• Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
  • Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)
Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)

Midland GXT1050VP4 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie - Mossy Oak Camo (Pair Pack)

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  • 2-WAY RADIOS - These walkie-talkies feature 50 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels, along with channel scan to check for activity. The JIS4 Waterproof Protection prevents splashing water from having any harmful effect on it (splash resistant).
  • IDEAL FOR HUNTING - 5 Animal Call Alerts (turkey, duck, crow, cougar and wolf), a Vibrate feature to silence all tones, and the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camouflage pattern make this an ideal walkie-talkie for hunters.
  • 142 CTCSS/DCS PRIVACY CODES - The privacy codes give you up to 3,124 channel options to block other conversations. 36-MILE RANGE - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction.
  • NOAA WEATHER SCAN + ALERT - NOAA Weather Scan will automatically scan through 10 available weather (WX) band channels and locks onto the strongest weather channel to alert you of severe weather updates. NOAA Weather Alert will sound an alarm indicating that there is a risk of severe weather in your area.
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: Radios (x2), rechargeable battery packs (x2), boom mic headsets (x2), belt clips (x2), 120V dual desktop charger, AC adapter, DC adapter, and an owners manual.
  • Display Type: Lcd

Customer Reviews

Defective (intermittent problem) and short return window. Caution before you buy; the pair I purchased are defective. Most importantly review the return policy; though I purchased through Amazon my return window was very short; like 3 weeks. Regarding the radios, I believe the pair I purchased are defective, I had intermittent problems with one the radios picking up my hunting partner who was on the other radio, he could hear me clearly and I could not hear him (same power settings). We did quite a bit of troubleshooting during our week long hunt; "new" AA batteries, played with power settings, talked on cell phone and moved to higher ground...since it was intermittent I believe there is a short or antennae directional issue. Oh well, guess I'm stuck with them...$65 down the tubes as I cannot trust then and will likely throw them away or let the grandkids play with them. Not sure if one or both have a transmit or receive issue...do know I'm not buying another pair to figure that out. 1Thinking of it ? Buy !!!!Was skeptical about this item, but after reading reviews, I took a chance.Today, I tested it. So, I was inside my apartment, with 30 other obstructions (i.e. other apartments, houses, and cell signals. ) in the way, I was still able to hear the other person extremely clearly. This test was approx. .05 miles -from my house to the local gas station.Bottom line, if it worked through all the other obstacles, I can only imagine how well it would work with direct line of sight.Thinking of it ? Buy !!!!5OkGood for hunting: I like how you can set the call tone to sound like a crow which sounds really authentic and doesn't scare animals away. Plus, you can mute all the peeps.I haven't tried the weather reports yet, but I like that they are there.Battery life: not so good. I left one on over night and it was dead in the morning. Which is bad because the batteries are way bigger than my cellphone and I can use that for a couple days without charging.VOX: doesn't work well at any sensitivity level. It takes a couple seconds to detect my voice.Included boom mics: I had to buy different headset because the ones that came with these walkies are to small for an adult, they don't stay put, and you have to talk loudly for them to pic up you vouce. Which is disappointing because I picked this brand over a water proof brand just to have the included head set.Not water proof: there is no excuse for outdoor electronics not to be 100% waterproof to at least 6 feet for at least a half hour in this century. I solved that problem with a ziploc bag.3WAY BETTER than cheap radios and their static at a half mile Wow, the first time I have EVER (I've tried about 5 models) heard clear voices on a GMRS radio. Seriously, went hiking for a few miles (trail was VERY curvy, but probably 1 mile as the crow flies) around hills and through dense forests at a local state park, and my Mom communicated very clearly, from base camp, with me the entire time. So happy I didn't get the cheapo ones again. Also pleased that this set comes with the battery packs and charger station. 5Didn't work well in mountains and one radio was defectivePurchased 4 of these for a backcountry hunting trip in the Colorado wilderness. Wanted them for checking in with hunting partners a few times each day. At least one of the four was defective. The country was rugged and steep. We are always within a mile and half of each other but lots of time couldn't talk to each other because the terrain blocked the signals (I think this would be the case with any radio). There are mixed reviews for these and all other similar radios. We will all have Garmin InReach Explorers next time and communicate via satellite texting.2Battery life leaves something to be desiredSo this review is something I will update over time. I received the product yesterday. Batteries APPEARED to be fully charged right from the box. I went up to some places to go play in the snow with mine and a buddies Jeep so we took these with us. We set them to high output for max range. Total talk time/on time was about 3 hours before the batteries died on us. Now again, this was us