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Compiled by Mike Morris WA6ILQ
Maintained by Robert Meister WA1MIK
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Midland Land Mobile (commercial) products:
|The Midland commercial repeaters, mobiles and portables are showing up
in the used market in increasing larger quantities. Repeater-builder.com is
looking for information on the various models and would like to have someone
supply an overiew of the products - i.e. just what is a Syntech, or an XTR,
or a 70-045, or a 70-342, or a 70-7030, or a 70-565, or a 70-1340B? We have
a model chart below, but it's short on overview information - what makes one
particular model better over another (maybe a better front end?)We'd like to
present some combination of:
We'd like information on programming the radios, and what it takes to move one onto amateur radio frequencies. The programming article can cover what software you need for which models (and how to get it), what hardware it takes on the older ones that use a programmer rather than a PC, and if there are any tricks that need to be done to move them into the ham bands.
Lastly, information on any "gotcha's" (i.e. you can't get the PA transistors for a model XXX, or a model YYY needs DOS-based software to program where a model ZZZ uses Windows based software) etc.
Midland Commercial Equipment
There is a YahooGroup email list for almost every brand of radio, and
sometimes, as in Kenwood, there are model-specific groups. Midland is no
Click Here to go to the Midland LMR email list
One rule of thumb: The Syntech I radios use Eprom Modules and a hardware programmer while both the Syntech II and XTR radios program with a PC like modern radios.
has been building after-market power and control cables for most of the Midland
LMR radios since early 2004.
They have a complete list on their website. This mention is intended as a service, not an endorsement by Repeater-Builder.
Dennis Bridgeman KCØFWN
202 Seventh Street
Carmi, Illinois 62821
Green County Communications is owned by Bob Gass N4FV (n4fv-at-yahoo-dot-com) and they offer a programmer kit for the XTR and Syntech II that is the electrical equivalent of the 70-1308A. Cost is $15 for a printed circuit board and $30 for a complete kit (including shipping via first class mail). A photo of the programmer is here. Since several people have asked for a source of Midland programmers, this mention is intended as a service, not an endorsement by Repeater-Builder.
Midland 70-1308A Programmer - Here's the schematic of a Syntech II and XTR programmer courtesy of Brett Kitchens KF4SQB
Does anyone have any information on the Midland Programming Interface 70-1052A ?
It is used to program the 70-045 / 70-065 / 70-165 / 70-265 / 70-166 / 70-266 series portables.
Or of the 70-1080 Programmer ?
Midland base, repeater and mobile model table - courtesy of Bill Janes, N9SII
Midland portable model table - courtesy of Michael James KC5JDG
Midland 70-201BD radio is a relabeled Maxon SD-125 UHF.
Midland 70-1336A / 1336B 15/30W
VHF mobile transceiver 2.7 MB PDF file
Actual manual number 70-133600 dated 4/91
Midland 70-2914 CTCSS / CDCSS Encoder
for the Syn-Tech II 70-3400AD/BD and 70-5300AD/BD 2.1 MB PDF file
This kit also adds a timeout timer, carrier delay timer, courtesy beep and high pass audio filter to prevent retransmittion of the incoming CTCSS tone or CDCSS digital code. The actual board number is 70-07519.
Actual manual number 70-999936 dated 9/92
Midland 70-3400 and 70-3800 Syn-Tech
II 40-watt and 110-watt VHF High band radio service manual 11.7 MB PDF file
Actual manual number 70-340380, date unknown. This is part 3 of a 3-manual set. If anyone has the first two parts we'd be glad to have them.
and 70-5300AD/BD Syn-Tech II Duplex Mobile / Base
Station / Repeater for VHF High band or UHF band 4.9 MB PDF file
Actual manual number 70-340530 dated 1/93
and 70-653A/B/C/D/E Syn-Tech UHF Mobile radio Service Manual 3.9 MB PDF file
Actual manual number 70-406512 dated 3/83
The Midland / Icom relationship:
The Midland 70-154A and B handheld are clones of the Icom H16 (16 channel highband, front panel programmable) - identical except for the color of the plastic and the name on the housing. The 70-254A and B is the clone of the U16 - the UHF version. The programming instructions for the H16 and U16 that are on the Icom page at this web site will work for the Midland clones.
The Midland Basetech series (maybe the entire product line) is made in Japan by Hitachi.
Midland Amateur Radio Equipment
Since Midland is out of the amateur radio market, and no longer offers any amateur radio equipment manuals for sale, if someone can PDF the service manuals for these older radios it would be appreciated. The models that we do not have include the 13-500 (2m crystal) mobile and all of the amateur handhelds.
All of the amateur market Midland radios were carrier squelch only, but they had a multi-pin accessory connector on the rear of the radio, and the signals available included switched +12vDC on transmit, transmitter audio in and PTT in. Some folks used the connector for powering DTMF encoders, some for CTCSS encoders, some (like me) for both. The most common CTCSS encoder used was by Communications Specialists, commonly known as Com-Spec, and they have their own page at this web site. I used a model with a rotary switch).
The Midland 13-500 was a twelve crystal controlled channel, 10 watts or 1 watt mobile. No manual on file (anybody want to loan theirs for scanning ?).
Midland 13-509 users manual5.1 MB PDF file donated by Ray Wolfe K9RI front panel photo
Midland 13-509 service
manual 1.7 MB PDF file donated by Eric Lemmon WB6FLY
Yes, this file is smaller than the owner's manual, but that is due to a better scan and better compression. This is the manual that was sold by Midland as a service manual - for two dollars plus postage.
Notes on a repeater based on the Midland 13-509 1.9 MB PDF file by Chuck Adams WB5WRR
radio Conversions for links and repeaters by
Karl Shoemaker AK2O of the Spokane Repeater Group (http://www.srgclub.org)
While this web page is oriented to the 13-509 220 MHz radio much of the information is applicable to the 13-500 2m radio as well. The theory and comments are well worth reading.
A simple modification (two caps and 1 resistor) that results in much better squelch action on the 13-509 or 13-500 Donated by Bob Dengler NO6B
A simple modification for making the low power setting 5 watts for link duty on the 13-509 and its variants Donated by Larry Clore, WB9F
Midland 13-510 Owner's / Service manual 2m, 1w / 10w / 30 watt synthesized. 6.6 MB PDF file
Midland 13-513 Owner's Manual (220 MHz version of the 13-510) 3.9 MB PDF file
Midland 13-513 Service Manual 3.2 MB PDF file
Midland Consumer Equipment
The Midland Weather radio model WR-300 (and probably other WR series receivers) is not suitable for use as a source of the weather "Watch", "Warn", or other type of alert message in a repeater system. The SAME protocol that is broadcast by the NOAA transmitters has digital trigger codes for each geographical area in the country plus a "turn off" code that is sent at the end of the alert time period. The intent was that the "Watch" or "Warning" signals unmute the speaker, and the radio would talk until the "turn off" code was received. An indicator (usually a red LED) would stay illuminated until reset with a pushbutton.
The decoder design of the WR-300 does NOT support the "turn-off" code, hence once the receiver squelch is opened by a "Watch" or "Warn" signal the receiver just chatters for 5 (or so) minutes and then mutes the speaker when the timer expires. If a long message was received, or a second "Watch" or "Warn" signal was received the timer could mute the audio right in the middle of it.
Anybody have any info on the Midland 74-109 Weather radio ??
Is it timer based or does it understand the "turn off" code?
There is some additional Weather Receiver info on the Radio Shack page at this web site.
Plus there is a another web page devoted to generic Weather Receivers, including detailed info on the SAME system.
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