Kenwood NX-1300: The TK-D340 Replacement

Kenwood have announced that the NX-1200 and NX-1300 will be the successors to the hugely popular TK-D240 and TK-D340. With the former being VHF and the latter UHF, there are multiple different options available to you including models with partial keypad. A range of 4 radios means that no matter the environment that you are working in you are sure to find the ideal solution for your workplace from these devices.

Having found a winning formula with the TK-D340 it wouldn’t have been a smart business move to cancel a popular product without replacing it.

Throughout this blogpost I will be referring to the TK-D240/TK-D340 as the TK-D340, whilst the NX-1200/NX-1300 will be referred to as the NX-1300. The simple black-box model is the main focus point of this piece, although the additional models with partial keypad being touched on later in this blog.

Starting out with the aesthetics of the NX-1300 it is a slightly bigger and heavier radio compared to its predecessor. With the supplied as standard KNB-45L 2000mAh Li-Ion battery attached the NX-1300 stands at 123mm in height, 54mm in width and 33.5mm in depth whilst weighing 295g*. Although it is a slightly chunkier device compared to the TK-D340 the radio is still comfortable to carry for the operator, when carried via the use of either a hand strap, belt clip or carry case little to no strain will be felt by the user ensuring that it doesn’t become an irritation whilst working.

*Dimensions and weight may vary depending on the chosen battery.

A fairly basic design as previously mentioned the NX-1300 (DE3) has a sleek yet modern design that would be a fit for environments ranging from hospitality through to the construction industry. The faceplate of the NX-1300 is the home for both a speaker and microphone, whilst also having an LED status indicator that can flash 7 different colours. These colours can be programmed to alert the user of various status’ including selective power on, selective call alert and a low battery level indication. On the top of the radio is a port for the antenna, a channel selection knob and a volume knob that is also used as the power switch for turning the radio on and off. Finally, on the left hand side of the radio has a 2-pin accessory connector whilst the right is home to both the push to talk button and two programmable buttons.

As standard the NX-1300 has a total of 64 possible programmable channels, making it more than sufficient for use in large workforces. These channels can be split into 4 zones, each with 16 channels, this an ideal solution should you want each department of your business to have their own designated channels. Although this radio allows for sectors of your business to have their own private channels, there is also the possibility of programming channels that allow for cross communications between departments when needed, thus meaning that should a site wide message need to be relayed then this is still a possibility.

With 64 channels to play with these can be programmed using both digital and analogue signalling. Due to the NX-1300 being dual-mode capable this allows for the radio to be used as a transitional device, should you have existing analogue radios then the current frequencies you have can be programmed into your new radios so that existing working analogue radios don’t go to waste. Commonly on the newer digital devices the channels are usually split with 1 through 8 being analogue and 9 through 16 being digital, this can then be changed to a full digital device once the older analogue radios have been taken out of circulation.

There are many features that help with operability for the user. From scanning to safety functions, we have picked out some of the features that we recommend you make use of with your NX-1300s. All features that are listed below may not be required in your working environment, but it’s probably a good idea to be familiar with everything your new NX-1300 can offer.

VOX Voice Activation

VOX Voice Activation is a feature that can be found on almost all new two-way radios. In order to use this feature with the NX-1300 an optional earpiece or microphone must be used, although once connected this will allow for the operator to simply speak without pressing the PTT and their message will be transmitted onto their selected channel.

Emergency Function

As previously mentioned there are two programmable buttons on the right hand side of the radio. One of these buttons can be configured to be an emergency button to be used in occasions where safety or security is breached. When pressed this button will alert all other radios within the network that a fellow member of staff may be in trouble, this allowing for fast action to be taken when required.

Voice Announcement

Should you be working in environments with low lighting conditions then you may not be able to see the channel that you are switching to. If you choose to program this feature into your radio, when switching channels, the radio will announce the channel number that they have switched to in order to make sure that they are currently listening and transmitting on the correct channel.

Channel Scanning

The last thing that you want to happen is for an important transmissions to be missed, especially when you’re investing significant amounts of money into a communications system. Channel scanning allows for one of the channels to be programmed as a scan channel and when selected will cycle through all programmed channels. Once a transmission has been found the scan will stop and the radio will listen in, once the transmission has finished the scan will continue its cycle.

Individual/Group Calling

Due to the NX-1300 being a digital radio you have the option for both group and individual calling. This means that should a group transmission need to be made to relay new instructions or check up on the progress of a team then this can be done, whilst also having the option of an individual call so that a private conversation can be had.

Although we have only mentioned 5 features in this blog post there are for what it seems a never ending list that help with usability for the operator. If you’d like to see all of the features that the NX-1300 is capable of then you can check out the specification sheet by clicking here.

The final aspect of the non-display NX-1300 that we will be talking about is its capabilities when faced with the elements. Built to IP54 protection rating this ensures that the radio has a limited protection against dust intrusion whilst also being capable of surviving splashes of water from all angles, this means that it can be used outside even when raining without the worry of the radio breaking or malfunctioning. The NX-1300’s durability is further reiterated due to the NX-1300 being built to MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G, this ensuring that the radio can continuously operate in differing environmental conditions including blizzards, snow storms and other extreme weather conditions.

