Hailing from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, the Newport GMRS repeater covers a radius of approximately 41 miles.
GMRS is "General Mobile Radio Service"
in the UHF band of the radio spectrum and requires a license issued by
the Federal Communications Commission to use legally. However,
unlike Ham radio, there is no test to take, simply a $35 fee for the
license. Also unlike Ham radio, GMRS radios are "channelized"
like CB radio is, and the user cannot tune the radio to specific frequencies like a Ham radio
can be tuned. The user simply operates on 30 channels, like a CB
One big benefit of GMRS, is that once licensed, the
licensee's entire family can use the GMRS license, unlike in Ham radio,
where a license for each family member would be required for the family
members to communicate with each other on the Ham radio amateur bands.
And unlike FRS radios, which may legally only operate up to 2 watts of
power, GMRS radios may operate up to 50 watts. GMRS handheld radios are commonly available for under $100.