In the owners manual of the Bubble Pack GMRS / FRS Motorola radios I bought it said that it was legal for a user to use them on the FRS frequencies without a license, but to obtain a license if you wanted to use them on GMRS frequencies.
These radios are only used two weeks out of the year for deer hunting.
I doubt if a person, unless they had two of them in their hands at the same time, and put the appropriate frequencies into them could talk on a repeater. Im sure the repeater would hear them on the input, but since they are only simplex, they aren’t really appropriate for much of anything except deer hunting etc where 2 or more people wants to stay in touch.
I don’t know if they are narrow or wide band, but as long as the filtering in both radios matches, you can’t really tell the difference between it and a commercial radio at close range.
I’m sure if I was on top of my mountain and I heard the REACT guys on their repeater and I put the proper PL in my radio I could talk and they would hear me a couple of miles away on the output of their repeater.
But those folks only uses their radios when they are called out or doing a job. I wouldn’t want to interfere with a licensed radio service.
I really don’t know how licensed people puts up with the nonsense I hear on my GMRS radios during deer rifle season. Must be something that they just do, and hope that the PL keeps most of the noise out of their receivers. I guess they don’t put their radios on scan and they only monitor the one repeater frequency.
I’m 100% on using a Part Type Compliant radio, no Beofungs or Whoshuns here. I stay away from anything Chinese, but those suckers seems to be determined to counterfeit everything, and what they can’t counterfeit they flat outright buy. Even Kenwood now is owned by the Chinese… UGH!