how to choose the GMRS and FRS

How to choose GMRS or FRS radios?

Have you met the problem about how to choose GMRS or FRS radios? If answer is yes, don’t worry, this blog will help you with this question.

What is FRS?

The Family Radio Service (FRS) is a private, two-way, short-distance voice and data communications service for facilitating family and group activities.

The FRS radio utilizes frequencies channels between 462 and 467 megahertz in the ultra high frequency (UHF) band.  This band is the license-free band in United States.

It has 22 channels, frequencies range  between 462mhz to 467 mhz. You can choose the privacy code for each channel. We called CTCSS/DCS.

Retevis has lots of FRS license-free radios, such as the model RT22, RT24, RT17, RT16 and so on.

What is GMRS?

The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a licensed radio service that uses channels around 462 MHz and 467 MHz.

GMRS radios are typically handheld portable devices much like Family Radio Service (FRS) radios, and they share a frequency band with FRS near 462 and 467 MHz.

What’s the different between FRS and GMRS?

1, FRS is the license-free radio, you can use the radio out of box, no need license. But GMRS need a license.

2, GMRS can used for base station. but FRS can’t.

3, FRS with the limited power less than 2w. But some frequencies of GMRS channels can up to 50w.


Retevis GMRS radio RT76

1, Retevis released the GMRS radio Model RT76, with the High power 5w and Low power 0.5w.

2, It has 30 channels, the last 8 channels are the GMRS repeater mode, with the transmit frequency 462 and Receive frequency 467. The details like this:

RT76 gmrs repeater mode

3, Retevis RT76 GMRS has the standard CTCSS/DCS code, also have the function Non-standard, then you can set the CTCSS/DCS code between 57Hz to 260Hz。

4, It has the others functions like squelch, TOT, vox, save power, alarm function.

Match to this GMRS radio’s repeater Retevis RT97

Retevis has the mobile portable repeater model RT97, it can be customized with the RX and Tx. As the GMRS requires, the Tx frequency is 462mhz and Rx frequency 467mhz. So our Retevis RT97 can work with this GMRS repeater.

This repeater can extend your handheld radio’s range up to 10km.

How to choose GMRS or FRS radios?

You need to consider:

1, If you need high power to make a long communication range, please choose GMRS

2,If you don’t have the license, and don’t want to apply for the license, please choose FRS

3, If you want to connect the repeater, please choose GMRS

4, If you want to find the low-price radios, please consider FRS.


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4 thoughts on “How to choose GMRS or FRS radios?”

  1. What settings do I need to set specifically to get a retivs mobile to work on GMRS repeaters. Have tried multiple settings with no success yet, Thx.

    1. hi, if you want to set your mobile radio to connect with the GMRS repeater, you need to set the frequency opposite with the GMRS repeater.

  2. We use the RT27 radios for car-to-car communications and for setting up our RV. The range of the RT27 is adequate for our hiking needs. In addition, I find Retevis RT97 is so expensive, I can not afford to buy it

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