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Regarding the Midland 1050 Two-way FRS/GMRS radios, are the corresponding wattage outputs for the transmitting power levels of L, M, and H .5, 2, and 5 watts respectively?

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Not on FRS. FRS has only one power level and it's set to low.
GMRS ERP output on the 1050 is approximately 0.4w low; 1.5w mid; and 3.07w High according to operator blogs.

Posted on Sep 30, 2018

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SOURCE: Cobra Li 6000-2 WX VP GMRS/FRS Two-Way Radio

This radios has a Reference Xtal, dropping the radio, could cause that the xtal goes out of frequency, this means tha the radios has a frequency error and the range of opearatin seems to be reduced or even null. With out knowlegement and equipmente, there is nothing that you can do.

Posted on Nov 22, 2006

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SOURCE: Model LXT 300 FRS/GMRS RADIO

Hi,

There could be three (3) reasons why the display shows the battery icon at the top left side of the LCD display:
1. weak/undercharge/discharge batteries;
2. dirty/corroded/loose battery contacts/terminals; and/or
3. internal fault with the electronic sensing for battery level/state.

Corrective measures would require:
a. replace/recharge batteries. The rechargeable batteries need at least 12 hours of charging time;
b. clean, scrape, tighten (need to bend a little more towards the battery terminals) the spring/contacts of the battery holder;
c. (on the internal fault) your best bet might be to seek the services of a professional electronic technician since this would need familiarity with electronic components, their circuitry and diagnosis, perhaps a bit of soldering and the use of a DVM.

On the other hand, if the "low" is the "L" icon at the bottom right side of the display, this would indicate that the radio's transmit power setting (H/L - high/low). Transmit power level can only be changed in Channels 1-7 & 15-22. The radio will also auto change to lo power when batteries are weak.To switch to high power, press on the Menu button thrice or till "Pr" icon shows, press on the up/down to select H or L. To save & exit, momentary press the PTT.

Hope this be of help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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SOURCE: microwave wattage at different power levels

Usually the output power is adjustable from 10% to 100% in 10% steps relative to the full output power rating.

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Posted on Apr 18, 2008

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SOURCE: can transmit to other frs radios but cannot

Check the "code" (interference eliminator code) on the FR60 and set it to off or zero. It appears from your description the Cobras do not have "code" turned on. Refer to your user guide to find the instructions for turning off the code. (As of this date we have not found an FR60 manual posted online.)

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Posted on Dec 06, 2009

Testimonial: "I set interferance code to zero and it works Thank you Ken"

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SOURCE: need manual for Bellsouth GMRS/FRS Radio Model

need to know how to set the channel

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How do I find frequency?


This unit transmits on FRS/GMRS channels. Please see page 19 of the user manual available from here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/3783989/Bellsouth-2231-frs-gmrs-radio-instructions

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How many watts do midland walkie talkie xt20 have?


These are FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service/ General Mobile Radio Service) radios. The legal power limit for FRS is 500 milliwatts - or 1/2 watt. GMRS on the other hand is limited to a much higher 50 watt level. The wattage you transmit determines if you need to have a GMRS license. Most GMRS radios are in the .5- 5 watt range however.

The likelihood of your XT20 being a 1/2 watt out on both FRS & GMRS is very good. For Midland (or anyone else for that matter) to produce a radio with a 1 watt output that can run on just 3 "AAA" batteries would be quite the feat! If Midland did do this, the radio's battery life would extremely short. To balance the needs of light weight and battery life, output power needs to be reduced.

Claims of 20 miles is crazy. If you had these radios on mountain tops 20 miles apart - with a clear line of sight between them - MAYBE - you could hear one on the other. This would need to be done under only the most ideal conditions. The actual distance you can expect to get out of a pair of any brand FRS radios in "real world" conditions (line of sight blocked by trees and buildings) is about a mile.

An FRS/GMRS radio limited to 1/2 watt output when used on a GMRS frequency that is close enough to access a GMRS repeater system could easily cover 20+ miles. The key here is having a license and access to the repeater. Repeater owners take a dim view of unlicensed users access their repeater.

Channels 1 thru 7 are FRS and GMRS. That is, if transmitting .5 watts, you can use it as FRS. If transmitting more than .5 watts, you will need a valid GMRS license.

Channels 8 - 14 are expressly for FRS. Only .5 watts transmit power is permitted.

Channels 15 - 22 are expressly for GMRS at any transmit power up to 50 watts. Even if transmitting .5 watts, you MUST have a valid GMRS license on these frequencies.

I know - more infor than you wanted and no vclear cut number for wattage - but there's no info on these radios on Midland's site or anywhere else that I could find. Good luck!

