Removable Antenna ? How much power ? Sounds like a nice radio. I wonder if the antenna is removable. There is a good selection of reasonable GMRS roof and mobile antennas that could be used. This would certainly be a necessary feature for a base radio. How many watts ?
Hi radiohead I'm a Ham and licensed FRS/GMRS user, but I have not used this radio. However look at the power available (4AA), the power limits for the GMRS and FRS Services (1/2W and 2W) along with its marketed use (consumers with matching handhelds) and it is unlikely to be removeable and replaced by most users. Also the users manual shows no indication of such accessories or antenna ports. KG6WSE
Also a licensed ham and gmrs operator. I just recieved this radio as a Christmas gift. I don't remember where I read it, but I believe that "HI" is 2watts on this radio. The actual max erp for GMRS is 50 watts with many stations limited to 5 watts. The antenna on this radio is not designed to be removable/replaceable, but I believe that it would be very easy to rig up an external antenna with this setup. Just remember that you cannot use such a setup on the FRS channels and remember the height limitations on the external antenna.
Curious, why no Base station GMRS radios ? I have several radio licenses, but GMRS is great because of consumer accessability, which means my non-HAM freinds are more inclined to get one - I was hoping this was a high-power unit with a removable antenna, (which is usually what qualifies a unit as a "base station") but none of the Midland info mentions power output either in watts or range, very suspect. I will still get one for my travel trailer, I could use a AM/FM/Alarm clock w/ GMRS & crank power, even if it is low power.
A more practical radio for disasters is a small Grundig AM/FM/SW portable and a 36 pack of AA batteries ($12)which are also good for small flashlights. I can't tell you how useful it was during hurricane Charley. All electricity was down for 36 hours, and certain areas were down over 2 weeks. The TV stations were still operating at the height of the storm on emergency power and rebroadcast the audio on the radio frequencies. I was the only person in a large motel with an operating radio.
Other good items to have are a foldable hunting knife, can opener, three days of canned foods that can be eaten cold from the can, eating implements, two gallons of water, tooth bruhes, toothpaste, and above all some adult refreshment.