Upgrading from Icom IC-F110/IC-F210 to IC-F5012/IC-F6012

If you hae the Icom IC-F100 series (Consisting of IC-F110S VHF / IC-F210S UHF, IC-F110 VHF / F210 UHF (display version)), you might have heard they’re both cancelled by Icom. That’s technically true. But there is some good news.

Update (2020): Icom has announced that the radios mentioned above are all due to be cancelled in favour of their new IC-F5400/IC-F6400 series.

Spare Parts Available

There are a number of spare parts available for the IC-F100 series radios. Sparte parts include:

Direct Replacement Radios

Icom was forward thinking here and have directly replaced these radios with a new model that has exactly the same form factor. The only difference is the antenna connetor.

Old Model Replacement Model
IC-F110S IC-F5012
IC-F110 IC-F5022
IC-F210S IC-F6012
IC-F210 IC-F6022

Of course the new radios will need programming to work work with your old radios. Programming requires the same programming cable for all radios. But the software is different.

Programming Software

The programming cable for all the following radios is: Icom OPC-1122U

Radio Model Software Required
IC-F110S
IC-F210S
CS-F100S
IC-F110
IC-F210
IC-F100
IC-F5012
IC-F6012
IC-F5022
IC-F6022
CS-F3020

Want To Go Digital

If you want to move to digital, then the replacement are IC-F5122D (VHF) and IC-F6122D respectively. These radios both work in analogue and digtial mode. So if you’re looking to move to digital in future, but want to stay on analogue for now, IC-F5122D (VHF) and IC-F6122D  are worth considering.

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Programming The Motorola GP300/P110/GP350/GP280/GP88/GM300/GM350 Two Way Radios

Motorola’s Radius GP and GM series radios are now cancelled. But there were so many of these radios sold that there are still many around and still in use today! That’s why we’ve put together this guide to programming the Motorola Radius GP300 series two way radios.

NOTE: This guide does not tell you how to program the Radius GP300 and GM300 series radios. It outlines what you need to program them. If you would like to learn how to program these radios, we will link to a few guides at the bottom of this page. You might want to join this dedicated group on Facebook.

Portable radios covered by this guide:

  • GP300
  • P110
  • GP350
  • GP280
  • GP88

Mobile (vehicle) radios covered by this guide:

  • GM300
  • GM350

Programming Cables

It probably goes without saying that the portable radios and the mobile radios in the Radius GM/GP series have different programming cables. The portable radio is programmed via the back of the radio. Whereas the mobile (vehicle) are programmed using a cable that plugs into the front of the radio*.

* There is a method of programming the GM300 and GM350 radios from a connector on the back. We do not cover that method in this guide as there is not enough information about it.

Prerequisite: USB to Serial Cable

No matter what radio or cable you will need to use, if you do not have a COM port directly on your PC or laptop, you will need a USB to Serial cable. It is important that you buy an FTDI chipset USB to serial cable.

Buy from Radiotronics UK: http://www.radiotronics.co.uk/startech-icusb2321f

Portable Radio Programming Cable

Radios covered: GP300, P110, GP350, GP280 & GP88

The portable radios in this series are programmed using a cable that connects to the back of the radio. Because the programming kit replaces the battery, you will also need a 9v supply. Unfortunately, the original cable is long since discontinued by Motorola. But there are some aftermarket replacement cables.

Note: The GP300 and GP350 have a different battery profile and therefore require different cables.

Motorola GP300 Radius Programming Cable

You can buy these cables from our friends at RadioArena here:

Mobile (Vehicle) Programming Cable

Radios covered: GM300 & GM350

If you have either the GM300 or GM350, you will be able to find a cable at Radio Arena here.

Programming Software

Batlabs has, by far, the most comprehensive list of programming software versions for these series radios. You can see the BatLabs.com home page (or their mirror site at Angelfire).

You can download the Radius GP300 software from Radiotronics UK free of charge. However, it must be noted that we can’t give you any help programming.