As we previously mentioned the NX-1300 has multiple variants. Our main focus of this blog post has been the DE3 model which is without both a screen and keypad. Should you be looking for a radio with these features there is differing options to choose from. The DE2 features both an 8-character alphanumeric display whilst also having a partial keypad, the keys on the keypad can be used for a variety of purposes including programming quick access to features and switching between zones whilst the screen displays such information as battery life and various call signs. The DE2 model also has the added bonus of additional channels, rather than having just the 64 like the DE3 model it has 260 that can be split over 128 zones.

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Motorola Two Way Radio Power Supply Guide

Motorola, and the rate it discontinues/replaces power supplies is a minefield. So we’ve put together this guide to help give the matter some perspective.

Motorola Micro-USB Power Supplies

Region Model Replacement Related Products Comments
USA SPN5334 PMPN4027 EP900w Bluetooth Earpiece
Bluetooth Module Charger
PMMN4125 Microphone
PMLN6383 RM/XT Charger PodSL1600 / SL300
SL2600 / SL3500e
SL4000 / SL7550
SL4000e / SL7550e
Included with PMLN6394 RM Charger Kit

Used to be included with PMLN7109 kit. PMLN7109 now contains 25009298001.

We do not sell PS000132A01, but we do still stock the older PMPN4027 model.

PMPN4027 PS000132A01
PS000132A01 Current Model
UK PMPN4006 Used to be included with PMLN6393 XT Charger Kit, PMLN6393 now has multi UK/EU Charger

Included with PMLN7163 SL1/2 Charger Kit

PMPN4006 PS000042A13
PS000042A13 Current Model
EU PMPN4006 Included with PMLN7110 SL1/2 Charger Kit
PMPN4006 PS000142A12
PS000142A12 Current Model
USA PMPN4009 PS000042A11 Motorola EVX-S24
CD-65 EVX-S24 Pod
CD-66 EVX-S24 Pod
Also known as PA-57B
AAL92X002 PS000042A11
PS000042A11 Current Model
UK AAL92X004 Also known as PA-57U
AAL92X004 PS000042A13
PS000042A13 Current Model
USA PS000228A01 PS000227A11 PMPN4469 DTR6/7 charger pod 3W only. This was originally supplied with the PMPN4469 DTR6/7 charger kit. Occasionally supplied with PMLN6394 RM charger kit.
USA PS000227A11 Current Model PMPN4469 DTR6/7 charger pod 5W. This is now supplied with the PMPN4469 DTR6/7 charger kits.
USA 25009298001 Current Model SL300 SL300 used to be supplied with a PMPN4006. PMPN4006, PS000132A01 and PS000227A11 are all interchangable.

Motorola 16v Power Supplies

Region Model Replacement Related Products Comments
UK 2571586S06 EPNN9287 MDHTN3002* This was a large block-type plug-in power supply.
EPNN9287* PS000037A02 PMLN5191A
PMLN5195A^
This was a brick in the middle type power supply with fig.8 cable.
PS000037A02 Current Model PMLN5195B^ This is a small switch-mode PSU.
* EPNN9287A included 2571886T01 brick, EPNN9287B included 25012006001 brick. ^ PMLN5195B has included both EPNN9287B and PS000037A02. Oddly, MSi did not increment the number when changing the included PSU (reference).
EU 2571586S07 EPNN9286 MDHTN3001 This was a large block-type plug-in power supply.
EPNN9286* PS000037A01 PMLN5192A
PMLN5196A^
This was a brick in the middle type power supply with fig.8 cable.
PS000037A01 Current Model PMLN5196B^ This is a small switch-mode PSU.
* EPNN9286A included 2571886T01 brick, EPNN9286B included 25012006001 brick. ^ PMLN5196B has included both EPNN9287B and PS000037A01. Oddly, MSi did not increment the number when changing the included PSU (reference).
USA 2571586S13 EPNN9288 MDHTN3000 This was a large block-type plug-in power supply. 2571586S13 was also used for the later GP300 chargers.
EPNN9288* 25009297001 PMLN5193A
PMLN5197A^
This was a brick in the middle type power supply with fig.8 cable. This model also replaced EPNN7994_
25009297001 Current Model PMLN5197B^ This is a small switch-mode PSU.
* EPNN9288A included 2571886T01 brick, EPNN9288B included 25012006001 brick. ^ PMLN5197B has included both EPNN9287B and 25009297001. Oddly, MSi did not increment the number when changing the included PSU (reference).

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Motorola Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System

One of the least known, but arguably one of the most important accessories for modern Motorola digital-series MOTOTRBO two way radios is the Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System.
Motorola Operations Critical Wireless Earpiece Kit

Err… Operation Critical? What does that mean?

Before we explain what the wireless bluetooth earpiece system is an how it works, let’s explore what Motorola means by Operation Critical.

