How to Get Different Brand FRS/GMRS Walkie-talkies to Talk to Each Other

The panoply of different walkie-talkie radios has created an electronic Tower of Babel. Our new article helps these devices talk to each other.

FRS/GMRS walkie-talkies are almost literally a dime a dozen.  You’ve probably seen them at your local office supply store or Costco or Walmart or wherever – brightly colored blister packs of two or more hand-sized walkie-talkies, with extravagant claims about ridiculous ranges and numbers of channels, and costing about $60 for a pair.

They certainly are fun devices, and on occasion, can be useful too – a family spread out over a shopping mall or amusement park, for example, or a ‘convoy’ of people driving in separate cars.  But they are not quite as simple to operate as they imply, and unfortunately, the channels in one make and model of radio might be quite different to the channels in a different make and or model of radio.

Here now is a new article on our site telling you all you need to know (and more besides) about how to get different makes/models of walkie-talkies to communicate with each other, and how to navigate your way through confusing acronyms such as CTCSS and DCSS.  We also include a cautionary tale about not believing everything the manufacturers (ie Midland) may claim for their radios.

This new article extends four earlier articles we have written about personal walkie-talkie radios, not just in the FRS and GMRS bands, but also the MURS band, and – for traditionalists – the CB radio band too.  Links to the earlier articles from the new article.  By the time you’ve read them all, the acronyms won’t seem nearly so fearsome!

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