(quick background) I’m 38, I’m an old CB’er and I used to work in comercial radio. I have a BA in radio and tv production. I am now a high school Spanish and social studies teacher but I have tought HS AV classes.
When my wife and I first got married in the late 90’s we used 14ch FRS radois frequently at the mall, camping, and festivals. Cell phones were expensive then. I had 4 Cherokee 465’s. Then she got prgenant cell phones plans got cheaper and we used cell phoines. Haven’t used the the radios in at least 6 years.
2009: Planning a family vacation, now I have a family of 4, kids are old enough to use and need radios but not cells, all 4 of us can stay in touch with radios but not w/ cell phones. Pulled out my old frs’s and 2 had leaking battery packs had to throw them away. Went to buy 2 more frs’s (Walmart, Target, Radio shack) they are all 22 chanel hybrids. I don’t need a (so called) 20 mile range won’t be that far from my kids. And I don’t need an $85 licence.
I called the FCC, they said I can only use channels 8-14 they said they are inforcing the licence law. I asked about using the old FRS radios on channels 1-7 they said I now need a licence to use those channels even at 500mw. They said: they would even require my children to us a call sign on 1-7. I said this was crazy, the FCC said it’s the law. They insisted that I needed a licence on 1-7 even on a 14 channel FRS only radio.
Why did the FCC allow the manufacture, importation and sale of these blister pack 22 ch hybrid radios.
Are they trying to kill both the frs and gmrs bands?
My internet reseach detrmined the that the have sold more than 50 million 22 channel dual sevice units, yet only have 80,000 GMRS licences are on file. How can they enforce it? GMRS is bound to be the most pirated band of the entire radio spectrum.
Are there any 14 channel frs licence free units still produced and sold?
After the the FCC finishes auctioning off the former UHF tv channels 54-69, will they open up the 22 FRS/GMRS channels for licence free operation and move the current GMRS to some of the old tv freq.'s?
Do channels 1-7 require a licence now even at 500mw? Or did the woman at the FCC not know what she was talking about?
Has Uncle Charlie (that’s the FCC for you non CB’ers) lost his fool mind? After all who would pay 85 bucks to operate a 12 dollar radio?
Thanks for this forum and your resposes.