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Radio Compatibility: Which Models Will Work Together

One of the questions that we are asked frequently is if a new two way radio that a customer is considering purchasing will be compatible with older radios that they already have. This compatibility question is best answered based on the type of radio (consumer vs. business), as the answer is very different.

Consumer Radios

Midland GXT2000 Two Way RadioConsumer radios operate on a standard set of frequencies, either the GMRS or FRS services or a combination of both. Most newer consumer radios are "dual service" radios that support both FRS and GMRS. These radios will typically have 22 channels. Older consumer radios may only have 14 channels, operating only on FRS.

Regardless, all of these radios that support FRS and/or GMRS use the same frequencies and are compatible with one another. Simply set all radios to the same channel number and privacy code, and you will be able to communicate. Popular manufacturers of consumer radios are Audiovox, Cobra, Garmin, Midland, Motorola (Talkabout series), and Uniden. Kenwood used to make GMRS models (the TK3101 and TK3131, for example), but have moved away from consumer radios and no longer produce them.

Business Radios

Kenwood TK-3402 Two Way RadioCompatibility is not nearly as straightforward when it comes to business radios. First of all, there are several types of frequencies that business radios are made to support: VHF, UHF, and 800/900 Mhz frequencies, for example. The first step in finding a compatible radio is choosing a model that supports the same frequency type as your existing radios.

These frequency types refer to an entire range of actual frequencies, and just choosing the same frequency type does not guarantee compatibility. If you purchased your existing radios from a true two way radio dealer, there is a possibility that the dealer could have programmed special custom frequencies into the radio. If this were the case, your radios may not be compatible with a new radio even if you purchased the exact same model.

Usually most compatibility issues arise with 4 or 5 watt radios, which are much more likely to support custom programming. With one or two watt business radios, it is a little easier to ensure compatibility. The Motorola CLS series of radios and the two watt RDX series models will always be compatible, and two watt Kenwood radios that are marked with a ProTalk label will always be compatible, provided you purchase the same model.

If you have any questions or concerns about business radio compatibility, the easiest option is to simply contact us and we can recommend a compatible solution. For older radios or radios that could have been custom programmed, we may ask that you send in the radio so that we can read the actual frequencies from the radio before making a recommendation.

Related Resources
Looking for a MURS Compatible Radio?
It's Official: Vertex Digital and Motorola TRBO Radios Now Compatible
The Two Way Radio Show TWRS-07 - Comparing Small Business Radios
Radio 101 - The facts about GMRS two way radio compatibility


to whom it concerns,

Hi I am trying to find a compatible radio to work with a radius cp 200 by motorola

I would like to by my own personal radio but dont want to spend the amount the cp 200 cost
I work at a school and radios always get misplaced need one that will work so I can take it home with me



Unfortunately the answer is a bit complex. We would first need to know the frequencies being used by the other radios.

We currently have Motorola T5500 Talkabout radios in use at our school, they have not been very withstanding to our Montana Winters/Falls/Springs. I read a consumer report RE: The durability of the Cobra MicroTalk FRS315 WX 2-Mile 14-Channel FRS Water-Resistant Two-Way Radio. I am thinking to purchase 4 of these for our everyday use and would like to know if the two radios will be compatible with each other? If you have any thoughts as to a more durable two-way radio please advise.
Thank you.

Hi I have two motorola cls 1410 and two motorola cls 1810 and even I put them in the same channel, frequency and code they still don't work (all 4) together only the two and two that are the same model... Is it possible to make them work together or do I have to get them the same model?

Hi All
Do we have a compatible between 2 kind of radio : Midland GXT-1000 and Kenwood TH-K4AT
I see in user manual that they have the same range of frequency
462.5625 - 462.7250 Mhz - step 250kHZ for Midland GXT-1000
400 - 470 MHz - step 25kHz for Kenwood TH-K4AT


Cobra microTALK CXR925 Two Way Radio Motorola - 35-Mile, and 22-Channel FRS/GMRS 2-Way Radios (Pair) can they work together????

Yes. To learn more about consumer FRS/GMRS radios and compatibility listen to The Two Way Radio Show Episode 1 - An Introduction to Consumer Radios. It should answer most of your questions about FRS/GMRS radios.


I am looking for a radio that can communicate with Garmin rino radios. I want to mount the radio in my truck. My friends and I use the rino's on hunting trips and we have found the rino's go through batteries very quickly and have a limited range. I am thinking the a radio that is mounted in the truck would have more available power and a lager antennae, hopefully with a better range. We do use the privacy settings on the rino's. Do you have any suggestions?

