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Monthly Archives: January 2019

  • The Motorola DTR600 digital radio video

    Motorola DTR radios are very popular 900 MHz digital radios that are also license free. The DTR600 is the newest edition to the DTR series and replaces both the DTR410 and the DTR550. It is compatible with all other DTR series radios as well as Motorola's DLR series radios.

    In this video, Danny introduces the new Motorola DTR600 digital two way radio and provides an overview of its features. The Motorola DTR600 is available now from Buy Two Way Radios.

    Watch our video programming tutorial! How to program the Motorola DTR600 and DTR700 digital radios will show you how to do it yourself!

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  • How to Program the Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 Radios

    When checking the search history for the Buy Two Way Radios web site, it's fairly common to see searches similar to "How to program a CLS radio" or "How to change frequencies on a CLS radio". Well, today I decided to actually check those queries for myself and was surprised to find that we didn't have an article about it! Shame on us, but better late than never I suppose!

    In this article we're going to step through how to program a Motorola CLS1110 and a Motorola CLS1410 two way radio, but first let's quickly cover what "programming" means. Entering "Programming Mode" on the CLS series radios allows you to adjust the following:

    • The frequency assigned to each channel (from a list of 56 available frequencies).
    • The CTCSS/DCS code assigned to each channel. Also called a privacy or interference eliminator code.
    • The selected call tone, or activating the vibrate alert (CLS1410 only).
    • The microphone gain.
    • The channels scanned when scan is activated (CLS1410 only).
    • The number of channels supported (up to 4 - CLS1410 only).

    Each of these features is activated by first placing the radio in "programming mode" and then navigating to the setting in the menu that appears. Since most likely you're only here to find out how to change one of those settings above, I'll provide separate instructions for how to enter programming mode and how to change each setting. Let's get started!


    Placing the CLS Radio in Programming Mode

    • Be sure the radio is OFF.
    • Press and hold the Push to Talk (PTT) button and the MON button.
    • Turn the radio on while continuing to hold PTT and MON.
    • After 3 seconds, you should hear a tone and see a "PROG" icon on the display.

    Changing the Frequency

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • CLS1410 only: Select the channel number that you would like to change the frequency for. Immediately after entering programming mode, the channel number will flash and you can use the plus and minus keys to change it.
    • Press MENU until "FREQ" is displayed and the frequency number above it blinks. ("Frequency" example on the right.)
    • Press the plus or minus buttons to select the number of the frequency that you would like. Click here for the list of all CLS series frequencies. Click here for the CLS series default frequencies.
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.

    Changing the CTCSS/DCS Code

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • CLS1410 only: Select the channel number that you would like to change the frequency for. Immediately after entering programming mode, the channel number will flash and you can use the plus and minus keys to change it.
    • Press MENU until "CODE" is displayed and the frequency number above it blinks. ("Code" example on the right.)
    • Press the plus or minus buttons to select the number of the code that you would like. If you know the specific code that you need, refer page 56 in the manual for a cross reference.
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.

    Changing the Number of Available Channels (CLS1410 Only)

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • Press MENU until a blinking channel number appears with "CH" displayed to the right. ("Number of Channels" example on the right.)
    • Press the plus or minus buttons to select the number of channels that you would like to be available on the radio. The maximum (and default) number of channels is 4.
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.

    Changing the Call Tone or Activating VibraCall

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • Press MENU until a blinking number appears with "CA" displayed to the right. ("Call Tones & Vibrate" example on the right.)
    • Press the plus or minus buttons to select call tone 1-3. Call tones can be turned off by selecting "0" (this is the default). CLS1410 users can activate the vibrate alert feature (VibraCall) by selecting call tone 4.
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.

    Adjusting the Microphone Gain

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • Press MENU until a blinking number appears with "G" displayed to the right, along with a face profile icon. ("Mic Gain" example on the right.)
    • Press the plus or minus buttons to gain levels 1-3. Level 1 is the least sensitive, for loud environments, and level 3 is the most sensitive, for quiet environments. Level 2 is the default.
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.

    Editing the Scan List (CLS1410 Only)

    • Enter "Programming Mode" using the instructions above.
    • Press MENU until an icon that looks similar to the letter "Z" appears at the bottom of the screen. ("Scan List" example on the right.)
    • The large blinking character to the left is the channel number, and the character to the right is a "y" or "n" to indicate if the channel is scanned ("y" is yes, "n" is no). Press the plus or minus buttons to select the channel, and the MON button to toggle between "y" or "n".
    • Press Push to Talk (PTT) to exit, or MENU to continue programming.
  • Why the Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 are popular radios for retail

    Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 radios for retailEnter the door of a local retailer these days and you are likely to see the staff using two way radios. From small mom-and-pop shops to big box stores, from the front register to the back storeroom, two way radios are used by merchants every working day, and it's easy to understand why. Communication is vital to any business operation, and radios provide instant communications between management and staff for lower cost of ownership and increased ROI. The faster response time improves efficiency, productivity, security and the overall customer experience. A two way radio system is a much more efficient way to communicate than using cell phones, and at a fraction of the cost. When it comes down to the bottom line, choosing two way radios for a retail operation simply makes good business sense.

