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GMRS Radios that work with the BeCERTAINN Repeater
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Manufacturer and ModelRecommend?ImageAdvantagesDisadvantagesGMRS Certified / FCC Part 95 Type AcceptedIn Production / Available newForm FactorCost, sourceNotesProduct DescriptionManufacturer's Manual or Operating InstructionsInstructions for use with the BeCERTAINN RepeaterTested by [name, email, location, date]May people contact you for help with this radio?
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GMRS Certified / FCC Part 95 Type Accepted
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Motorola Radius P1225Yes, contact BeCERTAINN
Very easy to use; good for radio beginners. Can reach the repeater with excellent sound quality from most areas of Berkeley. Rugged, designed for professional use. Long battery life. Has an excellent detachable antenna; can be used with an external antenna to further improve coverage.No longer produced. To ensure that it works with the BeCERTAINN repeater, it must be programmed by someone from BeCERTAINN. Relatively heavy and bulky. Not waterproof. Battery charging may be very slow with the standard "10 hour" charger (requires up to 10 hours to fully recharge a completely discharged battery). Standard battery charger is not "smart": leaving the radio in the charger after the battery is fully charged may overheat the battery and damage it.TRUEFALSEhandheld / walkie-talkie$60-80 donation to BeCERTAINN requestedUsed devices refurbished and provided by BeCERTAINNhttps://fccid.io/ABZ99FT4073/User-Manual/Ex-6-Instruction-Manual-234909Mitchell Gass, mitchlists@gassworks.com, 1700 block of San Lorenzo Ave., 3/6/18Contact: BeCERTAINN@gmail.com
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Wouxun KG-805G GMRSYes, best value for quality & price
Good quality GMRS certified handheld from a reputable company. Simple interface, good price. Replacable antenna. brand new in late 2019, still testingTRUETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$80Newly released in 2019https://www.buytwowayradios.com/wouxun-kg-805g.htmlhttps://www.buytwowayradios.com/downloads/dl/file/id/1255/product/4864/wouxun_kg_805g_owners_manual.pdf
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Tera TR-505 GMRS Recreational Maybe (expensive for the features)
Nice simple radio - not intimidating for newbies - dualband, supports MURS. The free programming software is easy. Several useful accessories are available. Removable antenna. FCC type accepted.Stock programming doesn't include repeater, only two side buttons but they are programmable. Only 16 memory channels on knob.TRUETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$114, Powerwerxhttps://powerwerx.com/tera-tr505-gmrs-recreational-handheld-radioMartin Rothfield
dcmk1mr2@gmail.com
Cedar St & Scenic Avenue
Yes
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BTech GMRS-V1Maybe (poor build quality)
Simple GMRS-approved HT based on the same hardware as the ham-friendly Baofeng UV-82. It's cheap and you can get it new. You only need to change one menu setting to get it on the BeCERTAINN repeater and no computer is required. Also, you can listen to commercial FM on it.Battery charger isn't "smart" -- you need to take it off the charger when done. Rated 2W output max. TRUETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$55, AmazonThis radio is literally the same as the $20 cheaper Baofung UV-82. The only difference is you are paying $20 extra for the GMRS certification and to have the rest of the radio's capabilities kneecapped accordingly.https://baofengtech.com/gmrs-v1

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWOLZ8L
https://baofengtech.com/usermanual/gmrs-v1-manual.pdfYou can just take the REPT22 channel and adjust it to put out the 88.5 TX CTCSS and you're in business.David Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block and from LBNL
5/3/2018
Yes
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BTech GMRS-50X1Maybe (untested)
High Power (50 Watt) mobile GMRS radio. untestedTRUETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$180, AmazonNewly released in May 2019https://baofengtech.com/gmrs-50x1https://baofengtech.com/usermanual/GMRS_50X1_manual.pdf
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Midland MXT400 MicroMobileNo
High Power (40 Watt) GMRS Radio with repeater capabilities, mobile format. PL/Privacy tones can only be set with the same tone for both TX & RX, so wouldn't work with the old BeCERTAINN repeater setup, but should work now that repeater has 88.5 on both TX & RX. Also, apparently this radio is set to narrowband transmissions, not wideband like most GMRS systems. So it will mostly work with others, but audio may be poor and PL tone may not trigger repeater reliably. TRUETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$250 (Amazon, Cabela's)
$199 (B&H Photo Video)
https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt400-micromobile-2-way-radio/https://midlandusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MXT115-Owners-manual-Final-24Oct16.pdfNot tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs, except for lack of separate PL tones for TX & RX.