Operation Critical, sometimes termed as Mission Critical, is Motorola’s clever marketing way of saying unlikely to fail. That doesn’t, by any means, mean that it can’t fail. Afterall the Titanic had watertight bulkheads and was unlikely to sink. Yet it did sink – because more than the critical number of bulkheads were breached. In the same way, Motorola’s Operation Critical equipment is built to such a high standard that it’s very unlikely to fail, but if dropped so many times, it will eventiually stop working.

If you take care and look after your Motorola operation-critical equipment there is no reason that it shouldn’t work indefinitely.

Operation Critical Wireless Bluetooth Earpiece System

This wireless earpiece system is probably one of the best innovations from Motorola Solutions in recent times. There are several parts to this system. The Bluetooth Module and earpiece options. Then there are charging options. We’ll cover all these options step-by-step below.

Only For Bluetooth-Enabled Motorola Two Way Radios

At this stage it’s important to note that, in order to use the Bluetooth system, you will need a Bluetooth-enabled two way radio. Note the word enabled here. This is beause some Motoorla two-way radios are provided as capable and require licence keys (enablemnet ID codes, or EID codes) to enable the Bluetooth feature within the radio.

We have a guide on this website as to which radios are Bluetooth-capable and which are Bluetooth-enabled.

Bluetooth Logo

Bluetooth Module

At the heart of the system is the Bluetooth Module. This is the part that wirelessly connects to the radio. and contains an internal lithium battery. On the top is the on/off and Bluetooth connect switch. In the middle is the connectivity LED indicator. On the other side is the earpiece jack socket. There are only a selected numer of earpieces compatible with this module which are shown below.

Motorola Bluetooth Wireless Module

Earpiece Options

At present, there are two earpiece options for this system. The first is the PMLN6397 swivel earpiece eith a combined microphone and push-to-talk module. The second HKLN4514 is also a swivel earpiece but this one has a boom type microphone.

Note: Unfortunately, these earpieces are not available individually, ony available in packages. See the ordering guide below.

Motorola Operation Critical Wireless Module Earpieces

Ordering Guide

U.S. Model EMEA Model Description
Individual Parts
HKLN4512 PMLN6396 Bluetooth Module
HKLN4513 PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece (Inline Mic. & PTT) aka PMLN6397, HKLN4513
HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece (Boom Mic. & Inine PTT)
Packages
PMLN7369 3x Bluetooth Module
RLN6500 Bluetooth Module, PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece, HKLN4509 Charging Cradle, PS000132A01 US Power Supply
PMLN6463 Bluetooth Module, PMLN6397 Swivel Earpiece, Charging Dock, No PS000042A13 UK Power Supply
PMLN7181 Bluetooth Module, HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece, Charging Dock
RLN6556 Bluetooth Module, HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece, HKLN4509 Charging Cradle, PS000132A01 US Power Supply
RLN6550 RLN6550 3x PMLN6397/HKLN4513 Swivel Earpiece
PMLN7203 PMLN7203 3x HKLN4514 Boom Earpiece
Chargers
HKLN4509 Bluetooth Module single unit charger, excludes PSU.
HKLN4508 HKLN4508 Bluetooth Module charger slot for HKPN4007 (USA) and IXPN4029 (UK)

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Motorola CLP Knowledgebase: Everything You Need To Know!

The Motorola CLP is, by a long way, the most compact two-way radio on the market. Designed exclusively for retail and hospitality, the Motorola CLP is lightweight and descreet. But buying the Motorola CLP can be a complicated matter as there are multiple charger options, loads of earpiece configurations and the option of bluetooth. Read on for the ultimate guide to the Motorola CLP two-way radio.

UK: On our UK website, we have a page dedicated to the Motorola CLP446

Motorola CLP

Motorola CLP Two Way Radio
Motorola CLP Two Way Radio

Regional Differences

The first thing to note when buying a Motorola CLP, and especially when researching online, that the Motorola CLP has different model numbers in different countries. In the UK and mainland-European countries CLP is called CLP446 (8-channel). In the USA, CLP is called CLP1010 (1-channnel), CLP1040 (4-channnel) and CLP1060 (6-channnel). In Canada, CLP is called CLP1043. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll know which model suits your region.

Bluetooth Option

The next thing to note is that all CLP models are available with and without Bluetooth. In all regions, you have the option of buying the Bluetooth-enabled CLP, or non-Bluetooth CLP. If you’ll ever need Bluetooth functionality, even in the furture, you must buy the Bluetooth-enabled model now as you cannot add it later.

Model Table

Model Region Channels Bluetooth
CLP1010 USA 1 No
CLP1040 4 No
CLP1060 6 Yes
CLP1013 Canada 1 No
CLP1043 4 No
CLP1063 6 Yes
CLP446 UK & Europe 8 No
CLP446-BL 8 Yes
CLP107 Australia 4 No
CLP117 6 Yes

Earpiece Options

The 3rd thing to note is the Motorola CLP radios must an audio accessory connected. On non-Bluetooth models, this must be a wired earpiece. On Bluetooth-enabled models, this can be a wired earpiece or a Bluetooth earpiece, using the Bluetoth pod (more details below).

