GMRS Base Camp

The XT511 is a 5-Watt 22 Channel GMRS Radio with five power options. Featuring NOAA Weather Radio with Alert as well as an AM/FM Radio, making the XT511 the ultimate communication tool.

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22 Channels

121 Privacy Codes

5-Watts of Power

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NOAA Weather Alert Radio

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X-GMRS Base Camp is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every Home I did a review on YouTube of this radio and love it. Just after I did the review Midland discontinued the base camp. Viewers on my channel wrote it was back and I had to check. I am so happy this is back. I think every family should have one. You get an AM/FM radio, a NOAA weather radio with alert, a 5 watt GMRS 2 way radio, a flashlight, and a hand crank phone charger. All that plus 4 ways to power AA, Midland rechargeables, 12v, and 110v. This is an incredible product.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fine small radio This radio does a great job on all bands. I put the frequencies and some codes in my 40 w GMRS base and vehicles and reception and transmissions were very good. Make sure you have a GMRS license to use the radio. Two things came to me: first, I put the radio on charge for 10 hours, and when I turned it on, nothing happened. I removed the battery packed then reseated it, and it came on fine. Secondly, I would like to see a new model which would make use of GMRS repeaters like the micro mobiles do. Even at an added cost, this would certainly be worth it. All in all, this is a very good radio, and I would recommend it to anybody who has a need for good communications.
Date published: 2018-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Owned Several Years This is one fantastic GMRS radio with lots of useful features. It transmit at the maximum five watts allowed. Glad to see this available again. Works great with our handhelds as well as our 40-watt mobile GRMS units. Be certain to get a GMRS license before using.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great piece of camping equipment. I've been using the Base Camp radio for a month now. The range and performance on HI power are what we'd expect. The convenient footprint and carry handle allows for handy placement on our camp table to maintain contact with our family campers. The multiple power source feature keeps the batteries charged and operational. The AM/FM/WX broadcast receiving helps us feel secure. The radio is NOT waterproof and should be kept away from direct rain or water hazards. Great piece of camping equipment.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bought several I waited several years for the re-release of this radio and I'm not disappointed. The flashlight, ability to charge the radio and a phone, and the weather alert functions are especially handy. Be sure to use alkaline batteries though; the rechargeable one is okay, but alkaline batteries last several days under AM/FM, flashlight, and periodic two-way use.
Date published: 2018-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality This is my SECOND XT511 unit. Love the first one I purchased. Excellent build quality and design, and performs well. Got a second unit just as a spare for a SHTF situation. I am a veteran of U.S.Navy Fleet Intgerlligence, and I know well the value of good communication.This is a vital piece of my families survival equipment. GOOD GEAR.
Date published: 2018-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from X-GMRS Base Camp Radio Bought 2 of the X-GMRS Base Camp Radios recently. One is for my 78yo mother who lives down the street not quite a half mile away and one for myself. The radios have made it very easy for her to communicate with me and have provided her with the comfort of knowing that she can reach me even if the utilities go down in a storm. Easy to use and none of the background noise we use to have with CB radios. (Yes I am old too).
Date published: 2018-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! No complains.. Bought this to use as backup radio in my farm, and I couldn’t be more satisfied. I’ve tested with some X-talker series and worked amazing! Now i plan on complete my kit with one micromobile for my truck
Date published: 2018-05-19
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Thank YOU for answering my previous question on which radios to use with the base camp radio. One other question what advantage is there to have a base camp radio and a couple radios vs just 2 or 3 radios?

Asked by: Gino
Well, that answer is pretty straight forward as it provides you with AM/FM/WX/GMRS radio. So basically it is up to you and your needs! Do you need communication and weather and entertainment?
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-10-22

What radios are commonly paired with this base? Or what Radios would you recommend?

Asked by: Gino
Hey Gino, This radio can be paired with both GMRS handhelds (as it is capable of transmitting over 2W of power) and FRS handhelds for license free use. For FRS, we would suggest the T71 series radios. For GMRS we would suggest the GXT1000 series radios, as they actually use the same battery! MidlandUSA
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-10-22

Why do I have to have a license and how much, where can I get one and why do your products say cancer and reproductive problems? Is this safe to handle?

Asked by: PeteM
Hey Pete, The FCC requires licensing on GMRS radios, it is $70 and is good for 10 years for you and your immediate family. Please look at our recent blog posts about GMRS radios, and licensing with information direct from the FCC. The prop65 regulations were recently updated, which is why you are seeing more of them around now. The substances that cause Midland to provide a Prop 65 warning are contained and bound in the unit or packaging in a way that they should not cause harm to the customer from normal handling and everyday use in the manner intended. Our radios are indeed safe to handle, just maybe don't lick them or their batteries! MidlandUSA
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-10-18

can you buy additional GMRS radios to support family outings when folks head off in different directions from base?

Asked by: 'fencer
Oh yes, as long as you are all on the same channel you can purchase GMRS or FRS radios to pair with the XT511.
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-09-28

I assume this radio cannot use repeaters.  Is that true?

Asked by: amgovret97
That is true, this radio does not have repeater capabilities. You would want to look into our MicroMobile line of radios for that additional function on a GMRS radio!
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-09-17

What is the power output of this product?

Asked by: Tom NLU
Hey Tom, The XT511 is capable of up to 5W of output power! MidlandUSA
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-06-04

Can you remove the antenna and attach an external one for car use ?

Asked by: MattL
Negative, the antenna is not removable
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-05-14

Does the antenna fold down or is it fixed?

Asked by: 11:59:59-GO
The antenna folds down!
Answered by: Midland Support
Date published: 2018-05-14
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