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When it comes to hand radios we have all had an experience where you give your friend a radio to take home and you go to your room to phone him and realize all that comes through is fuzz.
These long-range radios make a lot of claims that need to be better understood. It’s not to say that these aren’t great survival tools but you must understand their limitations.
So what are the great myths that go along with GMRS and FRS radios?
Radio Power Output
While you might think that these radios have high output all around you will find that your FRS channels only put out about 1/2 a watt and that is due to FRS regulations. So the Hi and Low power options are only really an option for GMRS.
There is really no privacy with these radios. Some promote private codes but these are not private by any stretch. Privacy codes simply clear the air of nonsense and limit what you can hear not what others can hear.
Legality of Use
You do need a license to use the GMRS channels on your radios. Preppers should invest in this license anyways because it gives you access to a wide range of communications.
This is the old line that your radios are going to be as effective as you assume just because the package says so. The 22-mile range doesn’t mean a thing without the power output behind it and a landscape that doesn’t place any barriers to your signal.
Expect effective and close range comms if you are using these handheld radios as is.
Your extra channels are the same channels that are used on all radios. There aren’t a bunch of extra channels out there that are waiting around for you to find them and tune in.
Know your radios and give communications the respect it deserves.
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