SL2600: Introducing Motorola’s Newest Portable Two Way Radio

Having just been released by Motorola, the SL2600 is a mid-tier digital two-way radio boasting the features of some current high-end models available.

Priced at £253 before VAT, this new edition is available in both VHF (136 – 174MHz) and UHF (403 – 480MHz). With a slender design, standing at 125.7mm high, 55mm wide and a depth of 22.7mm. The SL2600 stands up and surpasses its predecessor the SL1600, offering such features as over the air updates. This allows businesses to send entire fleets updates without ever having downtime whilst an update is applied, something which has never been seen on a product at this price range.

> You can buy the Motorola SL2600 now on our main website where you will find up to date pricing and a full list of Motorola SL2600 accessories.

The SL1600 was launched in November 2014 and seen to have advanced technology for the time released, but now exactly 3 years later in November 2017 Motorola has released the much-anticipated big brother, the SL2600. This model has many features which set it apart from its competitors, with a virtual keyboard & display, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated WiFi and the device being systems capable, it is very much a radio fit for modern times in keeping with technological advancements.

With the option to support conventional operation on a single site, or the ability to use IP Site connect, in turn allowing your business to be linked over various locations. It doesn’t matter the scale of your operation, the SL2600 is perfect for any size business’ communications.

Members of the SL family currently include; SL1600 and the SL4000.

Features

  • IP54 Ingres Resistant
  • VHF (136 – 174 MHz) or UHF (403 – 480MHz)
  • 256 Channels
  • System Capability (IP Site Connect & Capacity Plus)
  • Digital or Analogue (DMR, PL/DPL, MDC, 5-Tone)
  • 3W (digital) / 2W (analogue) Output Power
  • 190g Weight (Inc Battery)
  • Dimensions: 125.7 x 55.0 x 22.7mm (HxWxD)
  • PMNN4468A 2300 Li-Ion Battery
  • 13.5 Hours Battery Life – In Digital Mode
  • 11 Hours Battery Life – In Analogue Mode

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HYT TC-446 Accessory List

There are two different models called TC-446 from HYT (Hytera) and this page lists the accessories for the older version.

The HYT TC-446 is the older version and the HYT TC-446S is the newer version – and the only accessories they share are earpieces and programming cables.

Here’s a handy list of accessories for the older version of the HYT TC-446.

Model Description
BH1104 1100mAh NiMH Battery
BH1302 1300mAh NiMH Battery
CH05N03 Single NiMH Charger Pod Only
PS1044 Single UK/EU PSU
CHV09 Single Vehicle PSU
PS7001 6-Way PSU
MCN05 MUC NiMH Only Charger
LCBN43 Leather Carrying Case (Black)
RO05 Hand Strap
BC10 Belt Clip
SM08M2 Remote Speaker Microphone
EHM11 D-Earpiece with in-Line PTT & Microphone
EAM08 Earpiece with on-Mic PTT & Transparent Acoustic Tube
ESM02 Earbud with in-Line PTT
ESM08 Earbud with on-MIC PTT
PC19 RS232 COM-Port Programming Cable
PC26 USB Programming Cable
PC08 RS232 COM-Port Universal Programming Cable

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Top 10 Licence Free Walkie Talkies Q3 2017

Walkie Talkies, as opposed to professional-grade two way radios, are radios that are primarily used for outdoor adventure use such as hiking, camping, biking, motorcycling and fishing where easy to use short-range communications are required.

Tip: You can skip this guide and go directly to our leisure walkie talkies page on our website if you prefer.

All of the two way radios featured on this page are supplied in twin packs.

Here we’ve put together our handy guide to our top-10 outdoor adventure licence free walkie talkies for Q3 2017. This list goes from 10 to 1 with number 1 being the winner. That said, all of these radios have merits of their own – so ready the list below and make your own judgement.

10) Motorola TLKR T40 / T41 (Multiple Colours Available)

Motorola TLKR T40 & T41 Multi-Coloured Radios

At just 74g (without batteries) and 13cm tall (including antenna), the Motorola TLKR T40 (red) and Motorola T41 (blue, green, orange & pink) are some of the smallest portable two way radios on the market. They can be powered by 3x alkaline AAA batteries so are super convenient.

Just because these are number 10 on our list, don’t dismiss them – the reason they’re number 10 is that they don’t have rechargeable batteries included and don’t have an audio accessory (earpiece) audio jack socket. Other than that, the T40/T41 is still a very good quality two way radio.