using them right out of the box with no additional charge so it s hard to say how charged they were. I will fully charge them myself and update review with the information we find. The one thing I will say is the quality was excellent when the batteries were showing full. As soon as it drops even a single bar of battery life, you are automatically thrown into low power transmit mode. Not sure how far the range is on that setting but I d be willing to bet it s not far. Lastly, 36 mile range is mountain top to mountain top with ZERO things in the way. In town, or on a mountain with trees and hills you might get a few miles at best. I will do more testing and update review then!4Misleading and gimmicky product designed to sell and not work well. This is a misleading and poorly engineered product. Allow me to explain.Preface.If you are looking for the legal way to communicate with more or less decent range you have very few options.1. FRS does not require a license but is limited to 500mA (as of today; FCC is implementing changes to allow up to 2W of power on all current FRS channels, including those shared with GMRS).2. MURS - it's VHF, also unlicensed, with 2W power limit. There are very few MURS certified radios on the market and VHF may present other issues with range.3. GMRS. You need to get a license from FCC for the modest fee and then you can transmit up to 50 watts on simplex and repeater GMRS channels. You also need GMRS type-approved radio to use these channels legally.So it seems GMRS is the obvious way to go. Here where the problem begins.There are very few high power (>4W) handheld GMRS approved handheld radios on the market (and none that support repeater frequencies). There were a few high quality commercial Part 90 radios that were also certified for 95a (GMRS) but those are discontinued long time ago.The product in question is one of the few ones that produces honest 5 watts - confirmed on FCC web site by looking up FCC ID and relevant lab measurement reports.Sounds great on paper. So after much research and digging through FCC filings and test data I bough it.My experience.1. Setup of the privacy codes on the first 22 channels is simple enough. What are the rest of the advertised 50 channels there is no description, but you can find discussion online: Apparently these are the same frequencies (have to be - there are only so many GMRS/FRS frequencies allocated) with pre-set privacy codes. No word about what codes and what frequencies in the user manual. It's a gimmick feature to show "more channels" than the competitors and likely those will work with other Midland radios out of the box. I don't like such marketing stunts - but whatever. Not a big deal.2. Receiver is very noisy. Much noisier than my other commercial handheld's one. This will limit useful range by raising noise floor. Not good.3. Radio seems to indeed transmit 5 watts with fairly decent range (comparable with that of my other real part 90 5W transceiver). But only when using included battery pack. This is crucial "but" never mentioned anywhere.The battery pack is 5 NiMH AAA rechargeables sealed together. (Note - 5, not 4). Unfortunately the capacity of the pack is 700mAh and according to my measurements the radio consumes average of 42 mA in standby with display off. This makes it only last for 16 hours if you don't transmit (it lasted only 8 hours in my test). Not much at all. What makes it worse - charge time is 12 hours (charging current was well under 150mA). And no, you cannot charge (spare) battery pack while using the other one - it must be charged while in the radio. What's even worse - they include automotive charger in the box - implying that you can quickly recharge the units while driving. Who is driving for 12 hour straight!? This is absolutely useless and misleading feature. So in the current form the radio is unusable for a long backpacking trips - unless you buy charge and bring extra battery packs - 2 per radio per day.4. But wait you say - you can power the radio with AA batteries!. Yep. Sort of. You can put 4 (not five) AA batteries. And this would of course provide radio with less voltage. Perhaps they engineered it well to properly work on a range of input voltages?Nope. Using AA batteries (or AA NiMH rechargeables) reduces output power to about 2.0 - 2.5 watts. There is no indication of that happening (except the reduced range, and current consumption - which I measured) - the display still shows "H" for high power. And it is not mentioned anywhere in the documentation (or I overlooked the fine print somewhere). This way you get very log battery life - you can find AA batteries with capacities well over 2000mAh - but now the feature you bough the units for and that is advertised in huge letters - 5W output -- does not apply anymore. You got noisy, weak set of walkie-talkies.So, to summarize:1. Unusable battery life - you either use battery pack with very short life and get your 5W transmit power or use batteries and get 2W.2. Noisy receiver - limits range by increasing noise floor.3. Unacceptably long charging time - 12 hours. Included car adapter is therefore useless and is pure gimmick feature.4. Bogus channels 28 channels (after official 22 FRS+GMRS ones) with unknown frequencies or programming that cannot be changed. Another gimmick.I'm very unhappy with this product. It feels it was made to sell well rather than to work well.I reached out to Midland with questions but they did not respond to me. 2BATTERY LIFE IS SHORT - Be waryThese radios were field-tested in the mountains over a period of two weeks. Sitting basically idle (no transmissions, very little receive) the batteries would become weak enough to cause the radio to automatically drop from