February 16, 2020
Over the centuries humans have evolved our communication. From writing on cave walls to mailing letters with the Pony Express to sending instantaneous video messages around the world with cell phones. Many forms of communication have fallen to the wayside as cell phones become more advanced. But our high-tech cell phones and WiFi are unreliable in many environments, especially in the face of severe weather in remote areas. For this reason, CB radios and handheld two-way radios have remained a viable and steadfast form of communication.
The CB radio is a pillar of two-way radio communication, but Midland saw an opportunity to reinvent the traditional CB radio and make it more accessible and powerful. We wanted to grow upon our expertise as the leader in two-way communication since way back when we manufactured the first and best CB radio in the United States.
Our MicroMobiles come in a variety of watts. Pick your level of power depending on what your range needs are. These powerful GMRS radios do require a license to use, but we’ve got you covered with all you need to know about how to get your GMRS license.
The MXT105 and limited edition MXTTR gives you 5 watts of GMRS power. One watt more than what is allowed by law for CB radios. Plus NOAA Weather Alert radio.
For up to 3 times the range of your GMRS handheld two way radios, the MXT115 boasts 15 watts of power that you can easily mount in most vehicles. The newest additional to the MicroMobile line is the MXT275. This radio also harnesses a full 15 watts of GMRS power but comes with a fully-integrated handheld mic. Plus NOAA Weather Alert radio.
For the most power and extreme range, then turn to the MXT400 -- Midland’s MOST powerful GMRS radio. Max out your GMRS capabilities with this mighty 40 watt radio with a 65-mile line of sight range!
No matter the power you choose, all of our MicroMobiles are compatible with Midland FRS/ GMRS radios and all other GMRS radios. This compatibility makes the MicroMobile the perfect base station for camping, hiking, snowmobiling, ATVing, and overlanding. Stay in touch with your group even when you can’t rely on cell service.
MXT275 MicroMobile mounted in Subaru Outback / Image from Ranz Navarro
Besides being able to easily communicate, the next best thing about CB radios and the new MicroMobile is the fun CB jargon and creative handles.
Originally, CB radios required a users to pay a $20 license fee. To avoid paying the fee and remain anonymous, users created handles or nicknames. It is said that Betty Ford often chatted on CB radios during her time in the White House, and her handle was none other than First Mama.
First of all, radio lingo is not weird made out abbreviations like you often see in texting or social media. Two-way radio jargon has been developed over the years to create shorthand messages that allow users to communicate brief, succinct, and clear communication.
Contrary to the name, two-way radios are really a one-at-a-time communication system. Unlike a cellphone, you cannot speak and listen at the same time. That means if you're pressing the talk button no one else can be heard. If you think of a short, clear, and concise message BEFORE you push the talk button it will help keep the channels open -- plus you'll save your battery life.
To help keep channels open, users have developed their own two way radio lingo to help keep messages brief and avoid confusion of similar sounding words or phrases.
Since multiple people can be on a channel a time, it is important to identify yourself and the intended recipient of your message. It also helps to indicate when your are done speaking. Use the appropriate jargon depending on if you are looking to continue the conversation or sign off.
Do not transmit sensitive or confidential information. Although there are privacy measures that can be used, it should be assumed that others can hear your conversation.