Just to be clear: Motorola CLP is not supplied with an earpiece.

Wired Earpiece Options

Motorola CLP446 Wired Earpieces

There are three wired earpiece options. The earpiece shown above is model number HKLN4602 and is the most popular and most cost effective earpiece available. The HKLN4602 is suitable for most environments such as retail and hospitality. Moreover, HKLN4602 earpiece can be shared amongst employees; as long as careful hygiene precautions are observed.

If your requirement is for someting more discreet, then we recommend the HKLN4603 covert acoustic tube (FBI-style) earpiece. This can be used in very noisy environments as it slots right into the ear canal. It’s important to note that this earpiece, like all tube-type earpieces, is a very prsonal item and should not be shared, for obvious hygiene reasons.

Bluetooth Earpiece Option

NOTE: Bluetooth earpiece options only work with Bluetooth-enabled CLP radios (see model table above).

Download: Motorola CLP Bluetooth Manual

The Bluetooth earpiece for the Motorola CLP is actually a package consisting of multiple parts. And this also varies by region. In the USA and Canada the bluetooth parts are purchased as completely separate items. In the UK and Europe, the Bluetooth earpiece parts are sold as kits.

USA & Canada Bluetooth Solutions

Typically, in North America all Bluetooth items are purchased as individual parts. You will need a Bluetooth pod (HKLN4512), and an earpiece (HKLN4513).

Part Code Description
HKLN4512 Bluetooth Module
HKLN4509 Bluetooth Module Single Charger, PSU Not Included
HKLN4513 Swivel Earpiece

UK & Europe Bluetooth Solutions

Part Code Description
PMLN6463 Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Swivel Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
PMLN7181 Package: 1x Bluetooth Pod, 1x Boom Earpiece, Desk Charger, PSU Not Included (PS000042A13)
PMLN7369 Package: 3x Bluetooth Pod
RLN6550 Package: 3x Swivel Earpiece
PMLN7203 Package: 3x Boom Earpiece

Battery Options

When you buy a Motorola CLP radio, it’s supplied with a standard lithium battery and back panel (battery door). Why do we mention the battery door, I hear you ask… This is because the battery and the battery door are a set.

Motorola CLP has two battery options and each battery requires a specific back panel (battery door).

Battery Battery Door Notes
HKNN4014 HKLN4441 Also known as BT60. 1100mAh Capacity.
HKNN4013 HKLN4440 Also known as BT90. 1800mAh Capacity.

Charger Options

One thing that sets the Motorola CLP range apart from all other compact two way radios is it’s versatile charging options. Motorola CLP has the option of a single charger or a 6-way multi-unit charger. If you have the budget, it’s our recommendation that you opt for the 6-way charger, especially if you’re buying the Bluetooth model Motorola CLP.

Single Charger

The single charger is able to charge either the radio with battery installed, or recharge the battery on it’s own. This is ideal for keeping a spare battery charged all the time. The single charger is usually supplied with a region specific power supply.

Cloning Capable: Two single chargers can be used to clone programmed settings from one radio to another. In order to do this, the HKKN4026 (replaced by HKKN4028) cable is required (sold separately).

UK & Europe Order Code: IXPN4028A (UK Website)
USA & Canada Order Code: HKPN4008A (USA WebsiteCanada Website)

Motorola HKPN4008A

6-Way Charger

The CLP-series 6-way charger is the best charging solution, by far. Multi-unit chargers promote good charging behaviour in that, usually, team mates are required to collect a radio at the start of their shift and return it at the end. If a radio is missing, it’s more obvious and can be dealt with immediately. Radios rarely get lost in this scenario.

But more than that, this innovative charger can also charge

Motorola HKPN4007

The Bluetooth Module Charging Insert, Wait, What?

OK, so here’s where this charge comes into it’s own… In the back of the charger is a gap where you can store an earpiece… OR, you can fit a Motorola HKLN4508 charging insert which then allows you to charge your Bluetooth module as well as your radios! Of course, this only works with the 6-way charger.

Motorola HKLN4508A Example

Programming Capable

Both the single charger and the 6-way charger can be used to repropgram the CLP radio by using HKKN4025 cable (HKKN4025 has been replaced by HKKN4027).

Motorola HKPN4007 Programming Example

Cloning

Both chargers can be used to “clone” the settings from one CLP radio to another. The single charger requires a HKKN4026 (or HKKN4028) cloning cable. The 6-way charger can clone driectly and does not need a cable.

Case Study

Where to Buy?

Radiotronics sells the CLP radios in the UK, Europe and North America. Click on the model of interest in the table below to be taken to the page on our website.

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Motorola Solutions Bluetooth Capable & Bluetooth Enabled Two Way Radios

Bluetooth Logo
One of the most confusing things in the world of modern Motorola two -way radios is not whether the raido is capable of doing saomething but whether it’s actually enabled.