I have a Motorola cls 1410 radio and wanted to know if it would work with a FRS\GMRS consumer radio. Thanks

No. The CLS1410 is not an FRS/GMRS radio.

I have 3 old BellSouth 1022SL 15 ch two ways. When set to ch 2, they appear to be incompatible with my Midland, Cobra, & Motorola GMRS two ways. Does anyone have the ch vs freg chart for the old BellSouth 1022SL radios?

if i am in a group of people useing MOTOROLA HT1000 UHF radios, and i buy my own second hand(same brand and model) will it work?

i have a midland NAUTICO3 that is suppose to have 88 channels and i was hoping it would work on some of my old radios and they didn't (i can understand why) but will it also connect to other like newer radios and i don't think it was custom built

I am in a group of people using various radios including motorola xtn. I recently purchased a kenwood protalk 3130 and it isn't working. What can I do?

Will the Icom f4011 work with the Motorola mr350r? I would like to order one and want to make sure that it will work with this radio that I already have!


Will a Motorola radius p110 be compatible with a Maxon?

Can a UHF mobile radio be programmed to a VHF radio?

No. UHF and VHF radios operate on different bands. A dual band radio that is capable of operating on both UHF and VHF can be programmed for frequencies within the range supported by the radio on either band, however a single band radio that only operates on UHF cannot be programmed to operate on VHF frequencies and vice versa,

For more information, watch our Radio 101 video Radio 101 - The difference between UHF and VHF radios.


I'm looking to buy a headset for my MJ431CR Motorola radio. It seems most Motorola headsets are compatible with the MJ270R , yet the MJ431CR is never listed as such. Does everything fitting the 270 will also fit the 431? Or did I just make a mistake buying the 431, with doesn't fit any headset? Thanks!

I have owned a pair of UNIDEN 2889 radios for a few years now. I just purchased a pair of UNIDEN 2638 radios. For some reason, when I set both pairs of radios to the same channel and privacy code, only the like-model radios can hear each other (the two 2638's can hear each other and the two 2889's can hear each other but the 2889's can't hear the 2638's nor can the 2638's hear the 2889's).

I called UNIDEN and asked why this was and they told me that the two radios are programmed differently and privacy codes won't work across the two models.

This is confusing to me because I have the two user manuals and all fo the frequency and tone information is the same for the two models (with the exception that the 2889 has more privacy codes to choose from).

Is this normal? I was under the impression that if any radio that operated over the same frequency and privacy code could communicate with any other radio.

Hi I have a Motorola ht1000 I just want to know if it will communicate with the Motorola cp200?

i'm trying to get a motorola gp328 to work with a kenwood tk-3360.
One of the frequency ranges on the kenwood is 400 - 470 mhz, and there is a 403 - 470 range on the motorola. The frequencies we use are 467.750 mhz for channel 1 thru 457.800 mhz for channel 15, so i'm assuming this will work. Please advise if i'm on the right track

Hi i have a Kenwood TK-3101 but i just purchased a second radio from a friend, a Kenwood TK-360G. I cannot get these on the same frequency. Is this something you can help with or are they not compatible?

Hi Glen, the Kenwood TK-3101 is a UHF radio and was generally pre-programmed to GMRS frequencies. According to the product brochure, the TK-360G is sold in Europe and supports either 440-470 MHz or 403-430 MHz depending on the version.

If you have the version that supports the higher frequencies and you have software and a cable to program it to the GMRS, they may talk to each other. However, the TK-360G is technically not a GMRS radio. If you are in the US, it may not even be FCC approved for use on the GMRS. If the radio has an FCC ID, you can look it up in the FCC ID database at .

I have a pair of Cobra CXT395 are they compatible to communicate with Motorola MJ270R We are on channel 5 do I have to set them to anything special or just set them both to channel 5?

Can a CLS 1110 radio work with a Midland GXT 895? I found the motorola in a dumpster and found that it operates on the UHF band similarly to the Midland.

Hi Hax, the short answer is no. The Motorola CLS 1110 is a business radio and the Midland is an FRS/GMRS radio. Although the radios operate on the same band, they are programmed to different frequencies.

I work in a hotel and they use motorola Radius cp200 radio and 90% are broken. They bought some Motorola talk abouts and wanted to know if they could be synced together to talk to one another.

Hi James, unfortunately, no. The CP200 is a business radio and the Motorola Talkabout radios operate on FRS/GMRS frequencies. Consumer radios such as the Talkabout line are not recommended for business use as they are not built for the daily rigors and wear of business applications. Business radios are initially more expensive, but they will last longer and will likely save you the costs of frequently replacing consumer grade radios over time.

very useful article. thankyou for clearing a few things up

Will Motorola CLS 1410 work with Kenwood Protalk XLS ? So far they don't seem to work channel to channel. Can they be programmed? Thanks!

