Family Radio Service

FRS, which stands for Family Radio Service, is another type of two-way radio communication system commonly used for short-range communication. Like CB radio, FRS is license-free in many countries, making it accessible for personal and family use. Here are some key points about FRS radios:

Frequency Range:

FRS radios operate on frequencies within the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band, specifically in the range of 462 to 467 MHz. In the United States, FRS radios have 22 channels.


FRS radios typically do not require a license for operation, making them popular for family and recreational use.

Power Output:

FRS radios are limited to a maximum power output of 2 watts. This limitation helps maintain short-range communication and reduces the risk of interference with other radio services.


The available channels on FRS radios are often shared with the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), but GMRS requires a license for operation. FRS radios may also include sub-channels or privacy codes to help reduce interference and allow users to communicate on the same channel without hearing others.


FRS radios are commonly used for family outings, camping trips, hiking, and other activities where short-range communication is sufficient. They are popular among recreational users who need a simple and cost-effective way to stay in touch over relatively short distances.


FRS radios are available in various designs, including handheld walkie-talkies and combination radio sets with additional features such as weather alerts, flashlight, and more.


FRS radios are limited in range compared to some other radio communication systems. The range can be influenced by factors such as terrain, obstacles, and weather conditions.

FRS radios are user-friendly and require minimal setup, making them suitable for casual users who need a simple and convenient way to communicate over short distances. They are especially popular for recreational activities and situations where a more advanced or licensed radio system may not be necessary.