Gmrs radio traffic

I have an MXT400 with the 3db antenna that came with it. With the exception of the Midland GXT walkie-talkie’s that we use with it, the GMRS channels around here in the Memphis, TN area are extremely quiet. I sometimes monitor ch 20 for any emergency traffic but GMRS Is just dead.

I was wondering if other areas of the country are just as dead?
Thanks in advance, for any comments.

Southeast Ohio is somewhat lively. Repeater and wideband traffic is rarer (pure GMRS and not just FRS on the upper channels), but I hear it now and then too. Seems like a fair amount of business traffic, and some road crews among other users. I suspect a farm nearby as well… Not like I scan around out of boredom or anything LOL :slight_smile:

Thanks for the reply. I’m glad to hear their is some GMRS/FRS radio traffic. Around here I feel like we have the entire band to ourselves!
Occasionally, I’ll hear some kids on FRS but not often.
Thanks again👍

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I’m outside of SLC, UT and there is very little GMRS traffic here. Like you, I’ll pickup a lot of kid/FRS walkie talkie noise, maybe the occasional business conversations.
I do have access to a repeater that reaches into a couple of other counties and I try several times a week to make contacts on there but only find one or two people each month.

It depends on where you are. There is a fair amount of traffic on specific channels near the North and South Carolina border where I live, with a mix of personal and business users on FRS radios. We also have a couple of repeaters in the area that are somewhat active. Some parts of the country do not have a lot of activity on FRS/GMRS channels, but in other areas, it can be quite cluttered. I’ve taken my radios on the road and heard a lot of activity while driving on the highway. It just depends on where you are.

Thanks for the reply. GMRS is a great analog FM communication band. I’m glad the band isn’t crowded around here but I sometimes feel like it’s a bit lonely! LOL

Thanks Rick. Apparently FRS/GMRS just hasn’t caught on around here even though the service has been around for years! Your area would seem more normal to me for radio traffic. Thanks again.

Make sure, for monitoring, that you have the “privacy” squelch tones cleared or disabled. If they are set, yoy will hear only those with the same tones/codes set as your radio

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You are absolutely right! Thanks for reminding me to check that👍

Extremely dead around here near Charleston, SC as well. I hear folks using these (GMRS) for business uses and very little chat. FRS usages have been slim as well.

Jeep Jamboree USA is requiring the FRS/GMRS for nest years events in an attempt to do away witht the CB radio on the trails stating these are the best way to go, we’ll see.

Thanks for the Charleston SC update. GMRS is a much better option than CB but I think it’s just a lot more familiar to people.
CB radio has always had the advantage for long distance radio communication because of it being in the 27 MHZ band. The downside is the AM noise problem that is only getting worse each year.
I appreciate your comments👍