March 25, 2010
Yes, Spring is here! Many of us are now thinking about camping trips, perhaps a bit of yard work, and a rediscovery of the joys of being outdoors. Well one radio you might want to have with is the Midland Base Camp XT511. The XT511 combines a NOAA weather radio, AM/FM radio, and FRS/GMRS radio.
One great feature is that is can also operate on battery power, you can plug it into a power source, or by turning the Dynamo crank. This makes the XT511 ideal for emergency use, especially in areas with harsh weather conditions. And since this a GMRS radio, just add a set of Midland GMRS radios to cover all of your communication needs.
The XT511 also has a USB connector so you can charge your USB enabled devices (such as many cell phones). We have the Midland XT511 Base Camp Two Way / Emergency Crank Radio in stock and ready to ship for $69.94.
September 25, 2009
We have a Midland radio that you all might be interested in. The Midland Base Camp XT511 combines a NOAA weather radio, AM/FM radio, and FRS/GMRS radio. The XT511 is perfect for campers and other outdoors enthusiast to use as a base station / weather radio.
One great feature is that is can also operate on battery power, you can plug it into a power source, or by turning the Dynamo crank. It is a smart idea to have a crank powered radio for emergency use, especially in areas with harsh weather conditions. And since this a GMRS radio, just add a set of Midland GXT740VP3 Radios, and you will have the communications part of a home emergency kit covered.
The XT511 and a set of GMRS radios is also great for a small home business since you family members can use the GMRS radios. They could even work as a base station and radio set for a small farm, or outdoor business that needs to stay informed of the weather.
March 31, 2009
While the coming of Spring means warmer and longer days, it also means we are also entering the time of year when there are a lot of storms. One of the most useful items you can have is a quality weather radio. We currently carry three great weather radios that will keep you informed of inclement weather headed your direction.
The first is the Midland WR-100B Weather Radio. This is ideal for those that only need basic storm warnings, or live in areas with only minor weather problems. Although we refer to it is a basic model it has some rather advanced features.
The WR-100B supports the Public Alert system and SAME technology (which allows you to receive weather and civil emergency alerts and warnings only for your designated area.). When a severe weather or civil emergency occurs a loud (90dB) siren will sound alerting you of danger, and a description of the alert will appear on the display. No longer do you have to monitor the NOAA weather stations yourself, the WR-100B will do it for you.
The WR-100B also acts as a normal weather radio, providing you with broadcasts from the NOAA weather service at the touch of a button. For those nice days with no threatening weather, well the WR-100B also has an alarm clock with snooze so you do not sleep in too much.
The next step up is the Midland WR-300 Weather Radio. Like the WR-100B it supports the Public Alert system and SAME technology, has a (90dB) siren, and is also a full feature weather radio. The WR-300 also has selectable alarm settings, and AM/FM radio, full calendar display, and works as an alarm clock.
In addition to the above weather radios, a good crank powered backup radio is a must for many people. The WR-100B and WR-300 both have a battery backup, but if the power is out for a long time, you will want a Midland ER102 Emergency Crank Radio.
The ER102 provides a flashlight, a digital AM/FM radio, NOAA weather alert radio, freeze warning indicator, and even a cell phone charger. The ER102 can operate from several power sources: standard AAA batteries, a plug-in AC adapter, and a built-in rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery can be charged using the AC adapter, or manually by turning the Dynamo crank.
The ER102 can provide audible and visual weather alerts. If you are in an area with a NOAA station that supports this feature, you can have the Midland ER-102 alert you (with a siren or flashing light) to a changing weather situation instead of constantly monitoring yourself.
February 26, 2009
If you are living in an area that is likely to be hit by storms or tornadoes, then a weather radio is a must-have. Because safety is more important than anything, I use the Midland WR-300 Weather Radio and I can assure you that it is indeed a life saver. Trust me, if it had not been the timely warning alert from the Midland WR 300 Weather Alert Radio last year, I wouldn't be talking to you now.
These Midland WR 300 Clock Radios come with S.A.M.E. technology (Specific Area Message Encoding) to help you pre-program the weather radio to get alerts that are specific, or exclusive to your local area. You have the option of choosing from 23 programmable county codes so that you can receive alerts not just about one county but several. The Midland WR 300 AM/FM Weather Alert Radio has a single speaker that sounds a clear, loud 90 dB siren. Details about the alert are clearly displayed on the blue, backlit LCD screen.
