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Midland MXT500 Programming


Feed Provider
Nov 6, 2004
Minden, NV
Just purchased a Midland MXT500. Downloaded the most recent firmware and the most recent programming software. It appears as though you can program up to about 148 channels? I programmed a repeater channel up high in the list and it seems to work. I thought I had read that you can only program 30 channels. I guess this is something new?


Premium Subscriber
Jun 5, 2019
Dillon, Montana
The GMRS band has 30 designated frequencies for 22 channels (8 frequencies are the transmit side of designated repeater channels). The MXT500 has 148 memory locations in which to program configurations which can include base frequency, repeater offset frequency, and requisite PL codes if required. Permitted frequencies are limited to authorized frequencies in the GMRS band. Midland calls their memory locations, channels which can be confusing.