MURS Radio Implementation by theBellevue Stake Leadership and The Overlake Ward

By

Yon Suber, K7YON

Dec 2013

Note: Multiple Use Radio Service (MURS), In the United States, the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) is an unlicensed two-way radio service similar to Citizens Band (CB). Established by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in the fall of 2000, MURS created a radio service allowing for unlicensed (Part 95) operation, with a power limit of 2 watts. The FCC formally defines MURS as "a private, two-way, short-distance voice or data communications service for personal or business activities of the general public." MURS stations may not be connected to the public telephone network, may not be used for store and forward operations, and radio repeaters are not permitted.

Industry Canada (IC) established a five year transition plan, which will permit the use of MURS in Canada starting June 2014.[1] IC has not yet published rules for MURS, other than frequency limits.

MURS comprises the following five frequencies:

Channel Frequency Authorized bandwidth Channel Name
1 151.820   MHz 11.25   kHz N/A
2 151.880 MHz 11.25 kHz N/A
3 151.940 MHz 11.25 kHz N/A
4 154.570 MHz 20.00 kHz Blue Dot
5 154.600 MHz 20.00 kHz Green Dot

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Supplemental Documents:
Baofeng Radios
Overlake Ward MURS Net Script

In 2007, President Bussey, the Bellevue Stake President, was concerned about communication with the Bishops during any loss of communications or during any type of natural disaster (earthquake, flood, wind, etc). He decided that an alternative style of electronic communication was needed. After the consideration of CB, Ham (needing a license), FMRS , GMRS and MURS radios, the decision was made to use MURS radios that do not require any type of licensing.

About 35 Kenwood FT2100 radios, that were dedicated to MURS frequency 154.570 (blue dot) and to the NOAA Weather frequency 162.550, were purchased. These were distributed to the Stake Presidency and 3 to each ward/branch for the Bishop/Branch President and councilors, Elders Quorum Presidents, High Priest Group Leaders, and Relief Society Presidents.

Every first Sunday of the month, at 20:00 hrs, the Bellevue Stake Leadership MURS Net was conducted by the Stake President or the Stake Emergency Communication Specialist (ECS). This Net was to provide an opportunity to check radios and batteries, gain proficiency using the radios, and practice relaying for those not heard by net control.

In February 2011, after my wife (who later became N7KAY) encouraged me to get involved in HAM radio, I passed the technician and general test and became K7YON. Thanks to John Abdonís (KE7LWW) help and encouragement, I helped set up the Overlake Ward MURS NET in my ward using whatever MURS capable radios already existed and adding additional Baofeng UV3R radios (programmed to the MURS frequencies and the NOAA Weather frequency) to the families that wanted to participate.

We now have 15 families (including the bishopric) with radios and have an Overlake Ward MURS Net every first Sunday at 19:45 hrs, before the Bellevue Stake Leadership MURS Net. Now our Bishop can report any ward conditions and needs to the Stake President at the 20:00 NET.

If you have any questions, please contact Yon Suber, K7YON, 425-747-4598, suber@juno.com.