Midland GXT1050VP4 Radios With Headsets and Charger - Reviews

The Midland GXT-1050-VP4 boasts an amazing 5 watts of power, allowing for a range of up to 36 miles in optimal conditions (typically 2 miles or less in urban conditions). The GXT-1050VP4 is a full featured radio that includes everything you need! This value pack includes rechargeable batteries, a… more

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By laserbackfire

About Me Avid Adventurer

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Awesome

 
5.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use
  • Good Audio
  • Purely Epic
  • Clear Signal

CONS

BEST USES

  • Emergencies
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Ski Slopes
  • Camping
  • Families
  • Everything
  • Boating

Comments:

EVERYTHING IS TOTALY EPIC ABOUT IT!!! NOTHING NEGATIVE!!!


By Rob

Verified

all ok

 
5.0

PROS

  • Rugged
  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

A pity that you cannot purchase one radio on its own. As I purchased 2 sets and had one faulty, it was not worth sending back from New Zealand for repair even it was still under warrantee, so I had to purchase another pair.


By Garret4212

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified

Satisfied Customer!!!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Lots Of Useful Features
  • Long Battery Life
  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use
  • Rugged
  • Clear Signal
  • Good Audio

CONS

BEST USES

  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Ski Slopes
  • Families
  • Emergencies
  • Hunting

Comments:

I purchased these radios for use in case of emergency in order to maintain contact with loved ones. They are great for someone who needs to be quiet and use a headset as the "whisper" setting works great!!!


By Justin

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

PLEASE save your money and do not buy...

 
1.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Poor Reception
  • Short Range
  • Complicated Controls
  • Difficult To Program

BEST USES

  • Boating

Comments:

We bought these radios as emergency / camping radios because of the advertised 36 mile range (ideal). I expected the range to be reduced under real world conditions, but the amount of range loss was astonishing. The most we have gotten out of these, on high power, was 1.3 miles, in direct line of sight, over open field.. And even then, the reception was horrible.. Put any buildings between you (we tested it in our surburban residential neighborhood) and the range drops to 3/4 of a mile AT BEST.. Again, this was on HIGH power transmission... Dont waste your money on these expensive TOYS, because thats all they are....


By Bob

About Me Professional/Guide

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

Range Claim is a Joke!

 
2.0

PROS

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

I have held an Amateur Radio Extra Class license since 1965, and have been building, collecting, repairing, and testing radios for almost 50 years. I was an avid CB'er back in the 60's and 70's, and have owned several dozen handheld amateur and cb radios over the years. The gxt1000vp4 and gxt1050vp4 (i own 2 1050's)are essentially the same radio, the only differences being the camo covering and 5 animal calls on the 1050. They share the same manual. These radios are very well made, both mechanically and electrically, and although not totally waterproof (buy the mil spec $150 model if you require real waterproofing), they are totally gasketed around both the battery compartment, as well as between the two halfs (i've broken them down completely), so they should be splashproof++. I looked up the specs on the rf power transistor located on the main board, and as far as i can tell, it is only rated at 3 watts output, so I don't see how midland can claim 5 watts output. These type radios, by law, must have a fixed antenna, to hopefully preclude anyone from easily attaching a linear amp to them, or an external high gain antenna, so I have not yet been able to hook them up to my test equipment to verify their real output power. what I have done, however, is see how far they could tramsmit in high power mode. living in florida, it's easy to find 2-3 miles of straight, flat beach, so another ham and I measured out 1/2/3 miles distance on a parallel beachside road, and then hit the beach, cell phones in hand as backup. Unfortunately, our results were very disappointing. With high power selected, running on 4 new alkaline batteries, in normal mode, we could not get a squelch break from either rig until we closed to within 1.4 miles from one another!! And then, the signal/modulation wasn't that good, broken, with static... very disapointing! So, believe what you will of the manufacturers bogus milage claims, but in my opinion, these rigs don't even hold a candle to even basic…


By BRENDON THE COWMAN

Verified

I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AN AGAIN

 
5.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Audio
  • Rugged
  • Clear Signal
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

WE USE THIS FOR OUR STAFF IN OUR FARMING PRATICE WE EMPLOYE 20 STAFF AND MILK 3500 COWS


By daktari

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified

I would buy this product again and again

 
5.0

PROS

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

This is the second set that I have purchased these for a friend. The operating instructions could be a little more user friendly (step by step), as we are hunters and unfamiliar with technical terms. (Not the sharpest knife in the drawer so to speak). I hope that this is helpful.


