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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.

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.

VALID MOTOROLA PL CODES

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

VALID MOTOROLA DPL CODES

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

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?

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.