I bought this radio to have it available in an emergency. I especially liked the talk / receive capability. However, it turns out that you must previously arrange a talk privacy channel with those whom you wish to talk to. That means that you can't simply power up and talk to anyone in range, they must know the privacy channel that you want to talk on. Also, let me tell you, that the control buttons are way too multi-functional. That means you have to know far more about the button functions than the button labels state. I would bet that just about anyone would have to consult the radio's operating manual to do almost all of its functions. The problem is, if you buy this radio just for emergencies, you will not use it often enough to recall what every multi-function button does. Midland could have prevented this problem with more buttons or switches, but multi-function buttons saved them cost. Consequently, in my opinion, it is a nightmare to operate. Hope this helps prospective buyers.
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