I do mostly overlanding and boondocking / dispersed camping. This is usually in wooded, mountainous areas of Northern California.
I would like to have communications between vehicles, and for when we go hiking, climbing, etc away from our camp.
I like midland as a company and I dont know that much about two way radios so I just want something simple that works.
For a base station I would like to get the Midland MXT275 installed in my truck, with that antenna on the roof.
For handheld I have narrowed it down to the Midland T290VP4 and the GXT1000VP4.
I get that they are pretty similar radios. The GXT being larger and being able to use standard batteries. Something that doesnt get mentioned much is battery life, I cant find any specs. My trailer does have decent battery so I would be able to charge the T290 over night, but I could also bring regular backup batteries for the GXT1000 as well. I typically only go on 2-4 night trips so I might not even need to charge at all.
Also over the years the wattage has changed in the GXT1000. How do the T290 and GXT1000 compare with power and range? The T290 is listed as 40 miles, GXT1000 36 miles. Arent these around the same wattage? Isnt the GXT antenna bigger?
Which has better battery life?
Which has better range?
Any input is appreciated.