I just joined this forum to seek some answers/advice. I’ve been interested in GMRS for a while now and would ultimately like to get my license just to fiddle around with it. However I do have a bigger problem that I need to address.
I just left the road from over the road trucking of the past 11 years and I am acquiring a decent chunk of land. This land from corner to corner is in the 1.2-1.4 mile range and I know FRS radios won’t work for that distance. I am hiring a close friend to come in to help me maintain the property plus keep contact with the house and my mom’s new home where I will be moving her about a 1/4 mile away on the same property. Cell phone service is very poor to non existent.
I will have 4 pieces of equipment that will need mobile’s installed and know I will need 3 handhelds. Our home we have yet to determine if we want a handheld or a mobile unit installed. This won’t be a business but rather nothing more than a homestead with a 30 acre tract being used for horses.
I have been back and forth trying to learn what I can about the pros and cons of GMRS and DMR radios. I’ve been looking at the Midland MXT115 GRMS radios for simplicity and compact size with 15 watts while reaching over the 0.5 mile FRS. The other option I’m learning towards is Motorola XPR5000 series radios which can be ultra private channel with scrambling. I’m not so much worried of the cost of these as I know they are expensive but my concerns are the setup process as it seems extremely complicated to set up and beyond my know how.
GMRS on the other hand seems like a great option but the down side that is shying me away for work purpose is it being open channels that anyone within range can pick up on and from a work day prospective, normal chatter would get irritating having to use a call sign every time you transmit and I would have to pay to get myself and my help licensed.
Again I will get a single GRMS system and a license to toy around with from time to time.
I watched a YouTube video with a guy that claims it took him a painful and expensive 4 weeks just to get one Motorola unit operational. What would you guys find to be more beneficial in the long run? Just a reminder, this is not for a business but basically a personal farm. Thanks in advance for any help.