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#1 russwbrill

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Posted 17 April 2020 - 05:53 PM

:) 



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Posted 17 April 2020 - 10:18 PM

Would be awesome if they moved the manufacturing back to the USA... but I won't hold my hopes very high...


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 10:43 PM

I've reached out to my reps at Midland and they said nothing new in the Spring, and nothing to announce for later in the year yet. I think any plans they had are put on hold because of the pandemic. I'd expect something out by Q1 2021 realistically.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 10:47 PM

Would be awesome if they moved the manufacturing back to the USA... but I won't hold my hopes very high...

Back to the USA?  I don't think Midland ever had anything made here in the first place.  ..but yes,it would be nice if ANY consumer electronics company made products in the USA.... really MADE products here, not just assembled from Asian modules.



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Posted 18 April 2020 - 01:35 AM

I've reached out to my reps at Midland and they said nothing new in the Spring, and nothing to announce for later in the year yet. I think any plans they had are put on hold because of the pandemic. I'd expect something out by Q1 2021 realistically.

 

Hey Rich,

 

Anything new with the added features in the next 12 months would be nice.. And that Q & A tells us Midland has been listening to their customers!

 

73,

Russ


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 08:04 PM

Of course there are other products (B-Tech) available with lots of features, but the quality seems VERY Low!!!



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Posted 26 April 2020 - 04:00 AM

Any possibility they could do a firmware update using the data port on the radios like the mxt400? It would make the most sense to current owners.

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Posted 26 April 2020 - 04:21 AM

Of course there are other products (B-Tech) available with lots of features, but the quality seems VERY Low!!!

And, Wouxun. Good quality, Good feature set, responsive to customers, and available right here.
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Posted 26 April 2020 - 10:08 AM

Any possibility they could do a firmware update using the data port on the radios like the mxt400? It would make the most sense to current owners.


Its unlikely flashing existing hardware will be an option. The electronic components used to make filters are designed for narrow use and may not be tuned properly for just a reflash.

Think of it like a car on the highway. If you have a car that can travel at 200mph and the speed limit is raised to 200mph, you're good to go. However, if your car has a top speed of 80... it doesn't matter how high the speed limit is. You would have to re-engineer the car to go faster.

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Posted 30 April 2020 - 05:08 AM

Its unlikely flashing existing hardware will be an option. The electronic components used to make filters are designed for narrow use and may not be tuned properly for just a reflash.

Think of it like a car on the highway. If you have a car that can travel at 200mph and the speed limit is raised to 200mph, you're good to go. However, if your car has a top speed of 80... it doesn't matter how high the speed limit is. You would have to re-engineer the car to go faster.

I'm not sure, really the only thing that would need much changing is control logic.  Sure, you'd be limited to the power your final amp is good for, but you could get some nice quality-of-life features like two repeaters on one frequency, at least without soldering (if they picked capable enough microcontrollers, at least).



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Posted 30 April 2020 - 09:36 AM

I wouldn't rule it out as a possibility, for sure.

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Posted 17 May 2020 - 04:15 AM

I'm somewhat of a newbie, and I'm considering getting either the mxt115 or mxt275 and I can see the advantage that the 275 has with the integrated controls on the handset. Why would anyone choose the 115? It costs the same and has pretty much the same specs except that all the controls are on the base unit. Am I missing something? Can anyone who's had experience with both, tell me what advantage that the 115 has over the 275?

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Posted 17 May 2020 - 06:58 PM

All preference. I have both. I use the HHCH in my Jeep and the other radio in my Motorhome.



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 09:09 PM

All preference. I have both. I use the HHCH in my Jeep and the other radio in my Motorhome.

Thanks for the feedback.  I just bought a couple of mxt275s



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Posted 21 May 2020 - 09:11 PM

Has anyone used any of the Midland repeater capable gmrs radios with a repeater?  If so, how do they perform?



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:23 AM

Has anyone used any of the Midland repeater capable gmrs radios with a repeater?  If so, how do they perform?

I have.  They're ... adequate.  When I have coverage, it'll take the radio from one end of the island to the other, where simplex is completely out of the question.



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 02:32 AM

Has anyone used any of the Midland repeater capable gmrs radios with a repeater?  If so, how do they perform?

 

Several members here have done so. Search the forums for reports. There seem to be three issues that are commonly reported and which may, or may not, be important to you.

  1. The Midland radios operate on narrow-band FM while most repeaters operate on wide-band FM. This tends to result in the Midland's broadcasts being heard at a lower volume by listeners.
  2. The Midland radios must use the same tone or digital squelch on transmit and receive. So, if you have a repeater that uses different schema on transmit and receive, you will not be able to easily use the repeater.
  3. The Midland is missing a small number of PL tones. If a repeater requires one of those tones, you will not be able to access it.

Again, I suggest you search the forum for reports and to determine if these issues are significant for your planned usage. And, note also, the built-in search feature tends to miss things. I'd suggest doing a google search for something like:

site:forums.mygmrs.com midland review repeater


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Posted 22 May 2020 - 10:51 AM

I have.  They're ... adequate.  When I have coverage, it'll take the radio from one end of the island to the other, where simplex is completely out of the question.

Thanks for the feedback Ian!



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Posted 22 May 2020 - 10:52 AM

Several members here have done so. Search the forums for reports. There seem to be three issues that are commonly reported and which may, or may not, be important to you.

  1. The Midland radios operate on narrow-band FM while most repeaters operate on wide-band FM. This tends to result in the Midland's broadcasts being heard at a lower volume by listeners.
  2. The Midland radios must use the same tone or digital squelch on transmit and receive. So, if you have a repeater that uses different schema on transmit and receive, you will not be able to easily use the repeater.
  3. The Midland is missing a small number of PL tones. If a repeater requires one of those tones, you will not be able to access it.

Again, I suggest you search the forum for reports and to determine if these issues are significant for your planned usage. And, note also, the built-in search feature tends to miss things. I'd suggest doing a google search for something like:

site:forums.mygmrs.com midland review repeater

Thanks! That's very helpful information. I'll search the threads.

 

Hopefully Midland can address some of those inadequacies in future versions.



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Posted 25 June 2020 - 06:13 PM

I'd like to have a mobile unit (in addition to my BTech GMRS-V1) in time for hunting season.  Processing these choices (are there more?):

 

1. Get BTech GMRS-50X1 now;

2. Wait for Midland's new mobile unit; or

3. Step up to pricier options.






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