IMPORTANT NOTICE, FCC LICENSE REQUIRED FOR GMRS OPERATION
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1. KEY LOCK ICON – Indicates KEY
(Only Applicable for GMRS Radio Use in the United States)
LOCK mode is on.
Your LXT490 Series radio operates with either 4 AAA alkaline
The LXT490 Series operates on GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service)
2. VOX ICON – Indicates when VOX mode
Congratulations on your purchase of a high quality MIDLAND
frequencies which require an FCC (Federal Communications Commission)
batteries or an optional NiMH battery pack. The belt clip should be
product. Your 2-way radio represents the state-of-the-art in high-tech
3. NOAA WEATHER (WX) BAND ICON–
license. You must be licensed prior to operating on channels 1 - 7 or 15 - 22,
Indicates when the radio is in Weather
removed (see below) to ease installation or removal of the batteries.
engineering. Designed for GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service)
which comprise the GMRS channels of the LXT490 Series. Serious penalties
To install the batteries:
operation, this compact package is big in performance. It is a quality
4. CHANNEL NUMBER – Changes from
could result for unlicensed use of GMRS channels, in violation of FCC rules, as
1~36 on GMRS/FRS band (1~10 on WX
1. With the back of the radio facing you, remove the belt clip (see
piece of electronic equipment, skillfully constructed with the finest
stipulated in the Communications Act's Sections 501 and 502 (amended).
diagram below) for easy access, then remove the Battery Cover by
components. The circuitry is all solid-state and mounted on a rugged
5. PRIVACY CODE – Indicates Privacy
You will be issued a call sign by the FCC which should be used for station
Code selected by user (oF~38/oF~83). It
pressing down on the top center and sliding it down from the radio.
printed circuit board. Your two-way radio is designed for reliable and
identification when operating the radio on GMRS channels. You should also
can only be set in Ch1~22.
2. Insert 4 AAA batteries observing the polarity as shown. Installing
6. BATTERY METER – Indicates the battery
cooperate by engaging in permissible transmissions only, avoiding channel
trouble-free performance for years to come.
the batteries incorrectly will prevent the unit from operating or may
interference with other GMRS users, and being prudent with the length of their
7. RECEIVE (RX) ICON – Indicates radio is
damage the unit.
receiving a transmission.
- 36 GMRS/FRS Channel
8. TRANSMIT (TX) ICON – Indicates radio
3. Return the Battery Cover by sliding it up on the radio. Replace the
To obtain a license or ask questions about the license application, contact the
is transmitting a signal.
- 121 Privacy Codes (38 CTCSS / 83 DCS)
FCC at 1-888-CALL FCC or go to the FCC's website:
belt clip, making sure it locks into place.
9. TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL ICON –
http://www.fcc.gov and request form 605.
Indicates TX Power setting (H/L)
10. PRIVACY CODE ICON – Indicates
- Selectable CALL Alert
Privacy Code setting (CTCSS/DCS).
Exposure To Radio Frequency Energy
- NOAA Weather Scan
Your Midland radio is designed to comply with the following national and
- NOAA Weather Radio
international standards and guidelines regarding exposure of human being to
- NOAA Weather Alert
radio frequency electromagnetic energy:
- SCAN Function
- United States Federal Communications Commission, Code of Federal
11. PTT Button – Press and hold to
transmit voice communication.
- MONITOR Function
Regulations: 47 CFR part 2 sub-part J
12. CALL/LOCK Button – Press to send a
- Roger Beep Tone
- American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Institute of Electrical &
CALL Alert signal. Press and hold to
Electronic Engineers (IEEE) C95. 1-1992
turn KEY LOCK on/off.
