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FCC rules on Walkie-Talkies

Walkie Talkie rules and regulationsWalkie-talkies are extremely useful and affordable communication tools that are great for communicating with large or small groups of people over a short distance. Using a walkie-talkie doesn’t cost a service fee like a cell-phone, making them a great economical communication device. A walkie-talkie has many practical uses and can be a great tool for hunters, campers, hikers, and even families who just want to keep in touch. However, a walkie-talkie is a radio and several Federal Communications Commission regulations govern their operation.

A  walkie-talkie operates on two frequencies, a Family Radio Service, and a General Mobile Radio Service. FRD is the lower-power and shorter-ranged frequency, functioning at up to a mile at best. The GMRS frequency operates at a much higher power and has a 5 mile range. The GMRS frequency requires an FCC license to operate. The GMRS license allows a user and his family the right to use the frequency around them. The license is good for five years, and must be renewed if the unit is being used. FCC rules for GMRS frequencies apply only to the United States, if you plan on travelling with a walkie-talkie it is recommended to check on the country’s telecommunication regulations.

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Add comment December 17th, 2012

Choosing the Best Walkie-Talkie for Your Needs

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When it comes to buying walkie-talkies, there are a few factors to take into consideration. Walkie-talkie and two-way radio communication have come a long way since the inception of the walkie-talkie during World War II. The compact nature of today’s walkie-talkies, and the simple way of using them make them a perfect communication tool for a variety of reasons. A walkie-talkie is an effective tool during an emergency, or to keep in communication with somebody without the service fee of a cellular phone. With so many options for walkie-talkies on the market today, it can be a daunting task trying to choose the one for you. Try to take the following into consideration when making your purchase • Assess the purpose that the walkie-talkies will be used for.

• Research the different and most modern technologies out there. Many people may praise analog devices, but a lot of people are better off with a modern digital device.

• Don’t buy a device that has features you will never use. Keep it simple, and you may end up not overpaying for a device.

• The distance the walkie-talkie will cover. If you plan on using the walkie-talkie within a 2-mile radius a non-licensed walkie-talkie is fine. Any distance larger than 5 miles will require a licensed walkie-talkie.

• Gather reviews on walkie-talkies to ensure you’re buying a highly rated model.

• Consider the type of power supply you want. If you have a ready power supply around at all times, a rechargeable model is perfect, however, applications away from a power supply may be better off with a changeable battery walkie-talkie.

There are many ways to choose a walkie-talkie that’s right for you. We can always help find which radio is right for you with our two-way radio survey as well.

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Add comment December 10th, 2012