Pros

  • Almost Always Supplied in Twin Packs
  • Super Small & Lightweight
  • Available In Multiple Colours
  • Very Cheap & Cost Effective
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Takes 3x standard alkaline AAA batteries

Cons

  • No Batteries Included
  • No Possibility of Rechargeable Batteries
  • No Audio Accessory / Earpiece Jack Socket

9) Cobra AM265

Cobra AM245

The Cobra AM265 is an entry-level radio. But, unusually for such an entry level radio, it is supplied with rechargeable batteries. In our test, the audio was very clear and the batteries lasted a good . What let’s this radio down is the lack of audio socket, so you can’t use an earpiece, throat mic or headset with this radio.

Pros

  • 3x AAA 600mAh Rechargeable Batteries Included Per Radio
  • Micro USB “Y” Charging Lead Included – Charge Using Any USB Socket
  • Key Lock Feature
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios) *

* Only if they are not using CTCSS Privacy Tones

Cons

  • No CTCSS or DCS Tones
  • No Audio Accessory / Earpiece Jack Socket
  • No USB Mains Adapter Supplied
  • Not Weather Proof

8) Motorola TLKR T50

Motorola TLKR T50

The Motorola TLKR T50 is the middle of the TLKR range from Motorola. TLKR T50 is supplied with two NiMH battery packs and a mains charger that you plug into a UK power socket and then plug the other end Y-cable one plug into each radio.

Motorola TLKR T50 also has an audio accessory socket (standard single-pin 3.5mm jack plug) so you can easily plug in an earpiece, throat microphone or headset.

Pros

  • Supplied with Rechargeable Battery Packs, Mains “Y” Charger & Belt Clips
  • Ultra-Clear TLKR Series Audio
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Splash Resistant

Cons

  • Not Supplied with Docking Charger Station
  • Supplied with Mains Charger Cable, cannot be charged in a vehicle without an inverter

7) Cobra AM645

Cobra AM645

The Cobra AM645 is a very simple upgrade from the AM265 above but adds in CTCSS and IPX2 weatherproofing.

Pros

  • Belt Clips, Batteries & Y Charger Lead Supplied
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Splash Resistant
  • Can Be Charged in a Vehicle (with a USB charge outlet)

Cons

  • No mains adapter included – you’ll have to use your USB phone charger adapter

6) Motorola TLKR T60

Motorola TLKR T60

Motorola’s TLKR T60 is a step up from the TLKR T50 mentioned at number 8, but is supplied with a docking station for convenient charging.

Pros

  • Everything required to get started is supplied
  • Includes Belt clips, batteries, charger docking station & PSU
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Splash Resistant

Cons

  • No vehicle charger included, but available separately. Or you could use an inverter.

5) Cobra AM845

Cobra AM845

The Cobra AM845 is as the AM645 above but adds in 10 call tones and a charging docking station. Still vehicle chargeable as the charging dock powered by a USB cable.

Pros

  • Supplied with Belt Clips, Batteries, Charger Dock & USB Cable
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Channel Scan To Monitor Multiple Channels

Cons

  • Charger unstable when in a moving vehicle, fine when not moving.
  • No USB power adapter invluded, but can be used with any USB outlet, including a laptop USB socket

4) Motorola T92 H2O Twin Pack

Motorola T92 H2O

The Motorola T92 H2O Twin Pack is by far one of the best leisure radios. Supplied in a twin pack and totally water submersible, the T92 H20 is your ideal partner for a day at the beach, surfing or even kayaking, since the T92 H2O also floats so you won’t lose it in the water!

Pros

  • Floats & Yellow – You won’t loose this radio in the water
  • Supplied with rechargeable batteries and vehicle cigarette lighter charger
  • Belt Clip is also a whistle!
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Built-in Flashlight Torch

Cons

  • No mains charger – you’ll need to find a USB phone charger or USB outlet when not in the car
  • More expensive than the alternative – but more features, so not 100% sure this is a con

3) Motorola T80

Motorola TLKR T80

Motorola T80 is almost exactly the same as the Motorola T80-Extreme, but without the carry case and earpieces, and the battery cover is not IP-rated. But if you want the quality of the T80 for daily use and don’t need the carry case, this is the radio for you.

Pros

  • Belt Clips, Batteries & USB Charger + Dock Included
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Strong Build Quality
  • Long Range

Cons

  • Battery Cover is not IP rated / weather proof, but still drip resistant
  • No Vehicle Charger Included – But available separately

2) Cobra MA1035 Floating Radio

Cobra AM1035

The Cobra AM1035 gets our runner up position on our Q2 2017 walkie talkie list due to it’s great value for money and it’s floating feature. This out ranks the T92 H2O based on price alone.

