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Oct 24, 2001
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This is from some of my early Bronco buddies, we were talking about CB versus FRS on trail rides and such.  I guess this article is true, about the regs and stuff for frs.  I know a couple guys who have bought them, no reports on them yet, but I may go pick one up, especially if it has the scan function.

Here is what I copied from the where it came I don't really know:

Radio Shack has a sale on a very unique FRS radio!

I recommend this radio as a perfect way to keep in contact with multiple
Broncos traveling together so long as each vehicle has one of these unique
mobile FRS radios.  No licence is needed, audio quality is very good, and
installation only requires plugging them into a cigarette lighter and
running a coax out a door jam to anywhere you can place a magnetic mount
antenna (it can also be screw mounted for permanent installations).  Most
important is that they are normally $80, but on sale ONLY IN JUNE and ONLY
AT Radio Shacks for $30.

Radio Shack describes it as a "Mobile/Marine 14-Channel Personal Radio, P/N
21-1850"  It comes in a box about 2/3's the size of a shoe box.  I bought
one to try and keep for trips.  It works as advertised - much better
between vehicles than other FRS radios, and it will talk to all the
standard FRS handi-talkies too.  The local Radio Shack didn't know it was
on sale until I had them look it up in their computer.

I'm guessing that Radio Shack will discontinue these radios when they are
gone.  The FCC rules for FRS radios require radios with a fixed antenna
that is connected permanently to the radio.  This was really meant to limit
designs to hand-held units only - as all other FRS radios are.  Radio Shack
complied technically with this requirement by putting the radio in the
module at the base of the magnetic mount antenna - but then placed the
microphone/controls and 12v plug at the other end of a 10 foot cable.  This
makes a much better performing radio, and it is technically legal, but I'd
bet the FCC is leaning hard on Radio Shack to quietly discontinue it
because it does have much longer range than the FCC ever intended.

Perfect for off-road trips, 4WD event management, vacation with friends,
etc.  So get yours now.  They may never be made again.

Steve [;)]

I think I am gonna check them out tomorrow.



Mar 12, 2001
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That is interesting.  The FCC addresses the antenna in FRS Rule 4: "You may not attach any antenna, power amplifier, or other apparatus to an FRS unit that has not been FCC certified as part of that FRS unit. There are no exceptions to this rule and attaching any such apparatus to a FRS unit cancels the FCC certification and voids everyone's authority to operate the unit in the FRS. "  Therefore, RS must be selling a certified unit.  Too bad it does not qualify as a base unit with higher power.

FRS Rule 2 says that the units may be operated aboard vessels and aircraft.  No mention is ever made about autos or vehicles.  So, I don't understand why the need to explicitly define boats and aircraft.  Obviously, everyone does it.  

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