Hi power to Low power after 4 - 6 hours of idle "on" time. When transmission was attempted the radio would turn itself off. We found ourselves carrying and changing batteries out in the field.Week 1:1) Battery - AC Delco alkaline2) Replaced batteries at least once dailyWeek 2:1) Battery - Energizer alkaline2) Replaced batteries at least once dailyReviewing the supplied owners manual, we attempted to turn off all settings which could consume battery power to minimize battery consumption but the result was the same. Batteries were consumed, rapidly.To validate the test, we carried 5 year old Motorola radios with 25 mile range (theoretical). The Midland GXT1050VP4 did NOT provide greater value over the Motorola other than the NOAA weather capability. We did notice more background noise (hiss) while receiving from other radio transmissions to the Midland GXT1050VP4 than to the older Motorola. The Motorola was much more clear. The Midland GXT1050VP4 radios consumed batteries at a rate of at least one change out per day (4 batteries each) while the Motorola consumed a set of batteries once per week at identical use level.I cannot return these radios to Amazon so I will give them to the kids to play with (using the supplied rechargeable batteries) and will begin the search for a good radio that is not built by a manufacturer with apparent stock in the battery industry.1Works for kids/adultsThis walkie talkie is for my son who likes riding a bike around the neighborhood. So far it works like a charm. He can hear me clearly but sometimes I can hear the interference from others, but I don t really bother. We use them sometimes inside the house for playing, too. For my kids, they love them and for me it s a good buy. Not like a cheap set for little kids.536 miles? Yeah right. Bought these for giant paintball games. Impractical in small games, but in the giant games, radios are very helpful.The earpiece and mic that clips on are great, very easy to use and communicate on the fly, earpiece doesn't obstruct hearing too much.However, once we were more than 1/2 mile apart, the signal became very shoddy, fading in and out while trying to communicate. We were in a wooded area with small hills, but seriously, 36 miles? Yeah right. I expected at least 5 miles, or even 2. Nope, not even half a mile.These would probably be great for a multi-vehicle road trip on the interstate in Montana, but not for too much else if you have hills or trees in the way.The one great thing is they held the charge like a champ, lasted for 7 hours in the field and still had plenty of juice. 2Top of the Line FRS/GMRS Radios I have the GXT1030vp4 which is black and yellow. Comes with everything you could need including a 12v adapter for the charger base. Radios are solid and feel better than most consumer FRS/GMRS radios. I contacted Midland and these are their top of the line consumer radios. I researched many available brands and models and this GXT1030 shines. RX and TX is crystal clear. These are UHF radios so the terrain will determine the distance they will go. Remember 36 miles as stated is mountain top to mountain top unobstructed clear line of site. Reality around town or out in the woods is about 1 to 3 miles or more. Only disappointment is it would be nice if they used lithium rechargeable batteries with a smart charger. They use NiMH batteries with a dumb charger which means you need to remove the radios from the charger after 12 hours to stop charging. They do however allow you to use 4 AA batteries in lieu of the rechargeable battery pack that's included. The FRS channels will only transmit at low power (.05 watts) per FCC. GMRS channels transmit at high power and give better distance for TX and RX. To use the radios GMRS channels you must have a license from the FCC. Very simple to get on the FCC website. Just complete form 605 and submit and the license is usually issued within two days. License is good for 5 years and covers your entire family who use the radios.Overall they are great radios with features for everyone. I would buy again. 5Accessories are terrible. the radio is OKthe radio seem fine even though the range is limited to no where near are far as advertised although to be fair they do note you must have a clear open space to get maximum or it drops in range dramatically. when in range they work OK. However the ear piece and belt clip are basically worthless. The earpiece will not stay on your ear with the rinky dink holder design. there is no explanation on how to attach it to your ear so I tried every position possible. I wear glasses which may contribute but then they should say so or design it to deal with glasses. The belt clip is worthless as the radio kept coming off of my belt and in fact caused my ear piece plug to break off when it fell. I tried different size belts and put it in different places to avoid the radio being pushed by my body when bending over. It made no difference. So do not rely on the belt clip to keep your radio on the belt or the ear clip to keep the earpiece in your ear. If you make a good product don't skimp on the accessories. They are equally important!3Midland missing features. I have used the Midland GXT1000 for 5 years. I had two that went bad. So I ordered and received two new ones for a debate contest. One of the features that was very important to me and set Midland apart from most of the other radios was their Group call feature. The specifications said that it was on the GTX1000VP4. When I got the radios, I noticed as I setup them up the same as my original 4 that the Group call feature was missing. I called Midland to find out what had happened, and they said that feature has been removed. Yet the box still says group calling and Amazon's website also lists it as a feature. For that reason I am rating it as a 3 star. This is deceptive advertising by both Amazon and Midland. 