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#1 WRJZ943



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Posted 12 January 2021 - 03:14 PM

Just thought I'd pass along that according to Midland Radio Support they will be releasing the MXT500 50 watt micro mobile with split tone capability this year. I'm hoping they'll respond to my email about a more specific time frame.


Also when I inquired about making channel scan changes to the MXT400 they mentioned using the software, and provided me with a link that's only good for a week. If you need that link I suggest contacting their support. They also recommended using their DBR1 Dual Band Radio Programming Cable.

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 09:20 PM

Will it "wideband" 20kHz? 

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 01:10 AM

Will it "wideband" 20kHz? 

It should.... And will have NOAA channels as I understand.


My MXT400 came from the factory with the repeater channels set to 25kHz (wideband), contrary to the rumors circulated by those with a bias against Midland radios that it does not support wideband. It is simply amazing that those who do not own one make all these claims as though they are the "gurus" chanting the mantra from the mountain top upon which they seated themselves. It will also do 20kHz if you like.


It can also be software programmed to do split tones, CTSS and  DCS even, on same channel.


You must buy the DBR1 cable from Midland and they give you a limited-life link to the software download when you call them.


I programmed mine to display my call sign on startup


All my simplex channels are programmed as wideband (25kHz).

I programmed the four local repeaters into the empty channel slots that were empty for the 0.5W FRS channels, displaying the repeater names OR CITY, TABOR, OVRLOOK and GRESHAM when they are chosen.


Someone also said programming the radio invalidates the certification. Midland denies this. The radio was certified under Part 95A and as such, is grandfathered under the new parameters specified under Part 95E. As long as the radio is still operating within the Part 95E specifications when programmed, you are fine.


It does what I want., and I am satisfied with my purchase. It doesn't have 10 billion "bells and whistles" to clutter up the menus and programming like some other radios. It doesn't have FM, but my car and my Sangean WR-11 and ATS-909 take care of that.

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Posted 17 January 2021 - 09:06 PM

As a new owner of an MXT400 which I ordered directly from midland (super fast great service!) I have a perhaps silly question: once the software is downloaded, is it able to be used by you for as long as you own your radio?


im happy the radio has less than billions of features, I just need the basic ones but am hoping I also got a better receiver spec than some of their smaller and lower cost models.


thanks for sharing!



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