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Anthony Palmieri
Jan 31, 2022
In General FIRI Business
I would like to propose that we convert our communications over to gmrs. Here are some advantages: Why GMRS? More power - GMRS radios can legally transmit at up to 50 watts (on high-power stations) on select high-powered hardware. FRS shared stations - Allows some backwards compatibility on certain channels at the cost of transmit power. FM instead of AM - This leads to a clearer, stronger transmission with less RF interference. CB radios use AM. Ease of use - Most handheld GMRS radios are ready to use of the box with no tuning or programming necessary. True handheld GMRS radios have removable antenna which offers options for higher gain or roof mount antennas for better signal. Many options on the market - In addition to a vast radio selection, pre-tuned antennas and other accessories are readily available to easily complete your radio installation. Shorter, easier to mount antenna - The ideal antenna length for GMRS is ~6" using the 1/4 wave method. This also significantly reduces the ground plane size necessary. The same method nets 108" for CB - anything shorter is a compromise. No-test license - A license is required to operate on GMRS frequencies. A license costs $70 (FCC dropping to $35 soon) and lasts 10 years. A single license covers an entire family. Repeater-compatible - GMRS repeaters allow you to transmit through a fixed repeater location nearby to communicate over larger distances. If you plan to use a repeater, be sure to obtain permission and the necessary codes to use it. Built-in NOAA and scanner functions - Most GMRS radios come with NOAA weather stations built in. Some allow you to program listen-only scanner stations, such as local dispatch for fire and EMS, or MURS frequencies for monitoring. Suggested Gear Handheld radio - Our favorite handheld GMRS radio is the BTech GMRS-V1. It is FCC certified to operate on all GMRS frequencies, includes a removable antenna, and boasts up to 2 watts of power. The battery lasts the longest of any handheld I've ever used - a whole weekend of wheeling on a single charge! It can be easily programmed with the built in keypad or via a cable to add listen-only frequencies such as MURS, NOAA and local dispatch frequencies. It supports monitoring two stations at once, and has dual PTT, meaning you can quickly transmit on either station. - BTech GMRS-V1 and Extended battery + 12v charger - Radioddity GM-30 <--Supports USB-C charging! Handheld antenna - The included antenna on the GMRS-V1 radio works great out of the box. Because we can't keep anything stock, we have tried out a couple higher gain antennas on this radio with great success. Any antenna with an SMA connector designed to operate on 140-150MHz and 420-450MHz frequencies. We like Nagoya brand antennas paired with the BTech radio. The handheld can also be connected to an externally mounted antenna designed for these same frequencies using an SMA adapter for greater performance. Running a higher gain antenna can help improve range. We like the following Nagoya NA-717 high gain whip for our spotting radios since it flexes easier than the stock antenna. - Nagoya NA-717 Hard-mount radio - For in-vehicle use, a hard-mount radio is highly recommended. These units are powered off the vehicle (no batteries), mounted to the dash and have a small, easy to manage handheld mic. The controls are usually on the mic itself, and are designed for easy use while driving if necessary. They tend to have higher power transmitters, offering a much higher range than most handheld radios. Midland makes a whole line of hard-mount radios, varying in power from 5 watts to 40 watts. BTech and Wouxun have a 50 watt unit, maxing out the GMRS power limit. Shop for a unit that fits your needs - not all radios support scanner functionality or have programmable interfaces. Here are some solid radios we recommend: - Midland MicroMobile 15w - Radioddity DB20-G - BTech GMRS-50x1 - Wouxun KG-1000G Mag-mount antennas - The easiest way to improve radio performance is to run a higher gain antenna in an unobstructed location. Mag-mount antennas attach to your (metal) roof using strong magnets, getting your antenna out of the cab, which can severely impact radio performance. We've run the Nagoya UT-72 with multiple brands and power radios with great success. - Nagoya UT-72 Hard-mount antennas - For vehicles with limited metal roof space, such as a Jeep Wrangler, a hard mount antenna is a good choice. These antennas sport an NMO connector and can be attached to any base with a NMO connector. These come in varying styles from standard flat bolt on mounts to hood / trunk lip clamp mounts. Some are vehicle specific, so shop around for your vehicle and use case. Nagoya carries a variety of NMO base mounts, we like the following suggested Nagoya antenna and mount. This antenna is designed for 140-170MHz, 420-470MHz frequencies, similar to the mag-mount suggested above, which covers GMRS frequencies. - Nagoya Universal NMO Mount - Nagoya 19" NMO antenna How to get your GMRS license - FCC website Use the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) to acquire your license. Follow these steps: Head over to https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/licManager/login.jsp Create an account - click the 'Register with the FCC link' and then click 'REGISTER'. Follow steps to sign up. Using your FRN (FCC Registration Number) and password, log in to the License Manager. In the left pane, click on 'Apply for a new license'. From the drop-down menu, select 'ZA - General Mobile Radio (GMRS)' and click 'CONTINUE'. Follow the prompts through the license application, provide payment information and complete the application. You will receive your approval and call sign within 24 - 48 hours of application via email. Review all GMRS etiquette, rules and regulations. Have fun! FCC Law Changes In 2017, the FCC updated FRS and GMRS rules. This revamp included the re-classification of FRS only channels for use at lower power on GMRS hardware. This means that all 22 channels are shared between FRS and GRMS and depending on the channel and radio you are using, may be restricted. Note that GMRS has an additional 8 channels dedicated to repeater functionality. You may notice that older GMRS handheld radios may not transmit at all on channels 8-14 - they were likely manufactured before the FCC reclassified. Base station / mobile hard-mount radios (non-handhelds), per the FCC rules (Part 95, Subpart E section 95.1763), can not TRANSMIT on these stations but may monitor / listen on them. Newer handheld radios, and those that support firmware updates and get updated, can transmit on channels 8-14 at half a watt. I would strongly suggest using channels 15-22 if you are mixing FRS and GMRS - otherwise try to use all GMRS to prevent power loss.
