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Midland XT511

Base camp GMRS radio

Item # 102XT511

The Midland XT511 base camp radio will be a great addition to your workday, weekend, or emergency kit.

The Midland XT511 base camp radio will be a great addition to your workday, weekend, or emergency kit.

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Item # 102XT511

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About the Midland XT511

A base radio you can count on

The Midland XT511 base camp radio will be a great addition to your workday, weekend, or emergency kit. This GMRS radio packs a lot of features into a portable package, including versatile power options, adjustable power settings, NOAA and AM/FM tuning, a flashlight, and an alarm clock.

A base radio you can count on

The Midland XT511 base camp radio will be a great addition to your workday, weekend, or emergency kit. This GMRS radio packs a lot of features into a portable package, including versatile power options, adjustable power settings, NOAA and AM/FM tuning, a flashlight, and an alarm clock.

Midand XT511

The hand crank will give you power when you need it.

Keep in touch with the team

With 22 GMRS channels, you'll enjoy clear, crisp communication with your whole crew. The buttons are easy to use, you have 121 privacy codes at your disposal, and with 5 watts of power, you'll hear and be heard.

There when you need it

A radio with no power is a paperweight, and that's not something you need in the outdoors. This rugged, water-resistant radio gives you plenty of ways to power up. It comes with a rechargeable battery pack, but you can also drop in four regular AA batteries, hook up an AC or DC adapter, or use the hand crank to generate your own power in an emergency. And you can change the transmit settings to conserve battery power until you need it.

News, sports, and weather

Information is everything, even when you're out in the woods. You can tune into AM or FM radio for news and alerts, or switch over to NOAA Weather Radio for up-to-the-minute forecast information.

More handy features

You can't have enough flashlights, so the XT511 has a built-in Cree® LED light with an SOS function. And it also features a clock with alarm and snooze functions. All in all, this base radio is a handy thing to have around.


Product highlights:

  • rechargeable GMRS base radio with flashlight
  • ideal for emergency preparedness, hunting, camping, and work use
  • multiple sustainable power sources — hand crank, rechargeable battery, AC/DC, AA batteries
  • adjustable transmit power settings to conserve battery life
  • AM/FM, plus NOAA Weather Radio
  • LED flashlight
  • dimensions: 7-1/4'' x 6-3/8'' x 2-3/4''
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # XT511

What's in the box:

  • Base Camp radio
  • Handheld microphone w/attached 4' cord
  • Rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack (6V / 700mAh)
  • AC Switching power supply w/6' cord (9V / 300mA)
  • DC Lighter adapter w/5' cord
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Owner's manual

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Overview: The Midland XT511 Base Camp is a GMRS/FRS (General Mobile Radio Service/Family Radio Service) two-way radio providing a full 5 watts of power for maximum operational range. Key features include: 22 high power GMRS channels, 121 privacy codes, NOAA Weather Alert Radio, Channel-scan, 5 power options including a built-in hand-crank charger, flashlight, and many other features. The XT511 also includes a hand-held PTT (push to talk) microphone and is compatible with all Midland and most other brands of GMRS radios. Its compact and durable housing is water-resistant for all weather conditions.

Note: Operation of a GMRS radio requires an FCC license.

Channels: The XT511 provides 22 GMRS/FRS channels that can be selected manually or with the Scan mode that continuously scans all 22 available channels for activity. It also includes a Monitor Mode that lets you check for activity on the currently selected channel. This mode also lets you adjust the volume of the radio if you're not receiving a signal from an assigned transmitter. Other key features include:

  • Call Alert: The radio can transmit a call alert for a fixed length of time and has 10 Call Alert selections.
  • Keypad Lock: The keypad can be locked to avoid accidental changing of settings.
  • Transmit (TX) Power Level: The radio has 2 power level settings (Hi / Lo) that can be selected for channels 1-7 and 15-22. Channels 8-14 are set to Low per FCC regulations.
  • Silent Operation: In this mode, all "beeps" and "tones" are disabled.
  • Roger Beep (end of transmission tone): When set to On, the radio will beep to confirm to other users that your transmission has finished when the PTT (Push to Talk) button is released.
  • Dual Watch: This enables the user to scan 2 channels for any activity. The first channel will be the current channel/privacy code setting and the second channel will be the selected channel in the Menu.

Privacy Codes: The XT511 also features Privacy Codes via CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System) and DCS (Digitally Coded Squelch). These systems allow several users to share the same channel without disturbing each other. When CTCSS or DCS is enabled for a selected channel, the channel is muted to all incoming signals unless they carry the correct CTCSS or DCS tone. When a transmission with the correct tone is received, the mute is lifted and the voice audio can be heard. The XT511 has 121 total Privacy Codes, 38 CTCSS and 83 DCS.

NOAA Weather Radio: Also included with the 2-way radio is the NOAA Weather Radio function, which enables the user to receive weather reports from designated NOAA stations. The NOAA Weather Scan function allows you to scan all 10 NOAA Weather Service channels and will lock on to the strongest channel in your area. A Weather Alert function can be set which will beep for 20 seconds when a Weather Alert is received.

Microphone and Speakers: Transmitting and receiving signals can be done through the radio chassis, using the built-in front-panel speaker and microphone along with the PTT/Select button on top of the unit. This can also be done with the included hand-held microphone with PTT button. When plugged into the radio, the hand-held microphone also becomes the receiving speaker, with all audio coming through it and not the radio's speaker.

