Family Radio Service
(FRS): This unit uses FRS, which is a short range 2-way radio band for
people to keep in touch without the need for a license, radio knowledge, or
2-Way Radio: This
unit is a transceiver which both sends and receives. You need at least two units
Area of Operation:
This unit is approved by the FCC for use in the US and its
territories only. Most other countries will not allow the use of this
product within their territory, since it has not been approved by their
Distance: Distance is
highly dependent upon location. The maximum distance is approximately two miles
in open areas. It will be less in buildings or vehicles.
Outdoor Gear Package: This unit
includes a digital compass, thermometer, barometer, and altimeter. The compass
feature is an accurate and instantaneous directional aid. When held
horizontally, the direction the radio antenna is pointing is displayed. The
compass displays eight cardinal points (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW). The
thermometer feature measures the ambient temperature in Fahrenheit or Celsius.
When moving from environments with moderate temperature differences, wait 20
minutes for the thermometer feature to acclimate. The barometer feature measures
changes in atmospheric air pressure. The altimeter feature estimates your
altitude based on atmospheric pressure.
Antenna: This unit uses
a non-retractable, semi-flexible 2.153" long antenna.
The unit comes with a removable black plastic belt clip that can be used to
secure the radio to a belt.
Battery Meter Indicator:
The battery meter is located on the LCD and is a 3-segment bar graph display.
When the battery is low, the unit will beep
every 10 minutes.
There is a fixed level beep whenever a key is pressed. This feature may be
Channels: The maximum
number of channels allowed is fourteen.
Interference Eliminator Codes:
There are 38 codes that allow you to filter out unwanted messages from other
users. You are only able to pick up other radios using the same channel and
code. This does not make your transmissions private, anyone else with a radio
tuned to the same channel will still hear your transmission. It simply keeps you
from having to listen to calls which are not using the same code and channel.
Custom Codes: Allows
you to save a specific code for each channel, thus allowing you to change
channels and codes more easily.
Eavesdrop Eliminator: Helps
reduce eavesdropping by scrambling private conversations.
Channel Busy Indicator: Indicates
that your current channel is in use. This allows you to avoid interrupted
conversation by waiting until the channel is clear or by switching to another
The blue LCD backlight turns on automatically any time you press a button. The
backlight turns off automatically after 5 seconds.
Lock: Allows you to
disable the Scroll, Menu and Scan buttons so that radio settings can not be
Scan: Allows you to
monitor channels and codes of other radios. When the unit detects a channel
being used it stops scanning and locks in on the active channel and code. If
activity ceases, the unit will begin to scan again. You can select which of
the fourteen channels are scanned.
Sends out one of 10 unique tones so that a user can be identified and also
others are alerted that you are going to transmit.
Hands Free Use: This
unit has voice operated transmission (VOX) capability. When used with the
optional model 53725 swivel Boom Microphone, this feature automatically
activates transmission when you talk. The VOX sensitivity can be adjusted to
compensate for different background sound levels. In addition to VOX, this
unit also has iVOX which allows you to use the unit hands free without any
options, by simply using the unit's built-in microphone and speaker which allows
you to speak to transmit and to stop talking to receive without having to press
the Push-to-talk button.
NOAA Weather Receiver: Allows you
to monitor local National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather
broadcasts and receive audible alerts when storm warnings are issued.
Auto Power Off: The
unit can be set to power itself off to prevent battery usage after 1-8 hours
(selectable in 1 hour increments). This feature can be turned off.
Reset: All factory
settings can be restored by holding down the Menu and Push-to-Talk buttons while
turning the unit on.
The timer prevents extended or accidental transmission by emitting a warning
tone and stopping transmission if Push-to-Talk button is pressed for over 60
VibraCall: This radio features
VibraCall, a vibrating alert to notify you of a two-way radio reception in noisy
Alerts: You can choose how the
radio will alert you when you are receiving. You can select vibrate, ring, or
Clock: This unit has a built-in
Alarm: The radio has an alarm
that can be turned on or off. If the radio is turned off, it will turn on
automatically when the alarm sounds.
Stopwatch: The radio features a
Left Side of unit:
- Accessory jack: Sub-mini jack
for use with optional Swivel Boom Microphone
- Call tone button: Used to
transmit call tone, and start and stop the stopwatch
Top of unit:
- Mode button: Used to scroll
through mode selections and quickly return to two-way mode (when held down)
- Power button: Used to turn the
unit on or off
Front of unit:
- LCD (with blue back lighting):
Displays channel, code, options selected such as scan and battery level
- +/- buttons:
Used to change the volume and scroll through and select settings
- Menu button:
Scrolls through menus, locks the unit (when held down and not in a menu),
and exits menus (when held down while in a menu)
- Push to talk button:
Used to transmit and save settings
Three alkaline "AA" batteries
(not included) provide approximately 35 hours of normal use. The optional
rechargeable NiMH battery requires 5 hours to charge the first time. After the
initial charging, it will normally fully charge in approximately 4 hours. The
NiMH battery provides approximately 12 hours of operation with normal use.
CommPort Charging Dock: An
optional CommPort charging dock provides drop-in charging convenience, when
using the optional NiMH rechargeable battery. The charging dock can be mounted
or placed on any flat surface and turns your radio into a stationary intercom
while keeping it charged.
Crutchfield offers the
optional model 53725 swivel Boom Microphone. Additional
be purchased directly from Motorola at 1-800-353-2729.
Channel Frequency Chart:
Dimensions (with belt clip
installed): 2.486"W x 6.816"H (including
non-retractable antenna) x 2.148"D