At this time there are a few alternatives to GMRS
radio and the most popular and time
proven is the good ol' C.B. Radio.
Although CB is simply great for mobile and base use, the
handies in this frequency range are limited by a couple
of things which keep them from being a viable alternative
Radio. One is the size of the unit (much larger) and
of course the antenna is much much longer,
because it has to operate on 27 mhz vs. 462 mhz. Hence, a
CB walkie-talkie will have a collapsable antenna, whereas
a GMRS handie will not need that, because of the (already
However, there's nothing quite like a CB, and it does
reach out further when using a mobile 2-way radio (vs. a
handie-talkie). There's more information at the link
below, which deals only with CB:
HERE for a CB Radio page containing information
on new and vintage, hard-to-find CB Radios, including
those on auction, as well as antennas and accessories.
Here's a short video of a Galaxy Radio model DX88HL with
Confederate flag faceplate and chrome covers.