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How to Wirelessly Clone Kenwood Protalk Radios

Kenwood ProTalk radios have a very nice and unique feature built right in - wireless cloning. This allows the settings of one radio to be wirelessly cloned to all other radios within range. In the event that a setting or feature mistakenly gets changed on one of your radios, this can be a quick and easy way to get your radio back to the setup you need to communicate effectively. Many other brands offer the ability to clone from radio to radio, but it usually requires a special cloning cable or a multi-charger. Kenwood makes this extremely simple - just follow the step-by-step instructions below for the radio that you have.

Cloning Kenwood ProTalk 200, 300, and 400 Series Radios
The following instructions apply to all ProTalk radios in what Kenwood calls the 200, 300 and 400 series, EXCEPT the TK-3230. This includes the following models: TK-2200, TK-2202, TK-2300, TK-2302, TK-2400, TK-2402, TK-3200, TK-3202, TK-3300, TK-3302, TK-3400, and TK-3402.

Step 1: You will first need to determine which of your radios is going to be your master unit. This will be the one radio to which all of your other radios will match up to. Your other radios will be known as your slave units. Once you have determined which radio is your master unit and which radios are your slave units, be sure to separate them to avoid confusion.

Step 2: On your master unit, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The radio is now in Clone Mode.

Step 3: On your slave units, be sure the radio is OFF. Hold down the PTT button AND the Side 2 Key (bottom side button) at the same time while turning the radio ON. Keep holding the 2 buttons simultaneously until the LED turns orange and you hear the radio announce "Clone". The slave radios are now in Clone Mode.

Step 4: Press the PTT button on the master unit to begin the cloning process. While cloning, the LED on the master unit will blink in red, while the LED on the slave unit(s) will turn green. When the cloning process completes, the master LED will once again turn orange and the LED will turn off completely on the slave units.

Step 5: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

Cloning Kenwood TK-3230 Radios
The Kenwood TK-3230 is a small, lightweight radio with a display. It supports wireless cloning, but works a little differently than the models above. To clone the TK3230, perform the following steps.

Step 1: All of the slave units will need to be put into the "cloning" mode. To do this, first make sure that the slave units are turned OFF. Take each slave unit and press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button AND the Monitor (MON) button at the same time. While both buttons are being pressed, turn the radio ON. If done correctly, you will hear a short beep and your screen will show that you have entered clone mode. If you have more than one slave unit, repeat this process for each radio.

Step 2: Locate your master unit and repeat the process above to place this radio into the cloning mode.

Step 3: Once all radios are in cloning mode, press the Push-to-Talk (PTT) button on the master unit ONLY. At this point, the slave units should turn green and display the letters "PROG" for programming. The master unit will display the letters "CLON" for cloning. Once complete, the master unit will display "END" and all other slave units will return to their normal setting.

Step 4: The cloning is complete! Turn the master unit off and back on to resume normal usage.

If you notice any of the slave units with a blinking orange LED, this means that it was not done correctly and cloning was not complete, in which case you should start the process again. Once complete, be sure to check that each slave unit communicates with your master unit, and voila! You're back in business!

9 thoughts on “How to Wirelessly Clone Kenwood Protalk Radios”

  • Peter Dinh

    For Kenwood tk-3230dx, how do we enter the cloning mode? I tried the same procedures as the Kenwood tk-3230, but it didn't work. Any help? Thanks.

  • Barb

    We have 8 Kentwood to 2302 walkie talkies and I’m trying to clone them with Kenwood protalk 2400 walkie talkies When I hold down the tk2400 side buttons I get the orange light but when I hold down the side buttons on the tk2303 nothing works. Can’t get anything no lights at all. Can I clone them. What do I need to do. This is for a school where I work. Important that we have more walk-in talkies.

    • rick

      Hi Barb, although these models support wireless cloning, the units to be cloned must all be the same model. As an authorized Kenwood dealer, we do offer programming services for your radios. Give us a call at 1-800-584-1445 from 9 am to 6 pm weekdays and we will be happy to assist you in finding a solution.

  • Harry Minot

    I'm having the exact same problem that Julio deseibes. The radio I just purchased is useless until this problem is solved.

  • Julio

    I tried to clone from Master to slave following the exactly same steps. It worked for all of the company's except for one. the led on this radio (same model) stays solid orange. I noticed that every time i clone the rest of the radios they blink a blue led after completion, but this one stays solid orange. I always reset the radios to their factory settings and then clone. What other approach can i do if this is not working?

  • Joe Melliza

    I ordered Kenwood TK-3200s and one of the radios is working but theres one that wont respond like master radio.. When I held down the PTT button it will beep and I don't know what this means. I could sure use some help.

  • Slim B.

    How do I make the radios talk to one another from a longer distance? I work at an apartment community that have 16 buildings, no more than three floors high each. The office is at one end of the property, but form the other, sometimes we can not be heard from the other side, even when we are outside the building. Is there something we can do to make them reach a little farther......?

  • i use the german model of tk-2302 Freenet.
    it dont work ?
    Had i change a config with the software ?

  • Dean Hatcher

    Great Inforamtion about the Kenwood TK2200 Radio
    Will the clone feature work with the Bandsplit section of the radio?
    **If my master radio is programmed to Narrowband and I use the clone feature will that also make my slave radios narrowband too?
    Thanks for your consideration with this question
    Waccamaw Inc


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