We have not been active with our ham radio hobby for years as we ran out of all but a couple locals to talk to and we could not afford all the equipment it takes to be on the HF bands that the Brothers use. I did however just renew my HAM license that comes due soon.
GMRS - WQYS231
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Meanwhile, while I was renewing my HAM license that is coming due at the FCC site so I don't loose my HAM call, I signed up for a General Mobile Radio Service license for the family. I know it is not HAM radio, but the whole family can operate under one GMRS call with no skill learning required from non-HAM family members. For 5 family members it comes to $14 for each of us. While not HAM radio, GMRS is still useful in emergencies and perhaps for us, more so, as well as useful for our family's general mobile radio usage. For Kathy and I, we are looking at getting a TALKABOUT T465 at a very excellent deal. Paul, Kathy and Cecil and Earl already have FRS radios but there range is very limited. These can be can be loaners to others I guess. There have also been others in the congregation that have talked about using GMRS in emergency situations. We look forward to having others to talk on radios again.
I also updated our Ham Radio Page at our Family Web Site to include our new family GMRS call.