Midland – MXT115

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Midland - MXT115, 15 Watt GMRS MicroMobile Two-Way Radio - 8 Repeater Channels, 142 Privacy Codes, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert & External Magnetic Mount Antenna (Single Pack) (Black)
PROS
  • 18 REVIEWS EASY TO INSTALL
  • 19 REVIEWS LITTLE RADIO
  • 12 REVIEWS MILES AWAY
  • 11 REVIEWS TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE
  • 5 REVIEWS EXTERNAL SPEAKER
  • 16 REVIEWS HANDHELD
  • 6 REVIEWS LINE OF SIGHT
  • 6 REVIEWS HIGH POWER
  • 8 REVIEWS GAIN ANTENNA
  • 8 REVIEWS FCC LICENSE
  • 5 REVIEWS WALKIE TALKIES
  • 3 REVIEWS STOCK ANTENNA
  • 6 REVIEWS BASE STATION
  • 39 REVIEWS GREAT RADIO
  • 4 REVIEWS POWER SUPPLY
  • 5 REVIEWS HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • 4 REVIEWS GMRS FREQUENCIES
  • 19 REVIEWS EASY TO USE
  • 5 REVIEWS SPLIT TONES
  • 5 REVIEWS MUCH BETTER

2-Way Radio – The 15 Watt Micromobile Walkie Talkie Is Equipped With 15 High/Low Power Gmrs Channels And 8 Repeater Channels For Increased Communication Range

Top Positive Review

I originally purchased one of these radios to help over come the challenges of instant communication between my parents property and where I camp at the Grand Canyon Caverns. There is very, very little cell service in that area of rural Arizona.

I already had a pair of Midland X-talkers that this radio would connect to. The campground is located 2.6 miles as the crow flies from my parents home. The terrain is hilly with scrub oak scattered through. The only way that I could hear them is if the drove to the top of their hill which is about 75 yards closer than their home. It was staticky, but I could make them out. They could hear me loud and clear. So I decided to purchase a second one of these radios and boy did they perform better than expected. We were able to communicate 5×5 just East if Peach Springs, Az. which is about 9.5 miles as the crow flies from their home. There was one little dead spot as I got closer to the bottom of a large hill just before the Nelson plant turn off, but returned to 5×5 after rounding it. It was only about a 100 yards for that dead zone. Once I got to my campsite I actually had the radio and antenna setup in side the travel trailer and we were both transmitting to each other as if we were standing next to one another. I can??t wait to get a couple of the 6db gain that is available for these radios hooked up to see how they perform.

Keep in mind that you do need to obtain a license from the FCC to operate on GMRS frequencies which I do have. It was a one time fee of $70 for a 10 year license and it covers my immediate family. That breaks down to $7 dollars a year. Not to bank breaking.

I??ve been a fan of 2-way radios since the days of my youth of watching the Dukes boys elude Sherrif Rosco P. Coltrane and Officers Baker and Poncherello use them to foil the bad guys plans. So when I seen these little guys I felt like Ralphie looking through the window at Higbee??s!

They come with all the basics to get started. Antenna, mounting hardware, power supply, radio and mic. Shoot, I have a Cobra 29 NW ST that I bought like 19 years ago that is brand new, still in the box. Never took the time to have it installed because I couldn??t find the right antenna setup to fit my needs and couldn??t find someone to help teach m how to tune it.

These little guys helped eliminate all that guess work. Plus like I said, they connect to my already owned FRS/GMRS walkie talkies on the GMRS frequencies.

Top Critical Review

$150 already seemed a bit pricey for a 15w almost-featureless radio (from a ham’s perspective). When I initially opened it up, I was pretty impressed. Feels very solid and well put together. Once I started using it, I realized it had a couple of shortfalls. First, the audio quality of the built-in speaker on the transciever itself is pretty poor. No problem, I thought, I’ll just switch it to the remote speakermic. Well, after spending an hour unsuccessfully trying to figure out how to do that, I opened it up. Lo and behold, there isn’t even a speaker in it! It feels hefty because they dropped a chunk of lead in there and put a foam block in the space molded for a speaker. I feel shortchanged. Why even use a speakermic housing other than to deceive people? You could make a housing that’s 95% smaller, because that’s all the space being used in there. Anyways, I feel like this radio should be about half this price.

Customer Questions & Answers

Do you need a fcc licence to operate this radio
Answer: Yes, the MXT115 and the GXT1000 require a GMRS license from the FCC. It is a simple form and fee that can be found here: https://www.fcc.gov/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs

Can i use a nagoya ut-72 with this radio? is the antenna better than the original antenna?
Answer: That is a 2m / 70cm dual band antenna. GMRS operates above the 70 cm band, it may work but not efficiently. Midland makes a high gain antenna for this radio which works great.

Does this work with walkertalkie?
Answer: Compatible with “family talk” radio channels.

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Expert Score 9.6
PROS:
  • 18 REVIEWS EASY TO INSTALL
  • 19 REVIEWS LITTLE RADIO
  • 12 REVIEWS MILES AWAY
  • 11 REVIEWS TRANSMIT AND RECEIVE
  • 5 REVIEWS EXTERNAL SPEAKER
  • 16 REVIEWS HANDHELD
  • 6 REVIEWS LINE OF SIGHT
  • 6 REVIEWS HIGH POWER
  • 8 REVIEWS GAIN ANTENNA
  • 8 REVIEWS FCC LICENSE
  • 5 REVIEWS WALKIE TALKIES
  • 3 REVIEWS STOCK ANTENNA
  • 6 REVIEWS BASE STATION
  • 39 REVIEWS GREAT RADIO
  • 4 REVIEWS POWER SUPPLY
  • 5 REVIEWS HIGHLY RECOMMEND
  • 4 REVIEWS GMRS FREQUENCIES
  • 19 REVIEWS EASY TO USE
  • 5 REVIEWS SPLIT TONES
  • 5 REVIEWS MUCH BETTER
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