Midland | GXT444 | Owner`s manual | Midland GXT444 Owner`s manual

COVER PAGE
MIDLAND
XTRA TALK
GXT444GMRS/FRS Radio
OWNER’S MANUAL
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Model GXT444
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction
Important Notice, FCC Licensing
LCD Display
Controls
Battery Installation
Installing the Belt Clip
Charging the Optional Battery Pack
Operating Your Radio
External Speaker/Microphone Jack
Troubleshooting Guide
Use and Care
Specifications and Frequency Charts
Warranty Information
MIDLAND Family Products
Accessories
Accessories Order Form
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Welcome to the world of Midland electronics
Congratulations on your purchase of a high quality MIDLAND product. Your 2-way radio represents the
state-of-the-art in high-tech engineering. Designed for GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) operation,
this compact package is big in performance. It is a quality piece of electronic equipment, skillfully
constructed with the finest components. The circuitry is all solid-state and mounted on a rugged printed
circuit board. Your two-way radio is designed for reliable and trouble-free performance for years to come.
Features
- 22 GMRS/FRS Channel
- eVOX
- Silent Operation
- Power High / Power Low Settings
- Speaker / Microphone Jacks
- Battery Low Indicator
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions :
(1) this device does not cause harmful interference, and (2) this radio must accept any interference that
may cause undesired operation.
To maintain compliance with FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, for body-worn operation, this radio has been
tested and meets the FCC RF exposure guidelines when used with Midland Radio Corp. accessories
supplied or designated for this product. Use of other accessories may not ensure compliance with FCC
RF exposure guidelines. (Tested with Headset Model: AVP-1)
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IMPORTANT NOTICE, FCC LICENSE REQUIRED FOR GMRS OPERATION
The GXT444 operates on GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies which require an FCC
(Federal Communications Commission) license. You must be licensed prior to operating on channels 1 7 or 15 - 22, which comprise the GMRS channels of the GXT444. Serious penalties could result for
unlicensed use of GMRS channels, in violation of FCC rules, as stipulated in the Communications Act's
Sections 501 and 502 (amended).
You will be issued a call sign by the FCC which should be used for station identification when operating
the radio on GMRS channels. You should also cooperate by engaging in permissible transmissions only,
avoiding channel interference with other GMRS users, and being prudent with the length of their
transmission time.
To obtain a license or ask questions about the license application, contact the FCC at 1-886-CALL FCC
or go to the FCC's website: www.fcc.gov/wtb/prs/genmbl.html
Exposure To Radio Frequency Energy
Your Midland radio is designed to comply with the following national and international standards and
guidelines regarding exposure of human being to radio frequency electromagnetic energy:
- United States Federal Communications Commission, Code of Federal Regulations: 47 CFR part 2 subpart J
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) C95.
1-1992
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) C95. 1-1999 Edition
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) of the United States, Report 86,
1986
- International Commission on Non-lonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) 1998
To control your exposure and ensure compliance with the general population or uncontrolled environment
exposure limits, transmit no more than 50% of the time. The radio generates measurable RF energy
exposure only when transmitting.
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LCD DISPLAY
1. LOW BATTERY ICON – Indicates the battery level is low.
2. eVOX – Indicates when eVOX mode is active.
3. CHANNEL NUMBER – Changes from 1~22 on GMRS/FRS band .
4. RECEIVE (RX) ICON – Indicates radio is receiving a transmission.
5. TRANSMIT (TX) ICON – Indicates radio is transmitting a signal.
6. TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL ICON – Indicates TX Power setting (HI/LO).
CONTROLS
7. POWER/VOLUME KNOB – Turn clock wise to turn the power on and increase the volume level. Turn
counter-clockwise to decrease the volume level and turn the power off.
8. PTT Button – Press and hold to transmit voice communication.
9. TX POWER HI/LO Button – Press to toggle between HI and LO TX Power setting.
10. MIC – Built-in microphone.
11. SPEAKER – Built-in speaker.
12. ANTENNA.
13. EXTERNAL SPEAKER/MIC JACK.
14. MENU Button – Press to access Menu mode.
15. eVOX Button – Press to activate / deactivate the eVOX function.
16. UP and DOWN Button – Make adjustments in MENU mode.
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
Your GXT444 radio operates with either 4 AA alkaline batteries or an optional NiMH battery pack. The
belt clip should be removed (see below) to ease installation or removal of the batteries.
