Don’t get j to the cost of license as part of the debate between ham and GMRS... GMRS is $7/ year or $70/10 year.... HAM is between free and $50 for life... so say you pay for a ham cram and exam for $100, 10 years later you submit your callsign for renewal and get your new license in the mail and are good for another 10 years. You pay your 70 for the first 10, time to renew and dish out another 70 and now you are way behind what ham would have cost... the cost of radios is very similar for mobile units.... so yea the only advantage GMRS has over the Ham is that the whole family is licensed under one call sign, that is it... personally I can’t justify 70 every 10 years that does exactly what the Wal-Mart $15 talkies do. Sure I can’t talk long distance on FMRS, that’s what I have HF for... which even GMRS can’t talk with repeaters that far.Midland MXT275 is the way go. I've had mine nearly a year now, love it. Much easier than going the route of HAM, and license is cheap for 10 years
My point is that you can’t say the cost of GMRS is cheap compared to ham for the license... for a family of 4 getting licensed on ham is $90 for a lifetime... 10 years later the GMRS is another $70, 20 years later another 70, etc etc... so if you are only going to need the license for 10 years, yes your cheaper... but over your lifetime the license for GMRS is way more than Ham. One other thing... upon your death, the license is null and void for the rest of your family. So again you can’t justify GMRS is better than Ham in a price stand point. Is it better than CB most definitely. Is it better than Ham, depends on where you are.I will disagree, $7 a year for a radio service that allows improved communication over CB and covers my family is well worth it.
Forego a could Starbucks lattes a year and you have your money back.
A puck antenna may work ok in close convoy/trail situations and in the city if you only plan on using a repeater. But I can't imagine that it would have any real distance to it.For anyone that has the MXT275 what kind of antenna do you need? Can you do a puck antenna?
If you want plug and play working right out of the box then Midland. They have some downsides but most of them work for 99 percent of people's uses. None of their handhelds for instance have repeater capability. Their top of the line MXT400 doesn't offer NOAA weather stations because it's a rebadged Chinese UHF only radio. But when you get down to it they offer probably the only no fuss plug and play solutions out there if you want to just talk on the trail. Repeater use on the mobiles can be kind of wonky with having to go into menu settings but overall not horrible.Looking for advice on picking a GMRS base unit (in-truck) and hand-helds.
The shortest I would go is the Ghost/Phantom style antennas that look like little cans. Honestly a 1/4 wave GMRS antenna is going to be about 6 inches long. You can get a PCTEL commerical band 1/4 wave that cost 9-12 dollars and stick it on there. The chances of it being ripped off are very low and even if it does you're out a 10 dollar bill.For anyone that has the MXT275 what kind of antenna do you need? Can you do a puck antenna?
Good luck, I've been trying for quite awhile to get members of the local club I hang with to switch from CB and except for 2 or 3 people most are very reluctant.I ordered the MTX400 kit with the Ghost antenna, its awesome...but no-one else around me has GMRS yet.. all still on CB, I'm trying to convert them all.
I don’t, we are starting to climb the 11 year solar flux, so in another couple years, the CB SSB DX Skipping is going to be hot again. Unfortunately I haven’t heard much talk of GMRS skip.I definitely see gmrs becoming wayyy more prevalent over the next 5-10 years than cb.
I just received my MXT275 today. It looks good and very compact. I had thought from pictures it was larger. I am new at this so I have much to learn.