- Silent Operation
Press here and
13. MIC – Built-in microphone.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineer (IEEE) C95. 1-1999 Edition
push down to open
- Key Pad Lock
14. SPEAKER – Built-in speaker.
- National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) of the
- Power High / Low Settings
United States, Report 86, 1986
16. EXTERNAL SPEAKER/MIC/CHG.
- Speaker / Microphone Jacks
- International Commission on Non-lonizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP)
- Battery Meter / Battery Low Indicator
17. POWER / MENU Button – Press and
hold for at least 3 seconds to turn the
To control your exposure and ensure compliance with the general population or
radio on/off. Press momentarily to
uncontrolled environment exposure limits, transmit no more than 50% of the
access Menu mode.
time. The radio generates measurable RF energy exposure only when
18. MONITOR/SCAN Button – Press to
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is
INSTALLING THE BELT CLIP
enter SCAN mode. Press and hold to
subject to the following two conditions : (1) this device does not cause
enter MONITOR mode
To install the BELT CLIP, slide the clip up into the slot on the back of
harmful interference, and (2) this radio must accept any interference
19. UP/WX SCAN
Button – Make adjustments in MENU
the radio until the BELT CLIP LATCH clicks. To remove the BELT
that may cause undesired operation.
IMPORTANT: Changes or modifications to this unit not expressly
mode. Press and hold the UP button for
CLIP, press the LOCK TAB up, then gently pull the belt clip down
5 seconds to activate the NOAA
approved by MIDLAND RADIO CORP. could void your right to operate
To maintain compliance with FCC's RF exposure guidelines, for
Weather Scan function.
toward the bottom of the radio.
this unit. Your radio is set up to
transmit a regulated signal on an
body-worn operation, this radio has been tested and meets the FCC RF
assigned frequency. It is against the law to alter or adjust the settings
exposure guidelines when used with Midland Radio Corp. accessories
inside the COMMUNICATOR to exceed those limitations. Any adjustment
supplied or designated for this product. Use of other accessories may
to your radio must be made by qualified technicians.
not ensure compliance with FCC RF exposure guidelines.
LXT490 SERIES QUICK REFERENCE CHART
CHARGING THE OPTIONAL BATTERY PACK
OPERATING YOUR RADIO
SETTING PRIVACY CODES
Your LXT490 Series has 121 Privacy Codes available to use in
POWER ON/OFF AND VOLUME
Your LXT490 Series is equipped for using an optional rechargeable
channels 1~22. The selected Privacy Code may be different for each
NiMH battery pack which can be recharged by inserting the AC
Press the POWER/MENU button for at least 3 seconds to turn the
channel. To select a Privacy Code for the current channel press the
radio on/off. During Power On, the radio will beep 2 times with
adapter into the radio charge jack, or with optional desktop charger
MENU button twice, and then the
buttons to select one of the
different tones, the LCD will display all icons for 1 second and the
(as described below). Initial charge time is 24 hours. Charge time is
38 CTCSS Privacy Code. Press again the MENU button and the
LCD display will indicate the last channel selected.
about 12 hours thereafter. For maximum battery life, we recommend
button to select one of the 83 DCS Privacy Code. The
To increase/decrease the volume level, press the
charging the battery pack when the low battery icon comes on.
Privacy Code icon on the display will indicate whether you set your
RX or STANDBY mode.
Press and hold UP/WX
Privacy Code in CTCSS or DCS mode. To confirm the selection,
Remove the radios from the charger when the charge time expires.
button for 5 seconds
press the PTT button or press MENU button again to move to the
TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING A CALL
next feature setting.
To charge using a Desktop Charger:
To communicate, all radios in your group must be set to the same
1. Place the rechargeable battery packs in the radios.
Pressing and holding the MONITOR button for 3 seconds will let
channel and/or Privacy Code.
Note : If you select any CTCSS Privacy Code, any pre-selected
you hear noise so you can adjust the volume level of the radio when
2. Connect the AC adapter into an AC wall outlet.
1. For maximum clarity, hold the radio 2 to 3 inches from your
DCS Privacy Code will be cancelled and vice-versa.
not receiving a signal. This could also be used to check any activity
3. Insert the AC adapter plug (or DC Cigarette Lighter adapter if
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Selecting a Privacy Code of "oF" will disable the Privacy feature.
on your current channel before transmitting.
charging in vehicle) into the desktop charger jack.