The software only runs on MS DOS, not Windows.

Further Help

Please do not contact Radiotronics UK about programming this radio. Instead, you can find help in the following places:

The software only runs on MS DOS, not Windows. Here are some solutions online including a solution by G1IGVa solution by KK6JYT and a solution using DosBox.

 

 

 

 

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Programming The Icom IC-F2000D & IC-F1000D

Icom IC-F2000D UHF (and IC-F1000D VHF) is a current radio from Icom of Japan. We’ve created this guide. This guide does not tell you how to program your radio. There’s a help guide in the mentioned software. This guide tells you what you will need to program these radios.

NOTE: IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (digital) and IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (analogue) are not the same radio. This guide is for the IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (digital) radios. If you have the IC-F2000/IC-F1000 (analogue) radios, we have a guide for the IC-F2000/IC-F1000 (analogue) here.
NOTE: IC-F2000D and IC-F1000D have been replaced by IC-F2100D and IC-F1100D respectively. Whilst they’re similar radios, they do have different software.

Radiotronics UK sells everything you need to program the Icom IC-F2000D UHF (IC-F1000D VHF) radio on our website. You will need the following items:

You will need BOTH of these ^ items.

Radios that are covered by this guide:

  • IC-F2000D (UHF) & IC-F1000D (VHF) – No Display

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

The Icom OPC-478U(c) cable is the USB version and replaces all previous OPC-478 model cables. There is no other cable available for Icom radios. This is the correct cable for the IC-F2000D/F1000D radios.

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

Icom CS-F2000 Programming Software

Despite being called CS-F2000D, this software is for both IC-F2000D UHF and IC-F1000D VHF series radios.

Software Support Unavailable

It should be noted. Unfortunately, we cannot offer technical support for self-programming two way radios. If you choose to program your own radio, we urge that you allow plenty of time to self-learn about your radio and the programming process – it’s not always straightforward.

Icom Support Group

Radiotronics helps manage a support group on Facebook for Icom business radio users. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/icomradios/

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Programming The Icom IC-F2000 & IC-F1000

Icom IC-F2000 UHF (and IC-F1000 VHF) is a current radio from Icom of Japan. We’ve created this guide. This guide does not tell you how to program your radio. There’s a help guide in the mentioned software. This guide tells you what you will need to program these radios.

NOTE: IC-F2000/IC-F1000 (analogue) and IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (digital) are not the same radio. This guide is for the IC-F2000/IC-F1000 (analogue) radios. If you have the IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (digital) radios, we have a guide for the IC-F2000D/IC-F1000D (digital) here.

Radiotronics UK sells everything you need to program the Icom IC-F2000 UHF (IC-F1000 VHF) radio on our website. You will need the following items:

You will need BOTH of these ^ items.

Radios that are covered by this guide:

  • IC-F2000 (UHF) & IC-F1000 (VHF) – No Display
  • IC-F2000S (UHF) & IC-F1000S (VHF) – Display & Partial Keypad
  • IC-F2000T (UHF) & IC-F1000T (VHF) – Display & Full Keypad

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

The Icom OPC-478U(c) cable is the USB version and replaces all previous OPC-478 model cables. There is no other cable available for Icom radios. This is the correct cable for the IC-F2000/F1000 radios.

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

Icom CS-F2000 Programming Software

Despite being called CS-F2000, this software is for both IC-F2000 UHF and IC-F1000 VHF series radios.

Software Support Unavailable

It should be noted. Unfortunately, we cannot offer technical support for self-programming two way radios. If you choose to program your own radio, we urge that you allow plenty of time to self-learn about your radio and the programming process – it’s not always straightforward.