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Hi Kate,

The short answer to your question is: no, or "not readily". Here's why:

The Motorola 4900 radio operates in the FRS (family radio service) and GMRS (general mobile radio service) in the UHF band. This radio will work with any other FRS / GMRS band radios (no reprogramming of transmit and or receive frequencies is possible for these radios). The trick is that the numbering of the channels may differ from brand to brand ie: Ch1 on your Motorola may not necessarily be Ch1 on a Midland radio or other brand. A complete list of the frequencies and channel assignments for FRS /GMRS can be found on Pg. 17 of the manual. It is important to note that without a valid GMRS license, you are prohibited from transmitting on the GMRS only channels (Ch 15 through Ch 22). The combination GMRS/FRS channels (Ch1 through Ch7) and the FRS only channels (Ch8 through Ch14) are for individuals and family members that do not have valid GMRS licenses. If this is you, you should limit your transmissions to Ch1 through Ch14 only, as FRS does not require a license in the US. Unlicensed use of GMRS only Ch15 through Ch22 can result in fines and imprisonment if caught by the FCC.

Further complicating the issue are the so called "privacy tones". This is simply a very low or "sub-audible" frequency that is sent whenever transmitting. Motorola calls these "Interference Eliminator Codes". When another radio receiver is set to listen for a particular privacy tone, it stays silent until a transmission with the exact same privacy tone is detected. Again, these tones are listed in no particular order, but are generally listed as 1, 2, 3, etc. or a, b, c, etc. instead of the actual frequency in hertz. You can selectively set your radio to transmit & receive one of the 38 codes or, set the code to "0" to communicate with radio that do not offer these privacy codes - or does not use the same frequencies for these codes. You can read more on Motorola's codes on Pg. 19 of the manual.

The Motorola CP200 radio on the other hand is a commercial radio, and requires computer programming with Motorola software. The CP200 is offered as both Low & High sub-banded VHF and Low, Mid & High sub-banded UHF radios. You would need to have a CP200 that is designed to accept the Mid UHF band (438Mhz - 470Mhz) frequencies in order to program the 462Mhz & 467Mhz FRS / GMRS frequencies into it. The final obstacle would be what is called "FCC Type Acceptance". The CP200 is probably NOT Type Accepted for transmitting FRS/GMRS frequencies, and as such the Motorola dealer doing the programing might balk at putting them in. You can read a spec sheet on the CP200 here.

I hope this helps & good luck!

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You didn't include the model number of the radios, but I suspect you're referring to Family Radio Service (FRS) / General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) two way hand held radios. The FRS /GMRS types are limited to just 1/2 watt. Base GMRS type radios are limited to 5 watts. FRS is limited to Ch 1 - 14. Ch 15 - 22 are GMRS only, and require an FCC license to transmit. You can read more about FRS on Wikipedia.

Many FRS / GMRS two way radios claim incredible distances on the packaging. I've seen some that claim 15+ miles. Given the low power (.5 watt) that they are limited to transmitting, claims such as those would be under the most optimal of conditions. I can assure you that you or I would never encounter those conditions unless we were in some sort of radio laboratory / testing space designed to obtain these crazy distances. In other words, even in optimum "real world" conditions; these radio should only be expected to work when separated up to only several "unobstructed line of sight" miles (such as across open water of a lake, along a beach, etc. The range of these same radios will be reduced significantly when operated indoors, outside between buildings, where blocked by rocks, trees, metal, etc. The only reason you may have reduced range could be due to a power level selector switch that has been set to reduce the output power of the radio. Other than that, I think you'll find a couple of miles is about all you're gong to get.

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  • The Hi and Low power are built into the radio and is dependent on the frequency/ channel you are on. Hi power is 1 Watt and Low power is .5 Watt. The radio is GMRS and FRS. The FRS are low power and the GMRS are Hi power.
  • Channels 1-14 are FRS frequencies and Low power.
  • Channels 15-22 are High power and are GMRS frequencies.
  • FRS = Family Radio Service.
  • GMRS = General Mobile Radio Service.

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FRS & GMRS frequencies have been preset by the governing bodies where these radios are licensed for use. They consist of Ch 1 - 14 for FRS or Family Radios Service (the new "CB" radio) and Ch 15 - 22 for GMRS or General Mobile radio Service. GMRS frequencies may be repeated 5 Mhz higher - the repeater input of channel 22 (462.750 Mhz) may be heard if close to the transmitter on Ch 22, but if a repeater has been set up to repeat signals in range on Ch 22, they would also be heard on 467.750 Mhz. The repeater will likely have one or more of the following: a high vantage point such as a hill or mountain top, may increased output power of up to 50 watts, or have an antenna with gain properties. Any one or combination of any of these benefits, will result in a significantly increased area of coverage.

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It is important to note that only Ch 1 - 14 may be used without a license. Transmitting on any of the GMRS frequencies (Ch 15 - 22) shown in red in the chart above, requires an FCC license if used in the U.S.A. Other countries may or may not have laws for licensing the use of any or all these frequencies, so check before transmitting. Modifying an FRS / GMRS radio is a violation of FCC rules and if caught; can result in fines, prison or both.

If you'd like to be able to tune actual frequencies - and not be limited to specific channels, you ought to look into amateur ("ham") radio. While not in the FRS or GMRS bands, there are literally hundreds of thousands of frequencies to use once licensed. The ARRL (American Radio Relay League) has a great deal of info about ham radio.

I hope this helps & good luck! Please rate my reply - thanks!

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