List of Repeater Capable GMRS Radios

This page is a work in progress and is to list commonly available GMRS radios which support repeater operation. If you know of any others that should be included, please chime in on the forum here: http://tucsongmrs.org/index.php/forum/technical-discussions/repeater-capable-gmrs-radios/

The list is broken down into two main sections:

Consumer End Radios

Consumer end radios bear Part-95 certification, and are ready to go out of the box. No additional programming is typically required, although some (such as the BTech radios) will let you pre-program repeater settings for easy access.

Midland MXT400 40W Mobile Radio

If you are new to communications radios and their operation, these radios will be a good place to start. Commercial radio options can be very easy to use, however, they do require up-front programming which must be sorted out beforehand before being useful. There are many more GMRS radios on the consumer market than what is shown here, but please note that repeater support on consumer radios is increasingly rare to come by. The radios listed below support repeater operation.

ManufacturerModelStyleRF PowerApprox. MSRPComments
MidlandMXT115Mobile15W$149.99
MXT275Mobile15W$149.99Handheld control unit
MXT400Mobile40W$249.99Recommend turning COMPANDER to “OFF” when using wide-band (most common) repeaters.
Baofeng/BtechGMRS-V1Handheld5W$54.99
GMRS-50X1Mobile50W$179.89
WouxunKG-805GHandheld4W$79.99Basic version is $64.99, however PL tones are not field programmable.
TeraTR-505Handheld4W$99.99This is a single part-95 radio that requires programming to set the channels and any repeaters; technically a dual band, will also allow use of the MURS radio service on VHF.
MotorolaMS350RHandheldDiscontinued, check used markets
OlympiaR500HandheldDiscontinued, check used markets.

Commercial Surplus Radios

Many commercial UHF radios have dual Part 90/95 certification. These are legal to use on the GMRS radio service. Commercial radios are also generally more rugged, have very durable power amplifiers, and often comply with military standards for shock and vibration. These radios can be easily found on eBay.

Kenwood TK-880; available in 25W and 40W varieties

Commercial radios must be programmed to use on GMRS beforehand. If you do not have the knowledge or hardware to program one of these radios, you will need to find someone that can help you out either in our community, or by visiting one of the commercial radio shops in town to do the programming for you. Some sellers on eBay will also offer to do this for you, you will need to coordinate the frequencies and PL tones for the local repeaters with them beforehand.

ManufacturerModelStyleRF PowerApprox. Market Price (Used)FCC IDComments
KenwoodNX-800HMobile45W$200+ K44378702
TK-8180KMobile30W$75 K4437313110
TK-8180HKMobile45W$75 K4437313210
TK-860GMobile25W$60ALH29383110Contact WQVS960 for programming
TK-860HGMobile40W$40 ALH29383210 Contact WQVS960 for programming
TK-880Mobile25W$40ALH24593110Contact WQVS960 for programming
TK-880HMobile40W$50ALH24593210 Contact WQVS960 for programming
TK-370Handheld4W$30ALH29473110
TK-380Handheld4W$30ALH24623110Contact WQVS960 for programming
TK-390Handheld4W$50ALH21903110Contact WQVS960 for programming
Vertex (Yaesu)VX-4200Mobile45W$150K6610354740
VX-5500Mobile50W$130K66VX-5500U
VX-3200Mobile40W$60K66VX-3200U
VX-2500Mobile25W$75K66VX-2500U
MotorolaM1225Mobile45W$75ABZ99FT4044Contact WQVS960 for programming
IcomF40GT-2Handheld4W$190AFJIC-F40G-2
RitronRTX450Handheld6W$40 AIERTX-450

There are many more commercial UHF radios available; if you want to check if the radio is compliant with Part 95 certification, enter the FCC-ID on this website: https://fccid.io/ and look for “95A” or “95” under the Rule Parts column. If you find one not listed here; please post it on the followup forum discussion!