New Midland MXT275 (GMRS Mobile)

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I just picked one of these up and waiting on my license to come through. Does everyone upgrade the antenna? I'm probably only going to be using it for trail rides.
I originally used a CB antenna and recently learned the antenna I was using the wrong frequency type so I reverted to the stubby antenna that came with the Midland kit.
 
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I just picked one of these up and waiting on my license to come through. Does everyone upgrade the antenna? I'm probably only going to be using it for trail rides.
The included antenna will work fine for several miles. If you only envision using it for short ranges like that it should be fine.
 

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I just picked one of these up and waiting on my license to come through. Does everyone upgrade the antenna? I'm probably only going to be using it for trail rides.
Matthew,

Once you get everything installed, there are a few guys here in the BTR area that recently started trying to do a GMRS net on Monday nights, but it has been kind of hit and miss the last few weeks. Mostly due to people's work schedules and a lack of Net Controllers at the moment. If you're interested, I'll PM you the details and get you connected with the Facebook groups. I've gotten on exactly ONCE so far, but I work shift work, so I've not been able to really get on because of that. I miss about half the weekly nets for the Ascension ARC and the OB EchoLink nets too because of this, lol. Basically I'm only partially "radio active" in both UHF and VHF and usually only have the ham and GMRS radios on when I'm going to and from work.

FYI, there is a repeater in Prairieville and another in Livingston that have been installed and put on the air very recently. The one in P'ville is privately owned and "open with permission". The one in LP is "closed", run by the Livingston ARC (LOHSEP) and has a $10/yr membership fee. The net is being done on the LP repeater right now because its got hella range. The one in P'ville is fairly short range at the moment due to antenna height, but the owner is working on getting a tower put up in the near future, which will increase the range as well.
 
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I just picked one of these up and waiting on my license to come through. Does everyone upgrade the antenna? I'm probably only going to be using it for trail rides.
For that intended use the included antenna will work fine and not snag on everything in your path.
 

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I know getting permission is involved, but how exactly do you access and use a repeater with this radio, and how far can you communicate with it, theoretically and realistically?
 

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I know getting permission is involved, but how exactly do you access and use a repeater with this radio, and how far can you communicate with it, theoretically and realistically?
It's totally going to depend on your repeater's location and elevation. My regular GMRS repeater where I live I can easily hit from about 40 miles away and a similar distance on the other side of the repeater so that would give me about 80 miles total range. Of course you can get into deadspots if you are really low or blocked by buildings or terrain but that applies to any repeater.

Head over to MYGMRS and click on the repeaters link at the top then you can search by your location for repeaters in your area. GMRS repeaters aren't as widespread as HAM repeaters so you may or may not have one in your area.

You get the information off of that site for input and output frequencies of the repeater (GMRS has preset frequency pairs) then the "PL TONE". You'll need to program that into the radio, I'm not familar with the MXT so you'll have to do your leg work there.

The MYGMRS website will also list if the repeater is "Open" or "Permission Required". Typically if it's Permission Required you'll need to contact the repeater owner to get whatever PL tone they are using. Sometimes they just want to know how is using it other times they require a monthly or annual fee for use, for repeater upkeep. Many are "Open" which means the owners are ok with whoever using it.
 
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