Radios for communications

Does anyone have some input on radios for off roading?

I was ideally looking for something that covers all styles (CB/ FRS and GMRS) but am also interested in, what do most folks use?

Getting a GMRS radio IMO is your best bet. They can operate up to 50 watts, while FRS operates at 2 watts and CB at 4 watts. I think I have that correct but you can always take a look for yourself. A GMRS radio also requires a license that you buy from the federal government and it’s good for 10 years and your entire family can use the same call sign.

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You won’t find a combo CB/GMRS radio since they use such different frequencies and antenas. CB uses ~27 MHz AM while GMRS uses ~460 MHz FM. If you need both, you will need two radios and antennas.

I agree with Deezel that GMRS is the way to go in most cases. It varies depending on where you live, but in my area most people are using GMRS for off-road comms.

Midland makes a few starter GMRS radios that are easy to use. They can be permanently mounted and hardwired in your vehicle, or you can plug them into an accessory power jack and put a mag mount antenna on your roof for temporary use.

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GMRS is where everyone is going. handhelds are easy to get and affordable to get into, but you can upgrade to a 50 watt base station in the future. the handhelds are great to keep around for friends, kids, spotters ect.

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Agree with @supremereader, GMRS is the way to go. I personally use GMRS and HAM (still working on the license, but have the radio). Most people I go out with have GMRS, and I’ve only encountered CB with 2 other people.

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I bought mine here and at the time it was a great deal. I have a Wouxun KG-905G.

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Killer info. Thank you everyone.
I appreciate it.

I use VHF (Ham) purely for Offroad comms. I’m not licensed however I only operate on ‘race’ freqs. To me, GMRS is the new CB.
My Icom F5021 is 50w and I never had any complaints. I recommend PCI or if you want something less expensive, Rugged has their own brand radios.

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I definitely do not suggest getting some of the Baofeng UV5r’s (or the like) and programming them with GMRS/FRS and MURS frequencies since they are cheap, functional and no-one is really ever going to check your radio in the middle of nowhere.

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If you’re going that route then Id suggest Yeasu vs baofeng. I use these for long range comms in the air as a Paraglider. We communicate with ground crew and other pilots in the air for various reasons. But when I started off, I used a Baofeng uvr5 and it would be useless in around .5 mi or so to other pilots. Once I switched to Yeasu, no more issues with transmissions at any distance.

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Never had that issue with mine. My yeasu and cheap radios seem to transmit and receive about the same.

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I ended up going the GMRS route. When I purchased my license, it was $70.00 for 10 years. Now it is $35.00. I have Midland radios. Two hand helds and one mobile mounted in my truck. Hand held radios came from Northern Tool on sale and used a coupon. I purchased the mobile from an eBay seller for right around $200.00. It had the mobile radio with the “stumpy” antenna which I made a mount to mount on my A pillar light mount. They perform pretty well. No complaints on my end for the money I paid. To me a good deal for decent comms.

A friend of mine who is into Ham radios recommended the YouTube channel Ham Radio 2.0. He did some good videos on different GMRS radios.

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