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To view a list of the comments and the replies which others have filed, go to http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/. In the “ECFS Main Links” menu box, click on “Search for Filings”. Then, in the “Proceeding Number” box, enter: "10-119". Finally, click on the "Search for Comments" box at the bottom of that menu. (That will produce a list of both comments and reply comments, in reverse chronological filing order.)
The deadline for submitting reply comments has now [9/20/2010] ended, and the replies are now being posted. Nine replies have come in so far. (There were 240 comments.) (It may take a day or so for Commission staff to finish processing the backlog.) We recommend that you look at reply filings from PRSG and by Randy Knowles. In the PRSG comments, we criticize Uniden for failing to understand the need for "plain language" monitoring. We also criticize Garmin for openly marketing (and then bragging about selling) GMRS transceivers to the U.S. Secret Service and for use by state and local police for surveillance communications.
There were 240 comments submitted, a fair number for an FCC Docket that received so little publicity from the FCC itself. The FCC files are in an Adobe Acrobat PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader or an equivalent software program to read them.
Of the earlier comments, we recommend that you look at the submissions filed by PRSG, by Randy Knowles, and by Benn Kobb. The first two address proposals in the NPRM. Kobb addresses procedural irregularities which create questions about whether or not the FCC should even proceed with this Notice.
We also recommend that you look at the submission filed by Garmin. This is a frightening and outrageous promotion by Garmin for GMRS frequencies to be used for police surveillance communications. Garmin would have us (and the FCC) believe that all these police officers would obtain their own GMRS licenses (and reveal their identities, mailing addresses, etc., in the FCC licensing database), that they would identify on the air in plain language by their FCC callsigns, and that they would share these channels with "civilians."
And Garmin feels no guilt or embarrassment about their position. Indeed, they brag about it!
On June 8, 2010, the FCC released a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking" (NPRM) that proposed major (and, we believe, harmful) changes to the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS).
On August 4, 2010, the Federal Register (finally) published the Notice of Proposed Rule Making. That publication started a 30-day period within which the public could submit comments to the Notice. That period for public commenting closed on Friday, September 3.
But it's not too late to reply to what others have submitted. The close of the period to submit a reply is Monday, September 20, 2010.
(This is actually the more easily readable and complete version!)
We offer two articles to help you understand the NPRM and help you file your comments.
Both are simple text files for use on any computer:
In the Fee Conundrum article, we discuss the public confusion surrounding the issues of GMRS license term limits and GMRS licensing fees. Adoption of a 10-year GMRS licensing term (which the FCC has proposed in the NPRM) without a change in the fee structure (the FCC has proposed no such change!) would bring the cost of a new or renewed GMRS license to more than $100!
To join a special YahooGroups list for further discussions of the issues involved and for automatic email announcements about the status of the NPRM and its filing deadlines, send an email to WTfirstname.lastname@example.org.
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What's New? (Last Updated: September 21, 2010)
GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) is a UHF personal
radio service allocated 8 frequency pairs and 7 non-paired
frequencies in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz bands. Click here for a more detailed
The FCC has recently proposed significant changes to this service. Click on the What's New Link above for the latest information.
PRSG (Personal Radio Steering Group) is a national advocacy
organization for personal licensees in the General Mobile Radio
Service and users in the Family and Multi Use Radio Services.
Click here for a more detailed
description of the PRSG.
PRSG has an extensive library and list of
current publications and an annotated
list of archival publications.
The Guide described each of the
some 3500 GMRS repeaters in the US in the late 1990s, and provided contact
information about their licensees. Although now out of date, the
identity of local contacts and sponsors can be a useful starting
point in learning more about your current local operations.
The PRE was the PRSG's national
subscription newsletter. It was the medium through which we
distributed or announced our publications and services, and was the
primary source for PRSG financing. We have now ceased distribution of a
printed newsletter, but we plan to begin distribution of an
electronic version shortly.
PRSG gets more questions about GMRS licensing than about any
other subject. With the implementation of the "Universal
Licensing System" (ULS), the FCC has now changed the entire
licensing process. The public may now file GMRS applications
electronically. Visit our licensing
page for further details.
The rules for the GMRS, for the FRS (Family Radio Service), and for the MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) are available for online review and downloading.
The FCC has recently (June 2010) proposed major changes in the GMRS rules that would especially impact GMRS repeater users.
For the latest
information, follow our "What's New?"
A number of "repeater management" issues
face GMRS repeater operators and users, and are likely to be the subject
of changes in FCC Rules in the near future. In addition, many GMRS
repeater operators have questions or are looking for answers to problems
they encounter in administering their stations.
The Family Radio Service (FRS) is
an unlicensed, low-power radio service that operates on frequencies
shared with or in between other GMRS frequencies. The FCC
permits certain types of data communications.
The Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) is an unlicensed, five-channel personal radio service implemented in Fall 2000 in the VHF 150 MHz band. It uses low-power handheld and vehicular radios on frequencies formerly available only for licensed business and commercial operations. The PRSG Web site has extensive information about the MURS, its technical specifications, and its operating rules.
For the latest information, follow our "What's New?" link.
We have posted links to certain other
selected sites of potential interest to GMRS licensees and FRS
users. We have chosen these sites because of their unique or innovative