3Beware of the battery problems. The range is decent, about what I expected. Which is to say no where near the "36 miles" advertised. But I knew that going in....in our residential neighborhood of mostly single story homes but heavy tree cover, the kids can ride to their friend's houses, all less than 1/2 mile by road, and can still call. The farther calls get a little scratchy, but still work. This equates to maybe 3-4 blocks straight line distance. I would have liked about double that, as they can't quite reach from the playground at the front of the neighborhood. This is while on the "high power" setting BTW. But the biggest problem is the batteries that come with the units. We have used these 3 or 4 times and already having battery problems. Both units were showing full charge and after a few hours of standby, one suddenly died with no warning. The other died a few minutes later, but 5 minutes before they died they both showed "full charge" on the screens. After recharging (12 hours as instructed) one unit lasted for several hours on standby, the other, for maybe 45 minutes, then died again after showing full charge. I emailed Midland about this and got no response at all. Good thing I have the option of using AA batteries or they'd be paperweights. 3Works great for a couple of miles - battery lasts all day without a problem!Works great for what I purchased them for. I wheel with a group of Jeep enthusiasts in the Mid-West. We usually don't get more than a few miles from one another while trial riding. The Group recently switched from using CB radios to FRS radios. We were all getting tired of broken CB antennas and bad grounds and thought we'd give these little handhelds a try. We were recently at the Badlands Offroad Park in Indiana and personally I was impressed with these little radios. Communicating with everyone in the group wasn't an issue. The terrain can be extremely hilly in a heavily wooded area and I even talked to a member that was still at the local campground. Probably a 2-3 mile transmission while I was in a mud hole in the woods. After a 10 hour day of wheeling the battery level only dropped one bar - which is impressive considering how much we used them. The only con I have is the size - they were pretty easy to loose track of while bouncing over rocks. I finally clipped it to my rollbar padding to keep track of it. Sure you are not going to get 10 miles out of them but for our purpose they worked perfectly!53 of the 4 are dead... not cool.I'm updating my review yet again it seems.I ordered 2 sets of these in October of 2015. One of the radios from one of the sets died within months. We use these for search and rescue and for work and for recreation. All of them are kept clean, in bags,and well maintained. They aren't tossed around in the bed of a truck or left lying around to be abused. They're not expensive but I still like to take care of my tools in case I need to rely on them.We came to the beach this weekend (July 2018). Of the remaining three functioning radios, one of them died on day 2, and another died on day 4. Of the original four, only one radio remains functional. None of these have over 200 hours of use on them. Overall I am REALLY disappointed in the quality of these radios.1Heavy Commercial use!! Work Excellent. We use this radios in our Winery and event Center in the Casablanca Valley - Chile. Our operation area is about 800 acres and 14 team members use this radios EVERY DAY (tour guides, management, front desk, security, wedding planner team). We worked with Motorola GMRS Radios before, but the battery life died just before 1 year of intense use. These Midland Radios gave us excellent result: great size, excellent range, durable, good quality, easy of use, good volume, easy to operate, great battery life, and have a good price. If I only could suggest any improvement, a incorporated flashlight would be very useful. As policy, we replace our radio equipment every 2 years, this is the 3rd time we stay with Midland GTX1000VP4 model !! 5Does anyone live where there's "no obstruction"?Not really thrilled with this product. It claims a 36 mile range, which I know means "without obstruction." We bought it to have one at my husbands work and one at home in case of an emergency where cell towers are down. We tested it from his work 12 miles away, and throughout his commute distance. We were disappointed that it was only useful once he was 2 or 3 miles from us (almost to our exit on the interstate). We're still glad to have an alternative communication source, but disappointed by the actual range.3in my area they work great.. I have gotten as far a 5-6 ... First off let me say I looked and compared different brands for a couple of months before I bought these.. I live out in the country and needed a way to communicate with the wife and children.. Up on arrival we charged the units for a complete 24-30 hrs. Then tested them in wooded areas, down gravel roads and in hilly terrain. I must admit, in my area they work great.. I have gotten as far a 5-6 miles away down hills and in thick tree cover and still gotten reception. Pretty good reception. Very clear and loud. I will post more with continued use . But for now really impressed. 4
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Description
  • 2-WAY RADIOS - These walkie-talkies feature 50 GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) channels, along with channel scan to check for activity. The JIS4 Waterproof Protection prevents splashing water from having any harmful effect on it (splash resistant).
