FRS: Family Radio Service The FRS band is a UHF FM radio band between approximately 462 to 467 megahertz. It comprises 14 channels for personal communication open to the general public. FRS radios are a great way to stay in touch for activities such as:

  • Camping
  • Carnivals
  • Cruises
  • Vacations

Although base stations are available, typically these radios are small handheld “walkie-talkies”.  Of the 14 available channels, 7 of them are shared with the GMRS band.


GMRS:  General Mobile Radio Service GMRS radios are virtually identical to FRS radios. They too are UHF FM radios operating in the 462 to 467 megahertz range.  Of the 15 available GMRS channels, 7 of them are shared with the FRS band.  Originally intended for business use, the GMRS band has since been opened to the general public.

All current Cobra MicroTalk radios include both the FRS and GMRS bands, for a total of 22 channels.