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​Embark on Your Journey with Assurance: Rugged Radios GMRS Radios, Your Ultimate Off-Road CompanionUpdated 5 months ago

Hit the Trail with Confidence: How GMRS Radios Offer Unparalleled Communication on or off grid

For the off-road adventurer, staying connected is not just a convenience, it's a necessity. Enter GMRS radios, or General Mobile Radio Service radios. A staple in the Jeep community, these robust communication devices have established themselves as superior alternatives to the standard CB radios, especially for those who navigate the untamed trails. GMRS radios elevate the communication experience, offering enhanced range and clarity that are essential when traversing remote terrains.

Available in both handheld and mobile formats,  Rugged Radios GMRS radios are equipped with a suite of functionalities designed for the off-road enthusiast. Features like weather updates and channel scanning ensure that you're prepared for whatever the trail might throw your way. While operating these radios does require a license from the FCC, the process is straightforward, making GMRS radios an accessible and invaluable tool for any journey, whether you're connected to the grid or venturing off it.

Playing into the world of seamless communication GMRS Radios can be a great option for you from both the function and performance aspects. With 22 channels at your disposal, GMRS radios promise universal connectivity, bridging the gap between you and other GMRS or FRS users.

Whether you're a family planning a weekend escape in an offroad vehicle or a solo warrior seeking solitude in nature's embrace, GMRS radios are your ticket to reliable, constant contact. Stay connected, stay safe, and most importantly, enjoy the freedom of your off-road escapades with confidence.

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What is GMRS?

The General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) is a licensed radio service for short-distance, two-way voice communications. If you walk into any department store and purchase a walkie-talkie, you likely just purchased a GMRS or FRS radio.

GMRS is easy to use and doesn't require programming, making it the perfect radio service for anyone.

GMRS frequencies operate in the UHF range which perform better in wooded environments, around town, or any situation where there are obstructions. 

What Is FRS?

Family Radio Service (FRS) radios use the same frequency range and channels as GMRS, but operate at a lower power and do not require an FCC license to use. Because of the wattage restriction, the usable range of FRS is limited.

Why Rugged GMRS?

Rugged's mobile GMRS radios offer suprior range on channels 15-22. The FCC regulates transmission wattage on a per channel basis, and our GMR45 radio takes full advantage of this fact.

With the included 22 GMRS channels, you'll have universal connection to all other GMRS radios; meaning you can talk to the other walkie-talkies, both GMRS and FRS.

  • Channels 1-7 are limited by the FCC up to 2 watts of power for FRS transmissions and up to 5 watts for GMRS.
  • Channels 8-14 are limited to 0.5 watts of power on both FRS and GMRS.
  • Channels 15-22 are where things get very interesting, and where our mobile radios really shine.

In this channel range, FRS can transmit at 2 watts, but a GMRS mobile unit is allowed a whopping 50 watts of power on mobile units! If you need to transmit while in a remote location, these channels will allow maximum wattage during transmission. During an emergency situation, this can be critical. Our GMR45 mobile radio can fully utilize the 45 watts of power for well over 20 miles of transmission range. The GMR25 is a waterproof 25-watt GMRS radio that offers incredible range and rugged performance.

Rugged GMRS radios, both mobile and handheld, have the option of utilizing tone codes, allowing Jeep owners to have secure communication with their group or team. This is an important feature for off-road enthusiasts who want to communicate with their group without tons of cross traffic from others on the trail.

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