Midland’s X-Talker T65VP3 two-way radio set is an ideal set for small groups, who will be traveling together but not obscenely too far from each other. They are GMRS two-way radios that advertise a distance of up to a 32 mile range. This is, of course, dependent on the terrain and line-of-sight, because if you have a huge mountain between you and your group, you may have a tough time reaching even five miles, let along 30 or more. The T65VP3 are camouflaged and built at a high quality. The ergonomic design fits nice and feels good in my hand, and the buttons are sharp and respond very well.
The X-Talker T65VP3s are packed with features, like a 36 channel load with 14 extra channels, and five call alerts, plus five animal call tones, and include 121 privacy codes, a rapid recharge via USB dock, and perhaps the most important characteristic for wilderness travelers, a weather system scan and alert feature. These are powerful two-way radios, built to last as a consumer product rather than a professional model, but I find their small, sleek design, and how lightweight they are as being a major plus on most pro pair radios.
The silent operation with vibrating alert is a very cool feature. There is a high and low power setting for greater range versus extending the battery life, and the body is a water resistent hardshell that seems to me like it can survive through some tough situations. The weather scan is a great feature, as it updates me of incoming severe weather, so that I have time to react appropriately. Though in my region, I did notice a lot of static from the weather station, but that’s probably because I was too far out. Thus far, I have no negative criticism for Midland’s two-way radios. They are a great design, lightweight and as I said, packed with all kinds of features.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen