Midland Consumer Radio MXT115 Micro Mobile 15W Gmrs Radio with Weather, 8 Repeater Channels & Magnetic Mount Antenna
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- 15 watts of output power with external magnetic mount antenna for extended range
- 15 gmrs channels with 8 repeater channels
- Noaa weather channels with alert and weather scan
- 142 privacy Codes to block other conversations
- Flip-frame detachable mount to install on or under dash and also allows slide-out Removal of radio while bracket remains mounted
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|Power||5 Watts||15 Watts||40 Watts|
|NOAA Weather Radio||Yes||Yes||No|
|Comes With||Handheld mic, mounting bracket, antenna with magnetic mount, 12V power cord, owner's manual||Handheld mic, mounting bracket, antenna with magnetic mount, 12V power cord, owner's manual||Heavy duty handheld mic, mounting bracket, 12V power cord, owner's manual (antenna and antenna mount not included)|
|FCC Part 95 Compliant||No||Yes||Yes|
|GMRS License Required||Yes||Yes||Yes|
The Midland MXT115 mobile GMRS two-way radio features 15 GMRS channels and includes the NOAA weather channels with weather scan and alert. For extended range, the MXT115 has 15-watts of Transmit power and includes 8 repeater channels. The unit includes an external Magnetic mount antenna. The innovative MXT115 has a USB connection on the front of the unit to charge mobile devices. The ultra-compact design will mount just about anywhere. Best of all, the MXT115 provides the ability to talk to other Midland and most other GMRS two-way (walkie-talkie) radios on the full power GMRS channels 1-7 and 15-22. The mobile unit also features 142 privacy codes, Channel scan, programmable squelch, silent operation, Flip frame design to install on or under the dash with slide out removal of radio while Bracket remains mounted and a high contrast backlit LCD display for daytime or night use. The micro mobile is great for RVs, road trips, ATV/UTV activities, and on the Farm or Ranch. The MXT115 includes the Flip frame Detachable mount, a microphone with mic Holder, external magnet mount antenna, and 12 Volt power cord with car adaptor
Top customer reviews
However, the bad thing is that, as reviews have mentioned, the receiver has filter problems even if operating as they should. There is a lot of static in the background during receive. It's alright for most, the biggest complainer is the 16 year old who has gotten spoiled by cell phone.
Also, although they both seem to be operating within parameters, these are best used for fixed point to fixed point communication. There are times that receive will break up when traveling at a high rate of speed, compounded on both sides of the conversation, if using mxt115's on both ends. You can minimize this by having a high quality radio on one side. For example, I have decided to use these for the bases and go with high quality mobile radios for the trucks. Bottom-line is they are great bases, but as mobiles not so much. Unless, you want to stop the car and have the conversation.
1: The text for the settings is useless, I often need to look at the manual leaflet to remember what each setting is.
2: I bought it for use outside the US, where the FRS-only channels need not be blocked, would be nice to have a setting for unblocking them.
3: There is no way to lock the settings, desirable to leave it unattended so a non tech savvy user can't mess it up.
4: The up / down buttons on the mike seem to be placed in a counterintuitive order. I keep pressing up when I want down and vice versa.
5: The display background can be set to red and yellow but not orange.
1: The receiver sensitivity is not to good, my XT511 with the small built-in antenna will pick up some stations that the MXT115 can't read. So even if the 15 watts can get you heard quite far away you still might not be able to hear back the other party. I have tried several other antennas besides the included one (which is also quite deaf) and this issue persists.
Find out more at https://www.fcc.gov/general/general-mobile-radio-service-gmrs
The MXT115 is one of three new mobile GMRS radios Midland recently released and picked this one because the MXT105 doesn't support repeaters and didn't need 40W the MXT400 offered since I'm running it as a Fixed Station which is limited to 15W. If you're looking for mobile operation then the MXT400 may be your ticket since it's pretty close to the maximum 50W GMRS limitation. The thing is tiny with the microphone having a good hefty feel to it and weighing about the same as the unit without the mounting bracket. The quality of the radio and microphone is surprisingly good even though they're made in China. I picked mine up at Buy Two Way Radios since they had them in stock and Amazon keeps pushing out shipping dates. They're the same price and didn't get charged tax or ground shipping which took only 2 days for me.
The included magnetic mount antenna is only 6 5/8" from base to tip and has a fixed 6 meter RG-174 cable. The cable really isn't rated as an outdoor cable and has a calculated loss of 3.73dB for the GMRS operating frequencies; LMR-400 would be about .7dB loss using the same length but isn't a mobile cable either. The cable’s PL-259 connector pin wouldn't fit into radio's SO-239 connector due to excessive solder and had to file it down to make it fit. I wish they would have used N connectors on this UHF radio along with a larger gain antenna and better cable. I don't plan on using the antenna on a vehicle but the magnet seems sufficient for its tiny size.
I also picked up the Midland MicroMobile MXTA11 6db gain antenna and Midland MicroMobile mounting bracket with connector. The 27" antenna has an NMO mount that mates with the bracket and an SO-239 for the cable. The stock antenna had decent SWR readings but unfortunately the MXTA11 was a little higher than I'd like even after adjusting the antenna length a couple of times. I noticed the MXTA11 didn't quite screw all the way down with a very minor gap between it and the bracket. I used 6 meters of LMR-400 for the MXTA11 test and mounted it on a stand where I have other antennas. I also set the stock antenna in the same location after removing the MXTA11. Be careful with the bracket edges since they were sharper than I'd like them to be.
I tested this radio as a Fixed Station along with a Midland GXT2050VP4 at high power. It was night time with light rain and didn't want to get out of the vehicle so range was restricted due to transmitting with the HT from inside the vehicle. I ran a 4.5 mile loop with a maximum distance of 1.5 miles and obstructions ranged from dense trees, houses, a lake and some industrial and commercial buildings. The MXTA11 maintained communications with noise, but intelligible, at the edges and where the obstructions were, but the stock antenna went silent at those locations.
Below are channels used and readings from my meter:
Stock Antenna - Channel 2 (462.5875 MHz) - 1.5:1 SWR L Power 6 W
MXTA6 Antenna - Channel 2 (462.5875 MHz) - 1.7:1 SWR L Power 6 W
Stock Antenna - Channel 22 (462.725 MHz) - 1.3:1 SWR H Power 13 W
MXTA6 Antenna - Channel 22 (462.725 MHz) - 2.1:1 SWR H Power 10 W
MXTA6 Antenna - Channel 15 (462.55 MHz) - 1.8:1 SWR H Power 13 W
Things I didn't like:
- Doesn't have 254.1 Hz CTCCS - A repeater in local area has it listed and can't access
- Don't like that you need to reference CTCCS in booklet to get code shown on display instead of actual value
- Up/down buttons are reversed compared to other radios
- Included booklet and "loose inserts" have some conflicting information
- Annoying blister pack in a box
5/25/2017, UPDATE. I sent the radio to Midland as per the instruction on their website. About a week later I got a call from a technician. He explained the problem and the fix. I was told that a filter would be installed in the radio but that it would effectively eliminate the weather receive. The radio was back in about five days and now seems to work well. I was able to get several miles to my wife on a hand held radio in a mixed urban environment. I imagine on the open road talking to a similar unit it would do 3-5 miles without too much trouble. This is using a higher quality antenna that is permanently installed. Overall, with the repair it is now a four star product.
7/14/2017, UPDATE. It's not working again. The receiver is off frequency. I'm pulling the radio our and replacing it with a different model. I can't recommend this radio. It's just too glitchy.