  • IDEAL FOR HUNTING - 5 Animal Call Alerts (turkey, duck, crow, cougar and wolf), a Vibrate feature to silence all tones, and the Mossy Oak Break-Up Country Camouflage pattern make this an ideal walkie-talkie for hunters.
  • 142 CTCSS/DCS PRIVACY CODES - The privacy codes give you up to 3,124 channel options to block other conversations. 36-MILE RANGE - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction.
  • NOAA WEATHER SCAN + ALERT - NOAA Weather Scan will automatically scan through 10 available weather (WX) band channels and locks onto the strongest weather channel to alert you of severe weather updates. NOAA Weather Alert will sound an alarm indicating that there is a risk of severe weather in your area.
  • INCLUDED IN THE BOX: Radios (x2), rechargeable battery packs (x2), boom mic headsets (x2), belt clips (x2), 120V dual desktop charger, AC adapter, DC adapter, and an owners manual.
  • Display Type: Lcd
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Customer Reviews

Defective (intermittent problem) and short return window. Caution before you buy; the pair I purchased are defective. Most importantly review the return policy; though I purchased through Amazon my return window was very short; like 3 weeks. Regarding the radios, I believe the pair I purchased are defective, I had intermittent problems with one the radios picking up my hunting partner who was on the other radio, he could hear me clearly and I could not hear him (same power settings). We did quite a bit of troubleshooting during our week long hunt; "new" AA batteries, played with power settings, talked on cell phone and moved to higher ground...since it was intermittent I believe there is a short or antennae directional issue. Oh well, guess I'm stuck with them...$65 down the tubes as I cannot trust then and will likely throw them away or let the grandkids play with them. Not sure if one or both have a transmit or receive issue...do know I'm not buying another pair to figure that out. 1Thinking of it ? Buy !!!!Was skeptical about this item, but after reading reviews, I took a chance.Today, I tested it. So, I was inside my apartment, with 30 other obstructions (i.e. other apartments, houses, and cell signals. ) in the way, I was still able to hear the other person extremely clearly. This test was approx. .05 miles -from my house to the local gas station.Bottom line, if it worked through all the other obstacles, I can only imagine how well it would work with direct line of sight.Thinking of it ? Buy !!!!5OkGood for hunting: I like how you can set the call tone to sound like a crow which sounds really authentic and doesn't scare animals away. Plus, you can mute all the peeps.I haven't tried the weather reports yet, but I like that they are there.Battery life: not so good. I left one on over night and it was dead in the morning. Which is bad because the batteries are way bigger than my cellphone and I can use that for a couple days without charging.VOX: doesn't work well at any sensitivity level. It takes a couple seconds to detect my voice.Included boom mics: I had to buy different headset because the ones that came with these walkies are to small for an adult, they don't stay put, and you have to talk loudly for them to pic up you vouce. Which is disappointing because I picked this brand over a water proof brand just to have the included head set.Not water proof: there is no excuse for outdoor electronics not to be 100% waterproof to at least 6 feet for at least a half hour in this century. I solved that problem with a ziploc bag.3WAY BETTER than cheap radios and their static at a half mile Wow, the first time I have EVER (I've tried about 5 models) heard clear voices on a GMRS radio. Seriously, went hiking for a few miles (trail was VERY curvy, but probably 1 mile as the crow flies) around hills and through dense forests at a local state park, and my Mom communicated very clearly, from base camp, with me the entire time. So happy I didn't get the cheapo ones again. Also pleased that this set comes with the battery packs and charger station. 5Didn't work well in mountains and one radio was defectivePurchased 4 of these for a backcountry hunting trip in the Colorado wilderness. Wanted them for checking in with hunting partners a few times each day. At least one of the four was defective. The country was rugged and steep. We are always within a mile and half of each other but lots of time couldn't talk to each other because the terrain blocked the signals (I think this would be the case with any radio). There are mixed reviews for these and all other similar radios. We will all have Garmin InReach Explorers next time and communicate via satellite texting.2Battery life leaves something to be desiredSo this review is something I will update over time. I received the product yesterday. Batteries APPEARED to be fully charged right from the box. I went up to some places to go play in the snow with mine and a buddies Jeep so we took these with us. We set them to high output for max range. Total talk time/on time was about 3 hours before the batteries died on us. Now again, this was us using them right out of the box with no additional charge so it s hard to say how charged they were. I will fully charge them myself and update review with the information we find. The one thing I will say is the quality was excellent when the batteries were showing full. As soon as it drops even a single bar of battery life, you are automatically thrown into low power transmit