I will be needing to install a GMRS radio is a new rig fairly soon, so am doing some searches. The Midland MXT400 looks* very interesting. I bounced it off one of my relations via marriage, who is most knowledgeable on all things radio, and gave this transceiver a pretty solid endorsement. The specs are, generally, better than the GMRS units we have now and I don't recall ever having a major issue with a Midland.

All that said, what say you? If a no-go, alternatives with similar capabilities?

Thanks!

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I've had one for several years now. Good radio, powerful. Match it with a good antenna and you should have no complaints. I like it mostly because it's not over complicated and very simple to use. You won't get "lost" trying to figure out the menu. It sits in my vehicle next to my Baofeng UV50X2. I can do GMRS with that but I like a dedicated GMRS radio with a matched antenna. Currently I'm using a Laird stubby, NMO mount. It puts out good around town and I don't have to take it off for the car wash. If I travel I'll throw the bigger GMRs antenna on.
 
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I did a lot of research before I bought a GMRS for my Willys Jeep build and I bought a Midland MXT-400 and even though they now have a MXT-500 with 50 watts of power the cost is just to much for a radio for me. I have a Cobra 29 WXNWST with a 102" whip and the MXT-400 with Midlands 6db antenna. I will also carry a Garmin inReach Satellite Texting radio for emergencies where either radio or cell phone won't reach help. I al so have two of the Midland GMRS walkies I carry..

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I also bought two wouxun uv9g-pro HT's. Aside from the GMRS, they come preprogrammed with over 900 other freqs for scanning. Everything from military, airlines, Sar, etc. They have the full list on their website. I figured that if I'm going to nerd out in GMRS this is the way to start out.


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I will be needing to install a GMRS radio is a new rig fairly soon, so am doing some searches. The Midland MXT400 looks* very interesting. I bounced it off one of my relations via marriage, who is most knowledgeable on all things radio, and gave this transceiver a pretty solid endorsement. The specs are, generally, better than the GMRS units we have now and I don't recall ever having a major issue with a Midland.

All that said, what say you? If a no-go, alternatives with similar capabilities?

Thanks!

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I just got an Midland mxt115 radio. I was really looking at the 400 but the price was over my budget plus the 115 is a lot smaller. It fits my vehicle better. Less power, but I figured it's good enough for a first radio. Not too complicated either.
I paid $70 for my license a week ago and still hasn't got it. Is that normal? How long does it usually takes? Screenshot_20220402-071618_Amazon Shopping.jpg
 
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I just got an Midland mxt115 radio. I was really looking at the 400 but the price was over my budget plus the 115 is a lot smaller. It fits my vehicle better. Less power, but I figured it's good enough for a first radio. Not too complicated either.
I paid $70 for my license a week ago and still hasn't got it. Is that normal? How long does it usually takes? View attachment 1168935
Congrats, that's a great radio! When I got GMRS license it took about a week for it to show up in ULS. Any longer than that and send up an email, they are responsive. I don't think they are mailing physical copies of the license any longer but you can download and print it from your account.
 
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Yes, I figured I'll wait another week. I know it's not a physical license. I'm expecting it in an email. I didn't see it anywhere on there website where I could follow-up. Plus if it's just a digital permit basically, it should be almost immediate I don't know why they sitting on it for weeks. Whatever, I guess that's just what government does.
 
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Congrats, that's a great radio! When I got GMRS license it took about a week for it to show up in ULS. Any longer than that and send up an email, they are responsive. I don't think they are mailing physical copies of the license any longer but you can download and print it from your account.
I'm sorry, what is ULS?
 

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