With the movement to the VHF/UHF Radios we wanted to have a list of radio frequencies that we as a club would use as standard on a trail ride or beach trip. We have a basic list of frequencies that we had chosen for starters. These include the frequencies that a license is not required for as well as some that you must have a license from the FCC to operate on. (License requirements gets into a lot longer conversation)
For most communications we will stick to the channels where no license is required because we know not everyone that is on the trail with us will have a license. Plus some of us have extra radios that we lend out and even tough we have licenses it dose not cover others unless they are immediate family members. Trail Leader usually will pick the Frequency but our most used Channel is FRS 10.
No license required Channels are UHF Channels FRS 8 through FRS 14 which are in the frequency range of 467.56250 to 467.71250. Also if you program your radio with the Chirp file that is linked here or have one of us program your radio for you they will be your memory Channels 8 through 14.
Many of the radios have 128 programable channels in them but there is no need for us to have 128 to choose from.
Included in our list are:
FRS(Family Radio Service) Channels 1 through 22. GMRS(General Mobile Radio Service) channels 15 through 22 use the same frequencies as FRS channels 15-22 so they might be list as either FRS or GMRS. Freq: 462.56250-462.72500
These channels have specific requirements to Watt output that is allowed on them as well. Check out the Excel file below for those limitations.
Weather Channels 1-7 Freq: 162.400-162.55000
MURS(Multi-Use Radio Service) Channels 1-5 Freq: 151.57000-151.94000
Marine Channels 9, 13, 16, 22a For Marine Communications
Some local Emergency Channels
Local Trail Channels
Emergency Channels such as FEMA
Just keep in mind that Emergency channels such as FEMA are RX or Receive Only. You are not to Transmit on these channels.
We will have more discussion on all this and maybe even put together a QA Meet and Greet for any question but feel free to ask any questions you would like in the comments below. I am not an expert on these radios or all the fine points of the FCC Regulations but I will try and find out the answers to your questions.
Below I have attached:
Chirp File that has the basic programming in it.
Excel File with a printable channel listing
Excel File with Basic Channel Information and Channel Watt Limits
Chirp Software download site link
Link for the Cables I use for programming my radios
I'm Michael and the Captain of Goin' Coastal Jeep Club. My wife is Barbara and we have two beautiful daughters, Sylvia and Shayla. We love to show our children the wonders of nature and share experiences with them that we hope will last a lifetime. Our Jeep has opened a whole new world to us and through this club we have become friends with so many amazing people.