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February 16, 2021

Going the Distance with 5 Watt, Long Range Walkie Talkie Radios

Long range two-way radios are exactly what they sound like and simultaneously not. These radios have a maximum long distance in “optimal conditions” which means they only work at that distance if there are zero obstructions -- i.e. line-of-sight. Trees, buildings, and mountains can all interfere with the range. If there is no sight obstruction, the long distance walkie talkies can reach up to 65 miles.

5 watt walkie talkie range

FRS vs GMRS Basics

Family Radio Service or FRS is intended for communicating over short distances. Generally, 0.5 watt (o.5W) channels cover less than a half mile while 2W channels work up to two miles. FRS radios have a maximum allowable power of 2W. General Mobile Radio Service or GMRS are higher powered devices that use systems and repeaters to increase the range of the radio. GMRS systems require a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license to operate. GMRS radios have a maximum allowable power of 50W.

Want to learn more about FRS and GMRS? Check out this post for the nitty gritty on GMRS and FRS radios.

FCC Regulations

At the end of 2017, the FCC revised their channel designations and regulations to reclassify dual band FRS/GMRS radios. Previously, these hybrid devices required an FCC license. Now they are considered an FRS-only unit and do not require a license.

Does your device need a GMRS license? Check out our article regarding the recent FCC regulation changes.

Midland 5 Watt Radios

Part of our mission is to provide you with the reliable communication tools you need to go further off the beaten path. Therefore, we continue to deliver power and innovative solutions with extreme range devices like our MXT, GXT, and XT series.

MicroMobile® MXT Series

The Midland MXT105 5-watt radio is powerful and compact.

The MicroMobile® MXT two-way radios are available in 5, 15, and 40 watt. Check out our full MicroMobile® line here. Easily mount one of these radios in your vehicle and build out your own GMRS base station. The MXT105 is our 5 watt MicroMobile® and range is double that of traditional walkie talkies -- 40 miles line-of-sight range. The MXT105 features 15 high and low power GMRS channels.

Most MicroMobile® units are enabled with our legendary NOAA weather alert technology. Maximize the range of your MicroMobile® with a detachable external magnetic mount mobile antenna. Each of these two-way radios requires an FCC license.


Stay informed with the 5 Watt XT511 GMRS base station

The XT511 GMRS Base Camp is the trifecta of communication tools: GMRS and NOAA weather crank radio, AM/FM radio, and emergency power source. It is the ideal combination of the reliability of Midland Weather Radios with the power of our 5W radios. The XT511 makes it easy to stay informed and connected.

No matter which you choose -- Midland 5W radios give you extreme range with clear crisp communication.

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