Monthly Archives: March 2015

CP200 frequencies on a BPR40 Radio

Can I program the same frequencies of a CP200 Radio on to a BPR40 Radio?

It depends on the frequencies and the DPLs. If they are common frequencies, there should be no problem, but the Motorola CP200 2-way radios has certain DPL (private digital line) squelch codes that the BPR40 2-way radio will not support. An example would be DPL number code 212 is supported on the CP200 but not the BPR40 at this time.

For the most part, the frequencies inside a CP200 can be programmed into a BPR40 a majority of the time. When in doubt check with your local Motorola dealer.

Nickel Cadmium vs Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

Why is Motorola facing out Nickel Cadmium batteries and replacing them with Nickel Metal Hydride?

Motorola is slowly facing out Nickel-Cadmium batteries in lieu of the superior Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. You will find it even though some batteries are advertised as Nickel-Cadmium  Motorola is now using Nickel-Metal Hydride.

Some of the main advantages of Nickel-Metal Hydride over Nickel-Cadmium batteries are capacity,  no memory effect and just as important these batteries are more environmental friendly. Nickel-Metal Hydride or NiMH for short, are newer technologies providing better performance, especially with high drain devices. Not only do they deliver more power, and can be charged up to 1000 times, all without the cadmium toxicity concerns associated with Nickel-Cadmium batteries.

In short, NiMH batteries are much better than NiCd batteries and Motorola is not charging extra for them.

Motorola Microphone vs Generic Microphone

Is there a difference between a Motorola Microphone and a generic one that I could purchase on Amazon for less?

Yes, there is, a tremendous differences.

Motorola accessories in this case the microphone, are specifically made to communicate properly with the radio. This is a two-way relationship between the microphone and the radio. The Motorola microphone was specifically manufactured to protect the radio in many real-life situations.

An example would be,  if the microphone gets wet and gets a short circuit, there are tremendous circuitry and safeguards in place to prevent the radio from being damaged. This is just not the case with lower price generic accessories.

Trying to save $5 or $10 on accessories can increase drastically the chances of your two-way radio being destroyed, in fact, if you were to read the Motorola warranty, it specifically states that it is not responsible for defects caused by third-party inferior products.

But don’t take my word for it, this is a perfectly good example where a picture is worth 1000 words. You be the judge, want to destroy your radio that costs hundreds of dollars because you are trying to save 10 bucks?

Motorola Microphone on Left, generic on Right

Microphones Inside Picture

Microphones Inside Picture

Motorola Microphone on Top, generic on Bottom

Microphones Plug

Microphones Plug

Motorola BRP40 Cloning

How do I clone a Motorola BPR40 Radio to another BPR40 Radio?

First some terminology, the radio with the proper information is called the “master radio” and the other radio that will be cloned to is called the “slave radio“.

It might be a good idea to place a small sticker on the master radio since it’s very easily to forget when cloning a lot of radios which is the master radio and which is the slave radio. The part number for the Motorola Cloning cable is PMDN4060.

BPR40 Programming Button

BPR40 Programming Button

Make sure both radios are off.

Starting with the master radio

1. Turn off the radio if it’s on
2. Now for the tricky part, press and hold the programmable button #1, this is the top programmable button and turn on the radio. Keep pressing the programmable button until you hear two beeps, usually about 1 to 2 seconds.
3. Release the programmable button, you should notice that the LED in front of the radio is now either red or orange, not flashing green or green.

Moving to the slave radio

1. Turn off the radio if it’s on
2. Press and hold the same programmable button #1, this is the top programmable button and turned on the radio.
3. Keep the programmable button press until two beeps are heard, just like above, but keep pressing that button until three more beeps are heard.
4. Release the programming button, you should notice that the LED will turn green.

The cloning process

1. Connect the cloning cable to both the master and slave radios using the smaller Jack on the right-hand side of the radio.
2. Press and release the programming button #1 of the slave radio.
3. Within two seconds (very important), press and release the programming button #1 on the master radio.
4. The LED on both radios will flash orange doing the cloning process.
5. When both radios are complete, you will hear a chirping sound on both radios.
6. Disconnect the cloning cable from both radios.
7. Turn off both radios and turn them back on again.
8. Check to see if the cloning process was successful by talking into the master radio and see if the slave radio breaks squelch.

Motorola Programming Cables

What are the Motorola Part Numbers for the Radio Programming Cables?

These are the part numbers for the Motorola original accessories radio programming cables.

  • BRP40 Radio programming cable is PMDN4043 and uses a com computer port.
  • CP110 Radio programming cable is RKN4155 and uses a usb computer port.
  • CP185 Radio programming cable is PMDN4077 and uses a usb computer port.
  • CP200 Radio programming cable is AAPMKN4004 and uses a com computer port.*
  • CP200D Radio programming cable is PMKN4128 and uses a usb computer port.

* This Motorola Radios need a Motorola Rib Box between the Radio and the computer.