Operator G1

The Operator G1


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A turnkey system designed around rugged, compact GMRS radios… the MXT100 and the MXT105 by Midland USA.

(the Operator also works with Midland’s European version for PMR446)

On September 29th, Midland radio ranked the Operator G1 as the “Best Midland MXT100 Application”!

The entire Hardened Power team is honored (and blushing slightly) at this.  Brian McGannon, Digital Marketing Manager for Midland, said:  “This rugged piece of tech truly had our engineers acting like kids on Christmas morning…”  Thanks Brian!  See his post, here.

NOTE: Midland recently announce the new MXT105… this new radio is 100% compatible with the Operator G1.


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Our two-year warranty is the best in our industry and is only possible thanks to the quality of our gear.  If you have trouble with any of our equipment that we cannot resolve through phone support, ship us the machine and we will repair or replace and ship it back to you at our cost.



The Operator is a rugged system that fits securely within a 30 caliber ammo can, yet slides in or out without tools.

CNC machined and 3D printed internal chassis, electrically isolated from the metal ammo can.

The Machined components are cut from 1/2″ thick pieces of High Density Polyethylene.  An excellent structural material.

60 WH AGM battery, chargeable from AC, DC, or solar.  Internal, three-stage solar controller that handles up to 50 watts of solar input.

The included AGM battery is replaceable without tools, and is a standard UB1250.



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The eleven pieces of CNC machined HDPE that create the chassis…



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Operator G1, doing duty in big sky country (thanks, JJ).


Voltmeter and ammeter so you can monitor power usage and status.

Charge with solar or AC, even while the unit is being used.

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Powerful 3 amp USB port for powering and charging peripheral devices.

Ammo can and AC charger are included.

The Midland radio, microphone, and stock antenna all fit inside the can…




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The laser engraved faceplate is 1/16″ thick ABS, not a sticker.

The standard GMRS channels vs. frequencies are engraved on the faceplate.

The blank white field (to the left of the radio) is for pencil or ink, so a call sign or name can be written.

Forward-facing 3 watt speaker provides plenty of volume and good tone for voice.

The headphone jack and speaker-defeat switch is now included (although some early photos do not show it).

Turning off the main switch makes the machine go dark but still allows the radio and speaker to operate.

The PowerPoles labeled ‘To Battery’ are a direct connection to the battery.  This allows power out, regardless of master switch position, and also provides a field-expedient way to charge the battery, such as from a vehicle or another 12 volt source.

The PowerPoles labeled ‘Aux’ are controlled by the main switch, and power usage is reflected by the ammeter.




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Top view of the assembled chassis, before components are installed



The entire unit is waterproof and (nearly) crush proof when closed.

The black stand-offs and their rubber bumpers ‘kiss’ the inside of the closed lid.  This, combined with foam in the bottom of the can, ‘floats’ the entire chassis, helping the system absorb vibration and impact.



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Above, the assembled chassis, with components installed.

All fasteners are stainless steel.

(yes, the stock Midland antenna really does fit in there!)

The Antenna extension cable is gorgeous.  Custom made for us in the U.S.A. by Wifi Expert LLC, it is a Mil-Spec cable, using shielded RG400.

The power lead to the radio has a ferrite noise suppressor and an inline fuse.

There are two spare fuses stowed securely within the chassis.



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Fuse keeper twisted open, showing the included spare fuses


The radio is installed and removed in a few moments, without tools.

The Operator allows the radio to be installed in the ‘up’ or ‘down’ orientation.




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Ammo can & AC charger included

Radio not included!  See the two links, below, for good prices on compatible radios:


Here is a link for the Midland MXT100:

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Here is a link to the Midland MXT105:

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We were delighted when Midland Radio Corporation reached out to us about the Operator G1:

Dear Hardened Power Systems,

“I am the Digital Marketing Manager with Midland Radio. I cannot begin to tell you how much we love the Operator G1! When we first saw it, our engineers were loving how cool it was. We really love the design and functionality of it. Great job!”

Brian McGannon       Digital Marketing Manager    Midland Radio Corporation



Bundle and save $30.00!

Get your own Operator and the ultra-slim 27 watt folding solar panel for just $350.


Remember, a GMRS license is fast and easy to get.  $65 for 5 years, no exam, and it covers your entire immediate family.

Go HERE to the FCC website or call them at 1-877-480-3201

(BTW, I received my GMRS call sign within 12 hours of paying the fee)


Some of the intial comments from YouTube review videos:

Kentucky Woodsman5:       “That is one of the coolest products I have ever seen for GMRS! I will be adding this to my radio gear ASAP! Thanks for sharing!”

Ham R.:        “Sweet, Very nice emergency communications set up for the GMRS groups…”

2E0JTP8:       “Great concept and really good implementation. The design work that’s gone into that is first class.”

SurvivalComms:       “Slick and very well thought out.”

Brian S.:       “….now that’s slick. Very nice. Great design and very well thought out.”

Commsprepper :      “HPS makes great stuff and the Operator is no different.”


Suggested accessories for your Operator:


KlickStands, shown with our Scout G1 [object object] Operator G1 KlickStand with Scout 2

KlickStands, tilting the unit for optimum viewing, shown with our JuiceBox G2




CLICK HERE for the KlickStand product page…


The ideal companion to the Operator G1:

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27 watts of solar, ultra slim.

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Comes with a 10 foot extension cable and plugs directly into the Operator G1.



Tiny yet powerful, the Nano LED plugs into a USB port and provides dimmable light.  Available in white or red light.

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Anderson Accessory Bundle

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