Pros

  • Belt Clips, Batteries & USB Charger + Dock Included
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • VibrAlert – The Radio Vibrates When A Call Comes Through
  • Built-in LED flashlight

Cons

  • Charger unstable in a moving vehicle. Fine for stationary vehicles

1) Motorola T80 Extreme

Motorola TLKR T80 Extreme

The Motorola TLKR T80-Extreme remains our number 1 based on value for money and features. The Motorola TLKR T80-Extreme is supplied in either twin packs or quad packs, is supplied with a carry case, batteries, docking station charger, belt clips and earpieces! There is no better value walkie talkie kit than the Motorola TLKR T80-Extreme.

Pros

  • Supplied in Strong ABS Carry Case
  • Lanyards, Batteries, Charger Dock, UK PSU, Clips & Earpieces Included
  • CTCSS Privacy Tones For Less Interference
  • PMR446-Compliant (Works with other PMR446 radios)
  • Call Feature & Roger Beep

Cons

  • None

One final note on the T80-Extreme: If anything, it could also include a vehicle cigar lighter adapter. But a cigarette lighter adapter is available separately if you need to charge them on the go.

One More?…

The one that’s not included in this list, but is definitely worth a mention, is the Motorola T81-Hunter. The reason it’s not included is that it’s not a twin pack.

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Vertex Standard EVX-531 EVX-534 & EVX-539 Service & Refurbishment Information

Vertex Standard VX-241 Servicing GuideThis article serves as a guide to what you will need in order to perform a full service and alignment on the Vertex Standard EVX-531, Vertex Standard EVX-534Vertex Standard EVX-539.

Vertex Standard EVX-534 & EVX-539 Gotcha

There’s a very but significant gotcha with the programming & aligment software on the EVX-530 series which applies to the EVX-534 and EVX-539. 1/2 way through the life of the Vertex Standard EVX-534 and EVX-539, these two radios had a feature-lift where Vertex Standard changed the display from a LED 14-segment display to an LCD dot-matrix display. For the old 14-segment display you’ll need the CE-142 programming software but for the LCD-enhanced display models, you’ll need the CE-151 programming software. This does not apply to the EVX-531. The EVX-531 requires the CE-142 programming software only as there’s ever been one version of the no-keypad EVX-531 model.

What’s Needed For A Service

At Radiotronics, we offer everything you’ll need to do a full service of the Vertex Standard EVX-530 series including the service manual, programming software, radio interface box and programming cable.

Order Code Description
EVX-530SM Vertex Standard EVX-530 Series Service Manual
CE-142 CPS, EVX-531 & 14 Segment Display EVX-534 & EVX-539
CE-151 CPS, Dot-Matrix Enhanced Display EVX-534 & EVX-539
FRB-6 Tuning Interface Box
CT-160 Radio Connection Cable for FRB-6
FIF-12 Programming Interface Box
CT-106 Radio Connection Cable for FIF-12

Refurbishment Parts Required

Whilst you’re servicing the radios it’s usually good practice to give the radio an overhaul by changing the outer housing, knobs, accessory cover and antenna tube. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to refurbish these two-way radios.

> Tip: Almost all of the spare parts listed on this page are available from our service department.

Vertex Standard EVX-531 Refurbishment Parts

Below are all the parts needed to refurbish a Vertex Standard EVX-531 digital two-way radio. Whilst there are technically two models (G6 & G7), for the purposes of refurbishment, they both take the same housing etc. However, it’s worth checking the service manual regarding the iteration as there have been subtle changes in the EVX-531 over its lifetime. One notable change was the speaker size.

Order Code Description
CB6341000 Vertex Standard EVX-531 Front Housing Assembly (Complete)
U24105001 Vertex Standard EVX-531 Chassis / Housing Screw (2 Required)
CB6388000 Knob Set, Accessory Cover & Speaker (Old Model)
CB7043000 Knob Set, Accessory Cover & Speaker (Later Model)
RA125100B Volume Knob Only (Included in CB6388000 / CB7043000)
RA125110B Channel Knob Only (Included in CB6388000 / CB7043000)
RA125090A Channel & Volume Knob Bush/Seal Kit (2 Pcs) (Included in CB6388000 / CB7043000)
RA1396900 Channel Knob Washer (Included in CB6388000 / CB7043000)
AAH12X101 Vertex Standard EVX-531 Belt Clip (CLIP-20)

Vertex Standard EVX-534 Refurbishment Parts

Below are all the parts needed to refurbish a Vertex Standard EVX-534 digital two-way radio.