    Motorola CLS1410Radios are a perfect fit for a retail store, and work very well in such an environment, but there is one model series that overshadows the others and is particularly popular with merchants.

    The next time you visit your favorite retailer, take a close look at the radios worn around the store. It is quite likely the radios they are using were made by Motorola. But they may not be just any Motorola. Chances are, you will find that the clerk behind the counter will be using a Motorola CLS1110 or CLS1410 on-site business radio.

    Motorola CLS Series radios are the de facto favorites among retail merchants and their staff. The CLS1110 and CLS1410 seem to be a sort of standard among both small and large retailers, and for a number of very good reasons.

    They have great range indoors.
    Although quite small, the CLS1110 and CLS1410 provide considerable coverage in retail environments. The CLS radios operate on licensed UHF frequencies, which are good for indoor applications, especially in small retail stores with multiple aisles of obstructions such as shelving and inventory. They are good indoor radios, and are specifically designed for that environment.

    They are small and discreet.
    These are two of the most compact and ergonomic business radios on the market, which makes the Motorola CLS Series perfect for retail use. Employees tend to move around a lot within the confines of a store and such mobility requires them to carry a radio that is extremely compact, light weight and unobtrusive to the customer. Since many shops don't need a lot of range, it makes sense to go with the smallest radio possible. The CLS1110 and CLS1410 fit the bill perfectly.

    They are comfortable to wear.
    Motorola CLS radios are designed for efficiency and comfort. A typical retail operation requires staff to carry or wear their radios for the duration of their shifts. A full-sized handheld business two way radio can be heavy, bulky and cumbersome to carry around for long periods. Not so with the CLS series. Motorola designed these radios for retailers with ergonomic portability in mind. According to reviews, Motorola hit the mark, as merchants and their employees find them comfortable to carry, hold and wear.

    They are easy to configure.
    The CLS1110 and CLS1410 operate on 56 business frequencies. These are preset in the radios, which makes programming a breeze. The radios are front panel programmable, and features can be configured or customized in a few simple steps. The CLS radios can also be easily cloned using the optional multi-unit charger, making the process of configuring a whole fleet of them easier and very fast.

    They are easy to use.
    The CLS1110 and CLS1410 are designed for simplicity, so an employee can instinctively operate them with little to no training. The Large PTT (Push-To-Talk) button is located on the front face of the radio at the top, allowing the operator to quickly and easily find and press it by feel, without having to look. The front panel has only four other buttons and a simple LCD display with icons that are easy to recognize and understand, even for the layperson. The CLS radios are much simpler to use than a cell phone and provide instant communications at the push of one button. The CLS radio also comes with a holster, and is designed to slip in and out of it quickly, securely and with ease.

    They are built for daily use.
    Motorola CLS radios are made to withstand the rigors of daily operation in a typical retail environment. While not impervious to abuse, these units can take a modicum of wear and tear during a long shift under normal working conditions. They meet Military Standards C,D,E,F, and G for shock, dust and vibration. They are also rated IP5X to handle up to a 5 foot drop onto concrete. The CLS1110 and CLS1410 are made to last awhile, and come with a two year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

    There is a huge selection of accessories available for them.
    Although these radios can be used with the built-in microphone and speaker, many retailers prefer to use them with earpieces or headsets for greater privacy and more discreet communications between employees, especially when used on the floor around customers. Fortunately, there is a plethora of OEM and after market accessories available for the CLS1110 and CLS140. Such a wide selection gives the merchant and their employees greater flexibility to communicate, increasing efficiency and productivity in their entire retail operation.

    The Motorola CLS Series radio fits any retail workplace and integrating naturally into the workflow to provide instant continuous communications for on-site retailers, with no monthly fees, no service charges, and no contracts. After all, the faster the better the communications, the more cost-effective, efficient and profitable the operation. Considering all this, it's no wonder the Motorola CLS1110 and CLS1410 are a such popular choice for retailers. It's not trendy, it's just good business.

  • Leixen VV-898P and VV-898SP Backpack Radio video

    When the Leixen VV-898 first showed up on the market, many hams suggested turning it in a go-box. Apparently Leixen liked this idea, because that's exactly what they did. The result? Leixen created the VV-898P and VV-898SP Mobile Backpack Radios. This unique product line consists of either a 10 watt VV-898 or 25 watt VV-898S unit mounted in an enclosure with everything needed to function as a portable radio capable of instant-on operation virtually anytime, anywhere.

    In this video, Rick introduces these mobile backpack radios and tells you what they are designed to do. Buy Two Way Radios is an authorized Leixen dealer.

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