The FCC has lost their ever loving minds! Or I'm simply not understanding the situation. The FCC in regards to the licenced radio service GMRS has established rules under title 47 part 95 and looking over just one of these rules almost makes my head spin.
The rule 95.1767 states that GMRS stations used as a repeater, base, or mobile may not exceed 50w transmitter power.
Then right after that, the rule states that fix stations must not exceed 15watts. Last time I checked a house (base station) isn't exactly very mobile making it a fixed station. So I'm confused here already 50w or 15w legal limit?
Continuing on the next part of the rule says that if you're using a GMRS mobile on a channel shared with the FRS in the 462MHz channels, your power limit is restricted to 5watts ERP! if you're running 5watt radio, through a 5.5db gain antenna you're ILLEGAL!
Moving on 467MHz shared channels must not exceed .5 watts ERP making these effectively monitoring only channels. So why do I bring this all up.
The FCC has been known to use rule violations to monetarily fine, revoke or suspend licences, and confiscate equipment. It is imperative that we do our due diligence in non emergency situations to comply but if the rules as restrictive as this one, I'm seeing it very easy for a person to be caught completely unaware that operating GMRS from a fixed camp site with a 40w mobile and a 6db gain antenna on top of a 30' mast would be a bit outside of the rules. ERP with a 45 foot run of coax between transmitter and antenna, 116watts! Oops.