Friday, 17 September 2010

"The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service" a Pain for Business Radio Providers

Yes, another anonymous derogatory note received today from someone working in the radiocomm industry putting down both me and my book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service." Seems this particular small Canadian retailer and renter of business-band two-watt handheld UHF radios is upset that one of his customers returned their fleet of UHF radios after reading my book and opted to replace them with lower-cost GMRS radios.

Maybe this businessperson should opt to carry GMRS radios and let his customers decide which ones to purchase. At least he'd make some money. Controversy is quite a good thing.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

More GMRS Radios With New Features Out Now

There are more General Mobile Radio Service equipment coming out in Canada with advanced features specs. Digital encryption seems to be a favourite, as well as camouflage colouring and longer-last battery packs. The encryption feature is especially attractive to business users who want to avoid the high costs of business band radio fees, but still have some control over privacy. Of course, the businesses who make money from selling and leasing business band units are a bit ticked off by this. Unfortunately, in this era of economic downturn, loyalty goes to the one who has the most for the least, and the bottom line cost is what wins out in the two-way radio industry.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Forget Business Band Radio, use GMRS Instead

Many Canadian companies are using UHF business band radios for short range communications. The costs incurred to purchase or rent these units can be quite high, especially when you factor in the added costs for licenses, airtime, and purchase or rental fees. These radios are usually two-watt units and operate on specific "business band" frequencies.

GMRS radios also operate on UHF frequencies at two watts power output. They have the same features as the more expensive business band units, including tone squelch and signalling systems. However, there no fees or other costs incurred in GMRS operations, other than the purchase of the radios, which can be from $30-$120 per unit or pair of units, compared to $500-$1500 for the commercial ones.

The ONLY advantage, and even that is debatable, of commercial business band radios over GMRS is that commercial frequencies require a license and therefore there would be less interference on a channel compared to the publicly accessible GMRS channels. But a license does not mean interference-free. There may be many licensed users per channel and interference may still be an issue.

Canadian businesses should consider GMRS as a alternative to commercial two-way radio, or adding GMRS to their daily operations. Not only will money be saved, but an increase in productivity and customer service can be realized.


Phillip J. Boucher is the author of the book, "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service," available as an electronic book through his website, or as a physical book from and To order the eBook of "The Compete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service", click here:


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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

New Blog!

Yes, I've decided to do a new blog dedicated strictly to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service, which will serve as a supplement to my book "The Complete Guide to Canada's General Mobile Radio Service: How to Get the Most Out of Our Nation's Licence-Free, Fee-Free Two-Way Radio Service" ISBN 978-1895391-20-6 (trade paperback)and ISBN 978-1895391-21-3 (Ebook).

Here in Canada GMRS is licence-free radio service while currently in the United States a user requires a licence to operate. Well, the FCC is considering aligning the GMRS service to that of Canada's, lowing the power output to two watts from five, and eliminating the need for licencing. This is, I believe, the first time in history that the States is matching a radiocommunications standard with that of Canada, rather then the other way around.

This, of course, may also scare the crap out of business-band radio dealers down there as it has up here. If no licence is required, and two-watt GMRS radios become widely available, you will see many American businesses transgress from the those expensive two-watt business band radios that they pay huge amounts of money to buy or rent, to the cheap GMRS alternative just as Canadian business have and continue to do. And as far as I'm concerned, this is a good thing.

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