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PL / DPL Radio Codes

What is PL or DPL?

PL stands for private line; it is a sub audio signal that becomes part of the radio transmission, from radio to radio. In the past technology used was called carrier squelch; this meant that unless another radio was transmitting on the same frequency, your radio would not break squelch, in other words, the speaker comes on.

As more and more people started using two-way radios, people started to listen to others on the same frequency. By adding PL to your frequency the radio must now be programmed for the same frequency and the same PL code. This helps reduce but not eliminate  you listening to someone else’s conversation.

By no means does PL make your conversation secure; it just merely mutes the speaker so no sound comes out until both conditions are true (same frequency and same PL). DPL, digital private line works on the same concept as PL, but it’s digital. They both work pretty much alike.

Again, it’s important to remember that neither technology PL nor DPL will make your conversation secure, all one needs to do is press the monitor button on the radio to hear everyone on that frequency,  regardless of PL or DPL.

Below are the PL and DPL codes used to program current radios.


XZ  67.Ø WZ  69.3 XA  71.9 WA  74.4 XB  77.Ø WB  79.7
YZ  82.5 YA  85.4 YB  88.5 ZZ  91.5 ZA  94.8 ZB  97.4
1Z 1ØØ.Ø 1A 1Ø3.5 1B 1Ø7.2 2Z 11Ø.9 2A 114.8 2B 118.8
3Z 123.Ø 3A 127.3 3B 131.8 4Z 136.5 4A 141.3 4B 146.2
5Z 151.4 5A 156.7 5B 162.2 6Z 167.9 6A 173.8 6B 179.9
7Z 186.2 7A 192.8 M1 2Ø3.5 8Z 2Ø6.5 M2 21Ø.7 M3 218.1
M4 225.7 9Z 229.1 M5 233.6 M6 241.8 M7 25Ø.3 ØZ 254.1


Ø23 Ø25 Ø26 Ø31 Ø32 Ø43 Ø47 Ø51 Ø53 Ø54 Ø65 Ø71 Ø72
Ø73 Ø74 114 115 116 122 125 131 132 134 143 152 155
156 162 165 172 174 2Ø5 212 223 225 226 243 244 245
246 251 252 261 263 265 266 271 3Ø6 311 315 325 331
343 346 351 364 365 371 411 412 413 423 425 431 432
445 446 452 455 464 465 466 5Ø3 5Ø6 516 521 525 532
546 552 564 565 6Ø6 612 624 627 631 632 645 652 654
662 664 7Ø3 712 723 725 726 731 732 734 743 754

click Codes shown in red are not standard and are not recommended.

Vertex Standard Repair

We have a Vertex Standard radio that we are taking to South America, what happens if I require service under the 3 year warranty?

As you probably already know, Vertex Standard is a Motorola own company and all Vertex Standard 2-way radio repairs used the same service facilities as Motorola. There are many repair centers throughout the world that can repair your Vertex Standard radio as long as the issue is hardware. If for some reason the issue with the radio is software related,  the service facility will ship the radio to North America for repair and ship it back to your authorized dealer.

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TalkAbout Radio Range

Can a TalkAbout personal 2-way radio really talk up to 30 miles?

buy avodart online Not even close, the best you’re going to get is about half a mile to a mile before you get static. These radios put out very little power, but it’s not the power that prevents the radio from talking further, it’s all the obstacles, the trees, the buildings, the people, even the weather.

You can actually have a conversation with someone on the moon if there was nothing in the way and very little power would be required. They can advertise this by using the term “ideal conditions”. Unfortunately we do not live in a world that has the ideal conditions for these radios to provide even close to the advertised maximum range.

Again to be crystal clear, you will get half a mile before you start running into static.

CP200 Antenna on a BPR40 Radio

My CP200 Radio antenna screws on properly on my BPR40 Radio, is this antenna interchangeable? 100% No!!!!

That antenna was specifically made for a CP200 radio, using that antenna on another radio like the BPR40, will run the risk of burning out the power amplifier. It’s not a question of “if”, but of “when” the power amplifier will burn out. Use only the antenna that was specifically designed for the BPR40.

This also includes many generic and aftermarket antennas which are just not specifically tuned to interact properly with the BPR40 radio. This is a perfectly good example of buyer beware when buying generics.

Motorola Battery Date Code

How can I check my Motorola Date Code on my batteries?

This information comes from, they have an online tool that will check this for you, very cool. Motorola Battery Online Code Checker Tool

Look for the three or four-digit code on the back of your battery, three digits indicate that the battery was produced before 2009. The first two number stands for the year, and the last two numbers stand for the week. Our Battery warranty checker understands this and subtracts one year from the current date. If you’re using an impress battery 1.5 years are subtracted from today’s date.