Order Code Description
CB6638000 Vertex Standard EVX-534 Front Housing Assembly (Complete)
U07225001 Vertex Standard EVX-534 Chassis / Housing Screw (2 Required)
CB6641000 Knob Set, Accessory Cover & Speaker
RA125100B Volume Knob Only (Included in CB6641000)
RA125110B Channel Knob Only (Included in CB6641000)
RA125090A Channel & Volume Knob Bush/Seal Kit (2 Pcs) (Included in CB6641000)
RA1396900 Channel Knob Washer (Included in CB6641000)
AAH12X101 Vertex Standard EVX-531 Belt Clip (CLIP-20)

Vertex Standard EVX-539 Refurbishment Parts

Below are all the parts needed to refurbish a Vertex Standard EVX-539 digital two-way radio.

Order Code Description
CB6929000 Vertex Standard EVX-539 Front Housing Assembly (Complete)
U07225001 Vertex Standard EVX-539 Chassis / Housing Screw (2 Required)
CB6641000 Knob Set, Accessory Cover & Speaker
RA125100B Volume Knob Only (Included in CB6641000)
RA125110B Channel Knob Only (Included in CB6641000)
RA125090A Channel & Volume Knob Bush/Seal Kit (2 Pcs) (Included in CB6641000)
RA1396900 Channel Knob Washer (Included in CB6641000)
AAH12X101 Vertex Standard EVX-531 Belt Clip (CLIP-20)

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Vertex Standard VX-241 Servicing & Refurbishment Information

Vertex Standard VX-241 Servicing GuideThis article serves as a guide to what you will need in order to perform a full service and alignment on the Vertex Standard XV-241 PMR446 two-way radio.

The Vertex Standard VX-241 is a licence free radio that’s restricted to the 8 PMR446 analogue frequencies. It has a fixed UHF antenna and is usually supplied with a lithium battery and the option of a single or 6-way charger.

What’s Needed For A Service

At Radiotronics, we offer everything you’ll need to do a full service of the Vertex Standard VX-241 including the service manual, programming software, radio interface box and programming cable.

Order Code Description
EC112U90C Vertex Standard VX-241 Service Manual
CE-141 Programming & Alignment Software
FRB-6 Tuning Interface Box
CT-160 Radio Connection Cable for FRB-6
FIF-12 Programming Interface Box
CT-106 Radio Connection Cable for FIF-12

Refurbishment Parts Required

Whilst you’re servicing the Vertex Standard VX-241 it’s usually good practice to give the radio an overhaul by changing the outer housing, knobs, accessory cover and antenna tube. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to refurbish the Vertex Standard VX-241 two-way radio.

Order Code Description
CS2137101 Vertex Standard VX-241 Front Housing Assembly (Complete)
RA103880B Vertex Standard VX-241 Back Housing
U24110002 Vertex Standard VX-241 Chassis / Housing Screw (2 Required)
RA090600E Vertex Standard VX-241 Plastic Volume Knob
RA091760E Vertex Standard VX-241 Plastic Channel Knob
RA0173500 Vertex Standard VX-241 Accessory Socket Cover
RA1058900 Vertex Standard VX-241 Accessory Socket Seal
U20206007 Vertex Standard VX-241 Accessory Socket Screw (2 Required)
AAF60X101 Vertex Standard VX-241 Belt Clip (CLIP-18)
RA1424600 Vertex Standard VX-241 Belt Clip Screw (1 Required)
RA1443500 Vertex Standard VX-241 IP-Rated O-Ring

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Kenwood 6-Way Rack Charger Stations Now In Stock

Kenwood Rack ChargersWe are pleased to announce that we now stock great value aftermarket Rack Chargers for Kenwood two way radios.

See here: Kenwood Rack Chargers

How do they work?

When a Kenwood Two Way Radio is purchased, it typically is supplied with a single charger. With our rack chargers, you simply screw 6 charger pods down to the unit and plug the power lead into the back of the charging pod.

This means you can easily and conveniently create yourself a 6-way charger for your Kenwood two-way radio by simply attaching your existing charger pods.

We have stocked rack chargers for some time. The Motorola rack charger for Core (Round) Motorola charger pods has been one of our best-selling products.

The KSC-35R version, for the KSC-35 pod, has already arrived and in stock; with the KSC-25R and KSC-31R versions arriving early next week.