The PLL (Phase-Lock Loop) technology in these weather radios helps you to tune correctly and with the 10-alert memory, you can easily add, edit, or delete unwanted alerts. One of the best things about Midland WR 300 Weather Alert Radio is that it allows you to disable the audible alerts for watch/warning except those like tornado warning, biological hazard warning, etc. that are life threatening.
Other interesting features in the Midland WR-300 Weather Radio are AM/FM tuning options, alarm facility, and full calendar display. This radio runs on four AA batteries or AC power adapter.
You don't have to stay awake at nights monitoring NOAA weather stations when bad weather is anticipated. You can safely rely on the Midland WR 300 Weather Alert Radio and sleep peacefully!
February 12, 2009
Midland Radio Corporation is a leading manufacturer of wireless two-way and weather/hazard alert radios for commercial as well as domestic purposes. Among their many products, I especially like Midlands GXT900VP4 Two Way Radios. They combine the functions of both a two-way as well as a weather/hazard alert radio.
The Midland GXT900 VP4 Radio Pack includes everything you need to use the radio. There are two Midland GXT900VP4 Walkie Talkies in the pack with a high-power output of 5 watts, which gives them a range of up to 30 miles under optimal conditions. They come with 22 standard FRS/GMRS channels, each of which supports 142 privacy codes. Another 20 extra channels are also available for users who require more bandwidth. Midland GXT900VP4 Two-Way GMRS Radios support NOAA weather channels and NOAA weather alerts to keep you up to date on any drastic weather forecasts and other emergencies.
The Midland GXT900VP4 Two Way Radios can be operated hands-free with the AVP-1 headsets. The pack comes with both home and car chargers, so you can recharge the radio anywhere. The radios run on either rechargeable or AA batteries. The battery-save circuit also provides extended battery life.
What is so special about Midland GXT900VP4 Walkie Talkies that makes them worth buying? One reason is that they meet JIS4 waterproof standards, so not only are they water resistant, but they can actually be placed in a direct stream of water for a short period of time! Another advanced feature worth mentioning is that if everyone in your group uses Midland GXT900VP4 Two-Way GMRS Radios, then you can place them in group mode and assign each radio a unique code. With this feature, you can make direct calls to any user you want without everyone else listening in on the conversation. The receiving radio will even display the caller id of the transmitting walkie-talkie, just like your cell phone!
To make your conversations even more secure, Midland GXT900VP4 Walkie Talkies feature voice scrambling. A dual channel watch, channel scan, vibrating alert, keypad lock, high/medium/low power settings, and ten call alerts are some of the other features that make Midland GXT900VP4 Two Way Radios worth every dollar.
January 16, 2009
We live in a world of extreme uncertainties and unpredictability. Natural disasters, environmental hazards, and other public emergencies can keep the entire state machinery on tenterhooks. When nature strikes, it doesn't leave you and your near and dear ones with much time for taking cover. In such cases, it is extremely important that you receive warning of impending dangers well in time, so that you can be prepared. Emergency weather radios are there for this very purpose. These portable emergency radios are life-saving tools worth owning, especially in areas known for unpredictable weather conditions.
Let me take you through certain advanced models of weather alert radios manufactured by Midland. WR-100B and WR-300 are public alert radios, which broadcast weather forecasts 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. They keep you updated by monitoring all the weather stations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and report any unusual change in weather. In case of any danger, they blare out a 90dB loud siren, which is sure to wake you up even from the deepest of slumber. You can easily check the nature of the emergency using the color-coded alert light or read the description on the blue backlit display. It also supports the Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.) technology, which ensures that you are alerted to mishaps that take place in your locality. You also have the option of expanding the coverage to areas that are close enough for you to be affected. These portable emergency radios come with a host of other features as well. You can tune in to your favorite radio stations or use them as alarm clocks.
I would personally recommend that you go for Midland ER102 Emergency Crank Radios, which will keep you company even during power outages. They can run on batteries or AC adapters. They also have built-in rechargeable batteries, which, by turning the Dynamo crank, can be charged manually. These portable weather radios can even charge your cell phones.