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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.

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158 thoughts on “Radio Compatibility: Which Models Will Work Together”

  • Josh

    The resort I work at currently uses Retevis RT21 2 way radios. If we upgraded to Motorola CLS1110, CLS1410 or VL50 would the RT21 work with any of those radios?

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  • Al

    I want to change my radios at work as they are getting old. I have some analogs and some digitals. They are all motorolas... the radio rep is pushing the hytera bd 552 ... its small and I don't know much about hytera... the repeaters are I believe motorola from the same rep (purchased from them a long time ago).... two questions : are hytera radios any good ? and can I use a different company than the one that sold us the repeaters and original radios?
    Thanks
    A.

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    • Rick

      As long as they are all using the same frequency and PL tones (privacy codes) in the same mode, they should be able to communicate. As far as the company that sold you the original equipment, you certainly have the right to choose any dealer you feel comfortable with. Most analog business radios should be cross-compatible with other brands of the same type radio. When it comes to digital, it depends on they type of digital radio. You could mix different brands and models of DMR radios, but you cannot mix a DMR radios with an NXDN or IDAS radio.

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  • Réjean Perron

    Bonjour ,Je voudrais savoir si un Motorolla HT750 est compatible avec un Motorolla GTX. Merci

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    • Rick

      No, they are not compatible. The Motorola HT750 operates on low band, 136-174 MHz VHF or 403 to 470 MHz UHF, depending on the version. The GTX is a 33cm (900MHz) amateur (ham) radio.

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  • Erin Johnston

    Our organization currently has Motorola XPR3300 radios. We are looking to buy some new radios...possibly the Motorola BPR 40 radios. Would these be compatible?

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    • Rick

      As long as both models operate on the same band (UHF or VHF) and are programmed to the same frequencies (and PL tones if used), they should be able to communicate with each other.

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  • Alberto

    Hello I want to know if it is possible for the professional FM transceiver RT-5RV to communicate with a motorola 350R 2-way. Thank you for your time and have a good day.

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    • Rick

      If both radios can operate on the same band and frequencies, technically they should be able to communicate with one another. The Motorola MR350R is an FRS/GMRS radio and operates on frequencies in the UHF band. If your RT-5RV can also operate in the same range of frequencies on the same band, technically they will work together. However, just because they may be capable of doing so, doesn't mean they should. The MS350R is FCC type accepted for use on those frequencies in the US. If the RT-5RV is not FCC approved for use on those frequencies, it is not legal to do so in the US. If you are in another country, the rules may be different. In some countries, neither radio may be legal for use. It is best to research this before attempting to use your radios in your area.

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  • Michael Thompson
    Michael Thompson October 11, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    My security company uses Kenwood TK-2180s VHF radios. What other models will be able to use the same frequencies as this

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  • joe

    Can a Motorola CLS1110 and a Motorola FV700 work together. If so what channes and frequencies work?

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  • Bilal

    I have Olywiz two way radios and want to link with motorola

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    • Rick

      Sorry, we do not have enough information. What is the model of the Motorola radios? We do not carry Olywiz, and are not familiar with it. A quick check of this manufacturer reveals some very confusing and questionable information about its products. For instance, several models are identified as GMRS radios, yet they are programmable across several radio services and are also listed as amateur radios. Such multi-purpose programmability is not allowed by the FCC on the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) in the US, and none of these radios seem to be FCC type accepted or approved for legal use on the GMRS or any other radio service in the United States. If you are in the US, I would strongly advise against attempting to use these radios on the air. If you are located in another country, check with the agency or entity that governs the airwaves in your jurisdiction, as some countries have even stricter laws on the use of unapproved radios on those frequencies.

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  • Mike

    Will the Retevis RT22's work with Kenwood Protalk xls TK-3230DX radios?

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    • Rick

      No. The Retevis RT22 is an FRS radio and operates on pre-set frequencies on the Family Radio Service. The Kenwood ProTalk XLS TK-3230DX is a business radio and operates on a different set of frequencies licensed for business use.

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  • Charles

    Will the Retevis RT46 work with the Baofeng 888s?

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    • Rick

      We do not carry either model, and the BF-888S is not FCC Part 95 type accepted for use on FRS frequencies in the US. We do not have enough information to determine if the Retevis is approved for FRS by the FCC. You would need to contact the manufacturer.