Power Options: The XT511 is equipped with multiple ways to power and charge the unit:

  • Batteries: A rear-panel battery compartment holds 4 AA batteries along with the included Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack. A convenient front-panel switch allows the user to switch between the two for powering the radio. Initial charging time for the rechargeable battery is approximately 24 hours, with a charge time of approximately 12 hours afterwards.
  • AC and DC Adapters: The XT511 includes both AC (home) and DC (vehicle) adapters for charging the Ni-MH battery.
    • Note: the rechargeable battery must be installed before connecting either power adapter to the radio.
  • Dynamo Crank: The rechargeable battery can also be charged with the built-in Dynamo Crank on the side of the radio. The Crank can be rotated rapidly in either direction and should be done with the radio turned off. Approximately 2 minutes of cranking can provide up to 5 minutes of radio use (receiving and monitoring only).

SOS Siren: When the Menu/SOS button is held for 5 seconds, the radio will produce a loud siren sound, the display backlight along with the flashlight will flash; spelling out an SOS pattern in Morse Code, and an SOS icon will appear on the display.

AM/FM Tuner: In addition to GMRS/FRS channels, the XT511 can also receive AM and FM channels, which are manually selected with the Tuning knob. During use, if the radio receives a transmission or a Weather Alert, the radio will beep for 20 seconds and the Alert icon will blink on the LCD display.

Clock/Alarm: A 12-hour format clock can be set to display in the LCD screen and includes an Alarm with Snooze option.

Flashlight: The XT511 includes a powerful LED flashlight built into the radio chassis.

Vox (Hands-Free Transmission): Hands-free transmitting can be done using the radio's built-in microphone. Nine level settings are available in the Menu for adjusting the microphone sensitivity. Note: VOX is not possible through the hand-held microphone.

USB Charging: The XT511 includes a side-panel USB port (Type-A, 2.0) for charging a mobile phone or other portable device. Charging is done with either the Dynamo Crank or the AC or DC adapters.

Chassis: The XT511 chassis provides water-resistance and durability with its ABS plastic enclosure, switches, and knobs along with rubberized buttons. The Mic, USB, and Charging ports all include rubber plugs for protection when not in use. The built-in carry handle adds portability and functions to easily aim the flashlight. The 3" antenna, mounted on the rear, folds 90˚ from the protected position against the chassis to the upright position for use. A slotted-mount on the rear allows the hand-held microphone to be attached for carrying. A large back-lit LCD clearly displays all vital information, even in low light and adverse weather conditions.


  • Transmitting Power: 5 W
  • GMRS/FRS Channels: 22
  • Privacy Codes: 121
  • NOAA Weather Channels: 10
  • Antenna: Built-in 3" folding
  • Accessories: AC and DC power adapters, carry-strap
  • Dimensions: Width - 7.375", Height - 6.50" (7.50" w/antenna extended), Depth - 2.875"

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What's the radio CB range?
[ John S  May 20, 2022 ]
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Citizen Band (CB) radios are usually mounted in a vehicle. They are Amplitude Modulation (AM) thus poor quality of transmission and reception. CB radios do not require a license and transmissions are not FCC monitored; users often use profanities and discuss topics inappropriate for children, etc. Most walkie-talkie radios cover 22 stations shared between Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) stations. These are Frequency Modulated (FM) and thus have much better quality of transmission. Small hand-held units have resulted in tremendous popularity and use. The Midland xt511 Base Camp has Weather channel, AM and FM reception and reception and transmission to the 22 GMRS/FRS channels. To my knowledge It does not have CB reception or transmission. Historically, FRS and GMRS had different uses with FRS channels reserved for families with no licensing fee, and GMRS more open and requiring a license ($35, no test, good for 10 years for the family). There have been some recent changes on how these channels can be used, with no fee for FRS which are now limited to 2 watts and GMRS license required for the GMRS channels. Portable GMRS units are available to 5 watts. (The Midland xt511 Base Camp goes to 5 watts making it a popular unit). Mobile mounted GMRS units may go to 50 watts. Some GMRS/FRS radios advertise more than 22 channels. This is achieved by "splitting" certain channels. This allows two users on a given channel to block out interference from a third user, however it is easy to inadvertently block desired reception. Result is that A can hear B but B can not hear A. Since A can hear B, A assumes that B can hear him - failed communication. If FRS/GMRS walkie talkies are used in an emergency situation you usually want to select a channel from the basic 22 to avoid this problem.
[ Miklos  May 21, 2022 ]
what is the range of the radio?
[ Alton  Dec 12, 2020 ]
1 answer
This radio operates on GRMS frequencies of 462 - 467 MHz. This is line-of-sight, thus pretty much 1-2 miles unless ones uses an extended antenna
[ Lee  Dec 13, 2020 ]
How far will 5 watts reach ?
[ Clifford  Nov 11, 2019 ]
1 answer
As with other UHF radio services, reliable range is considered to be line-of-sight and the distance to the radio horizon can be estimated based on antenna height. Theoretically, the range between two hand-held units would be about one or two miles (about 1.5-3 km); mobile units have higher antennas and a range of around 5 miles (8 km). A GMRS repeater with an antenna that is high above the surrounding terrain can extend the usable range over a wide area - for example, up to a 20 mile (32.2 km) radius around the repeater station.[8] Obstructions such as hills and buildings can reduce range. Higher power does not necessarily give a proportional increase in range, although it may improve the reliability of communication at the limits of line-of-sight distance.
[ Lee  Nov 12, 2019 ]
How much does the unit weigh?
[ Nicole  Nov 09, 2019 ]
1 answer
It has a shipping weight of 2.56 lbs.
[ Calvin  Nov 21, 2019 ]  Staff

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