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Motorola Battery Date Code

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

This information comes from www.MyRadioMall.com, 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.


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

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Radio Codes

What are the 2-way Radio or walkies-talkies Codes?

Two-way Radio Codes

Because two-way radios or walkie-talkies operate in half duplex mode, you cannot speak and listen at the same time, radio codes
were invented to keep the conversation short and to the point.

=== Common List of 2-Way Radio Codes

10-1 Receiving Poorly
10-2 Receiving Well
10-3 Disregard Last Information
10-4 O.K., Message Understood
10-5 Relay Message
10-6 Busy, Stand By
10-7 Out of Service
10-8 In Service
10-9 Repeat – Conditions Bad
10-18 Anything for Us?
10-19 Nothing for you
10-20 What is your Location?
10-23 Arrived with last Assignment
10-36 What time is it?
QRX Stand By
QRU Are you O.K.
QSL O.K.
QTH Location
QSM Repeat Message, I didn’t Receive
QRM Repeat Message, you have Static

VHF or UHF

What is the difference between VHF and UHF and which one should I purchase?

In a nutshell if you do not have a current 2-way radio system, we would recommend UHF over VHF.

First some basics:

VHF – VHF stands for very high frequency. VHF signals occupy the low end of the frequency spectrum, usually from 89.00 MHz to 216.00 MHz. The very first wireless transmissions were made from the low frequency band, which is still being used today. Because of this this band with extremely populated.

UHF – UHF stands for ultra high frequency. UHF operates in the 400 MHz frequency range. Although UHF is also populated, it provides a few more options than VHF especially when it comes to community repeaters.

Low frequency AM broadcast radio signals will travel far beyond the horizon and can be reflected back to earth for reception at great distances. UHF signals don’t travel quite as far outdoors as VHF signals, but they do a better job of penetrating wood, steel, and concrete, giving you better range and performance in urban environments and around buildings. VHF signals travel farther, absent obstructions, and tend to “hug” the earth better, providing better performance outdoors or in hilly terrain.

UHF or higher frequency television or FM commercial broadcast stations are absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere and are therefore limited to line of sight transmission.

Because there are more options when it comes to UHF, especially with community repeaters, UHF is our choice for new 2-way radio systems.

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