Midland GXT860VP4 42-Channel GMRS with NOAA Weather Alert and 36-Mile Range
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- 42 Channels with Up to 36 Mile Range
- NOAA Weather/All Hazard with Alert and Weather Scan
- 142 Privacy Codes
- Vibrate Alert with 10 Call Alerts
- 5 Level Vox for Hands Free Operation
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- Size (LWH): 1 inches, 2 inches, 7 inches
- Weight: 1 pounds
- Battery Type: Lithium Ion
The Midland GXT860VP4 is a pair of 42 Channel GMRS Radios with NOAA Weather/All Hazard Alert. Includes Headsets, Rechargeable Batteries, and Dual Desktop Charger. The GXT860VP4 features the standard 22 GMRS Channels with an extra 20 Channels and a range of up to 36 Miles. The Weather Scan feature finds the nearest NOAA broadcast to stay up to date with the latest weather and hazard information. In addition to important weather announcements, All Hazards Alert means the GXT860VP4 will receive other emergency announcements such as Child Abduction (Amber Alert), Nuclear Power Plant warnings, Biological Hazard, Fire, and Landslide Warnings. The GXT860VP4 features a Vibrating Alert for silent notification, 142 Privacy Codes, 5 Level E Vox for Hands Free operation, Scan of the 42 Channels, Hi/Med/Low Power Settings, 10 Call Alerts, Keypad Lock, and Battery Save Circuit. Unlike other GMRS radios on the market that use lithium batteries, Midland's Dual Power Option allows the use of the included rechargeable batteries or 4 "AA" batteries (Not included). An External Jack can be used for the Midland AVP-1 AVPH1, AVPH2, AVPH3, AVPH4, and AVPH5 Headsets.
From the Manufacturer
With 42 channels and 142 privacy codes, the 36-mile range* GXT860 offers 10 call alerts and eVOX (5 levels) for easy voice activation. NOAA weather and all-hazards alert capability makes this a must for outdoor safety and communication. An External Jack can be used for the Midland AVP-1 AVPH1, AVPH2, AVPH3, AVPH4, and AVPH5 Headsets.
- 42 Channels – Clear, crisp communication with easy button access
- Xtreme Range* – Up to 36 miles – Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction
- 142 Privacy Codes – Gives you up to 3124 channel options to help you block other conversations
- NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Weather Scan – Automatically locks on to your local weather channel and alerts you to severe weather
- Vibrate Alert – Vibrates to silently alert you of incoming calls
- HI/MED/LO Power Settings – Lets you adjust transmit power & conserve battery life
- eVOX – Hands Free Operation (5 Levels) – Easy voice activation
- Dual Power Options – Uses 4 “AA” batteries (not included) or rechargeable battery pack (included)
- 10 Call Alerts
- Channel Scan
- Silent Operation
- Water Resistant
- Backlit Display (LCD)
- Roger Beep
- Keypad Lock
- Keystroke Tones
- Mic and Headphone Jacks
- Drop-In Charger Capable
- Battery Life Extender
* Maximum range can only be achieved over water or open rural areas under optimum conditions.
What's in the Box
Pair of Radios, Belt Clips, Pair of Headsets, Rechargeable Battery Packs, Desktop Charger, AC Adapter, and Owner’s Manual
Midland Radio Corporation:
Midland Radio Corporation develops high quality consumer products such as GMRS Two-Way Radios, All Hazards/Weather Alert Radios, XTC Wearable Video Cameras, Citizen Band (CB) Radios, Marine Radios, and Bluetooth intercom systems. Midland is an international industry leader in wireless communications with affiliates in Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Poland, Russia, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as representation in Latin America.
Known in the '70s primarily for CB radios and household electronics, Midland has grown with the times by producing innovative new communications products and by actively promoting public emergency preparedness. Midland has manufactured quality Two-Way Radios for the last 50 years and is a market leader in several individual categories.
Top Customer Reviews
Beyond the false range advertisement, the units are well constructed with easy to use buttons and knobs and straightforward menu operations. These take 4 AA batteries if you run out of juice in the included rechargeable packs. They are water resistant, not proof. Belt clip is solid. The included ear pieces work well. The open channels are all compatible with other brands, but the privacy channels were not with a set of older Motorolas. The NOAA weather radio feature is always handy and worked well.
For the price? Decent buy. They are no better or worse than other similarly priced brands, namely Motorola. Though they really should better regulate the range advertisements.
Update-8.1.2013- I've had these for about 9 months now and I thought I would add a couple of things to the review. During the winter when the leaves were down we repeated the going to the store test. This time reception was clear for 3.4 miles and disappeared at 4.1 miles. In January during a power outage I reached for the radios and realized that the base charging unit had been unplugged for about a month (children). The radios still held a full charge and lasted for 25 and 26 hours, not bad. I put in a set of AA batteries afterward and one lasted 78 hours and the other radio lasted 85 hours before communication became impossible. The only problem I have had with this system is with the base charger. The green charging light no longer works. So instead of changing from red to green when fully charged, it remains red. But since it fully recharges the radios anyway I don't consider this a big deal. Still very satisfied with this system.
We've messed around testing the range since. One person took a unit in the car and reported their position occasionally. The range was not great, because the house is at the bottom of a hill. But for everyday use, these things are great. We've had one on the boat and had no trouble communicating with someone in the house.
Very much a step up from the walkie talkies I had as a kid, and not "toys", but I feel like a kid every time I use them. :)