Can i use a Baofeng uv 5r v2 + with a talk about off the shelf radio if so how can i

Thanks, Alex

The Baofeng is an amateur radio.The Motorola Talkabout is a consumer FRS/GMRS radio. Although the UV-5R and its variants operate on the same band and can technically be programmed to operate on FRS and GMRS frequencies, the radios are not Part 95 type accepted for legal operation on either service. In addition, the legal power limit for transmit operation on FRS is 1/2 watt (500mW) and the lowest power setting on the Baofeng exceeds that. I would highly discourage the idea of programming a Baofeng to talk with a Motorola Talkabout FRS/GMRS radio.

Hello I have a UHF HT1000 and I'm trying to have it programmed for my local police department can anyone help? Can I send it out to someone to have it programmed?

I have Motorola mh320 and i want to know hoy to set up with boafeng bf-f9 v2+.

Thank you

Hi Carlos, I am not familiar with an MH320. Are you referring to the Motorola Talkabout MH230? If so, that is an FRS/GMRS radio and is not configurable.The Baofeng BF-F9 v2+ is an amateur (ham) radio. Although it is technically possible to program the BF-F9 to operate on FRS and GMRS frequencies, it is not FCC Part 95 type accepted for use on either FRS or GMRS in the US and is not legal for use on FRS channels, as the 8-watt BF-F9 far exceeds the 1/2 watt legal limit and antenna requirements for use on FRS frequencies. If you reside outside the US, you will need to contact the agency governing radio communications in your country before attempting to program the Baofeng for use with the Talkabout.

Hi there. I was wondering if a kenwood TK-3301 which has 16 channels would work with normal/new 8 channel radios?
cheers sam

Hello I have 2 questions. At our company we bought two Motorola cls1410 and they work great. We wanted to expand. Ended up getting a good deal on cls1413 which is a Canada version. It does not seem to work with the 1410 model..... Is this correct? And 2nd question is will cls1410 work with the cls1110? Thanks for your time

Hi Mike, the CLS1413 is for use in Canada only, and is programmed for such use. Although there are a few differences between the CLS1110 and CLS1410, both use the same business frequencies and will work together. Read the Motorola CLS1110 / Motorola CLS1410 Two-Way Radio Comparison for details.

will the baofeng uv-5r work on a Motorola cls 1410?

I have a Baofeng UV-82 is it compatiable with our Kenwood TK-3402U. We are having issues getting them to talk to each other.

Jay yes my trying to make the Baofeng uv-5r to talk with the Motoroal CLS 1410 can you help?

Jay yes I'm trying to make the Baofeng uv-5r talk with the Motoroal CLS 1410 can you help?

I have a Kenwood TK-3301 & TK-3201 - trying to use with Uniden PMR885. All the frequencies match (including privacy channel frequencies) but I can't transmit from Kenwood to Uniden - only receive ?

I have a cobra marine radio, this radio can work with a Gmrs radios?

I have a few Motorola Radius GP300 and Midland GXT565 two way radios can I communicate with these together, if so, what do I have to do? As of right now if I set the Motorola on a channel and the Midland on the same channel I can't hear anything and the privacy setting is off on the Midland. The Motorola only has a 15 channel with an extra blue dot that im assuming is channel 16 or open?

Marine radios operate on VHF marine frequencies. GMRS radios operate on UHF frequencies. These are different frequencies on two different bands. The exception would be the Cobra MR-HH450 DUAL, which operates on both VHF marine and UHF GMRS.

To answer your first question, it depends. There are UHF and VHF versions of the GP300. The Midland GXT565 is a GMRS radio, which operates on UHF. You would need the UHF version of the GP300 and each radio would need to be programmed to communicate with the GXT565 on the same UHF frequencies.

I have some pairs of Motorola Talkabout MR350R, I want to know if I can comminucate with a COBRA CXT 545 without a problem, if so, what do I have to do?

Hi Diego, the MR350R and CXT545 are FRS/GMRS radios and should communicate with each other. They use the same frequency assignments on the same channels, so if you are on Channel 8 on the MR350R and Channel 8 on the CXT545, they will be on the same frequency and will be able to communicate. If you are using privacy codes (interference eliminator codes), on the radios, be sure they are using the same CTCSS/DCS codes on the same channel.

The lists of CTCSS/DCS codes and the channel and frequency assignments are listed in the user manual for each make and model.

Will a TR400 radio work with a baofeng UV5RE

If they operate on the same band and are programmed to the same frequency, they should.

Is it easy to program it?

just want to know if a bellsouth t 388 will work with zartek com 8

What radio are you referring to?

