GMRS/FRS RADIO REQUIRED!
CB radio is dead and “GMRS” is becoming the new communications standard for off-roading and all NotARubicon run communications are now on GMRS Channel 16 – Everyone attending any of our public events must have a GMRS or FRS radio
If you already have a Baofeng UV-5R or similar radio, just set it to frequency 462.575 – although technically not legal to use on GMRS frequencies even if you have a GMRS license, we wont ask if you don’t tell!
If you need an inexpensive GMRS radio, we recommend the BTech GMRS V1 – The GMRS V1 by BTech is a fully-legal, FCC Part 95E compliant long-range GMRS hand-held radio capable of communicating 10-15 miles (in ideal conditions). To use a radio like this you will need a GMRS license, which is quick and easy to purchase (NO TEST!) – A 10-year GMRS license for your entire family costs only $70. For step-by-step instructions on getting your GMRS license, click here: How To Purchase Your GMRS License
If you are not sure that you want to throw your CB into the trashcan just yet or don’t want to spend the money for a “full GMRS” radio and a license, then we recommend a low-cost “bubble wrap” family-radio such as the Radioddity Walki-Talki. The Radiooddity FS-T2, is 100% legal to use, is very simple and easy to use, and requires no license – however the range is only about a half-mile – and a set of two only costs about $35. Just set it to Channel 16, and you’re set!
Finally, if you want to replace your mobile CB radio with a full-power GMRS radio with a 50+mile range, then we recommend the Wouxun KG-1000G 50 Watt GMRS Mobile Radio. The KG-1000G is similar to a HAM radio, but but much easier to use — The lower-cost 20-watt Wouxun XS20G is also a good choice for a mobile radio. No HAM license is required for either of these radios – but you will need a GMRS license, which as mentioned above is very easy to purchase and is good for your entire family, for 10 years
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