mode. Not sure how far the range is on that setting but I d be willing to bet it s not far. Lastly, 36 mile range is mountain top to mountain top with ZERO things in the way. In town, or on a mountain with trees and hills you might get a few miles at best. I will do more testing and update review then!4Misleading and gimmicky product designed to sell and not work well. This is a misleading and poorly engineered product. Allow me to explain.Preface.If you are looking for the legal way to communicate with more or less decent range you have very few options.1. FRS does not require a license but is limited to 500mA (as of today; FCC is implementing changes to allow up to 2W of power on all current FRS channels, including those shared with GMRS).2. MURS - it's VHF, also unlicensed, with 2W power limit. There are very few MURS certified radios on the market and VHF may present other issues with range.3. GMRS. You need to get a license from FCC for the modest fee and then you can transmit up to 50 watts on simplex and repeater GMRS channels. You also need GMRS type-approved radio to use these channels legally.So it seems GMRS is the obvious way to go. Here where the problem begins.There are very few high power (>4W) handheld GMRS approved handheld radios on the market (and none that support repeater frequencies). There were a few high quality commercial Part 90 radios that were also certified for 95a (GMRS) but those are discontinued long time ago.The product in question is one of the few ones that produces honest 5 watts - confirmed on FCC web site by looking up FCC ID and relevant lab measurement reports.Sounds great on paper. So after much research and digging through FCC filings and test data I bough it.My experience.1. Setup of the privacy codes on the first 22 channels is simple enough. What are the rest of the advertised 50 channels there is no description, but you can find discussion online: Apparently these are the same frequencies (have to be - there are only so many GMRS/FRS frequencies allocated) with pre-set privacy codes. No word about what codes and what frequencies in the user manual. It's a gimmick feature to show "more channels" than the competitors and likely those will work with other Midland radios out of the box. I don't like such marketing stunts - but whatever. Not a big deal.2. Receiver is very noisy. Much noisier than my other commercial handheld's one. This will limit useful range by raising noise floor. Not good.3. Radio seems to indeed transmit 5 watts with fairly decent range (comparable with that of my other real part 90 5W transceiver). But only when using included battery pack. This is crucial "but" never mentioned anywhere.The battery pack is 5 NiMH AAA rechargeables sealed together. (Note - 5, not 4). Unfortunately the capacity of the pack is 700mAh and according to my measurements the radio consumes average of 42 mA in standby with display off. This makes it only last for 16 hours if you don't transmit (it lasted only 8 hours in my test). Not much at all. What makes it worse - charge time is 12 hours (charging current was well under 150mA). And no, you cannot charge (spare) battery pack while using the other one - it must be charged while in the radio. What's even worse - they include automotive charger in the box - implying that you can quickly recharge the units while driving. Who is driving for 12 hour straight!? This is absolutely useless and misleading feature. So in the current form the radio is unusable for a long backpacking trips - unless you buy charge and bring extra battery packs - 2 per radio per day.4. But wait you say - you can power the radio with AA batteries!. Yep. Sort of. You can put 4 (not five) AA batteries. And this would of course provide radio with less voltage. Perhaps they engineered it well to properly work on a range of input voltages?Nope. Using AA batteries (or AA NiMH rechargeables) reduces output power to about 2.0 - 2.5 watts. There is no indication of that happening (except the reduced range, and current consumption - which I measured) - the display still shows "H" for high power. And it is not mentioned anywhere in the documentation (or I overlooked the fine print somewhere). This way you get very log battery life - you can find AA batteries with capacities well over 2000mAh - but now the feature you bough the units for and that is advertised in huge letters - 5W output -- does not apply anymore. You got noisy, weak set of walkie-talkies.So, to summarize:1. Unusable battery life - you either use battery pack with very short life and get your 5W transmit power or use batteries and get 2W.2. Noisy receiver - limits range by increasing noise floor.3. Unacceptably long charging time - 12 hours. Included car adapter is therefore useless and is pure gimmick feature.4. Bogus channels 28 channels (after official 22 FRS+GMRS ones) with unknown frequencies or programming that cannot be changed. Another gimmick.I'm very unhappy with this product. It feels it was made to sell well rather than to work well.I reached out to Midland with questions but they did not respond to me. 2BATTERY LIFE IS SHORT - Be waryThese radios were field-tested in the mountains over a period of two weeks. Sitting basically idle (no transmissions, very little receive) the batteries would become weak enough to cause the radio to automatically drop from Hi power to Low power after 4 - 6 hours of idle "on" time. When transmission was attempted the radio would turn itself off. We found ourselves carrying