• Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
  • Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)
Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)

Midland - GXT1000VP4, 50 Channel GMRS Two-Way Radio - Up to 36 Mile Range Walkie Talkie, 142 Privacy Codes, Waterproof, NOAA Weather Scan + Alert (Pair Pack) (Black/Silver)

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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).
  • 36-MILE RANGE - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction. Easy Voice and Sound Activation Transmission (eVOX) with 9 sensitivity levels for hands-free operation.
  • 142 CTCSS/DCS PRIVACY CODES - The privacy codes give you up to 3,124 channel options to block other conversations.
  • 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 owner's manual.

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. 1WAY 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. 5Misleading 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 wary These 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. 136 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. 5Midland 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. 3Heavy 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 !! 5in 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).
  • 36-MILE RANGE - Longer range communication in open areas with little or no obstruction. Easy Voice and Sound Activation Transmission (eVOX) with 9 sensitivity levels for hands-free operation.
  • 142 CTCSS/DCS PRIVACY CODES - The privacy codes give you up to 3,124 channel options to block other conversations.
  • 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 owner's manual.
Reviews

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. 1WAY 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. 5Misleading 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 wary These 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. 136 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. 5Midland 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. 3Heavy 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 !! 5in 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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