JUST THE FAQs PLEASE
( FREQUENTLY ASKED
- Q-1: Are
there specific radio procedures that apply when using the repeater?
All Crest members are trained in GMRS radio operations and repeater procedures BEFORE they
are authorized to begin communicating using their CREST unit number.
- Q-2: Is
my membership important to the CREST Team?
If you need proof, simply check our news and events page as
evidence of our commitment to providing services to our communities.
coordinating and providing of services at the range of events covered by members of
CREST Communications demonstrates not only their importance to
the team, but to community organizations, as well.
or General Mobile Radio Service, requires users to be licensed by the U.S. Federal
Government BEFORE using the authorized allocation of frequencies.
GMRS operations are regulated under strict
guidelines by the Federal Communications Commission [FCC].
- Q-4: The
GMRS forms look rather complicated. Will I receive help from CREST if I apply for
membership with your organization?
In fact, assistance is one of the benefits of membership. But, we take it one step
further. All CREST
receive training on radio operations, information on frequency assignments and "hands
on" practical training on broadcast procedures.
The training program must be completed
before you can be authorized to
operate as a member of CREST Communications.
- Q-5: Do
I need to wait until I receive my GMRS license to "get involved"
with the team?
No. You can
help at events, assist to meeting, But you must have applied for the
license before using any GMRS radio. You can apply for the
license online at the FCC web site. No examination is required, only a
$75 fee for a 5 year period, and your immediate
family is also covered. It takes usually less than 2 weeks for the
license to get to your home.
The receipt of the license payment
authorizes you and your family members to operate temporarily your
your family is automatically licensed
for GMRS when you get licensed,
why don't you have them join CREST
Once your application to CREST has been approved, you will be assigned a Unit
Number. Your CREST unit number qualifies you for our Training Program.
Once the training program has been
successfully completed, a radio announcement is made to the R.U.G. membership on our
Monday night "net" recognizing your efforts and introducing you to other
REACT/R.U.G. members. Only then can you "key the microphone" and being
using your GMRS radio.
Following that public announcement, you can begin using GMRS
under strict guidelines. Because we follow all Federal Communications Commission
[FCC] rules & regulations, no .
Transmitting on a GMRS radio without a license is
illegal and unauthorized.
- Q-6: I
have a "ham" radio license. Can I use it for GMRS?
According to FCC rules governing GMRS operation, only a GMRS license
qualifies an operator to use a GMRS radio.
If you have an amateur radio (HAM) license, it helps our
team extend it's range of services and provide additional coverage
that might not be
available using GMRS.