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Midland MXT115 MicroMobileNo
High Power (15 Watt) GMRS Radio with repeater capabilities, mobile format. see cons for MXT400 aboveTRUETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$150 (Amazon, Cabela's)https://midlandusa.com/product/mxt115-micromobile-2-way-radio/https://midlandusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/MXT400-Owners-Manual.pdfNot tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs.
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Motorola Talkabout MS350R
(and MS355R, MR355R)
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Higher-end of the consumer walkie-talkie style GMRS/FRS radios. One of the few in this category that includes repeater capabilities. Relatively easy to use and set up via push-button menu. Pretty rugged and "waterproof". I have the MS350R, though the MR355R & MS355R models should be similar, and incluide repeater capabilities. Poor performance built-in antenna, with no way to replace or connect alternate antenna. Original rechargeable batteries tend to drain fast and provide lower voltage power, so Alkaline or Lithium AA's recommended. Has dual PTT buttons for low/high power, so potentially confusing to newcomers. Only high power PTT reaches repeater from my location. Discontinued model, so high/rising prices on both used and new old stock. TRUEDiscontinued. A few still available new in 2019. handheld / walkie-talkieDiscontinued by manufacturer. Found online recently (March 2018): Used $65 per pair (eBay), and New Old Stock $185 per pair (Amazon).Looks like none of Motorola's current consumer GMRS models have repeater capabilities. https://www.motorolasolutions.com/content/dam/msi/docs/business/products/consumertwo-wayradios/talkabout_ms350r/ms350_series_ug_kem-ml36100-15_web_04-11-11.pdfhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1G3boDt_NpVhFfuxoouKDNxL-9cl-he4a56tMc_CLlv0/Chris Adams,
csadams@gmail.com,
Valley St @ Channing,
2018-03-13.
Yes
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Motorola T7200No
Simple consumer style GMRS radio, repeater capable. Discontinued model. Not personally tested. TRUEFALSEhandheld / walkie-talkieDiscontinued by manufacturer. https://www.motorolasolutions.com/content/dam/msi/docs/products/two-way-radios/consumer/user-guides/t7xxx-series/t7200_user_manual_e.pdfNot tested on BeCERTAINN Repeater. Compatibility expected based on detailed reading of specs.
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NOT FCC Type Accepted for GMRS
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Baofeng BF-F9 v2+No
Common ham radio which can access GMRS frequenciesNot FCC certified for GMRS use. Notoriously difficult to program, generally not friendly for new radio usersFALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$48 (Amazon) http://a.co/7vwbLoz https://baofengradio.us/fileuploader/download/download/?d=0&file=custom%2Fupload%2FFile-1423083989.pdfBrian DeFreitas
briandef@gmail.com
Cedar/MLK
2018-03-13
Yes
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Baofeng UV-5RENo
Cheap ham radio which will work on GMRS frequencies. Requires programming, not very powerful but worksNot FCC certified for GMRS use. Notoriously difficult to program, generally not friendly for new radio usersFALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$26 on Amazonhttps://baofengtech.com/uv-5r
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Radioddity GD-77No
Cheap dual-band DMR handy-talkie (though works fine on analog).Not FCC certified for GMRS use. Programming software is pretty clunky. Cannot be programmed from the front radio at all -- computer required. Not for beginners. Antenna is comes with ain't great but does make the repeater.FALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$90 on AmazonUsers might be interested in its sister model, the GD-77S. It has no screen or controls, but is otherwise the same radio as the GD-77. That is, once programmed it is pretty much just PTT with no fussing.https://www.radioddity.com/radioddity-gd-77-dmr-dual-band-digital-two-way-radio-dual-time-slot-compatible-with-mototrbo-tier-1-tier-2-with-programming-cable-cd-extra-battery.htmlDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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Anytone AT-D868UVMabye - for Hams
