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  • TWRS-51 - New Kenwood 400 Series Radios

    We discuss new products just released this year from Kenwood. We also review the new Kenwood TK-3400 business two way radio.

    Intro :00
    Billboard 1:10

    Topic Discussion 1:29
    We look at the new Kenwood ProTalk 400 Series two way radios and the new Kenwood C-Ring Earpiece, and tell you what we think of these new products. For tips on using your two way radios, watch our new Radio 101 video series hosted by Anthony.

    Commercial Break 11:44
    buytwowayradios.com 1:00

    Product Review 12:42
    Today we review the new Kenwood TK-3400-U4P and Kenwood TK-3400-U16P two way radios.

    Questions and Answers 21:30
    Questions from readers of our Two Way Radio Blog and members of the Two Way Radio Forum.

    Wrap up and Close 27:57
    Send in your comments and questions for Danny, Anthony and Rick to show[at]buytwowayradios.com. Feedback on this and other topics will be read by the hosts and included in future episodes of the show. Visit us at www.twowayradioshow.com!

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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!

  • How to Clone a Motorola RDX Two Way Radio

    If you find yourself having to change radio settings every time a new radio is added to your fleet, you can probably save yourself a lot of time by learning how to clone your Motorola RDX radios. The cloning process simply copies the settings from one two way radio to another, and can be done in 3 ways.

    NOTE: For cloning to work successfully, the radios must be the same model number.

    Cloning Using a Multi-Charger
    If you already have a Motorola RLN6309 RDX multi-charger, then you're in great shape! The RLN6309 has built-in support for cloning, and the process couldn't be simpler.

    1. Be sure both the Source and Target radios have charged batteries. The multi-charger does not need to be connected to a power source.
    2. Place the Target radio (the radio that needs to have settings updated) in Pocket 1 on the charger and turn the radio ON. (Pocket 1 is on the far left when you are facing the Motorola logo).
    3. On the Source radio (the radio to copy from), hold down the PTT and SB2 buttons while turning on the radio. Continue to hold these buttons down until a tone is heard (around 3 seconds). (SB2 is the bottom button on the left side of the radio.)
    4. Place the Source radio in Pocket 2 of the multi-charger.
    5. Press and release SB1 on the Source radio to initiate cloning. A chirp sound confirms cloning was successful, a bonk sound is heard if cloning was not successful.
    6. Turn both radios OFF and then ON to exit cloning mode.

    Radio to Radio Cloning Using a Cloning Cable
    You can also clone two Motorola RDX series radios by purchasing a Motorola RLN6303 Cloning Cable. The RLN6303 allows you to connect two chargers together, and allows for radio to radio cloning.

    Before getting started, be sure that you have a fully charged battery in each radio. Also, please note that the chargers will not need to be connected to a power outlet.

    1. Unplug any power or USB cables from the chargers and connect them using the cloning cable.
    2. Place the Target radio (the radio that needs to have settings updated) in one of the chargers and turn the radio ON.
    3. On the Source radio (the radio to copy from), hold down the PTT and SB2 buttons while turning on the radio. Continue to hold these buttons down until a tone is heard (around 3 seconds). (SB2 is the bottom button on the left side of the radio.)
    4. Place the Source radio in the empty charger.
    5. Press and release SB1 on the Source radio to initiate cloning. A chirp sound confirms cloning was successful, a bonk sound is heard if cloning was not successful.
    6. Turn both radios OFF and then ON to exit cloning mode.

    Radio Cloning Using Programming Software
    You can also use the Motorola RDX programming software to essentially copy the settings from one radio to another.

    1. Download the Motorola CPS software and purchase a programming cable (instructions here).
    2. Connect a radio charger to the PC using the programming cable and launch the software.
    3. Turn Source radio (the radio to copy from) ON and place it in the charger.
    4. In the software, click the "Read Radio" button on the toolbar. This downloads the configuration from the radio.
    5. Turn Target radio (the radio that needs to have settings updated) ON and place it in the charger.
    6. In the software, click the "Write Radio" button on the toolbar. This uploads the configuration that was previously read to the new radio.

    These instructions apply to all two way radios that are part of the Motorola RDX series. Models include RDU2020, RDV2020, RDU2080d, RDV2080d, RDU4100, RDV5100, and the RDU4160d.

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