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September 22, 2022

Like many versions of technology, radio has continued to evolve through the years.

Case in point- CB radio vs MicroMobile GMRS Two-Way Radio.

While many people continue to use CB radio, we've taken the two types of radio to the farm for the ultimate matchup. Watch for yourself.


The CB radio or Citizens Band Radio was created in 1945.

While CB radio was initially used by the government, more and more civilians began using CB radios in the 1960's. CB radios rose to fame in the 1970's through pop culture.

CB radios operate on 40 shared channels in AM mode. The maximum power levels for this radio transmission is four watts. 

CB radios are intended for short range transmissions, but with antennas you can increase range.


MicroMobile GMRS radio has emerged as the CB radio alternative over the last several years. Midland has been a leader in the constant innovation of GMRS two-way radios.

With more than four times the power of CB radio, MicroMobile GMRS radios significantly increase the range and clarity of your radio transmissions. That range stretches even further by using high-powered MicroMobile units. Midland offers 15 Watt, 40 Watt, and 50 Watt options. 50 Watt radios are the highest powered radios allowed by law. Use of antenna will also push your radio range to new limits.

Midland's MicroMobile GMRS Two-Way Radios bring radio transmissions that are reliable and clear. You'll notice less static in your communication when using a MicroMobile GMRS Two-Way Radio. You'll also be able to communicate further apart.

General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) do require licensing to operate. You can apply for a license through the FCC. No test is required, just a payment. The license is $35, is good for ten years, and covers your immediate family.

Use our guide to find the right MicroMobile for you.


Midland Radio tested CB radio and MicroMobile GMRS Two-Way Radios.

We took CB radios and MicroMobiles to the farm for the test and put our vehicles about one mile apart.

Throughout the test we experienced significant static through CB radio communication. 

Once we powered up Midland's MXT115 MicroMobile, the voice clarity and power of the radio really showed. 

The difference between the 4 Watt CB radio and 15 Watt MXT115 was also evident throughout the test. 

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