Three Versions Will Be Available

  • KSC-25R – For the KSC-25 Pod (KNB-47L Battery)
  • KSC-31R – For the KSC-31 Pod (KNB-29N Battery)
  • KSC-35R – For the KSC035 Pod (KNB-47L Battery)

 

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Rackmount Two Way Radio Dispatch & Charger Station for 128 Two Way Radios

Two Way Radio (128-Radio) ChargerFor those who run a large fleet of radios, what could be more ideal than a fully rack-mounted two-way radio station that can house up to 128 radios – and keep track of them.

Well, you’re in luck. AdvanceTec Industries of Miami, Florida have created the Enterprise 3000 rack-mount two-way radio station.

The benefit of this station is that it allows you to fully keep track of your radios by booking them in and out. And when they’re in, they’re charging!

For more information about the AdvanceTec Enterprise 300, email us now.

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Motorola DP4400e September 2017 Promotional Pricing

Motorola DP4400eUntil Friday 29th September 2017, we are offering the Motorola DP4400e at an exceptional price of just £199.99 +VAT.

See the Motorola DP4400e on our main website.

Price Includes

  • DP4400e (VHF or UHF) Radio
  • NiMH Battery
  • Belt Clip
  • Choice of Antenna

Optional Extras

  • Battery Upgrade Option
  • Optional Single Charger

Limited Offer

This offer ends on Friday 29th September 2017 at 4 pm.

See the Motorola DP4400e on our main website.

 

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Two Way Radio Accessories Website Section Updated

The accessories section on our website has been updated to make it a little easier to use and more intuitive. Here’s what’s new.

Step 1 – Click on Accessories

> You can also go directly to our two-way radio accessories section.

The accessories section is now divided into brands. Simply click on to the brand of your radio.

Two Way Radio Accessories

Step 2 – Select Your Model Radio

Once you’ve selected the brand of your two-way radio, you can select the model by simply clicking on it. For this example, we have selected Motorola Accessories page.

Motorola Two Way Radio Accessories

Step 3 – Select The Accessory Type

You can then select the accessory type. For the purposes of this example, we’ve selected the Motorola CP040 Accessories page. On this page, there are batteries, chargers etc., and the user can quickly navigate to that section on the page by clicking the anchor at the top.

Motorola CP040 Accessories

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Kenwood TK-D240 & TK-D340 Series Released

Kenwood TK-D340 VHF & Kenwood TK-D240 VHFWe are pleased to announce the fantastic new entry-tier digital DMR radios from Kenwood are in stock now.

The new radios are Kenwood TK-D340 (UHF) and Kenwood TK-D240 (VHF) which feature true mixed mode – they can operate in either DMR digital or analogue on the same channel by automatically detecting the incoming signal. This feature alone makes the Kenwood TK-Dx40 series the ideal migration companion.

DMR is a relatively new path for Kenwood as the company has previously concentrated on dPMR as well as their own proprietary NEXEDGE platform. Presumably realising that to compete in a competitive marketplace, Kenwood needed a DMR lineup. The Kenwood TK-Dx40 series is Kenwood’s entry-tier contribution to the DMR market with a middle-to-high tier product range being announced in the coming weeks.

The Kenwood TK-D340 (UHF) and Kenwood TK-D240 (VHF) DMR radios have an exhaustive feature-set for an entry-tier product. They’re also priced under £200, at £171+VAT list price which includes a lithium battery and a single charger.

As always, Kenwood has released two models which are TK-D340 which is UHF (~440-470MHz) and TK-D240 which is VHF (~136-175MHz). Other than that the  TK-D340 & TK-D240 are identical.

Kenwood TK-Dx40 Features

  • 32 Channels / 2 Zones
  • Dual Mode (DMR & Analogue on Same Channel)
  • IP55 Ingres Resistant
  • TDMA Dual Slot – 2 Simultaneous Conversations On the Same Frequency
  • 3-colour Status LED (Red, Orange, Green)
  • 5-Tone Signalling
  • Battery Saver Mode
  • Busy Channel Lock-out
  • Compact Design
  • Ease of Operating Use
  • Flash Upgradeable Firmware
  • Lone Worker Function
  • Low Battery Warning
  • 3 Programmable Function Keys
  • QT (CTCSS) / DQT (digital)
  • Talk Around
  • Time-Out Timer
  • Voice Annunciation
  • Windows PC Programming and Tuning
  • AMBE+2 Vocoder (DMR Only)
  • Individual Call with Acknowledgement
  • Single-slot Data Timing
  • 25/20/12.5kHz Channel Spacing

What’s In The TK-Dx40 Box?

  • Kenwood TK-Dx40 Radio
  • KNB-47L Lithium Battery
  • Belt Clip
  • Band-Specific Antenna
  • KCS-35S Charger & UK Power Supply
  • Basic User Guide

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