Midland Base Camp Radio (XT511)Item # XT5

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The Midland XT511 Base Camp Radio is a 22 channel 2-way radio that can be used to communicate with any other FRS or GMRS type of walkie-talkies. It has the ability to encode your chosen frequency with one of 121 CTCSS/DCS codes. By selecting one of these codes you will only hear those other stations that you want to hear and not be interrupted by other users on the same channel. This makes it very versatile, both during emergency situations, and for camping and other outdoor activities. By turning off the codes, you will be able to keep in touch with your neighborhood disaster center and other neighbors during an emergency and be assured that you will receive all important calls.

The Radio allows for hands-free operation using one of several optional headsets (see pages 17 and 22 of the instruction manual); this makes it ideal for hiking, biking or other outdoor activities.

We put this radio to the test and found that we could effectively communicate over one-half mile on FRS frequencies under less than ideal urban terrain. Your mileage may vary and could be up to 20 miles under ideal line of sight conditions on GMRS frequencies.

The Base Camp is a NOAA Weather Radio as well, which allows you to keep informed of weather reports for your area directly from NOAA. It also provides an alert function which, when enabled, will alert you to all important weather broadcasts that will be affecting your area.

The radio has a very easy to use menu system that allows you to turn on or off the many features that are included. It can be powered by its built-in hand crank to charge the internal NiMH battery pack or by using (4) AA batteries. It also comes equipped with its own AC/DC charging unit to charge the internal NiMH battery pack.

Finally, the XT511 Base Camp Radio is a standard broadcast AM/FM receiver providing good sensitivity for the entire AM and FM band. The radio will keep you informed, entertained and in contact with those around you in both times of play and emergency. Operation on FRS frequencies requires no license. (GMRS frequencies requires FCC licensing.)

Weight: 3.25 lbs. Size: 7.25" W x 6.5" H x 2.75" D. 3-year manufacturer's warranty.

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By PGomez
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By MPeck
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Headphone jack could stand improvement, when plugged into has to be manipulated to get stereo if seated fully into the jack of the radio component or the hand set will only give mono sound output.
By RPerna
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I use this with my daughter when she goes for walks in the woods here.And when she goes babysitting a 1/4 mile away, better than the phone. We also bought walkie-talkies to go with the base station,fantastic!
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General Specifications
Battery Power: 4x AA Alkaline batteries (not included) or 6v 700mAh NiMH battery pack
DC Charging jack: 9v 300 mA center pin positive
Channels: 22 FRS/GMRS +121 Privacy Codes
Frequency Coverage: UHF 462.550 ~ 467.7125 MHz
WX 162.400-162.550
AM 530 ~ 1700 kHz
FM 87.9 ~108.1 MHz
Display Size: 3.375" W x .937" H
Crank Recharging: 2 TPS x 90 sec = 60 minutes operating time
Operating Temperature Range: 10to 50 degrees Celsius
Alert: 1050 Hz tone
IEEE Certification: Part 95
Dimensions: 7.5" W x 6.5" H x 2.75" D
Weight: 3.25 lbs
  • Does the NiMH battery pack require a conditioning charge before the first use?

    For best results, the unit requires a conditioning charge for 24 hours prior to use. Thereafter a charge time of 12 hours should bring the battery pack to pull power.
  • Can I leave the AC charger plugged in all the time?

    For longer life on your NiMH battery pack this is not recommended.
  • Is the NiMH battery pack user replaceable?

    Yes, but at this time it must be ordered directly from the manufacture.
  • Will I damage the flashlight if I crank the handle in the opposite direction?

    No, the winder handle can be cranked in both directions.
  • How long is the warranty on the Midland Base Camp Radio?

    It has a 3-year limited warranty through the manufacture.
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Instructions (PDF) Midland Base Camp Radio XT511 Instruction Manual 1.48 MB 3:41 @ 56KBps
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