By Bill

About Me Avid Adventurer

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

Works Great, but Specs are Misleading

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Clear Signal
  • Good Audio

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

I bought four of these radios to communicate with my family. I have been testing them for a month and find them to work well, however, I have discovered some drawbacks to 'features'. One of the reasons I bought this radio instead of others was because it had 50 channels, compared to only 22 offered by the competition. I thought this would give me clear talking on almost private channels while everyone else was stuck sharing 22 channels. 50 channels claimed is the biggest drawback of this radio. The reality is that it only has 22 channels, just like any other GMRS/FRS radio, and that the additional 28 channels are simply the first 22 AGAIN, but pre-programmed with CTCSS/DCS codes. For example, channel 23 is actually channel 1 paired with CTCSS code 38. The reason I find this to be a drawback is because it essentially makes the scanning feature useless. Since the scanner scans through all 50 channels, the time it spends scanning channels 23-50 is wasted, and channels 1-22 with no codes is scanned for only a fraction of the total scanning time. I noticed the top Uniden has a feature not present on the Midlands, called auto channel change. I wish I had this. This is where, after scanning, the lead user of a group of Uniden users can change the channel on ALL the groups hand sets right from his hand set, when he finds a clearer channel! The only disadvantage of the Uniden's is that I think they put out less power. But it has been my experience on my Midlands that the HI setting eats up the batteries quick anyway, and doesn't gain any significantly greater distance. That being said, I am tempted to look at the Trisquare radios too. Good Luck


By militia sgt

About Me Military/Law Enforcement

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

36

 
1.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Easy To Use
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Short Range
  • Poor Reception
  • Drains Battery

BEST USES

  • Hunting
  • Families
  • Camping
  • Hiking

Comments:

don't expect any thing too special from these. nice for short range hunting /1.2-1.5 mile range/


By rob

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified

Good product excellent service

 
5.0

PROS

  • Clear Signal
  • Good Audio
  • Easy To Use
  • Rugged
  • Lightweight

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

hunting


By jmac

About Me Avid Adventurer

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

good product

 
4.0

PROS

  • Good Audio
  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Vibrating alert was great
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Complicated Controls
  • Short Range

BEST USES

  • Hunting
  • Families
  • Emergencies
  • Hiking
  • Camping

Comments:

used the radios elk hunting in the Pacific NW. Rugged country, heavy forests. Found the radios worked well. Disregard all boasts about range. You are never in "ideal" country for max range. However, it met my requirements of several miles in tough up/down heavy cover country.Keep the instruction manual with you, programing and changes are not intuitive, at least at first. The manual makes it easy!


By moomilker

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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5.0

PROS

  • Good Audio
  • Clear Signal
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Rugged

CONS

BEST USES

  • Hunting
  • Boating
  • Camping

Comments:

useed for pig hunting


By Jimbo

About Me Environmentalist

Verified

Easy order [...]

 
4.0

PROS

  • Lightweight
  • Rugged
  • Easy To Use

CONS

BEST USES

Comments:

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By GEE

About Me Avid Adventurer

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

GREAT EQUIPMENT !

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Good Audio
  • Clear Signal

CONS

BEST USES

  • Families
  • Emergencies

Comments:

I HAVE TESTED THESE MIDLAND RADIOS AT DISTANCES OF ABOUT 5 MILES AND HAVE RECEIVED CRISP AND CLEAR TRANSMISSIONS. THE UNITS ARE EASY TO USE AND THEY ARE AS THEY APPEAR IN THE PICTURE. THE CAMO FEATURES LOOK COOL. I TOOK IT TO WORK STRAIGHT OUT OF THE BOX WITHOUT CHARGING IT FOR THE INICIAL 24 HOURS AND IT GAVE ME A GOOD 8 HOUR RUN TIME. THE ANIMAL CALLS SOUNDS OK (THE WOLF CALL SOUNDS MORE REALISTIC MAKING IT MY FAVORITE). I HAVN'T DROPPED IT YET AND AIN'T PLANNING TO SO I DON'T KNOW HOW TUFF IT REALLY IS. I USE 125 READING GLASSES AND THE L.E.D. DISPLAY IS SO CLEAR THAT I CAN READ IT WITHOUT MY READING GLASSES. THIS OF COARSE IT GREAT IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS WHERE YOU CAN'T FIND YOUR GLASSES ON TIME. I'M STILL TESTING THESE UNIT OUT. AS A SURVIVALIST (BY HOBBY), I GIVE THESE RADIOS A 4 STAR RATING.


By BIG DUDE

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

These work as well as advertised.

 
5.0

PROS

  • Good Audio
  • Clear Signal
  • Rugged
  • Easy To Use

CONS

  • none

BEST USES

  • Hiking
  • Hunting

Comments:

like the whisper mode