Err… What?

Let me explain. Motorola Solutions two-way radios have an almost impossibly large list of features available. Motorola Solutions terms this as capable. Some radios come with certain features enabled by default. Default available features are considered enabled features. Capable features can also be switched on using an enablement ID (or EID), also known as a activation licence.

When buying a Motorola Solutions radio, the word you’re looking for next to the featue you need is enabled. If it says capable, then you’re going to be charged extra for that feature.

Which Radios Have Bluetooth Capable And Enabled?

This was an exhausting task to say the least! Motorola has so many two-way radios in so many different

North America (USA & Canada) Models

Model Bluetooth Activation Key Notes
Commercial Series
CP200d Not Available
XPR 3000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 3300 Not Available The legacy XPR 3000 series does not have the circuitry for a Bluetooth connection. These models cannot be activated via EID.
XPR 3500
XPR 3000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 3300e Capable HVKN4249 There have never been any XPR 3000e radios supplied as enabled. If Bluetooth audio is enabled, the dealer has pre-installed HVKN4249 EID.
XPR 3500e
XPR 6000 Series
XPR 6100 Capable None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
XPR 6300
XPR 6350 None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
XPR 6550
XPR 6350
XPR 6550
XPR 7000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 7350 Enabled HVKN4249 Almost all XPR 7000 series radios are enabled by default. However, some radios were supplied as capable. In this instance, HVKN4249 EID is required.
XPR 7380
XPR 7550
XPR 7580
XPR 7000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 7350e Capable HVKN4249 Some XPR 7000e radios are enabled by default. However, most, almost all are supplied as capable. In this instance, HVKN4249 EID is required.
XPR 7380e
XPR 7550e
XPR 7580e
SL 7000 (Legacy & Enhanced) Series
SL 7550 Enabled HVKN4249 For models with restricted features, use HVKN4249 EID to activate. Check in CPS.
SL 7550e
XPR 5000 (Legacy) Series
XPR 5300 Enabled Not Required These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
XPR 5500
XPR 5380 Capable HVKN4249
XPR 5580
XPR 5000 (Enhanced) Series
XPR 5300e Capable HVKN4249 These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
XPR 5500e
XPR 5380e
XPR 5580e

EMEA Models

Model Bluetooth Activation Key Notes
Commercial Series
DP1400 Not Available
DP2400 (Legacy) Series
DP2400 Not Available
DP2600
DP2400 (Enhanced) Series
DP2400e Not Available
DP2600e
DP3400 / DP3600 Series
DP3400 Capable None Capable via PMLN5712 wireless adapter.
DP3401
DP3600
DP3601
DP3441 / DP3661e Series
DP3441 (Legacy) Enabled None
DP3441e Enabled None
DP3661e
DP4400 (Legacy) Series
DP4400 Not Available None
DP4600
DP4800
DP4401 Enabled None
DP4601
DP4801
DP4400 (Enhanced) Series
DP4400e Not Available None
DP4600e
DP4800e
DP4401e Enabled None
DP4601e
DP4801e
DM 4000 (Legacy) Series
DM4400 Not Available Can use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4600
DM4401 Enabled These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4601
DM 4000 (Enhanced) Series
DM4400e Not Available Can use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4600e
DM4401e Enabled These radios can also use the PMMN4097 Bluetooth-enabled microphone kit to enable bluetooth connectiveiy.
DM4601e

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Vertex Standard VX-241 (PMR446 Version) Replacement Batteries & Chargers

Vertex Standard VX-231

Vertex Standard VX-241 (446)  was Vertex Standard’s most entry-level license-exempt two way radio. And due to it’s price point, it sold in the millions. However, every two way radio has it’s shelf life and the VX-241 (446) has now come to an end.

But all is not lost… Read on for more information about the Vertex Standard VX-241 (446)

Need A New Radio?

Whilst both these radios have licensed siblings, VX-241(446) are low-power licence-exempt radios. So you will need to buy another license exempt radio to work with them.

Top tip: Take this golden oppurtunity to retire these radios and move to licensed radios. A licence is only £75 per 5 years for unlimited radios! In this instance, we’d recommend the Vertex / Motorola VX-261 with a Simple UK Licence.

But if you do need a radio to replace these, then the logical alternative is the Motorola XT420. However, whilst XT420 is a logical alternative and will work with the VX-241-446, it will need configuring to do so. But you can find out how to do that in the XT420 user guide (a little technical ability required).

Need A New Battery?

All of the batteries that were originally available with your radios have now also been cancelled; as have the original chargers.

Motorola has released a new charging system consisting of a single charger, a 6-position multi-charger, and a selection of batteries. This system is actually designed for the new series radios. But Motorola has also released some batteries for their historic range of radios, including the radio you have.

Therefore, you can still buy a new battery for the radio you have, but you will also need to buy a new charger. This new charger will charge the new batteries, but not the old battery.

Need A New Charger?

As explained above, all of the batteries and chargers that were originally available with your radios have been cancelled. If you need a new charger, you will also have to buy new batteries.