– All Motorola standard batteries come with a one-year limited warranty.
– All Motorola impress batteries come with a 1.5-year limited warranty.


CP200D Talk Tone

Why does my CP200d radio make a noise or tone every time I try to talk?

Yes I can see where that can be quite annoying, the old Motorola CP200 radios did not have that option. You will need to take your radio back to the dealer and have them reprogram the radio to omit this tone using the Radio Service Software (RSS). This setting is under the general option setting and applies to the entire radio.

The options are:
– no tone whatsoever
– tone only for analog channels
– tone only for digital channels.

Many people have complain about this and the first thing we do is make sure the setting is set to “No tones” whatsoever.

Radio Terminology

What are some basic 2-Way Radio Terminology?

  • Accelerated Life Test – a Motorola proprietary developmental process of rigorous laboratory testing that simulates years of field use.
  • Built-in Noise Reduction Microphone – reduces background noise to allow clear, understandable transmissions in heavy noise environments.
  • Call Alert – lets a caller “page” you via your radio.
  • Channel Scan – lets you monitor specific operating channels.
  • Priority Scan – allows you to choose one channel to be monitored with more frequency than the others.
  • Operator Selectable Scan – lets you program the channels in the scan list to be monitored and select a priority channel.
  • Scan Nuisance Delete – allows you to temporarily delete a non-priority channel from the scan list.
  • Talkgroup Scan – lets you monitor any combination of trunked systems, subfleets, or conventional channels in the same scan list.
  • Dual Mode Capability – provides the flexibility of trunked and conventional repeater operation from one radio.
  • Private Conversation – allows communication exclusively between the initiating radio or control station and the radio called.
  • Privacy Plus Trunking – provides fast, automatic and democratic communications access not provided by conventional radio systems.
  • Radio-to-Radio Cloning – allows you to duplicate one radio’s operating parameters into another like radio of the same sub-band using a simple cloning cable.
  • Internal Voice Operated Transmission (VOX) – lets you activate radio by voice alone, for hands free operation.
  • Multiple Coded Squelch Capability Private-Line (PL) or Digital Private-Line (DPL) – lets you receive only the calls intended for you, and place calls to only those that accept the designated code.
  • Push-to-Talk Interface – allows a dispatcher to identify transmitting radios and monitor airtime usage.
  • Quik-Call II Signaling – provides an efficient way for dispatcher to initiate a page to an individual or group.
  • Field Programmable using the Radio Service Software – changes can be made to the radio frequencies or other individual characteristics.
  • Talkaround – lets you bypass a repeater and talk directly to another unit.
  • Telephone Interconnect – gives you the capability to initiate and/or receive telephone calls using your radio.
  • Time-out Timer – limits the amount of time a user can continuously transmit on a channel.
  • Voice Selective Call Signaling – provides an efficient way to initiate a voice page message to an individual or group.
  • Emergency Alarm – used by radio operators to inform dispatch personnel of critical or life threatening situations through a data transmission.
  • Programmable Channel Spacing  (Wide Band Frequency Separation) – gives you more versatility of channel spacing.
  • Alphanumeric Display – lets you name and view channels or talkgroups in words instead of numbers.
  • Busy Channel Lock-Out – prevents users from “talking over” each other by restricting transmission if activity is detected on the channel.
  • Horn and Lights Capability – activates a vehicle’s horn and headlights when a Call Alert signal is received and the operator is away from the vehicle.
  • Military Specifications Mill Std. 810 C, D, and E – the U.S. Department of Defense’s most rigorous standards for radio performance in harsh environments.

More Battery Life

How to get more battery life?

DO charge your new battery overnight (14-16 hours) before using it. This is referred to as “initializing” and will enable you to obtain maximum battery capacity.
DO store new/unused batteries at room temperature in a cool, dry area. New batteries can be stored up to two years without significant cycle loss.
DO charge overnight, the batteries that have been in storage.
DO leave battery in charger for an additional 1-2 hours after the GREEN light appears (when using a Motorola Rapid Charger).
DO charge batteries only when they are fully discharged. If it isn’t fully discharged, don’t recharge (We recommend you purchase a second battery for multiple/longer duty cycle applications).
DO stabilize the battery to room temperature (72 F) BEFORE charging.
DO use only Motorola brand chargers. Motorola Batteries and Chargers have been designed to operate as an integrated energy system.

DON’T charge below 40 F or above 104 F. This will DECREASE CYCLE LIFE.
DON’T leave your radio and battery in the charger when not charging. Continuous charging will shorten battery life (Don’t use your charger as a radio stand).
DON’T return fully charged batteries to the charger for an “extra boost.” This will SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE CYCLE LIFE

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