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Multiple Use Radio Service (MURS): A Disaster Communication Option


Multiple User Radio Service (MURS).

There is also an option similar to FRS and GMRS called the Multiple User Radio Service (MURS).  It was created in 2000 out of the old Business Radio Service.  MURS is a kind of Citizen’s Band radio on 150mhz.  No licenses are required.  There are no call signs or identification requirements.  MURS is intended for short range business and personal communications. 

MURS has five channels: 151.820, 151.880, 151.940, 154.570, 154.600 MHz.  Voice and data may be transmitted but not images.  MURS is shared use which requires that one listen before transmitting and not cause interference to others. 

The power limit is 2 watts.  Antennas are limited to 20 feet above structure, and no higher than 60 feet above ground, whichever is less.  MURS does not have FRS’s external mobile antenna limitation which means greater range.  MURs may not be used on aircraft but may be used on boats with the Captain’s permission. 

Repeaters are not allowed on MURS.    Phone patches and continuous transmissions are not allowed.  MURS radios must be approved by the FCC. 

MURS is newer which means it is not as popular so the prices for this equipment is higher than FRSs or GMRSs.   MURS radios cost about $100 to $150.  For this reason they were not included in this test.  Be careful not to buy MURS radios which are not FCC type approved. 

Frequently Asked Questions by Personal Radio Support Group

http://www.provide.net/~prsg/murshome.htm

Frequently Asked Questions by Wikipedia

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-Use_Radio_Service

MURS Listserv

murs@yahoogroups.com