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Anthony Palmieri
Dec 29, 2021
In Off-Road Events - Public
Pres VP Secretary Treasurer Safety Officer Events Coordinator Webmaster NEA properties that we can reserve: Sawmill Brookridge Butcher's Block Battlegrounds Vermont Badlands Carnage Hill Field & Forest Ma Bell Old Florida Rd
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Anthony Palmieri
Jan 16, 2021
In FIRI Storefront
Item (i.e., premium hoodie): Size: Color: Logo (i.e., FIRI Motorsports or FIRI Of-Road): Flag (yes/no): Name (yes/no): If yes, what name:
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Anthony Palmieri
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Anthony Palmieri
Apr 16, 2019
Meet and Greet with Fun Run - 28 April 2019 content media
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Anthony Palmieri
Apr 16, 2019
In Off-Road Events - Public
Registration and Details http://forums.exploringnh.com/showthread.php?32200-ENH-Anniversary-Run-June-1
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Anthony Palmieri
Mar 29, 2019
In Off-Road Events - Public
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Anthony Palmieri
Feb 18, 2019
In Off-Road Events - Public
The following are open runs for 2019. If you know of any others, please let us know and we will add it to the list. For more information regarding any of these events, contact Anthony Palmieri. Saturday, April 13 @ 11am - Trails for Tails (North Dartmouth, MA) Saturday, May 18 @ 9am - Go Topless Day (Monson, MA) Friday-Sunday, July 12-14 - Eastern 4 Wheelers Florida Vacation (Shelburne Falls, MA) Friday and Saturday, July 12-13 - 3rd Annual Hunter Mountain 4WD Adventure Expo (Hunter Mountain, NY) Saturday, July 27 @ 9am - 3rd Annual Rolling for Homes (West Greenwhich, RI) Sunday, July 28 @ 11am - Wounded Soldiers Day (Tauton, MA) Saturday, Aug 3 @ 11 am - 3rd Annual Jeeps & Peeps for HOPE (Mattapoisett, MA) Saturday, Oct 26 @ 8am - NEF Toy Drive and Raffle (Vermont)
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Anthony Palmieri
Feb 15, 2019
In Off-Road Events - Public
Meet and Greet - March 3, 2019 content media
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Anthony Palmieri
Jan 30, 2019
In Member Builds
Jeep YJ Trailer content media
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Anthony Palmieri
Jan 30, 2019
In Off-Road Events - Public
What: Go Topless Day® 2019 w/Ocean State Jeepsters & Extreme Terrain When: Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9 AM – 4 PM Where: King Ave. Monson, Massachusetts In 2019 we welcome Extreme Terrain as our new World Wide partner for international Go Topless Day, a day for Jeep owners to meet up and celebrate the history and fun of Jeeps and offroading. Join us at this unique flagship event for fun, food, prizes, raffles and several "bring your own Jeep" trail rides that Ocean State Jeepsters host on site. For the Northeast, this is the unofficial opening day of the offroad season! Don't miss the collection of experts and vendors and the chance to join hundreds of Jeepers at the event. The event tickets are sold at the gate starting at 9am. Admission is $10 per vehicle. This is a Jeep event, but all makes and models are welcome to attend too. Trailer parking is available, but limited. Parking is available for cars and non-Jeeps. Trail rides have restrictions like wheelbase, tow points and some trails have rig requirements beyond that.
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Anthony Palmieri
Jan 07, 2019
In FIRI Storefront
Our storefront for pre-orders is now up on the website: https://www.firimotorsports.com/clothing Please note, we are required to have at least 25 pieces before we can make an order. With that, we will collect your money after we reach 25 orders. The only issue is in order to use the online store to collect payment, we have to upgrade our online account which will cost us another $240. As a work around, lets use this forum post for everyone to put their orders. You can either post a screenshot of your shopping cart or fill out the following information for each piece of clothing you want us to order: Item (i.e., premium hoodie): Size: Color: Logo (i.e., FIRI Motorsports or FIRI Of-Road): Flag (yes/no): Name (yes/no): If yes, what name:
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