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  • Zain

    Hi

    I use the Motorola t200tp walkie talkies on my farm and I have recently bought the Motorola tlkr t60 to add to the system. They were sold specifically keeping this in mind. I have both sets of walkies on the same channel and privacy code but they arnt talking to each other .. (the talkr t60s)!have automatically picked up the other t60s but arnt picking up the t200 and vise Versa

    I’d be grateful for any tips or advice

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    • Rick

      Hi Zain, the reason the T200 and TLKR T60 radios aren't talking to each other is because these two models were made for different regions of the world on different radio services and frequencies. The Motorola T200TP is an FRS radio manufactured and sold for the US market. The Motorola TLKR T60 is a PMR446 radio manufactured and sold for the Asian market. Additionally, the T60 has several versions that operate on different frequencies, depending on whether it is intended for China, Singapore or Korea. The T60 is not FCC type accepted for use on any frequencies in the US.

      This is why purchasing two way radios from global web sites such as Amazon, eBay or Ali Express are risky. Consumer radios are not universal, including those manufactured by universally recognized brand names such as Motorola. Even though the radios look the same, they can be quite different internally to work with the region or country in which they are sold. To complicate things further, some radios branded and sold in these regions may be counterfeits or fakes, and not genuine Motorola products. The best and safest practice is to purchase from a reputable dealer based in your own country, and one that offers support and guidance when shopping for their products, such as Buy Two Way Radios if you are in the US.

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  • Jon

    Hi. Random question but I cannot find any info online.

    Are Motorola and Uniden 2 pin connector/jacks compatible? I would like to know if I could use Motorola PTT/MIC accessories in a uniden radio with a 2 pin jack, as they have a greater range of accessories and after market parts. thanks.

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  • Anand Perez

    how about baofeng BF-888s and baofeng UV-5R? can they work??

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    • Rick

      As mentioned in a previous comment, if both radios support the same band and frequencies, and are both analog or digital, they should be able be able to communicate with each other after they are programmed to those frequencies. Consult the manual for each radio to be sure.

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  • deepak as

    Hi I am having Baofeng 888s and Motorola MU 350R .i wanted to know if these two seta are compatible

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    • Rick

      As noted in a previous comment, the BF-888S is not an FRS radio and would need to be programmed to talk with the MU350R.
      Also, for full disclosure, the BF-888S is not FCC type accepted for legal use as an FRS or GMRS radio in the US. If you are not in the US, check with the laws and regulations in your country or region before use.

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  • Amy

    Would a Retevis RT22 work with a Midland T71VP3?

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    • Rick

      We are an authorized Midland reseller, and can say with confidence that the Midland T71VP3 is fully compatible with other FCC approved FRS radios on the market. Notice the emphasis on the term FCC approved. There are many brands of radios sold by companies and individuals online that claim to be FRS but are not FCC approved for use on those frequencies in the US. Many of these products are from questionable sources. We do not carry or support the Retevis brand, so we cannot confirm if that model is FCC type accepted or not. You would need to contact the manufacturer.

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  • Drew Donehoo

    Is there any way to get my Retevis RT46 Walkie Talkies to talk to my Midland - LXT500VP3 walkie talkies?

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    • Rick

      As an authorized Midland dealer, we can confirm that the Midland LXT500VP3 is a Part 95 type accepted FRS radio and will communicate with other FRS radios. If the Retevis is a true, FCC Part 95 approved FRS radio, it should communicate with the Midland just fine. We do not carry Retevis, but based on a quick check, the RT46 does not appear to be Part 95 approved for use on the FRS. The fact that the company has software available to program frequencies into it is a red flag, as the radio must be locked down to FRS frequencies only and cannot be capable of operation on multiple services to be an FCC approved radio for use on the FRS in the US.

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  • Steve

    I have a beofeng U-8S walkie talkie that won’t work with an 8-SSS. Will it need to be reprogrammed? Where do you get the software.

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    • Rick

      Baofeng makes a lot radios, and we are a Baofeng dealer, but we are not familiar with either of those model numbers. Are you sure those model numbers are correct? When you say U-8S and 8-SSS, Are you referring to a UV-85 and BF-888S?

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  • Jason Cogle

    Will the Zastone Z218 connect to the BF-888s

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    • Rick

      As a general rule, if both radios support the same frequencies and the same mode, i.e. analog or digital, they should be able be able to communicate with each other.

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  • Wendell

    Can a CTCSS radio using "privacy codes" communicate with a DCS radio using privacy codes. Since the squelch methodology is different I believe the answer is no.

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  • Weyimi

    Please I need urgent assistance, I bought 2 Baofeng, one is with CMIIT ID:2017FP0564 & the other is CMIIT ID:2012FP1918. But it's not working together. What do I do. Thanks for your understanding

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