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Family Radio Service Frequency Table

This table is the frequency chart for the legal Family Radio Service. There are 14 channels, designated 1 through 14, representing 14 different frequencies; channels 1 through 7 are shared with the GMRS radios. There are still NO designated hailing, calling or emergency channels as of 4/1/06. FRS, as it is called, is a two-way voice communication service for use in your personal activities. Expect a communication range of 1 to 5 miles, most often under 2 miles, generally line of sight; significantly less if not LOS. License documents are neither needed or issued. USA approved radios are not necessarily approved for other countries. Be sure to check before traveling with them. FRS is provided and governed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The current regulations provide your authority to operate a FRS unit in places where the FCC regulates radiocommunications, as long as you use only an unmodified FCC certificated FRS unit. An FCC certificated unit has an identifying label placed on it by the manufacturer. Per the FCC, there is no age or citizenship requirement. You may operate your FRS unit within the territorial limits of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, and the Caribbean and Pacific Insular areas ("U.S."). You may also operate your FRS on or over any other area of the world, except within the territorial limits of areas where radio communications are regulated by another agency of the U.S. or within the territorial limits of any foreign government. You may also be permitted to use your FRS unit in Canada subject to the rules of Industry Canada; other countries (such as Mexico) may also allow FRS frequency use but it is your responsibility to verify that prior to use. Some countries require an approval of the radio unit but use the same frequencies; again it is your responsibility to check in advance of use.

The FRS was adopted by the FCC on May 15, 1996; this page was created the same day. FRS uses narrowband FM (NBFM) with maximum effective radiated power of 0.5 watt (500 milliwatts). FRS is intended for hand-held, short-range local communications, although some exceptions are permitted; certain kinds of brief and burst data transmissions from unique FRS units specifically certified for the operations of data capture. FRS is a private, two-way, very short-distance voice communications service for facilitating localized family and group activities. For complete information, see the Commission's Rules for the Family Radio Service, 47 C.F.R. 95.401-95.428. This is the link to the FCC personal radio services available. You may also find interest in the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) Frequency Table, Multi-Use Service (MURS) Frequency Table, Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) Frequency Table and the Citizens Band Radio (CB) Frequency Table. FRS is one of five Citizens Band Radio Services. The others are the (original) Citizens Band Radio Service at 27 MHz, the Low Power Radio Service (LPRS) at 216-217 MHz, the Medical Implant Communications Service (MICS) and the Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS).

FRS Designated Frequencies
CH - FREQ.
01 = 462.5625
02 = 462.5875
03 = 462.6125
04 = 462.6375
05 = 462.6625
06 = 462.6875
07 = 462.7125
08 = 467.5625
09 = 467.5875
10 = 467.6125
11 = 467.6375
12 = 467.6625
13 = 467.6875
14 = 467.7125

Updated 8.12.11


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