and changing batteries out in the field.Week 1:1) Battery - AC Delco alkaline2) Replaced batteries at least once dailyWeek 2:1) Battery - Energizer alkaline2) Replaced batteries at least once dailyReviewing the supplied owners manual, we attempted to turn off all settings which could consume battery power to minimize battery consumption but the result was the same. Batteries were consumed, rapidly.To validate the test, we carried 5 year old Motorola radios with 25 mile range (theoretical). The Midland GXT1050VP4 did NOT provide greater value over the Motorola other than the NOAA weather capability. We did notice more background noise (hiss) while receiving from other radio transmissions to the Midland GXT1050VP4 than to the older Motorola. The Motorola was much more clear. The Midland GXT1050VP4 radios consumed batteries at a rate of at least one change out per day (4 batteries each) while the Motorola consumed a set of batteries once per week at identical use level.I cannot return these radios to Amazon so I will give them to the kids to play with (using the supplied rechargeable batteries) and will begin the search for a good radio that is not built by a manufacturer with apparent stock in the battery industry.1Works for kids/adultsThis walkie talkie is for my son who likes riding a bike around the neighborhood. So far it works like a charm. He can hear me clearly but sometimes I can hear the interference from others, but I don t really bother. We use them sometimes inside the house for playing, too. For my kids, they love them and for me it s a good buy. Not like a cheap set for little kids.536 miles? Yeah right. Bought these for giant paintball games. Impractical in small games, but in the giant games, radios are very helpful.The earpiece and mic that clips on are great, very easy to use and communicate on the fly, earpiece doesn't obstruct hearing too much.However, once we were more than 1/2 mile apart, the signal became very shoddy, fading in and out while trying to communicate. We were in a wooded area with small hills, but seriously, 36 miles? Yeah right. I expected at least 5 miles, or even 2. Nope, not even half a mile.These would probably be great for a multi-vehicle road trip on the interstate in Montana, but not for too much else if you have hills or trees in the way.The one great thing is they held the charge like a champ, lasted for 7 hours in the field and still had plenty of juice. 2Top of the Line FRS/GMRS Radios I have the GXT1030vp4 which is black and yellow. Comes with everything you could need including a 12v adapter for the charger base. Radios are solid and feel better than most consumer FRS/GMRS radios. I contacted Midland and these are their top of the line consumer radios. I researched many available brands and models and this GXT1030 shines. RX and TX is crystal clear. These are UHF radios so the terrain will determine the distance they will go. Remember 36 miles as stated is mountain top to mountain top unobstructed clear line of site. Reality around town or out in the woods is about 1 to 3 miles or more. Only disappointment is it would be nice if they used lithium rechargeable batteries with a smart charger. They use NiMH batteries with a dumb charger which means you need to remove the radios from the charger after 12 hours to stop charging. They do however allow you to use 4 AA batteries in lieu of the rechargeable battery pack that's included. The FRS channels will only transmit at low power (.05 watts) per FCC. GMRS channels transmit at high power and give better distance for TX and RX. To use the radios GMRS channels you must have a license from the FCC. Very simple to get on the FCC website. Just complete form 605 and submit and the license is usually issued within two days. License is good for 5 years and covers your entire family who use the radios.Overall they are great radios with features for everyone. I would buy again. 5Accessories are terrible. the radio is OKthe radio seem fine even though the range is limited to no where near are far as advertised although to be fair they do note you must have a clear open space to get maximum or it drops in range dramatically. when in range they work OK. However the ear piece and belt clip are basically worthless. The earpiece will not stay on your ear with the rinky dink holder design. there is no explanation on how to attach it to your ear so I tried every position possible. I wear glasses which may contribute but then they should say so or design it to deal with glasses. The belt clip is worthless as the radio kept coming off of my belt and in fact caused my ear piece plug to break off when it fell. I tried different size belts and put it in different places to avoid the radio being pushed by my body when bending over. It made no difference. So do not rely on the belt clip to keep your radio on the belt or the ear clip to keep the earpiece in your ear. If you make a good product don't skimp on the accessories. They are equally important!3Midland missing features. I have used the Midland GXT1000 for 5 years. I had two that went bad. So I ordered and received two new ones for a debate contest. One of the features that was very important to me and set Midland apart from most of the other radios was their Group call feature. The specifications said that it was on the GTX1000VP4. When I got the radios, I noticed as I setup them up the same as my original 4 that the Group call feature was missing. I called Midland to find out what had happened, and they said that feature has been removed. Yet the box still says group calling and Amazon's website also lists it as a feature. For that reason I am rating it as a 3 star. This is deceptive advertising by both Amazon and Midland. 