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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.
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