gmrs use needs a license.....it is 80 bucks for 3 years, i think
but not sure...expensive....yes...but you are illlegal if you use
it without a license (might be 5)....fcc has the info
frs needs no license...less bands, sometimes coupled with gmrs radios
most of the cheapest ones work okay, but you still need the license
to be kosher
of course, most catalogs that sell them dont mention the license
because they want you to buy them
they work okay...basically line of sight....trees, buildings etc tend
to squash the signal
there are places that have repeaters to let you go farther but
they are good for short distances, but not the 20 miles that
the advertisements say
more expensive ones work better than the "bubble packs"
definitely handy for closer local communications....