FCC – New Personal Radio (Part 95) Rules Take Effect Tomorrow

CBers and FRS users rejoyce!

The FCC’s rewrite of its rules for the Part 95 Personal Radio Services takes effect tomorrow, September 28, 2017.

Major changes include removing the 155-mile distance limit on CB contacts (yes folks, there was a limit which has been literally ignored for the last 50 years).


Addition of new Family Radio Service (FRS) channels (shared with GMRS, the General Mobile Radio Service); GMRS power restrictions on the channels newly shared with FRS, and allowing GMRS licensees to send text messages in addition to voice transmissions.

Read the Federal Register announcement is:

Read the complete text of the new Part 95 Report & Order: