[Note2: I'm cross-posting this from Reddit. Thought others here might find it useful.]
So, you want COMS in BRC? Here ya go...
Forget the consumer crap, i.e. FRS. Either get something that works or arrange other some other form of meet-up; such as, pre-arranged non-moving landmarks or a specific intersection. Spreading ~24 channels between 70,000 people just doesn't work.
General Use Channels (MURS / Playa911 / Art Support)
Here is an example of a quality radio for the non-HAM. It is dual-band and allows transmit power to be set at 1W. Though, personally, I'd get the Yaesu VX-8DR. I use the Icom ID-51A but it requires the TX mod to transmit on FRS/GMRS and MURS bands. It's easy if you have experience with small components.
- MURS1 (151.820) OPEN
- MURS2 (151.880) OPEN
- MURS3 (151.940) OPEN
- MURS4 (154.570), PL 97.4 Art Support Services -- NEW! KEEP CLEAR!*
- MURS5 (154.600), PL 97.4 Playa911 / ESD -- KEEP CLEAR!*
Best thing to do: Get a HAM License!
Then the spectrum is (mostly) open to you! For reference, here are the Black Rock Amateur Radio Frequencies**:
- 440.175 (+) PL 100.0 Black Rock UHF Repeater / Echolink Node 7238 / IRLP Node 7249
- 145.230 (-) PL 123.0 Black Rock VHF Repeater
- 146.520 Simplex Calling Freq
- 146.700 PL 100.0 VHF Simplex IRLP Node 3075 in Gerloch
- 147.030 (+) PL 123.0 VHF Virgina Peak Repeater near Nixon
- 147.180 (+) PL 107.2 VHF Alternate Virgina Peak Repeater
- 146.925 (-) PL 123.0 VHF Repeater on I-80 near Lovelock
**Black Rock Amateur Frequency List