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    Cabrillo-1
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    Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)

    Post by Cabrillo-1 on Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:11 pm

    MURS is similar to FRS in that it's license free. Unlike FRS, it isn't as popular nor are the radios as readily available.
    FRS is a very basic service that allows for unencrypted, low power, voice communication with no options for better antennas nor decent power levels.
    MURS allows for 2watts of power, FRS only allows for a 1/2watt.
    MURS allows for external antennas, FRS does not.
    MURS allows for data and encryption which FRS does not.
    MURS channels run on VHF frequencies which travel over longer distances better than UHF (FRS and GMRS) but do not penetrate buildings as well. This means MURS should not do as well in high density cities as FRS would but MURS does support more power and better antennas than FRS. A good GMRS radio and antenna should out-perform MURS.


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    Re: Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS)

    Post by MH-2 on Tue Feb 23, 2016 8:45 pm

    Cabrillo-1 wrote:MURS is similar to FRS in that it's license free.  Unlike FRS, it isn't as popular nor are the radios as readily available.
    FRS is a very basic service that allows for unencrypted, low power, voice communication with no options for better antennas nor decent power levels.
    MURS allows for 2watts of power, FRS only allows for a 1/2watt.
    MURS allows for external antennas, FRS does not.
    MURS allows for data and encryption which FRS does not.
    MURS channels run on VHF frequencies which travel over longer distances better than UHF (FRS and GMRS) but do not penetrate buildings as well.  This means MURS should not do as well in high density cities as FRS would but MURS does support more power and better antennas than FRS.  A good GMRS radio and antenna should out-perform MURS.

    Kind of quiet here, Cabrillo brings up some good information to those of you evaluating different comm options beyond FRS.  The three big advantages I see are...

    1. External antennas/higher power/more robust gear.
    2. VHF propagation tends to be better in areas with hills, although it doesn't penetrate walls and solid structures as well as UHF.
    3 There is by far less people using MURS in LA as opposed to GMRS and especially FRS.  It's also less monitored and used, so the chances of interference be it intentional or unintentional is far less.

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