GMRS/FRS Radios: The Cobra PR240 operates
as a "dual-service" radio, and is certified for use in the GMRS (General Mobile
Radio Service) and FRS (Family Radio Service).
FCC License Required: Before operating
this radio on channels 1-7 (authorized for GMRS and/or FRS) and channels 15-22
(authorized for GMRS only), each user must obtain a license from the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC). Serious penalties could result for unlicensed
use of GMRS channels. If you operate the radio on channels 8-14 only
(authorized for FRS), you do not need to have a license. Note: The
current fee for a new GMRS license is $75.
Output Power/Range: When transmitting on a
GMRS channel, the radio operates on 1 watt output power to give you a range of
up to 5 miles. Range will vary depending upon terrain and conditions. Buildings
and foliage in the path of the signal can reduce the range of the radio. When
the radio is operating on FRS channels 8 through 14, the radio automatically
switches to low power which limits the range to approximately 2 miles.
22 Channels: The PR240 two-way radio
operates on 22 channels in the UHF/FM frequency band: 7 FRS/GMRS channels, 7 FRS
channels, and 8 GMRS channels. The frequency ranges include:
- Channels 1-7 (FRS/GMRS): 462.5625 MHz
through 462.7125 MHz
- Channels 8-14 (FRS): 467.5625 MHz
through 467.7125 MHz
- Channels 15-22 (GMRS): 462.5500 MHz
through 462.7250 MHz
38 Privacy Codes: The radio features 38
privacy codes on each of the 22 channels, giving you 836 "sub channels" on which
to communicate. CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System) is an advanced tone
coding system allowing you to select one of these privacy codes to reduce
interference from other users on the same channel. If you are using a privacy
code, both radios must be tuned to the same channel and privacy code to
communicate. Each channel will remember the last privacy code you selected.
Scanning: The radio can automatically scan
the main channels (1 through 22) or the privacy codes (00 through 38) within one
channel to locate conversations in progress.
10 Call Tones: You can choose between 10
different call tone settings to transmit a unique call alert. The call tones are
numbered for quick recall.
Roger Beep Confirmation Tone: When you
release the talk button, each receiving radio will hear an audible tone. This
alerts the other party that you are finished talking and that is OK for them to
speak. This feature can be turned on or off in the Mode Setting menu. When on,
the "Roger Beep" icon is displayed.
Auto Squelch/Maximum Range: The radio is
equipped with Auto Squelch, which automatically shuts off weak transmissions and
unwanted noise due to terrain, conditions or if you've reached your maximum
range limit. You can temporarily turn off the Auto Squelch and turn on the
Maximum Range Extender, allowing all signals to be received and extending the
maximum range of the radio.
Lock: You can lock the radio, if desired,
to prevent accidental operation. The lock feature prohibits you from operating
the channel, mode and power buttons.
LCD Display: The radio features a backlit
LCD display to make it easy to use at night. The display shows the current
channel number, battery indicator, and privacy code numbers, plus icons for
Lock, Scan, Roger beep, Low power, Power Saver and Receive/Transmit.
Earbud Microphone: The radios come with
two GA-EBM2 earbud microphones. When plugged in, the earbud microphones mute the
built-in speaker for privacy, and provide a clip-on microphone for ease of use.
The cord on the earbud microphone is 70".
Belt Clip/Wrist Strap: Each radio is
equipped with a removable belt clip, allowing you to secure the radio to your
clothing, purse or backpack. If you'd rather carry the radio, the belt clip can
be removed and replaced with the supplied wrist strap.
Power Requirements: Each radio is equipped
with an FA-BP Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery pack (4.8
Volts/600 mAh). The estimated life of a fully-charged FA-BP battery pack is 15
hours. The approximate charging time for the battery pack is 15 hours. You can
also operate the radios using 4 high quality "AAA" alkaline batteries. Battery
life with 4 alkaline batteries is approximately 24 hours of use.
Battery Save Circuit: The PR240 has a
unique circuit designed to extend battery life. If there are no transmissions
within 10 seconds, the radio will automatically switch to Battery Save mode and
the Power Saver icon will flash in the display. This mode does not affect the
radio's ability to receive incoming communications.
Desktop Charger: You can recharge the
supplied Ni-MH batteries on the supplied GA-CM desktop charger. The batteries
can be charged in the radios or out. Plastic battery guide inserts are provided
for charging the batteries without the radio. You can charge 2 radios or 2
batteries in the charger, or one of each.
PR240 Radio: Width=2.383", Height=4.089"
(6.071" including antenna), Depth=1.097"
GA-CM Desktop Charger: Width=7.114",
Height=2.195", Depth=2.684" (3.392" including AC plug)