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On 4/28/2022 at 6:41 AM, WRQB993 said:

Received that as well. Very interested as I'm leaning toward the MXT275 but want to see if this is more than just the extra power. Looking forward to some hands on reviews.

 

UPDATE: Midland has confirmed that as of 4/26/2022 (Thanks @WRQB993) there is a firmware/configuration available for the USB-C hardware revision that has wide band enabled on the repeater channels.

The MXT575 should also support wide band, the MXT275 is narrow band only.  I've had people tell me I'm quite on repeaters that are setup for wide band with my MXT275.

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32 minutes ago, Screech said:

The MXT575 should also support wide band, the MXT275 is narrow band only. I've had people tell me I'm quite on repeaters that are setup for wide band with my MXT275.

The new MTX275 is wide band - check my posts in this thread -

 

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3 hours ago, WRQB993 said:

The new MTX275 is wide band - check my posts in this thread -

 

That "MTX275 is wide band" should also note the rest of the info. That any currently on a retail shelf do not. It is not user configurable or programmable and only applies to repeater channels. Must be sent in for firmware update (if that is an option they will support, they just mentioned field updates are not possible) or order new and request the updated firmware. The worst part is I don't see where they have indicated a way to determine the current firmware on the radio so you even know if your repeater channels are wide/narrow.

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1 hour ago, Screech said:

The worst part is I don't see where they have indicated a way to determine the current firmware on the radio so you even know if your repeater channels are wide/narrow.

As they said - <<The MXT275 with the USB-C on the front is the updated wide/narrow band . The older USB-A model is Narrow band only. >>

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1 hour ago, WRQB993 said:

As they said - <<The MXT275 with the USB-C on the front is the updated wide/narrow band . The older USB-A model is Narrow band only. >>

 

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We do have a firmware update for the MXT275 with USB-C that makes the repeater channels wide band. 

That is not how I read it, it reads like there are 2 firmware versions the USB-C model could ship with, otherwise there would be no need to them to updated it before shipping. I have the updated USB-C version and on the repeater I've been reported as quite by others.

 

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7 minutes ago, Screech said:

 

That is not how I read it, it reads like there are 2 firmware versions the USB-C model could ship with, otherwise there would be no need to them to updated it before shipping. I have the updated USB-C version and on the repeater I've been reported as quite by others.

 

I would contact Midland for clarification. I only passed along what they told me.

Midland contact us

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I did reach out back in March right after I got this unit. And they told me this unit was narrow band only and I complained a little about the issue (others reporting that I'm quiet compared to everyone else) that was causing while using repeaters. Maybe they reviewed the config and decided on this update because I contacted them and complained a little. I don't know. I'll reach back out though and see if mine can be updated.

 

Previous emails with support:

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On Wed, 30 Mar at 6:04 AM , Screech wrote:

I'm visiting an area where I finally heard some repeater use from my scanner. I went to nearby Bass Pro Shop and bought the MXT275, requested access to the repeater and once granted started talking with the locals. They said I was really quiet, after some discussion and research it appears that the MXT275 radio is narrow band, even on the repeater channels. Is this truly narrow band only? Is there a way to update than, perhaps a file on a USB thumb drive with updated config file that is inserted into the radio and/or a service menu accessed on the controls?  

 On to the MXT575, I was looking for the manual online and didn't see it. I would consider this radio if it supports wide band on the repeater channels.

 In my opinion any radio that advertises repeater support should support wide band, even if only configurable through menus on the radio.

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From: Midland Radio Support <support@midlandradio.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:48
To: screech
Subject: Re: MXT275 inquiry and MXT575 manual/details

 

Hi Screech,

The MXT275 is narrow band, there is not a setting to switch to wide-band. 
Our newer MXTs, 500 and the unreleased 575 are both narrow and wideband capable. 

You won't be able to find the 575 manual as it is an unreleased product. 

