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  1. The 50 watt mobiles will transmit on the 8 sole, repeater/simplex channels and create havoc for other GMRS users. Bad idea, even for "rural" .
  2. There is only one day left to post YOUR comments on this critical item. Only 6 so far have commented in dissent. You can make an express comment filing if you wish . I did, and mine was wordy. My old boss had a saying about allowing a camel to put his nose in the tent. Eventually you have the whole camel in your tent. Midland is interested only in maximizing sales of product, not protecting the GMRS service. You might like their product, fine, but Midland wants to distort the rules to sell product, without any regard to the technology that has existed since the inception of GMRS many decades ago. Point of fact, they have no problem ignoring that GMRS is a wide band 16K0F3E emission and sell radios that are narrow band and are reduced in performance. They did some trickery on one already certified radio model and claimed it could be made wide band via software. If so, it would be illegal to do so. So far I have no evidence that the software slipped out the back door, actually works. That is the company Midland. 1) More digital noises on the channels will become very annoying. I can tell you from experience, that the rodger beeps from FRS radios at the national parks will drive you nuts. Now with 50 watts and persistent GPS locations from 5 or 10 ATV's and voice communications will be impossible. Yes you can use PL but, if you are in the wilderness, sometimes it can be a safety net to listen in CSQ. Midland can do all this SMS messaging and geolocation on 900 MHz ISM band like their competition in this space. They can have mesh networking as well and extend the footprint substantially. 2) A digital voice option in GMRS would be great. However Midland describes a 4:1 TDMA solution that will not work in simplex which is 99% of their market. They are apparently un-knowledgeable about this and have thrown it in for arguments sake. If Midland were to develop such a product, it would not be a standard like P25 or DMR, it would be proprietary and incompatible with everyone else (Like Yaesu C4FM Fusion). If the radios are strictly digital, there would be no interoperability with existing FM wide band radios. Good luck on calling for help with your radios as you hear only digital voice. Midland can also do this on 900 MHz ISM band like Motorola DTR. There would need to be no FCC rule changes as ISM rules are very flexible. None of what Midland has proposed should be approved. Especially adding digital data to high power radios. If a digital voice option is to be considered, it should be described by the user community and should be a recognized standard like DMR and should have FM wide band mode as a primary mode of operation for interoperability with existing radio population. Frankly, a blanket approval of part 90 DMR radios, would be sufficient. But Midland wants more than that as a proprietary option will be cheaper to make and will lock in users to their crappy brand. Please dissent on Midlands entire proposal and do so quickly. An Express Comment is fine. Just Say No to bad engineering. https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/docket-detail/RM-11970
  3. I think the Channel 19 was a truckers channel long before 40 channel radios were mainstream. So i dont think being at center of the band was the reason. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  4. Has the temperature changed where the repeater is located? Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  5. You have one of the following: Bad feedline, antenna or connector causing wideband noise when transmitting. Loose connector in one of the above. A noise source nearby like a computer or monitor that is so close to the antenna that it reradiates the TX signal plus wideband noise. Loose mounting hardware on the antenna or mast. Nearby interference like an AM station or FM station mixing with TX and reradiating the RX frequency. This should be considered last and not at all if it works on a different antenna. Duplexer out of tune. Think about what might have changed... Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  6. You would have had better results with a metal ammo box. An ideal ground plane woukd be an aluminum disc about 13 inch diameter. You can try lining the box you have with aluminized HVAC duct tape. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  7. Proper Wideband FM sounds much better than the IMBE and AMBE vocoders. I really dont see the advantage for GMRS. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  8. Same as channel 3 for many cheap radios. These are FRS radio guidelines. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  9. Nor is tone 07 the same in all radios, Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  10. A countrywide option would be to use FRS channel 9, tone 11 or 911. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  11. Wake me up when Baofenshuii has a shortage of flashlight LED s and can no longer offer that "feature" either. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  12. Has anyone actually tested one of these Midland radios after programming "wide band" with Chirp or any other software? By test, I mean looking at the deviation of the transmitter with a deviation meter and measuring receiver acceptance bandwidth. I think that folks are being fooled by a check box in the software that does nothing. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  13. You would be better off buying a Kenwood TKR850 repeater Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  14. When those Bridgecom repeaters came out, I could not verify their marketing claim that they were actually certified for part 95. They were not at the time. Maybe now. They seemed dishonest in their business practices to me. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
  15. The Chinese radios lack an effective IF FM Limiter stage so they are susceptible to all sorts of multipath induced noise. Sent from my SM-T350 using Tapatalk
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