MURS VHF Radios

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Another choice for two-way communications.


In 2000, the FCC carved out the MURS service offering five channels in the VHF band.

This may seem like a limited number of channel choices, and it is, but it is the only unlicensed VHF service available.

The channels were carved out of the Business band and you will have to share with the current business users.

This service is fairly new and equipment is just now starting to become available. So far the prices are higher than FRS and GMRS due in part to the much small economies of scale.

Time will tell if this new service will bring cheaper radios to market. However, high priced equipment will keep fewer users on this limited five channels so this may well be an advantage to those who have no problem paying more for equipment.

Lower quality radios are appearing for about $90-$110.

MURS Channel Plan

Well
Known
Channel
Name
Channel
Name
Frequency Notes Max
Power
1 151.820 151.8200 MHz FM Voice is typical use, but some data comms are possible 2.0 Watts
2 151.880 151.8800 MHz FM Voice is typical use, but some data comms are possible 2.0 Watts
3 151.940 151.9400 MHz FM Voice is typical use, but some data comms are possible 2.0 Watts
4 154.570 154.5700 MHz FM Voice is typical use, but some data comms are possible 2.0 Watts
5 154.600 154.6000 MHz FM Voice is typical use, but some data comms are possible 2.0 Watts

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