Two radios, 2 belt clips, 2 headsets, a desktop charger, rechargeable batteries, AC & DC adaptors and an easy-to-read owner's manual are included in the Midland GXT1050VP4 Package.
I have to admit that I'm a relative newcomer to the world of two-way radios. It was only a few years ago that I was introduced to the bennefit of two-way radios after a friend brought a few into our deer camp -- what a difference they made. When a shot rang out through the timber, there was no longer any guessing whether someone from our group had fired (we hunt public land), if the target had been hit, if they needed help field dressing the deer and dragging it back to camp.
My initial experience convinced me of the usefulness of two-way radios, and I hastily went out and purchased a pair. This experience quickly taught me two costly lessens:
- Two-way radios are not created equal
- Two-way radios don't always provide the range that they advertise
My first pair of radios got scrapped as they were only slightly better than the walkie-talkies of my youth. So, after doing a little research, I ended up with the Midland Model GXT1050VP4 Two-Way Radios -- a top-notch set of two-ways with tremendous range and a ton of features geared toward the avid outdoorsmen.
The Model GXT1050VP4 Two-Way Radios Package includes a pair of radios, belt clips, pair of headsets, desktop charger, rechargeable batteries, AC & DC adaptors and an easy-to-read owner's manual.
When eVOX is selected, the radio automatically transmits when you speak. When used in conjunction with the two headsets, this is a very convenient feature when group hunting.
The impressive 36-mile maximum range was the most attractive characteristic of these Midland two-ways, which is made possible thanks to the whopping 5-watt power output. Realize, though, that this is a "maximum range" and can only be achieved under the most ideal conditions, which are extremely rare. However, I've found that even though two-way radios rarely reach their purported maximum range, you'll still get greater range and clarity of transmission with a 20-mile radio than you do with a 6-mile radio when all other factors (terrain, weather, etc.) are equal.
Another attractive feature for hunters, Midland's Model GXT1050VP4 Radios are equipped eVOX, a Voice Activated Transmit feature that allows you to use your radio "hands free." When eVOX is selected, the radio will automatically begin transmitting when you speak without touching the radio. When used in conjunction with the two included headsets, this is very convenient while hunting in groups.
Fifty channels and 387 privacy codes give you up to 5,560 channel options to help you block other conversations. This is an extremely useful feature when you are in area where many people are using two-way radios and it becomes very difficult to find a channel that isn't being used. Privacy codes make it possible to take your radios to high traffic places and still be able to communicate with your group without outside interruptions.
The features mentioned above are the ones that I've found most beneficial when hunting public land with friends. But there are a whole bunch of features that the outdoorsmen will find beneficial. If you haven't already, introduce a set of two-way radios to your deer camp this season; you'll appreciate the benefits they bring to your hunting experience.
(Note: some states do not allow the use of two-way radios for deer hunting.)