my experience with GMRS so far

dreadlocks

Well-known member
Your kenwood is gonna do wideband unless configured otherwise, the midlands narrow.. If your on a 12.5Khz wide channel and others are broadcasting 25Khz wide its going to exasperbate multipath interference, especially in any kinda urban environment as UHF Multipath just gets worse (or better if you need to exploit it).

Whats your son transmitting with? All my commercial/ham radios I have programmed to do narrow on GMRS because most off the shelf gear is narrow nowdays and having a mixed communications network at best results inconsistent audio volume.
 

Billoftt

Active member
The son is transmitting with a Midland GMRS HT. On the TM-V71 the GMRS frequencies were programmed into it in narrowband mode (that’s what the FMN means, I just got used to Icom’s mode-naming convention).

Trust me, both of my Midlands picket fence when receiving GMRS and the VHF WX stations. When I get bored this weekend I am going to slap my ID-5100A in there and see what happens.


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BigDaveZJ

Adventurer
I haven't had any problems with mine. Had heard of the issue when they first came out but not so much now.
Same. I've got 4 of the MXT275s with no issues. A buddy of mine did have an issue with his, but from his research Midland is aware of less than 5 units that had his issue. Something with him being able to RX but no audio coming through on TX.
 

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DaveInDenver

Expedition Leader
LOL, I mean I connected the Kenwood to the same NMO and antennas that the Midland was connected to and listened to my son talk to me and then the WX stations. The freqs in the Kenwood were programmed in FMN. I just did it as a “control” because the Kenwood is a high-end radio that I know doesn’t have that issue.


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I know what you meant. I'm joking that you have too *good* of an antenna and insufficiently lossy coax thus are overloading the front end of the Midland, giving the AGC fits and desensitizing.

The GMRS radio just has lower tolerance for frequency drift or reception artifacts. It's front end filters are likely not nearly as good as a traditional Kenwood ham radio, which is going to be pretty good and generally most of us agree to be some of the better sounding radios.

It's a matter of expectations I suppose and they're just good enough. No different than the Baofeng class radios that suit some hams just fine but comparatively are IMO junk.
 
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Billoftt

Active member
I know what you meant. I'm joking that you have too *good* of an antenna and insufficiently lossy coax thus are overloading the front end of the Midland, giving the AGC fits and desensitizing.
Dang it that’s the problem with typed text in forums, I just can’t pick up the jokes that well.


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