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Trouble pairing Midland 2-way radios

Ram|bunc|tious 24,564 1,944 June 26, 2016 at 11:21 AM
We have a pair of Midland 2-way radios for the kids and I can only get communication going one way even when they are on the same channel. One of the pair will not transmit or the other receive. Manual isn't helpful. I've tried changing channels - weird when I "scan" they don't find each other but when I set manually, I can communicate one way. Model X-TALKER T51VP3 but I bet common behavior across models.

Any suggestions?

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GMRS/FRS radios are generally pretty simple, but the range is nowhere near what they claim in practice.

Don't use scan, I think it's only useful if privacy codes are off. It's purpose is to find a channel somebody's broadcasting on openly. It will only find something while transmission is happening.
Set channel and privacy codes the same.
Disable VOX
HOLD button to talk, verify TX appears on screen.
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Also try all the stupid simple fixes you can think of like new batteries.
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If the radios still don't work when you are only 20-30 ft apart, they are shot. These radios are not very rugged.
Check out BaoFeng/PoFung radios (if the kids are very young these will be too complicated). About $30 for one. They have more power and range than "bubble pack" radios and have generally good reviews. They have many more features and you probably want to program them. Programming cable is $20, CHIRP software is free. You may need a GMRS license - $65 for the entire family for five years.
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If the radios still don't work when you are only 20-30 ft apart, they are shot. These radios are not very rugged.
Check out BaoFeng/PoFung radios (if the kids are very young these will be too complicated). About $30 for one. They have more power and range than "bubble pack" radios and have generally good reviews. They have many more features and you probably want to program them. Programming cable is $20, CHIRP software is free. You may need a GMRS license - $65 for the entire family for five years.
You have to be careful not to interfere with local HAM traffic if you do that.
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Thanks for all the feedback, I think these are shot. Sadwalk
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