Battery & Charger Matrix

This table is best viewed on a laptop or desktop PC.

There are two new chargers available:

The battery we recommend, along with the new charger, is: FNB-V131LI-UNI

* The items with a star are not currently on our website and are special order only.

 Radio Old Battery Old Charger New Battery  New Charger
Code Pod PSU  Code  Pod PSU
VX-241 FNB-V106 CD-47 PA-43C (EU)
PA-43U (UK)
 No Replacement
(Use Models Below)
FNB-V103LIA CD-34 PA-42C (EU)
PA-42U (UK)
FNB-V131LI-UNI CD-58 PA-55C (EU)
PA-55U (UK)
FNB-V104LIA FNB-V132LI-UNI

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Motorola 6-Way Charger Guide

Motorola has recently replaced all of it’s 6-way chargers. This page is meant as a guide to the existing charger models you might have and their replacements.

Motorola CP040 & DP1400 6-Way Chargers

For the commercial series (CP040 and DP1400) radios, Motorola has moved away from the IMPRES type chargers. The new chargers for these radios are non-IMPRES style.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
CP040
DP1400
CP200
CP200d
CP150, CP160, CP180
Charger Base Only
NNTN8351 PMLN6600 UK Power Cord
NNTN8352 PMLN6598 EU Power Cord
NNTN8353 PMLN6588 US Power Cord
Wall Bracket NNTN6844 (UK) / NNTN6844 (USA)

Motorola GP340 GP-Professional Series 6-Way Chargers

Note: Both the display and non-display models have been replaced by the same charger.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
GP320
GP330
GP340, GP360, GP380
GP640GP680
GP340-Ex
GP380-Ex
HT750
Charger Base Only
WPLN4188 PMPN4298 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4193 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4189 PMPN4297 Display, EU Power Cord
WPLN4194 Display, EU Power Cord
Wall Bracket BR000271A01 Non-Accessory
BR000272A01 With Accessory
IMPRES PC Cable CB000458A07

Motorola DP2/3/4 MOTOTRBO Series 6-Way Chargers

Note: Both the display and non-display models have been replaced by the same charger.

Radio Model Old Charger Replacement Notes
DP2400, DP2600
DP2400e, DP2600e
DP3400, DP3600, DP3401, DP3601
DP4400/e, DP4600/e, DP4800/e
DP4401/e, DP4601/e, DP4801/e
DP4401-Ex, DP4801-Ex
Charger Base Only
WPLN4214 PMPN4290 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4221 Non-Display, UK Power Cord
WPLN4213 PMPN4289 Display, EU Power Cord
WPLN4220 Display, EU Power Cord
Wall Bracket BR000271A01 Non-Accessory
BR000272A01 With Accessory
IMPRES PC Cable CB000458A07

Notes on DP34401, DP3441e and DP3661e

The DP3441/e and DP3661/e are technically part of the MOTOTRBO family, but have a different battery profile. There are two options. The DP series charger can be used, or the DP-series charger with the PMLN6669 adapter and actually use the GP-Professional 6-way charger above.

 

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Vertex Standard VX-231 & VX-234 Replacement Batteries & Charger or Alternative Replacement Radio

Vertex Standard VX-231

Vertex Standard VX-231 was Vertex Standard’s most entry-level two way radio. And due to it’s price point, it sold in the millions. However, every two way radio has it’s shelf life and the VX-231 has now come to an end.

But all is not lost… Read on for more information about the Vertex Standard VX-231

Need A New Radio?

If it’s a new radio you need then the logical replacement is the Motorola VX-261. It’s practically the same radio with the same accessory connector, but the batteries and charger are different so you won’t be able to share your batteries.

Need A New Battery?

All of the batteries that were originally available with your radios have now also been cancelled; as have the original chargers.

Motorola has released a new charging system consisting of a single charger, a 6-position multi-charger, and a selection of batteries. This system is actually designed for the new series radios. But Motorola has also released some batteries for their historic range of radios, including the radio you have.

Therefore, you can still buy a new battery for the radio you have, but you will also need to buy a new charger. This new charger will charge the new batteries, but not the old battery.

Need A New Charger?

As explained above, all of the batteries and chargers that were originally available with your radios have been cancelled. If you need a new charger, you will also have to buy new batteries.

Battery & Charger Matrix

This table is best viewed on a laptop or desktop PC.

There are two new chargers available:

* The items with a star are not currently on our website and are special order only.

 Radio Old Battery Old Charger New Battery  New Charger
Code Pod PSU  Code  Pod PSU
VX-230
VX-231
VX-234
FNB-V106 CD-47 PA-43C (EU)
PA-43U (UK)
 No Replacement
(Use Models Below)
FNB-V103LIA CD-34 PA-42C (EU)
PA-42U (UK)
FNB-V131LI-UNI CD-58 PA-55C (EU)
PA-55U (UK)
FNB-V104LIA FNB-V132LI-UNI

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Build A Bundle: Motorola

The DP1400 from Motorola is currently one of the most popular two-way radios in the world. An ideal solution should you be looking for an advanced yet easy-to-use radio, the DP1400 can be used in a transitional period should you be looking to migrate from an existing analogue to a new digital system. Aesthetically the DP1400 has a user-friendly black box design. Should you be looking at the radio and thinking that it’s appearance doesn’t look very “advanced”, this is why you should never judge a book by its cover, or in the case a radio by its shell.