Warm Regards,
Midland Radio

 

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And, I have a reply. They state that I would have to ship the radio to them (Roger) with a note that states what I would like updated and a return address. So, if you have this MXT275 w/USB-C odds are unless you just got it directly from Midland you are still narrow band everywhere. But being able to ship the radio in for update is good. But I'll likely wait for a replacement to be on hand to do that.

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  • 3 weeks later...

I just recently purchased 2 MXT575 units.  They are wide and narrow capable on repeater channels.  At first I was using the included antenna and was pleasantly surprised at the distance but the girlfriend didn't like the look of it on her car.  I didn't care for it either.  I installed Larsen thru glass mount antennas on both vehicles and they work great.  I noticed improvement on the transmit side and receive was much better than the included antenna.  The Larsens weren't cheap by any means but I've used them in the past with good results.  I know some have had bad luck with thru glass antennas.  I used to run Icom radios but I have to admit I do like the simplicity of the Midland and finding a place to mount a full size radio in a 21 Durango is almost impossible so this fits the bill.  I just keep a list of repeaters and tones on my phone if I need to program one on the fly when I get out of my area.   I was able to get the SWR down to about 1.3:1 and one unit is putting out exactly 50W and the other is about 48W.  I have to say I'm pretty impressed.

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On 5/19/2022 at 10:46 AM, jdoolin said:

I just recently purchased 2 MXT575 units.  They are wide and narrow capable on repeater channels.  At first I was using the included antenna and was pleasantly surprised at the distance but the girlfriend didn't like the look of it on her car.  I didn't care for it either.  I installed Larsen thru glass mount antennas on both vehicles and they work great.  I noticed improvement on the transmit side and receive was much better than the included antenna.  The Larsens weren't cheap by any means but I've used them in the past with good results.  I know some have had bad luck with thru glass antennas.  I used to run Icom radios but I have to admit I do like the simplicity of the Midland and finding a place to mount a full size radio in a 21 Durango is almost impossible so this fits the bill.  I just keep a list of repeaters and tones on my phone if I need to program one on the fly when I get out of my area.   I was able to get the SWR down to about 1.3:1 and one unit is putting out exactly 50W and the other is about 48W.  I have to say I'm pretty impressed.

Wow that is good info thanks!

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  • 2 months later...

I purchased two MXT575's.

My mobile with the 6db midland antenna is working great for my needs.  I can work all my local repeaters very reliably with my setup (20-30 mile range).  And if I am stationary with a clear view of the north sky, I can check in on a repeater just over 90 miles from my location.  Couldn't ask for much more with the MXT575 + 6db antenna.

I particularly like the simplicity.  Yes, I have a couple of Wouxon's where I can program in 1,000 channels.  But honestly, all those channels turn into clutter.  Let's face it, I am generally working 8 frequencies or less.  I know some of you have multiple repeaters on the same freq with different tones - which has not been a problem for me - and from the map I look at around the country most do not have this problem.   And I do enjoy checking in on other repeaters when I travel.  But as mentioned above, I can make note on my phone of the repeaters I want to try.  It takes 5 seconds tops to swap TX tones.  I leave the RX tones open to listen for traffic.

My second is for a base station.  Still working on antennas for that one.  I need more height at home to really get the performance I want.  But I am able to check in on local repeaters.  And it makes a very clean installation.  I can hide away the main unit.  I purchased a RJ45 extension cable (for mobile and base).  With all the controls on the mic, the base unit and power supply are hidden.  Very nice install.

For my base installation, I even put a WIFI power outlet on the power supply.  So when I am around town, if I want to contact Unit 2, I can turn on the base station from my phone, and call out to my base station from the mobile.   The 575 returns to the last state, so powering on the power supply turns on the 575 to the last channel.   

 

Couldn't be happier with the 575.

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33 minutes ago, WRFE959 said:

For my base installation, I even put a WIFI power outlet on the power supply.  So when I am around town, if I want to contact Unit 2, I can turn on the base station from my phone, and call out to my base station from the mobile.   The 575 returns to the last state, so powering on the power supply turns on the 575 to the last channel.   

What a cool idea!

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