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post #1 of 20 Old 02-12-2008, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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CB vs FRS radio?

Can anyone give me the differences between a CB radio and those family walkie talkies with the FRS band? Is any one better or worse for any reason and if someone wanted two radios for bike to bike communication which one would they prefer? Thanks

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Either system works. CB is AM which is more susceptible to noise. FRS is FM, better audio quality. I'm using FRS and amateur radio (FM). I'd say the reason to go with CB is if you want to talk to truckers.

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The only reason to go with CB is if you ride with Goldwingers or others that already have CB. If you and a few buddies just want to talk on group rides, FRS is hard to beat for simplicity and audio quality. I recently found out that adding a CB can get complicated in a hurry.

FRS or GMRS is the way to go unless you have a specific need for CB.

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The only reason to go with CB is if you ride with Goldwingers or others that already have CB. If you and a few buddies just want to talk on group rides, FRS is hard to beat for simplicity and audio quality. I recently found out that adding a CB can get complicated in a hurry.

FRS or GMRS is the way to go unless you have a specific need for CB.

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CB (Citizen's Band), no license required.

FRS (Family Radio Service), no license required.
http://www.provide.net/~prsg/frs-faq.htm

GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), requires an FCC license.
http://www.provide.net/~prsg/wi-gmrs.htm

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Thanks for the info, I think I'll go FRS

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To possibly make things more complicated...you can get a hybrid GMRS radio that also has FRS frequencies. If I'm remembering correctly, if you only use the FRS frequencies, you don't need a GMRS license.

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After reading this thread I was curious about GMRS vs FRS (in Canada).

If I read correctly, GMRS does not seem to require a license in Canada, at least it doesn't for the use of handhelds that don't use repeaters.

Did I understand it correctly? Is this now true in the USA?

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One other thing:

I know in my flying of ultralights I was able to get all the local ultralight pilots to settle on one frequency to use. (In Canada 123.40 is for Balloons, Gliders, and Ultralights but many pilots tend to find an open frequeency and chat with theri friends on that.) It adds a lot of enjoyment to flying when you are able to communicate with friends, rendevous with them, etc.

I also know when CB's were in their heyday that people tended to use channel 19 or 10 (I think it was) as a general chatting frequency. Is their anything similar to that on FRS or GMRS?

I have FRS for use with the kids but have never seem to come across any common use frequencies to hail others.

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To possibly make things more complicated...you can get a hybrid GMRS radio that also has FRS frequencies. If I'm remembering correctly, if you only use the FRS frequencies, you don't need a GMRS license.
I now have a Midland two way radio. It has GMRS and FRS frequencies. I don't have a license for the GMRS frequencies so I don't use them ( unless I forget )

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