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How to match a CLS1110 or CLS1410 to a Motorola VL50 radio

We occasionally speak to customers who have Motorola VL50 radios and want to purchase a CLS1110 or CLS1410 to add to their fleet. Both VL50 and CLS radios look identical to each other, but are they?

The VL50 is the same radio as the CLS series models, but has 8 channels and different built-in frequencies. It is part of a line of Motorola business radios that are intended to be sold by local (non-internet) dealers, and are usually priced much higher than the CLS series even though there is almost no difference.

An out of the box VL50 will not talk to an out of the box CLS1110 or CLS1410 like you would expect. They can communicate, but the channels are all mixed up! The following chart shows the CLS channel and the equivalent channel on the VL50. (Note, the CLS1110 has 1 channel and the CLS1410 has 4).

CLS VL50
1 2
2 8
3 5
4 6

If you don't want to deal with the hassle of channels not matching up (and who would!), you can go into programming mode on the radios and assign each channel to a different frequency. Both the CLS series and the VL50 have 56 built-in frequencies, but unfortunately the frequencies are not the same. They do, however, match up on frequencies 1-8, so just make sure you assign your channels on both radios to one of the first 8 frequencies and you're set.

Here's a brief summary of how to program your Motorola CLS series or Motorola VL50 radio.

How To Enter Programming Mode
Press and hold the large Push to Talk (PTT) and MON buttons simultaneously for 3 seconds while you turn the radio on. The radio will beep and display the letters PROG. The channel number will flash and the letters FREQ (frequency) and CODE will alternately flash on the display.

(If you press and release the Push to Talk button while programming the CLS1410, it will take you to the top of Programming Mode.)

How To Select a Frequency for a Channel
1. (CLS1410 only) In programming mode, press the MENU button until the channel number flashes and the frequency and code are alternately displayed. This will be the first setting in programming mode.

2. Press the plus or minus button to choose the channel. Note that the first two steps do not apply to the CLS110 since it has only one channel.

3. (CLS1110 and CLS1410) Press the MENU button until the word FREQ (frequency) appears and the frequency number flashes on the display.

4. Press the plus or minus buttons choose the frequency you want.

5. Press and hold the large Push to Talk (PTT) button to exit programming mode or press the MENU button to program other features of the radio.

That's all there is to it. Once the channels are set to the same frequencies, your VL50 and CLS two way radios should be able to communicate with each other.

4 thoughts on “How to match a CLS1110 or CLS1410 to a Motorola VL50 radio”

  • Alejandro Flores
    Alejandro Flores May 14, 2018 at 1:33 am

    Hi my name is Alex I’m trying to connect my UV-5R with CLS 1110 Motorola if anyone can help me

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  • Ben

    Looking for freq and code list for VLR150 radio.
    Trying to match CLS1110 or CLS1410 Ch-26, Code -4
    Can you just provide a list of Freq and Codes for VLR150 radio.
    Thank you,
    Ben

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  • Rick

    Matt, that is exactly what the article stated. The radios only work with each other on 1-8, but not on the same channels. Frequencies above channel 8 are different on each model and the radios will not work with each other on those frequencies.
    As clearly mentioned in the article, the CLS and VL50 series radios look the same, but the frequencies are different.

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  • Matt

    I feel I should clarify my previous statement as I have found a loophole...
    It does work, but only if you use frequencies 1 - 8 on both devices. I haven't tried every frequency but so far, 1 & 6 - 8 appear to work fine but I have yet to get anything above 8 to work.
    At least these are my devices but I am assuming these devices are all the same.
    I am trying to pair a CLS1410 and VL50.

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  • Matt

    This does not work. Frequencies, channels, codes are all the same and they can't seem to talk to each other.

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