Mid-level dual band DMR hand-talkie. Really a nice radio overall. Works fine on analog (for BeCERTAINN and ham repeaters). Really of interest for hams who want a do-all HTNot FCC certified for GMRS use. Programming software is pretty clunky. Cannot be programmed from the front radio at all -- computer required. Not for beginners. Antenna is comes with ain't great but does make the repeater.FALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie~$150 from BridgeCom Systems or Connect Systemhttp://www.connectsystems.com/products/top/radios%20DS868UV.htmDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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TYT UV8000EMaybe - for Hams
Nice, robust, brick-like HT with 8W power output and big battery. This is a solid radio that I like a lot.Not FCC certified for GMRS use. FALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$90, Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/TYT-Cross-band-Repeater-400-520MHz-Transceiver/dp/B01H3KZ1YODave Jacobowitz, david.jacobowitz@gmail.com, tested from Ward St 1600 block, from LBL campus, and other spots around town. Tested multiple times through 2017-18.Yes
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TYT TH-9800Maybe - for Hams
Powerful, does-everything mobile amateur radio. Can do 40W into UHF for BeCertainn repeater. Very flexible muti-band radio with some cool tricks like cross-band repeat capability. Faceplate is removable so that radio body can be mounted in trunk and only controls in the vehicle.Not FCC certified for GMRS use. Programming is a bit tricky from front panel but possible, and sofware is straightforward. FALSETRUEmobile (car mount or base station, requires external power source & antenna)$214, AmazonI use this radio daily in my car for ham use. It also works very well into BeCERTAINN repeater.https://www.amazon.com/TYT-TH-9800-Cross-Band-Mobile-Radio/dp/B00I53VUEYDave Jacobowitz
david.jacobowitz@gmail.com
Ward St 1600 block, LBNL campus, other spots around town
multiple times through 2017-18.
Yes
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Wouxun KG-UVD1PNo
flexible radio, works on ham 2m/70cm as well as GMRSNot FCC certified for GMRS use. FALSETRUEhandheld / walkie-talkie$105 Amazon, other sourcehttps://www.amazon.com/KG-UVD1P-136-174-400-470MHz-Handheld-Transceiver/dp/B007UYINY4
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Yaesu VX-8DRNo
High quality 4-band handheld with lots of advanced features for ham/amateur radio operators. Full 5W output, antenna connector, etc. Not FCC certified for GMRS use. Requires minor modification to open up transmit to GMRS frequencies. Legal to transmit on GMRS frequencies by a licensed ham operator in an emergency situation. Also, very pricey, not worth it for only GMRS. FALSEFALSEhandheld / walkie-talkieWas ~$540, recently discontinued. A few available used on eBay, recent prices $250-$450 depending on condition & accessories. https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=111&encProdID=03484E782FF9B7DFA27AEE086A68F530https://www.yaesu.com/downloadFile.cfm?FileID=8033&FileCatID=151&FileName=VX%2D8DR%5FDE%5FOM%5FUSA%5FEXP%5FEU%5FENG%5FEH029M259.pdf&FileContentType=application%2FpdfChris Adams
csadams@gmail.com
Valley Street @ Channing
2018-05-08
Yes
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Kenwood TK-880-1 & TK-880H-1Maybe - for Hams
Very robust mobile radio from commercial UHF service. Can be reprogrammed for GMRS use. Powerful 25W (880) or 45W (880H) output, and clean, high-quality transmissions. Available used for a resonable price. Part 90 certified for land mobile, but not Part 95 certified. Somewhat complex programming software, not for beginners. FALSEFALSEmobile (vehicle or base station), requires external power source & antennaApprox $50-$150 on eBay depending on condition, accessories and specific version. Recommend getting "Ver 2.0" with the new firmware, for easier programming with Windows software. See doc for details.http://manual.kenwood.com/files/B62-1322-30.pdfhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1-2VENrmDT9DVIF-_1XYE5lrfTgQfk-Zzj9II0pO5aJ0/edit?usp=sharingChris Adams
csadams@gmail.com
Valley Street @ Channing
2018-05-08
Yes
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