To install the batteries:
1. With the back of the radio facing you, remove the belt clip (see diagram below) for easy access, then
remove the Battery Cover by pressing down on the top center and sliding it down from the radio.
2. Insert 4 AA batteries observing the polarity as shown. Installing the batteries incorrectly will prevent
the unit from operating or may damage the unit.
3. Return the Battery Cover by sliding it up on the radio. Replace the belt clip, making sure it locks into
place.
INSTALLING THE BELT CLIP
To install the BELT CLIP, slide the clip down into the slot on the back of the radio until the BELT CLIP
LATCH clicks. To remove the BELT CLIP, press the LOCK TAB down , then gently pull the belt clip up
toward the top of the radio.
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CHARGING THE OPTIONAL BATTERY PACK
Your GXT444 is equipped for using an optional rechargeable NiMH battery pack (not included) which can
be recharged using a desktop charger (not included). Initial charge time is 24 hours with a charge time of
8-12 hours thereafter. For maximum battery life, we recommend charging the battery pack when the low
battery icon comes on. Remove the radios from the charger when the charge time expires.
To charge Using a Desktop Charger:
1. Place the rechargeable battery packs in the radios.
2. Connect the AC adapter into an AC wall outlet.
3. Insert the AC adapter plug (or DC Cigarette Lighter adapter if charging in vehicle) into the desktop
charger jack.
4. Place the units into the desktop charger slot and note that the LED indicator with RED color will light
up, indicating charging function. The LED indicator will change to GREEN color once the battery
pack is fully charged.
1. Only use our NiMH battery pack.
2. Do not attempt to charge alkaline batteries or any batteries or battery packs other than the one
indicated in the manual. This may cause leakage and damage to the radio.
3. For long term storage of the radio, turn the radio OFF and remove the batteries from the radio.
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OPERATING YOUR RADIO
POWER ON/OFF AND VOLUME
Rotate the POWER/VOLUME knob clockwise to turn the radio on and increase the volume level. Rotate
the control counter-clockwise to reduce the volume level and to turn the radio off. During Power On, the
radio will beep 3 times with different tones, the LCD will display a “self-test” message for 1 second and
the LCD display will indicate the last channel selected.
TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING A CALL
To communicate, all radios in your group must be set to the same channel.
1. For maximum clarity, hold the radio 2 to 3 inches from your mouth.
2. Press and hold the PTT button and speak in a normal voice into the microphone. The TX icon will
appear continuously on the LCD Display while transmitting.
3. To receive a call, release the PTT button. The RX icon will appear on the display when your radio is
receiving a transmission.
ABOUT RANGE
Your GXT444 radios are designed to give you maximum range under optimum conditions.
Optimum Conditions are:
- Over water
- Open rural areas without obstructions
- Flat areas where you can see the other person
To ensure you get maximum range:
- Be sure to use fresh or fully charged batteries - low batteries will cause low power conditions
- Be sure you are on a GMRS channel - FRS channels are restricted by the FCC to low power.
- Be sure to set your radio to use Hi power.
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GXT444 QUICK REFERENCE CHART
DISPLAY ILLUMINATION
During Power on, the display illumination will activate for approx. 7 seconds. The display illumination can
also be activated when the MENU button is pressed.
CHANNEL SELECTION (GMRS/FRS BAND)
Press the MENU button once, and then the buttons to select one of the 22 GMRS/FRS channels. To
confirm the selection, press the PTT button or press the MENU button again to move to the next
feature setting.
TRANSMIT (TX) POWER LEVEL SELECTION :
Your GXT444 has 2 transmit power levels . To select the power level on channels 1~7 and 15~22, press
the TX POWER HI/LO button and the TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL ICON will toggle between HI and LO
setting.
Note : You cannot adjust the power setting on the FRS channels (8~14). They are set to Low power per
FCC regulations.
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eVOX (Hands-free Transmission)
Your GXT444 has eVOX (hands-free transmission) function.
To turn eVOX on, press the eVOX button . The display shows “VOX” on the upper left corner of the
display.
To turn eVOX off, press the eVOX button . The “VOX” on the upper left corner of the display will
disappear.
SILENT OPERATION
Your GXT444 has a SILENT OPERATION mode. In this mode, all “beeps” and “tones” are disabled.
To turn the SILENT OPERATION mode on, press the MENU button twice and a “bo” icon appears on the
display. Select “bF” by pressing the UP/DOWN buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU button to
exit.