Icom Support Group

Radiotronics helps manage a support group on Facebook for Icom business radio users. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/icomradios/

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Programming The Icom IC-F4002 (IC-F3002, IC-F4003, IC-F3003, IC-F4001, IC-F3001)

Icom IC-F4000 UHF (and IC-F3000 VHF) is now a cancelled radio from Icom of Japan. However, there are still many hundreds of thousands of these fantastic radios out in the marketplace and, with that in mind, we’ve created this guide. This guide does not tell you how to program your radio. There’s a help guide in the mentioned software. This guide tells you what you will need to program these radios.

Radiotronics UK sells everything you need to program the Icom IC-F4000 UHF (IC-F3000 VHF) radio on our website. You will need the following items:

You will need BOTH of these ^ items.

Radios that are covered by this guide:

  • IC-F4000 (UHF) & IC-F3000 (VHF) – Series Name
  • IC-F4001 (UHF) & IC-F3001 (VHF) – USA
  • IC-F4002 (UHF) & IC-F3002 (VHF) – United Kingdom
  • IC-F4003 (UHF) & IC-F3003 (VHF) – Canada
  • IC-F4006 (UHF) & IC-F3006 (VHF)
  • IC-F4008 (UHF) & IC-F3008 (VHF)

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

The Icom OPC-478U(c) cable is the USB version and replaces all previous OPC-478 model cables. There is no other cable available for Icom radios. This is the correct cable for the IC-F4000/F3000 radios.

Icom OPC-478UC Programming Cable

Icom CS-F3000 Programming Software

Despite being called IC-F3000, this software is for all of the IC-F4000 UHF and IC-F3000 VHF series radios.

Icom CS-F3000

Software Support Unavailable

It should be noted. Unfortunately, we cannot offer technical support for self-programming two way radios. If you choose to program your own radio, we urge that you allow plenty of time to self-learn about your radio and the programming process – it’s not always straightforward.

Icom Support Group

Radiotronics helps manage a support group on Facebook for Icom business radio users. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/icomradios/

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Programming Motorola GP2000 (Alpha Series) Two Way Radios

Motorola GP2000 is an obsolete (cancelled) two-way radio from Motorola Solutions. We’ve created this guide. This guide does not tell you how to program your radio. There’s a help guide in the mentioned software. This guide tells you what you will need to program these radios.

Motorola Alpha Series (North America) Range

The “Alpha Series” is the name given to the Motorola GP2000 radios. The Alpha Series was an entry-level series of radios and fit into a price bracket. But they were incredibly popular during their time. Available in 2 versions, one with a partial keypad and one with a full DMTF keypad.

Note: In the UK & Europe, there is a very similar radio called the P020 and P030 that’s referred to as the Alpha Series. But it’s specific to Europe and have different software.

Programming Software

In Europe, the programming software for the Motorola GP2000 is PMVN4059 software and available from our website.

Note: In Europe, if you have a P020 or P030, you need to see this page as it looks the same but has different software.

Programming Cable

The Motorola GP2000 takes the same programming cable as the Radius CP200. Therefore you can use any of our two cables that are designed or the CP200 on your GP2000 radio.

Software Support Unavailable

It should be noted. Unfortunately, we cannot offer technical support for self-programming two way radios. If you choose to program your own radio, we urge that you allow plenty of time to self-learn about your radio and the programming process – it’s not always straightforward.

We have started a Facebook group to hopefully support owners of the now discontinued Motorola radios: https://www.facebook.com/groups/304084137284525/

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Motorola DP2000 & XPR3000 Series Carrying Solutions – Carry Cases, Waistcoats & Belt Clips

Motorola DP2400 & DP2600 Carry Solution Matrix

Note: We have a separate guide for DP4000 & XPR7000 here.

Here’s a handy matrix table to help you find the correct carry case for your Motorola DP2400/e or Motoola DP2600/e.

