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Old 01-23-2008, 05:27 AM
Ivankempen Ivankempen is offline
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Default use of GMRS/FRS radio's in Europe

Of course you are right about the illegal use of the FRS/GMRS frequencies… In Europe we should freeely use the PMR frequencies which operate on 446 Mhz. But hese frequencies are occupied by kids, idiots, ets…. You can compare them with the rubbish you previously came across in CB (Citizen Band).

Therefore some of us are sometimes using the FRS/GMRS channels.
The only counter-plea I can ventilate, is that I am ccasionally using these frequencies over a year. I have been on these frequencies in Belgium, Hongary, the Netherlands, Turkey and France. I will swear an oath and tell you that before we start transmitting on these channels, we always do an intense scan on these channels on several moments. Before we start transmitting we also investigate the local European frequency plan on

According to my experiences, these channels are not occupied. Obviously, this still does not give us not the right to use them, but I just want to describe the circumstances. Besides, we are never using the channels for a long time on the same spot. Mostly, we use them during holidays while we are moving around. So, even with the hypothesis that local enforcement agencies, police or a federal control organisation, should have discovered our illegal use of frequencies, how can they capture us.

But, let us stay tranquil and paceful. No one is scanning these FRS/GMRS frequencies for illegal use ! In worst case scenario somebody who reserved one of these frequencies for private use will be unhappy and make an official complaint. But at that time, we are already flown away, as a bird !
Now, my clarification does not mean that you AMERICAN PEOPLE, coming as tourists to Belgium and the rest of Europe, can bring along your two way radio’s. Because if you all do so, the frequencies will be stuffed and my problems start all over again

Thanks and have a fine day.

Ivan, Antwerp, Belgium (Europe)
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Old 01-23-2008, 10:23 AM
jwilkers jwilkers is offline
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Default Re: use of GMRS/FRS radio's in Europe

Actually, fire, law enforcement, military, amateur radio, all have frequencies in these bands in th UK and Europe. Just because you can't hear them in your specific location doesn't mean you aren't interfering.

FRS/GMRS is totally illegal in Europe.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:39 AM
Ivankempen Ivankempen is offline
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Default Re: use of GMRS/FRS radio's in Europe

Your are absolutely right : FRS/GMRS is illegal in Europe !
So, please withhold and do not bring your radio’s to Europe.

Still, being curious and annoying as I am, could you give me one clear example of a country where in the national frequency plan is listed that FRS/GMRS frequencies are allocated to police, fire brigade, army, etc …

I just want to know where you are fetching these presumptions… We have been searching for evidence that indeed these FRS/GMRS channels are used for those purposes ...

thanks for your kind help and attention,

Ivan, Antwerp, Belgium
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