3Beware of the battery problems. The range is decent, about what I expected. Which is to say no where near the "36 miles" advertised. But I knew that going in....in our residential neighborhood of mostly single story homes but heavy tree cover, the kids can ride to their friend's houses, all less than 1/2 mile by road, and can still call. The farther calls get a little scratchy, but still work. This equates to maybe 3-4 blocks straight line distance. I would have liked about double that, as they can't quite reach from the playground at the front of the neighborhood. This is while on the "high power" setting BTW. But the biggest problem is the batteries that come with the units. We have used these 3 or 4 times and already having battery problems. Both units were showing full charge and after a few hours of standby, one suddenly died with no warning. The other died a few minutes later, but 5 minutes before they died they both showed "full charge" on the screens. After recharging (12 hours as instructed) one unit lasted for several hours on standby, the other, for maybe 45 minutes, then died again after showing full charge. I emailed Midland about this and got no response at all. Good thing I have the option of using AA batteries or they'd be paperweights. 3Works great for a couple of miles - battery lasts all day without a problem!Works great for what I purchased them for. I wheel with a group of Jeep enthusiasts in the Mid-West. We usually don't get more than a few miles from one another while trial riding. The Group recently switched from using CB radios to FRS radios. We were all getting tired of broken CB antennas and bad grounds and thought we'd give these little handhelds a try. We were recently at the Badlands Offroad Park in Indiana and personally I was impressed with these little radios. Communicating with everyone in the group wasn't an issue. The terrain can be extremely hilly in a heavily wooded area and I even talked to a member that was still at the local campground. Probably a 2-3 mile transmission while I was in a mud hole in the woods. After a 10 hour day of wheeling the battery level only dropped one bar - which is impressive considering how much we used them. The only con I have is the size - they were pretty easy to loose track of while bouncing over rocks. I finally clipped it to my rollbar padding to keep track of it. Sure you are not going to get 10 miles out of them but for our purpose they worked perfectly!53 of the 4 are dead... not cool.I'm updating my review yet again it seems.I ordered 2 sets of these in October of 2015. One of the radios from one of the sets died within months. We use these for search and rescue and for work and for recreation. All of them are kept clean, in bags,and well maintained. They aren't tossed around in the bed of a truck or left lying around to be abused. They're not expensive but I still like to take care of my tools in case I need to rely on them.We came to the beach this weekend (July 2018). Of the remaining three functioning radios, one of them died on day 2, and another died on day 4. Of the original four, only one radio remains functional. None of these have over 200 hours of use on them. Overall I am REALLY disappointed in the quality of these radios.1Heavy Commercial use!! Work Excellent. We use this radios in our Winery and event Center in the Casablanca Valley - Chile. Our operation area is about 800 acres and 14 team members use this radios EVERY DAY (tour guides, management, front desk, security, wedding planner team). We worked with Motorola GMRS Radios before, but the battery life died just before 1 year of intense use. These Midland Radios gave us excellent result: great size, excellent range, durable, good quality, easy of use, good volume, easy to operate, great battery life, and have a good price. If I only could suggest any improvement, a incorporated flashlight would be very useful. As policy, we replace our radio equipment every 2 years, this is the 3rd time we stay with Midland GTX1000VP4 model !! 5Does anyone live where there's "no obstruction"?Not really thrilled with this product. It claims a 36 mile range, which I know means "without obstruction." We bought it to have one at my husbands work and one at home in case of an emergency where cell towers are down. We tested it from his work 12 miles away, and throughout his commute distance. We were disappointed that it was only useful once he was 2 or 3 miles from us (almost to our exit on the interstate). We're still glad to have an alternative communication source, but disappointed by the actual range.3in my area they work great.. I have gotten as far a 5-6 ... First off let me say I looked and compared different brands for a couple of months before I bought these.. I live out in the country and needed a way to communicate with the wife and children.. Up on arrival we charged the units for a complete 24-30 hrs. Then tested them in wooded areas, down gravel roads and in hilly terrain. I must admit, in my area they work great.. I have gotten as far a 5-6 miles away down hills and in thick tree cover and still gotten reception. Pretty good reception. Very clear and loud. I will post more with continued use . But for now really impressed. 4
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