We wanted to add some HT's to our Midland MXT400's and the BTECH GMRS V1 seems like a reasonable choice considering the extra features it has, especially for the price. There were a few things I wanted to know but you can not contact the dealer by phone, only by email. I did not get a response via their website email, but I later sent the following to Baofengtech.com:
Questions on the BTECH GMRS V1 HT:
1. I am seeing comments on discussion groups that the HT no longer has the full 5 watt capability. Is this true?
2. If the power output has been reduced to only 2 watts (equal to the new standards for FRS) why was this done?
3. Wouldn't it be true that the HT can not be used on FRS since it has a detachable antenna?
4. Is there any way to use AA cells rather than AAA since AA cells have around 3 times the power at the same price and for much longer operating time?
5. Any new HT's coming available with AA batteries?
6. Do you sell adapters or short coax jumpers with ability to connect from the SMC to a BNC or PL259 connector?
7. Are you anticipating an imminent price change due to the tariff issues?
This was their only response I received today:
"The power is 2W on all units; FCC regulations allow 30 channels for GMRS usage per 2017 revision
This is a GMRS only radio and is not sold or marketed as a FRA (sic) radio"
While they did not answer all of my questions, it does seem that this HT transmits on the 467 MHz interstitials, and so indicates on the specifications.Likely, the power has to drop to the 0.5 watt level for those channels. I had thought that this could not be done with any radios having removeable antennas, but they imply that FCC does allow this.
I still don't understand why they would reduce the power to a preexisting version unless they had found that using AAA cells under the higher power may have led to very short battery life. I wish they had made it possible to use AA cells and also avoid the need for the dummy cell if using higher voltage alkaline cells. But, I think we will purchase several and see how they work out.
Does anyone have further thoughts on this?
Also, can you recommend a source for a jumper to go from the SMC connector to a PL259 that you have ordered from and had good luck?
Have any of you felt that just using an adapter is good enough or is that too much weight on the somewhat more fragile SMC (compared with BNC connectors we used to have on HT's)?