2. Press and hold the PTT button and speak in a normal voice
To communicate between two LXT490 Series radios, all radios in
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Press and hold the MONITOR button for 3 seconds again to get out
your group must be set to the same channel and/or Privacy Code
into the microphone. The TX icon will appear continuously
4. Place the units into the desktop charger slot and note that the LED
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of MONITOR mode.
selections. The Privacy Code can only be set in channels
on the LCD Display while transmitting.
indicator with RED color will light up, indicating charging function.
3. To receive a call, release the PTT button. The RX icon will
In order to ensure that the battery pack is fully charged, it is
appear on the display when your radio is receiving a transmis-
Your LXT490 Series can scan all 36 channels for activity. To enter,
recommended that the battery pack be charged for at least 12
TRANSMIT (TX) POWER LEVEL SELECTION
quickly press the SCAN button. Repeat the same procedure to exit.
hours with the radio turned OFF.
Your LXT490 has 2 power level settings. To select the power level on
Your radio will rapidly scan each of the 36 channels and stop on any
channels 1~7 and 15~36, press the MENU button until a "Pr" icon will
active channel for 4 seconds before resuming scan.
appear blinking on the display. Then press the
buttons to select
1. Only use our NiMH battery pack.
Your LXT Series radios are designed to give you maximum range
When you press the PTT button to transmit on an active channel, the
TRANSMIT POWER LEVEL icon (H: Hi/L: Lo). To confirm, press the
2. Do not attempt to charge alkaline batteries or any batteries
under optimum conditions.
scanning function will stop and remain on the active channel. To
PTT button or press MENU button again to move to the next feature
or battery packs other than the one indicated in the
resume scanning, quickly press the SCAN button.
setting. When the PTT button is pressed during Low Battery
manual. This may cause leakage and damage to the radio.
Level condition, the TX Power will automatically switch from
3. For long term storage of the radio, turn the radio OFF and
Hi(H) to Lo(L) level.
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Your LXT490 Series can transmit a call alert for a fixed length of time.
remove the batteries from the radio.
To send a call alert, press the CALL button. The TX icon will appear
while transmitting a call alert and a tone can be heard on the
Note : You cannot adjust the power setting on the FRS
channels (8~14). They are set to Low power per FCC
BATTERY LEVEL INDICATOR
Optimum Conditions are:
speaker for confirmation.
l Over water
Your LXT490 Series has a BATTERY LEVEL METER
l Open rural areas without obstructions
shows the battery power level. The greater the number of bars
To avoid accidentally changing the radio setting, press the LOCK
l Flat areas where you can see the other person
visible, the stronger the battery level. When the battery level is low,
button for 4 seconds. The KEY LOCK icon will appear on the display.
Your LXT490 Series has 3 VOX level settings: (oF/1/2/3).
the Battery Shell
icon will flash in the display indicating
PTT and CALL will still be active. Repeat the same procedure to
To set VOX, press the MENU button until the display shows "VOX"
To ensure you get maximum range:
unlock the keypad.
your batteries should be replaced or recharged if using a recharge-
blinking while on the right of the CHANNEL NUMBER display, an
l Be sure to use fresh or fully charged batteries - low batteries will
able battery pack.
CHANNEL SELECTION (GMRS/FRS BAND)
"oF" icon appears. Select "1","2" or "3" by pressing the
cause low power conditions
and push the PTT key, or press MENU button again to move to the
Note: Features & Specifications are subject to change without
Press the MENU button once, and then the
buttons to select
l Be sure you are on a GMRS channel - FRS channels are
next feature setting.
notice. MIDLAND is not responsible for unintentional errors or
one of the 36 GMRS/FRS channels. To confirm the selection, press
restricted by the FCC to low power
omissions on its packaging.
the PTT button or press the MENU button again to move to the next
l Be sure to set your radio to use Hi power.