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New Product Spotlight: Alinco DJ-G46T GMRS Handheld Transceiver

Today’s OnAllBands product spotlight shines a bright light on Alinco’s new GMRS handheld transceiver. But before we get into the benefits and features of the DJ-G46T model, let’s take a moment to discuss GMRS and how it differs from the Family Radio Service (FRS).

What is GMRS?

GMRS stands for General Mobile Radio Service—a licensed radio service that uses channels around 462 MHz and 467 MHz. From the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) website:

“The most common use of GMRS channels is for short-distance, two-way voice communications using handheld radios, mobile radios, and repeater systems. In 2017, the FCC expanded GMRS to also allow short data messaging applications including text messaging and GPS location information.

“The GMRS is available to an individual for short-distance two-way communications to facilitate the activities of licensees and their immediate family members. Each licensee manages a system consisting of one or more transmitting units (stations).”

An FCC license is required to operate a GMRS system, but unlike obtaining a ham radio license, no exam is required. In 2017, the FCC increased the license term from five to ten years. You may apply for a GMRS license if you are 18 years or older. If you receive a license, any family member, regardless of age, can operate GMRS stations and units within the licensed system.

Find FCC service rules for the GMRS here.

What is the FRS?

Per the FCC, the Family Radio Service is a private, two-way short-distance voice and data communications service for facilitating family and group activities. The most common use for FRS channels is short-distance, two-way voice communications using small handheld radios that are similar to walkie-talkies. An individual license is not required to operate an FRS radio provided you comply with the rules. You may operate an FRS radio regardless of your age, and for personal or business use. Channel sharing is achieved through a listen-before-talk etiquette.

The FRS has an authorized 22 channels in the 462 MHz and 467 MHz range, all of which are shared with GMRS. Each channel has a bandwidth of 12.5 kHz; power of each channel is either 0.5W or 2W.

Alinco DJ-G46T Cross-Touch GMRS+FRS 5W UHF Handheld Transceiver

This rugged, compact, and versatile IP54-weatherproof GMRS general-purpose two-way radio is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family at sporting events, theme parks, the mall, while camping, and during travel adventures. The FCC Part 95-certified handy-talkie includes 128-channel capability; 5W GMRS, 2W FRS output; backlit LCD screen; GMRS repeater-readiness; CTCSS/DCS group talk tones; emergency call function; hands-free VOX; FM radio; LED flashlight; and more.

Alinco DJ-G46T GMRS Handheld Transceiver
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The transceiver includes:

  • 7.4VDC 1700mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Charging stand
  • Charging stand AC adapter
  • Whip antenna
  • Belt clip
  • Hand strap

While this radio shares the same channels as the Family Radio Service, a license is required to operate the DJ-G46T because it offers more power and range over traditional FRS models. Accessories, which also work with select other Alinco HT models, include L-Type Earphone/Mic (ALO-EME-56A); L-Type Speaker Mic; (ALO-EMS-76, see below); and Mobile DC Cigarette Adapter (ALO-EDH-40).

Alinco DJ-G46T GMRS radio mic
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Also visit for handheld and mobile GMRS radios from Daystar and GMRS/FRS/Commercial UHF/VHF Base Vertical Antennas from Comet.

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