6625

FRS 6 462.6875

FRS 7 462.7125

FRS 8 467.5625

FRS 9 467.5875

FRS 10 467.6125

FRS 11 467.6375

FRS 12 467.6625

FRS 13 467.6875

FRS 14 467.7125



Please post here with any questions.



Thanks,



mac '5 years of no CBs' gyvr
 

REWSTER

BACON!
NAXJA Member
I had my radio programmed last year and in the line up I couldn't figure it out. So trying to be prepared I wanted to figure it out ahead of time, took about 45 seconds to realize number one on this list is my number 22. I'm all set now!
 

devildog0

NAXJA Member
NAXJA Member
There are some nicer radios and ones that have more options such as a bigger antenna, exterior antenna, programming options, and the ability to recharge.
If it has an exterior antenna and programming options it's going to be a GMRS radio or a HAM radio (baofeng type) that people are using on GMRS. True FRS radios wont' have a removable antenna.

This requires a license but is inter-operable with FRS. You'll have the advantage of an external antenna (the best part) and you'll have the option to run 50 watts of power on channels 15-22 which can also be used by FRS radios. And access to GMRS repeaters if there's an open one in the area.

FRS channels and power limits. For GMRS you can push 5 watts on 1-7 still stuck to .5 watts on 8-14, and 50 watts on 15-22.

1 462.5625 2 W
2 462.5875 2 W
3 462.6125 2 W
4 462.6375 2 W
5 462.6625 2 W
6 462.6875 2 W
7 462.7125 2 W
8 467.5625 0.5 W
9 467.5875 0.5 W
10 467.6125 0.5 W
11 467.6375 0.5 W
12 467.6625 0.5 W
13 467.6875 0.5 W
14 467.7125 0.5 W
15 462.5500 2 W
16 462.5750 2 W
17 462.6000 2 W
18 462.6250 2 W
19 462.6500 2 W
20 462.6750 2 W
21 462.7000 2 W
22 462.7250 2 W
GMRS licenses are 70 bucks for 10 years and cover your whole family.

I had my radio programmed last year and in the line up I couldn't figure it out. So trying to be prepared I wanted to figure it out ahead of time, took about 45 seconds to realize number one on this list is my number 22. I'm all set now!
Also make sure you aren't running CTCSS or DCS tones ("Privacy codes") if they aren't running any for the event.

It's nice to see more of a move away from CB. For anyone that goes to Jeep Jamborees they're pushing for a move away from CB to GMRS now as well.
 
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