To turn the SILENT OPERATION mode off, press the MENU button twice and a “bF” icon appears on the
display. Select “bo” by pressing the UP/DOWN buttons and push the PTT key, or press MENU button to
exit.
EXTERNAL SPEAKER/MICROPHONE JACK :
Your GXT444 can be used with an optional external speaker / microphone or headset, freeing your
hands for other tasks. To use an optional speaker / microphone or headset:
- Insert the plug(s) into the SPK/MIC jacks
- Place the earbud into your ear, and adjust the mic into your desired position.
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
PROBLEM
No Power
Cannot Receive Messages
SOLUTION
- Check battery installation and/or replace batteries
- Confirm the radios have the same channel.
- Make sure that you are within range of the other transceivers.
- Buildings and other structures may interfere with your
communication.
(See ABOUT RANGE on Page 8)
Radio is not responding to button presses
Display is dim
Charger not functioning
- Radio might need to be reset. Turn radio off then on.
- Ensure accessory microphone is set properly
- Recharge or replace batteries.
- Contacts on the back of the radio may require cleaning.
- Ensure the outlet where the charger is plugged
into is functioning properly.
- Check that the battery pack are installed in the
radio properly.
USE AND CARE :
1. Use a soft damp cloth to clean the radio
2. Do not use alcohol or cleaning solutions to clean the radio.
3. Do not immerse the radio in water.
4. Dry the radio with dry lint-free cloth should it get wet.
5. Turn off the radio and remove the batteries during long-term storage.
If you have a problem which you believe requires service, please call first and speak with a service
technician. Many problems can be remedied over the phone without returning the unit for service.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Channels
22 GMRS/FRS Channels
Operating Frequency UHF 462.5500 ~ 467.7125 MHz
Power Source 4 AA Alkaline or 4.8V Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack
GMRS/FRS FREQUENCY CHART (MHz)
- Channels 8~14 are low-power FRS license free channels
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LIMITED WARRANTY
Midland Radio Corporation will repair or replace, at its option without charge, any Midland FRS/GMRS
transceiver which fails due to a defect in material or workmanship within Three Years following the initial
consumer purchase. This warranty does not apply to water damage, battery leak or abuse.
This warranty does not include any carrying cases, earphones, or antennas, which may be a part of or
included with the warranted product, or the cost of labor for removal or re-installation of the
product in
a vehicle or other mounting.
Performance of any obligation under this warranty may be obtained by returning the warranted product,
freight prepaid, along with proof of purchase to:
Midland Radio Corporation
Warranty Service Department
1120 Clay Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights, which vary from state to
state.
Note : The above warranty applies only to merchandise purchased in the United States of America or any
of the territories or possessions thereof, or from a U.S. Military exchange.
Midland Radio Corporation
1120 Clay Street
North Kansas City, MO 64116
Tel: (816) 241-8500
E-mail: mail@midlandradio.com
URL: www.midlandradio.com
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ACCESSORIES
Accessories can be purchased at www.midlandradio.com or fill in the form on the following page and mail
it to our address.
AVP-1
- 2 Over the Ear Mic.
Headsets w/ PTT
-
$19.95
AVP-3
- 1 Dual Desk Charger
- 2 Rechargeable battery packs
- 1 AC Adapter
- 1 DC Cigarette lighter adapter
-
$39.95
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ACCESSORIES ORDER FORM
Please send Money Order or fill in Visa/MasterCard information and mail to the address below. Please
DO NOT send cash or checks. Make Money Order to Midland Radio Corporation.
Name: _____________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________
City: _____________________ State _____Zip Code _____________
Tel: ______________________ email: ___________________________
CC# _____________________ Type: __________ Exp. ____________
Qty
Item
AVP-1
AVP-3
Mail To:
Midland Radio Corporation
Consumer. Dept.
1120 Clay St.
N. Kansas City MO 64116
----------------
Price
$19.95
$39.95
Total
Or Call 816.241.8500.
---------------To order online go to
www.midlandradio.com
Sub-Total
___________
Tax (MO, CO, IL, FL only)
___________
S & H (U.S. only)
_____ $14.95
Total
$___________
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MIDLAND RADIO CORPORATION
1120 Clay St.
N. Kansas City MO 64116
Call 816.241.8500
visit us at http://www.midlandradio.com
Note: Features & Specifications are subject to change without notice. MIDLAND is not
responsible for unintentional errors or omissions on its packaging.
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