GMRS FRS Frequencies and CTCSS

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GMRS Frequencies

Operation on these frequencies requires a GMRS FCC license - $90 $65 for 5 years (in Sept 2015 FCC dropped the $5/yr x 5 yrs regulatory fee).

Ch. Repeater Out Repeater In Notes
15 462.550 467.550  
16 462.575 467.575  
17 462.600 467.600  
18 462.625 467.625  
19 462.650 467.650 Use not permitted near the Canadian border.
20 462.675 467.675 Nationwide emergency and road info calling. PL 141.3.
21 462.700 467.700 Use not permitted near the Canadian border.
22 462.725 467.725  

 


GMRS Interstitial Simplex & FRS Frequencies

Interstitial frequencies are available for simplex use by all GMRS licensees. Operation on these channels is restricted to GMRS Small Base Stations and GMRS mobile units operating with 5 watts or less of effective radiated power. GMRS shares these channels with the hand-held radios of the Family Radio Service. FRS radios are limited to 0.5 watts. Operation on these frequencies is license-free with an FRS radio, but requires a license with a GMRS radio.

Ch. GMRS/FRS Ch. FRS Only
1 462.5625* 8 467.5625
2 462.5875 9 467.5875
3 462.6125 10 467.6125
4 462.6375 11 467.6375
5 462.6625 12 467.6625
6 462.6875 13 467.6875
7 462.7125 14 467.7125

FRS ch. 1 is frequently used as a calling channel.


CTCSS (PL®) Tones for various radios

If you want GMRS and FRS radios of differing brands to talk to each other, you’ll need this info.

Note many FRS makers call these “privacy codes.” Be aware that there’s nothing private about it - any scanner can pick up FRS, regardless of the “privacy code” setting.

Tone Cobra
250/300
Cherokee
465
Midland
75-510
Motorola
Sport
Motorola
TalkAbout
RadioShack
106
67.0 1 1 1   1 1
69.3   2        
69.4           2
71.9 2 3 2   2 3
74.4 3 4 3   3 4
77.0 4 5 4 A 4 5
79.7 5 6 5   5 6
82.5 6 7 6   6 7
85.4 7 8 7   7 8
88.5 8 9 8 B 8 9
91.5 9 10 9   9 10
94.8 10 11 10   10 11
97.4 11 12 11 C 11 12
100.0 12 13 12   12 13
103.5 13 14 13   13 14
107.2 14 15 14 D 14 15
110.9 15 16 15   15 16
114.8 16 17 16   16 17
118.8 17 18 17 E 17 18
123.0 18 19 18   18 19
127.3 19 20 19 F 19 20
131.8 20 21 20   20 21
136.5 21 22 21 G 21 22
141.3 22 23 22   22 23
146.2 23 24 23   23 24
151.4 24 25 24   24 25
156.7 25 26 25   25 26
159.8   27       27
162.2 26 28 26   26 28
165.5           29
167.9 27 29 27   27 30
171.3           31
173.8 28 30 28   28 32
177.3           33
179.9 29 31 29   29 34
183.5   32       35
186.2 30 33 30   30 36
189.9   34       37
192.8 31 35 31   31 38
196.6   36        
199.5   37        
203.5 32 38 32   32  
206.5   39        
210.7 33 40 33   33  
218.1 34 41 34   34  
225.7 35 42 35   35  
229.1   43        
233.6 36 44 36   36  
241.8 37 45 37   37  
250.3 38 46 38   38  
254.1   47        
17 thoughts on “GMRS FRS Frequencies and CTCSS
    • I’m curious as to about how much does it cost to put up GMRS repeater, and what’s links to the good equipment to buy.
      If you wouldn’t mind, please provide some details.
      Thanks and 73
      –kv5r

      • I spent about $600 for my gmrs repeater. I also bought all the items from ebay and built it in a toolbox for easy plug and play. I used 2 Motorola M1225 for $250 with a 45watt output and had one programmed for the output frequencies and the other for the input frequencies. Also I purchased 50 watt 6 cavity duplexor from China for a $100 and they tuned it. Other items I bought were a 30 amp power supply for $90, a repeater controller $10, 3 cooling fans(for the heat sink on transmit radio and back of toolbox) $30, temp controller from China $10, a 50 foot roll of rg8x for $30 and a GP style antenna for $50. I also had a couple optional items such as a voltage display and a relay for back up battery power but you don’t need that. That’s about the cheapest your gonna get for one. If you have money you can spend thousands of dollers on one if you want but I was on a budget. If you have any questions please email me

  1. Hey just got my GMRS licence. WQWC468

    Can u show me an example of setting up my radio up for repeater use. How to set up the input and out put frequency. Like I see example for repeater but do you use the same frequency for the receiving? And pl tones. And what and how are off sets. Thanks

  2. #i The GMRS license is now $90.00 for 5 years and when you buy these radios in the stores if you read the user manual that comes with them they tell you that you need a license to use these radios. Channels 15 to 22 on these radios are used for repeaters and require A license.
    #2 The FCC needs to have the company’s that make these radios to put right on the package that a license is required.
    thanks
    WQVJ267

  3. Thank you for the code tables. I’ve recently purchased a few Baofengs and was matching one up to a GMRS. I was stumped for a bit until i set the menu 33 (Band) to uhf for the 462Mhz range. These radios are great little pieces of wizardry. – cheers

      • That is correct. None of the Chinese radios, but for a few Wouxun models, are FCC type-accepted for US operation.
        The Baofengs don’t even pass spectral purity limits for Amateur operation.
        A broad-band transmitter with no output filters is a recipe for legal disasters.

  4. I have a new Rino 650 Garmin GPS I don’t know what pl tones the rino channels number transmit what tones. I am trying to get it to work with Baofeng UV-B5 and I also have a Baofeng UV-5R. I can hear the rino on my Baofeng But I can’t hear the Baofeng transmit into the Rino I have The tone set on 67.0 on both radios. Not sure the Rino is transmitting 67.0 on the Number 1 setting?? Please Help Gerard KE7CF

    • You need to read the Rino’s manual, or contact them, to get a tone number table, then make sure both radios are set to both transmit and receive the same tone.
      Also, some radio pairs just won’t work because the receiving one needs a higher modulation level (of the tone) than the other is transmitting.

  5. This was helpful, thank you. Added to my comment I have a question. I am still not exactly clear if my little Motorola T5320’s have this ‘privacy code’ or an offset if I want to connect with my Icon radio. It seems the T5320 may have the option and that explains very much. Just to understand: Any radio [these GMRS/FRS off the shelf short range handhelds – like Motorola T5320] – all these have the PL offset on channel 1 of 67.? Meaning if I transmit with my BF [ham]just straight w no tone on channel 1 for example 462.5625 simplex – I get buzzzz?
    I am an old ham and stayed out of vhf and uhf but am learning today. Thanks for your work. Jerry jl@yeswedeliver.org

    • Hi,
      The FRS radios don’t have any offset (AFAIK) because they are not intended for repeaters like the GMRS are. The PL (CTCSS) is just a sub-audible tone that opens the squelch on the receiving end. If he can’t transmit the PL tone on his radio, or you can’t turn off PL on your FRS radio, it won’t work. Don’t know why you’re getting a buzz; you might be hearing his PL tone. If your squelch is opening you should be able to talk, as long as the mode and FM deviation bandwidth are pretty close. I have an Alinco DJ5V (dual-band handie-talkie) and it’ll talk to FRS radios just fine — though I don’t, because ham radios are not fcc type-accepted to transmit in other services.
      73, –kv5r

      • Motorola makes some frs/gmrs combo radios that work with GMRS repeaters. They are: the Talkabout MS350R, MS355R and MR355R radios are the only ones

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