We are based in the US so we are not familiar with Zartek. Although they may look similar in appearance, these are two different radios. Apparently the Zartek is a 446MHz radio sold in South Africa. The T388 is an FRS/GMRS radio operating on frequencies between 462 and 467MHz. Unless the Zartek can also transmit and receive in that range, the answer would be no.

BaoFeng BF-F8+ 2nd Gen UV-5R Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz
Compatible with motorola sx700? Ifso, how?
Thank you!

I have a radio system with Motorola GP330 handhelds, and a Motorola Spectra (or similar) base station programmed to a VHF frequency.

Recently I have programmed a few Icom IC-F30´s to work on this same frequency, but these two sets of radios does not communicate properly.

The Icoms can only communicate with eachother, and the same with the Motorolas. However, when transmitting with the Motorola it could be received by the Icoms, but when transmitting with the Icoms, there´s nothing received with the Motorolas.

Does anyone have any possible solution to what is the issue here?

I'm new to this so I work for a construction company and there using walkie talkies buisness ones I believe so I went out and bought a diffrent modle all in general I bought a uniden 22 channel talkie will I be able to talk to my fellow workers if they give me the channel there using or did I waste my money?

Hi Josh, the answer depends on what radios everyone has and what frequencies they use. If they are using standard business radios such as Kenwood, Motorola, Icom or Vertex Standard and you are using Uniden FRS/GMRS radios, the answer is no, they will not talk to each other. The Uniden consumer radios are specifically designed for FRS/GMRS frequencies and are not user programmable. The business radios may either be UHF or VHF and operate on business frequencies. You would need to purchase a radio that is programmable and operates on the same band and frequency range as the other radios.

However, this is not to say that you wasted your money. On the contrary, Uniden makes good, solid radios and they are quite useful for other applications, especially if you spend a lot of time participating in recreational activities with family and friends outdoors. Many Uniden models support NOAA weather channels and alerts and may also be handy in an emergency, so I wouldn't throw them away.

Hi Sir, I would like to ask if SMP 328S is compatible to SMP 468?
and if "yes" how can i connect the two radio.

Thank you for your help!

Hi, I just recently bought 8 used motorola CP200 from different suppliers on EBay. The radios powr on but I cna not communicate with the other radios we previously had. I have them all on #1. Am I missing something or do I need to do anything to get these to communicate?


Hi Darren, it is likely the used CP200 radios were programmed to different frequencies on channel 1. The radios need to be programmed to the same frequency on the same channel. You will need to find out what frequency is programmed to channel 1 on your previous radios and re-program all of the other radios you recently purchased to the same frequency. If your radios are using CTCSS or DCS codes on that channel you will need to match them as well.

Are the uniden uh850s concttin with the baofeng 888

I have a Motorola rdm 2070d and a rmu 2040 and can not get them to clone. Is it even possible?

Our facility uses the cobra CXT 565 .We have some walkies that we can talk in them and be heard however we can not hear anything from them.Can you help.Thanks

We need a little more information. Are all of the radios of the same model, or are the CXT 565 radios mixed with other makes and models? Are all the radios on the same channel? Do any of the radios use CTCSS or DCS codes on these channels?
This video may help.
Radio 101 - Privacy Code Issues on GMRS Radios.

I have lost my other walkie talkie its a kenwood pro talk xls and i have a cobra micotalk 121privacy codes how can i get them to work together thank you

I have 2 cobra micro talk 2way 19 mile weatherproof 22 channel walkie talkies. I would like to know what is compatible with it?

The ProTalk is a business radio and the Cobra MicroTalk is an FRS/GMRS radio. If your Kenwood is a UHF XLS radio and covers the same frequency range, you would need program the Kenwood to the same frequencies and CTCSS/DCS codes to which the Cobra is pre-programmed.

Of course, if you lost your Kenwood ProTalk XLS radio, I'm not sure this information will help.

I work for walmart and we use cp110 and Rdm20 20 motorola radios so would any radio of those tWo models work if I purchased one

we have Motorola CP150 & CP200 in the facility but they do not talk to each other. Is there any change that can be made to make them compatible?

Are the Motorola MG167A and/or Motorola T100 compatible with Motorola GP340? Can I use MG167A or T100 to communicate with people using the GP340 (on channels 1, 2 and 3)?

The Motorola MG167A and T100 are consumer FRS/GMRS radios. The GP340 is a business radio. The VHF version of the GP340 will definitely not communicate with the consumer radios since they operate on the UHF band. It may be possible to program the UHF version of the GP340 to communicate with the consumer Talkabout models, however it may or may not be legal to do so, depending on the laws in your country.

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