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Cobra PR240-2VP

2-way family radio two-pack

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by Tim Sprinkle
Cobra

Peace of mind, that's what you get with the high-performance PR240-2VP two-way radio set from Cobra. With its impressive range, 22-channel reception, and power saver circuitry to extend battery life (NiMH rechargeable battery packs included), you'll enjoy the freedom to roam far and wide without losing contact. Get an FCC license, and go for high-powered operation in the GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequency band for up to 5 miles of range. The standard Family Radio Service (FRS) frequencies offer up to 2 miles.

Privacy codes keep unwanted eavesdroppers out of your conversations, while the autosquelch feature cuts down on background noise. Like to spend a lot of time outdoors? Don't worry about your radio — the PR240 is water-resistant. And the illuminated LCD screen is easy to see, day or night.

Details:
  • 22 channels
  • 5-mile range (GMRS)/2-mile range (FRS)
  • FCC licensing information provided for GMRS operation
  • 38 privacy codes
  • NiMH rechargeable battery packs and desktop charger included
  • radios will also work with 4 "AAA" alkaline batteries (not included)
  • auto squelch shuts off weak transmissions and filters out unwanted noise
  • earbud microphones (included) leave hands free for other tasks
  • 10 selectable call alert tones
  • battery saver circuitry
  • water-resistant case
  • backlit LCD display
  • scan feature
  • key lock
  • 2-7/16"W x 6-1/8"H (including antenna) x 1-1/8"D
  • weight: 3.6 oz., without batteries
  • warranty: 1 year

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  • 2 Black GMRS/FRS two-way radios (PR-240) with attached belt clips
  • Desktop Charger (GA-CM)
  • 2 Plastic battery pack guides
  • AC adapter (DC output: 12 Volts/ 200mA)
  • 2 FA-BP Nickel-Metal Hydride rechargeable battery pack (4.8 Volts/600 mAh)
  • 2 Wrist straps
  • 2 GA-EBM2 Earbud microphones (each with attached 70" cord)
  • Owner's Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Product Registration card
  • Desktop charger instructions
  • Battery pack instructions
  • Earbud microphone instructions

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Features

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.

Dimensions

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)

 
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