General Mobile Radio Service


GMRS stands for General Mobile Radio Service.
No test for the license, just a $35 fee (recently reduced from $70).
License covers you AND your immediate family for 10 years.
22 designated frequencies in the UHF band from 462.5625 to 467.7250MHz.
These overlap with FRS, which is used on most common Walkie Talkies.
There are 8 frequencies set aside for repeater use, which use a standard offset of +5MHz.
Some repeaters use a PL Tone or DCS Code for a small level of added privacy and minimized interference.

Licensing Process

  1. If you do not already have an FRN with the FCC, create one here. (Click REGISTER)
  2. Login to the FCC License Manager with your FRN here.
  3. Click “Apply for a New License”
  4. Select “ZA – General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)” (way down at the bottom of the dropdown list)
  5. Complete the rest of the application and submit payment.
  6. Wait to recieve approval with your new callsign.

Radios and Other Gear

GMRS radios are certified for and useable only on GMRS frequencies.

Having a radio capable of transmitting on both the VHF/UHF “Ham Band” and GMRS is far more useful. This may not be certified by the FCC. As with all things in life, attempt this at your own risk. 

Baofeng UV-5R This radio works well for an inexpensive option for everyday and other on-body carry context. It can function in a vehicle or as a home base station in a more limited capacity. Our kits include a software unlock for this radio that enables use on GMRS frequencies.

Our Yaesu FT-60R and Yaesu VX-6R kits include a MARS Mod to the internal circuit board that enables use of GMRS frequencies. These are handheld radios that offer better features and easier usability over less expensive options. 

TYT TH-9800 is a 50W mobile radio that can be unlocked function on GMRS. The higher power and added features are an excellent value. This would work well in a vehicle, manpack, or home base station. Our kits include a software unlock for this radio that enables use on GMRS frequencies.

Most UHF/VHF antennas are useable on GMRS if you already have them.


Find GMRS repeaters near you with this map.
NotaRubicon Productions has an extensive library of GMRS related videos and a witty, entertaining, and easy-to-understand delivery.


Ch Use Frequency
1 Simplex 462.5625
2 Simplex 462.5875
3 Simplex 462.6125
4 Simplex 462.6375
5 Simplex 462.6625
6 Simplex 462.6875
7 Simplex 462.7125
8 Simplex 467.5625
9 Simplex 467.5875
10 Simplex 467.6125
11 Simplex 467.6375
12 Simplex 467.6625
13 Simplex 467.6875
14 Simplex 467.7125
15 Simplex 462.5500
16 Simplex 462.5750
17 Simplex 462.6000
18 Simplex 462.6250
19 Simplex 462.6500
20 Simplex 462.6750
21 Simplex 462.7000
22 Simplex 462.7250
15RP Repeater 467.5500 +5MHz Offset
16RP Repeater 467.5750 +5MHz Offset
17RP Repeater 467.6000 +5MHz Offset
18RP Repeater 467.6250 +5MHz Offset
19RP Repeater 467.6500 +5MHz Offset
20RP Repeater 467.6750 +5MHz Offset
21RP Repeater 467.7000 +5MHz Offset
22RP Repeater 467.7250 +5MHz Offset