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"Family Radio Service (FRS)"

John Huggins

What is the family radio service

The Family Radio Service started life after the Tandy Corporation (yes Radio Shack) proposed to the FCC to carve some spectrum for a no license service.

The FCC agreed and in 1996 created the Family Radio Service (FRS) as one of the Citizens Band Radio Services. It is used by family, friends and associates to communicate within a neighborhood and while on group outings and has a communications range of less than one mile. You can not make a telephone call with an FRS unit. You may use your FRS unit for business-related communications.

Licensing License documents are neither needed nor issued. You are provided authority to operate a FRS unit in places where the FCC regulates radio communications as long as you use only an unmodified FCC certified FRS unit. An FCC certified FRS unit has an identifying label placed on it by the manufacturer. There is no age or citizenship requirement.

Operations You may operate your FRS unit within the territorial limits of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Insular areas ("U.S."). You may also operate your FRS unit on or over any other area of the world, except within the territorial limits of areas where radio- communications are regulated by another agency of the U.S. or within the territorial limits of any foreign government.

Frequencies Used 462.5625-467.7125 MHz

FRS Channel Plan
actually defined in the FCC regulation 95.627

Defined by 95.627
Frequency Notes Max
1 462.5625 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 1 0.5 Watts
2 462.5825 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 2 0.5 Watts
3 462.6125 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 3 0.5 Watts
4 462.6375 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 4 0.5 Watts
5 462.6625 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 5 0.5 Watts
6 462.6875 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 6 0.5 Watts
7 462.7125 MHz FRS and GMRS Channel 7 0.5 Watts
8 467.5625 MHz FRS Only Channel 8 0.5 Watts
9 467.5875 MHz FRS Only Channel 9 0.5 Watts
10 467.6125 MHz FRS Only Channel 10 0.5 Watts
11 467.6375 MHz FRS Only Channel 11 0.5 Watts
12 467.6625 MHz FRS Only Channel 12 0.5 Watts
13 467.6875 MHz FRS Only Channel 13 0.5 Watts
14 467.7125 MHz FRS Only Channel 14 0.5 Watts

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