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Old 05-12-2013, 03:38 PM
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Hey all. Been reading on this forum for a few hours (FAQs, larger threads) and I'm hoping you all can answer some questions for me.

I'm looking for a radio that can accept a larger antenna, so that I can set up a mobile radio base station for use with inexpensive hand held radios. I'm not trying to boost the range of the hand held units, just establish a central hub for communicating between various members.

Thinking of using GMRS for this if possible, but MURS seems like a possibility from everything I've been reading. The reason I would prefer the GMRS is for simplicity and expense.

Can you all point me in the right direction for my base station hardware?
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The Dakota Alert MURS will take an external antenna and work well with the Dakota Alert handheld radios.;j...m1plqscsfapp05

Until you go with amateur radio licenses for every one, or business band, I think this would work about as well as anything else, though GMRS has the advantage of being able to use a repeater. But if that extended range isn't needed, then I'd stick with the MURS.

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The basic precept is that they make a 5 watt base station radio that requires a license that allows you to hook it up to a external base station antenna which can be attached to a tower not to exceed I think it is 37' in height above average terrain.

You have to read the GMRS rules to make sure - since you are going to use the bubble pack radios. The bubble pack radios allows you to operate without a license on the FRS - but cannot operate with a detachable antenna type radio with any radio that produces more then .5 watts and a antenna that has no gain.

A bubble pack radio will not work split - hence it will not work with a repeater - unless the repeater was a simplex repeater...
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Read the reviews on this at several places. Most reviews are pretty bad.
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