The DP1400 stands at 128mm in height, 62mm in width and 39mm in depth whilst weighing just 406g when the standard 1400mAh NiMH battery is attached. The low weight that the DP1400 has ensures that minimal strain is felt by the operator when it is being carried via the use of a belt clip or wrist strap, as standard we will supply a belt clip alongside your battery. Radiotronics would always recommend that a carrying solution is used with your radio, this to ensure that the risk of dropping your device is minimal as it is securely attached to your person rather than loosely in your pocket.

Despite its relatively small stature the DP1400 has been built to IP54 compliance. This Ingres protection rating ensures that not only does the radio have limited protection against dust intrusion but is also safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles meaning that it can be used outside even when raining. Another certification that the DP1400 holds is military specification MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G. After being put through various tests this allows for the radio to continuously operate even in the harshest of environmental conditions. No matter whether there is sand storms, heavy snow or mist and fog the DP1400 will continuously operate to a high standard from temperatures as low as -30°C through to 60°C.

As previously stated the DP1400 is a relatively advanced radio for its price. Starting with simple features that have a great impact, both a time out timer and busy channel lockout can be programmed into the radio. BCL ensures that should someone already be transmitting onto a channel then another radio will not be allowed to transmit until the first radio has finished, this ensuring that communications do not become crossed and are ultimately missed helping to improve efficiency of your communications. Alongside this a time out timer ensures that a radio operative can’t transmit onto a channel for extended periods of time. When programming your DP1400 a maximum length of transmission can be set at a time frame of your choice, if this is set at 30 seconds this will cut out the transmission at this point, helping to ensure that channels do not get locked due to over-use or because of accidental operation.

Alongside these operational features the DP1400 also has various safety ones. An emergency button can be programmed to one of the programmable buttons on the DP1400 so that an alert can be sent to other radios within the fleet in seconds should an operator have a safety or security issue. Lone Worker and Man Down are also options that can be programmed into the radio, although the latter is a licensable upgrade meaning that it doesn’t come as standard when purchasing the DP1400. Both operating in similar ways although monitoring different aspects, these features are a must have when working in dangerous working environments. Lone Worker monitors the activity levels of the radio and should the radio be inactive for a pre-set period of time then an alert will sound, if not responded to then an alarm will be sent of highest priority to other radios or a base station should there be one implemented within your system. Man Down works in a similar way although rather than monitoring the activity levels will monitor the orientation of your radio, whereby should it be laid on its side for a pre-set period of time then the same process as Lone Worker will be followed.

Now we have spoken about some of the features and attributes that make the DP1400 such great value, there are also accessories that we can pair your radio with to help with both safety and efficiency. There are a large array of items to choose from, therefore this decision may be difficult should you be purchasing a set of two-way radios for the first time.

Starting with batteries this decision relies heavily on the period of time of which your radios are required to be used for in a working day. When purchasing from Radiotronics as previously mentioned the DP1400 is supplied as standard with the PMNN4251 1400mAh NiMH battery, this will allow for up to 8 hours of usage by the operator whilst being capable of around 400 charge cycles on average. This battery is also built to be slim line, this making the radio sleeker allowing for your DP1400 to fit comfortably into the palm of the operator’s hand. The second battery that we will be talking about is one that can be used over extended periods of time. The PMNN4258AR is a high capacity 2900mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for between 12 to 14 hours of usage whilst being used at a 5-5-90 duty cycle. Although this battery is an optional paid upgrade it is highly recommended should you need your communications for longer periods of time, this ensuring that you are not caught short with your battery dying mid-way through a working shift.

Depending on your work place there may also be a need for an earpiece to be used to ensure that no transmissions are missed even in loud environments. When attaching these earpieces to the DP1400 a remote speaker microphone is required due to each earpiece only having a 3.5mm single-pin jack. The PMNN4013 is our recommended microphone with this being compatible with both earpieces we will be talking about in the PMLN7396 and PMLN7560.

The PML7396 is a D-shape earpiece that fits comfortably around the ear. Recommended for use in environments such as retail or hospitality where noise levels do not reach deafening heights, the D-Shape earpiece is one of our bestselling accessories when customers have previously purchase the DP1400 from us. The PMLN7560 is almost the exact opposite of the D-Shape, this earpiece is covert meaning that rather than being placed on the ear it is place into the ear canal. The reason that you place the PMLN7560 inside of the ear is because it is designed for environments where loud noise levels are expected, you will often find these earpieces being used by security staff or workers within the nightlife industry.