Radio Model Carry Case Material Belt Clip/Loop Size Belt Clip/Loop Type
No Display & No Keypad Carry Cases
DP2400
XPR3300
or
DP2400e
XPR3300e 
PMLN5870A Nylon 3″ (7.62cm) Fixed
PMLN5864A Hard Leather
PMLN5866A Swivel
PMLN5868A 2.5″ (6.35cm)
Display & Keypad Carry Cases
DP2600
XPR3500
or
DP2600e
XPR3500e
PMLN5869A Nylon 3″ (7.62cm) Fixed
PMLN5863A Hard Leather
PMLN5865A Swivel
PMLN5867A 2.5″ (6.35cm)
Replacement Carry Case Belt Loops
All Models PMLN5610 Hard Leather 2.5″ (6.35cm) Swivel Belt Loop
PMLN5611 3″ (7.62cm)
Other Carrying Accessories
All Models HLN9985B Plastic Waterproof Bag
4200865599 Leather Tool / Radio Belt Only
NTN5243A Carry Case Strap
HLN6602A Nylon Universal Nylon Chest Pack
RLN4570A Break-A-Way Chest Pack
RLN4815A Universal Radio-Pack & Utility Belt
Spring Belt Clips
All Models PMLN4651A Plastic / ABS 2″ (5cm) Spring Clip
PMLN7008A 2.5″ (6.35cm)
PMLN7296A 2.5″ (6.35cm) Vibrating Spring Clip

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It’s Official: The UK Government Recommends Two Way Radios In The Workplace To Help With Social Distancing

The UK government is officially recommending the use of two way radios as a communications tool to help with social distancing in the workplace. Using [two-way] radios means that employees do not always need to work closely together in order to communicate.

Go directly to: our range of portable two way radios.

On 23rd Mar 2020, the UK government announced that movement in the country would be restricted to help combat the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the globe. That effectively meant that very few workplaces could continue to stay open. Millions of UK businesses closed down as a result.

UK Government Workplace Advice

On Sunday 10th May 2020, the British government announced that the UK was to start to make plans to get back to work and has released guidance to employers that says:

Reducing movement by discouraging non-essential trips within buildings and sites, for example, restricting access to some areas, encouraging use of [two-way] radios or telephones, where permitted, and cleaning them between use.

Two way radios are ideal for short-range communications between employees and Radiotronics is delighted that the government have endorsed the use of radios in the workplace to reduce the chances of contact.

The UK government also recommends that two-way radios should be cleaned between use.

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UHF vs VHF – What is the difference?

Here at Radiotronics we tend to be asked this question a lot, and for good reason. Picking wrong could result in your radios not working as effectively in your business, or not even working at all. Firstly, this is what they are:

UHF – Ultra High Frequency

This is the frequency band of 440-470mHz for business-grade two way radios. This frequency band is often selected if the radios are to be used both indoors and outdoors. A UHF wavelength is smaller (about 70cm) than VHF which means it is much better at penetrating walls and obstacles. Because of this, UHF is a much more common choice than it’s VHF counterpart, for example in schools, offices, warehouses, etc. Wherever there are walls, think UHF!

VHF – Very High Frequency

This is the frequency band of 136-174mHz for two way radios. This band is often used for the outdoors only. VHF’s wavelength is much larger (around 2m) than UHF, which means it can really struggle through solid objects. However, in the outdoors, it tends to have better range than UHF in open environments, such as farming, hiking and outdoor activities.

One very important thing to know about these frequency bands are that they do not mix; UHF radios will not work with VHF radios and vice versa. These radios are manufactured so you could not add a frequency if it is not within the range.

If you have purchased licenced radios from another company in the past and are wanting to purchase more from Radiotronics, we can confirm what frequency your radios are already on before you select a band and make a purchase. You can either contact us and quote the long model number on the radio (which can be found when you remove the battery on a sticker on the radio side) or alternatively take a look at our detailed product pages which are being updated with this information.

If you have purchased radios from Radiotronics in the past, your previous invoices will confirm your frequency version.

If you are wanting to purchase a brand new fleet of radios and can’t decide which frequency band would be best for you, please give us a call and we will be more than happy to assist!

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