There are many variants of antenna that can be chosen when purchasing your DP1400 radios therefore it will differ depending on various factors. Your DP1400 radios will either be VHF or UHF a decision you make when purchasing, UHF is best used in built up areas where you will need to communicate through concrete or metal walls of a building whereby VHF is ideally used in wide open spaces. The next step is to choose between a stubby and whip antenna, this is entirely down to the customer on which suites them with the clues of their appearance being in their names. Radiotronics would always recommend that a stubby antenna is used, this due to a common complaint with our customers being that their whip antennas have broken, often due to staff members swinging their handset around whilst holding the end of the whip antenna and damaging the internal wiring.

We previously mentioned that when purchasing a DP1400 Radiotronics will always supply a belt clip as standard. Because of them being supplied alongside the radio a lot of people don’t tend to look for alternative carrying methods although there are plenty. In terms of carry cases you can purchase with the option of either nylon (HLN9701B) or leather (RLN5383A), these cases can be attached via the use of a belt loop to the operator allowing for quick access at the side when needed. There is also the option to purchase a RLN5384 or RLN5385B carry case, differentiated by having a 2.5” or 3” belt loop respectively these cases are quick release meaning that they can be pulled from the operator’s side quickly when needed. After mentioning the more conventional carrying solutions there is also the simplest, should you be looking for an easy and affordable carrying solution then there is the option of purchasing a NTN5243 shoulder strap. This is as simple as it sounds, the ends are connected to the radio which in turn is carried over the shoulder. This solution allows for quick access when required whilst also keeping out of the operators way to ensure that movement isn’t obstructed.

We will finally be discussing the charging options that are available starting out with the PMLN5191 single charger. An optional purchase, the single charger is an ideal choice should your radios be spread out across a large site allowing for each radio user to have their own charging station. Alternatively, should you be looking for a multi-charger then there are multiple options available from Radiotronics. Our very own MOTRACK allows for the creation of a rack charger via the use of your existing PMLN5191 pods, not all pods need to be connected straight away meaning that this is an ideal solution should you be purchasing 2 radios with the intention of expanding to 6+ in the future. The PMLN6600 is a genuine Motorola 6-way charger allowing for a centralised location for charging radios, unlike the MOTRACK this comes full stocked and ready to charge 6 DP1400 radios. Our final option is the MOT1 that allows for the charging of 12 radios at once, due to the cost of this device it is only recommended in environments where there are many radios in the workplace or charging of all radios is required to be in one place.

Now that we’ve ran through almost all of your options for purchasing a new set of DP1400 radios we thought we would break it down a little further for you. Below you can find a table outlining our recommended purchases for specific industries.

*Items Marked with an asterix are not a required purchase.

Industry Battery Charger Multi-Charger Earpiece Microphone Carrying Solution
Security PMNN4258 PMLN5191 MOTRACK* PMLN7560 PMNN4013A RLN5384B
Hospitality PMNN4251AR PMLN5191 MOTRACK* PMLN7396 PMNN4013A RLN5644
Construction PMNN4251AR PMLN5191 MOTRACK* PMLN7560 PMNN4013A RLN5644

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Hytera’s New Remote Video Microphone Range

Companies known for producing traditional two way radios are, for what it seems, forever releasing new and improved products to keep up with modern technology. Hytera have recently taken a plunge and entered into the body-worn camera market, releasing 4 different cameras with a range of accessories to boot.

Continuing to become a much needed requirement for a variety of working environments, instant radio communications allow for workers to continue operating both safely and efficiently. In recent years there has been a shift within certain industries highlighting the deterrence of crime whilst also collecting evidence to bring conviction towards guilty parties. Up until recently there has been a lack of products that were directly compatible with two way radios for video recording purposes, but now with the release of Hytera’s Remote Video Microphone (RVM) it has bridged the gap.

The Hytera RVMs are designed to perform two vital roles with the obvious being to capture, store and share vital evidence collected whilst working and secondly to be integrated seamlessly with Hytera two way radios as a remote speaker microphone. Built to perform in the harshest of weather environments, the lowest Ingres protection rating that you will find on any of these Hytera products is IP67 meaning that not only is the radio completely protected against dust intrusion but also is submergible in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

The 4 different camera’s that are available are named the VM550, VM550D, VM685 and VM780. All differing in shape, size and functionality each RVM have been designed to use with certain two way radios apart from the VM780 which doubles up as a PoC radio. The VM550, VM550D and VM685 can be used with Hyteras PD6, PD7, PD9, PT580H, PDC/PTC760 and X1 radio ranges.

Hytera VM550

The fact that the VM550 model is the most basic RVM camera that Hytera have released speaks wonders for the quality of the range. Capable of recording in both 720 and 1080P, with up to 60 frames per second in the former and 30 frames per second with the latter this will provide exceptional video quality to ensure that the target of your recording will be clear to view.

Standing at just 86.5mm in height, 58mm in width and 25.7mm in depth whilst weighing just 145g when the battery is attached the VM550 is extremely compact and lightweight. Aesthetically there are many physical features that help with usability for the operator, from programmable buttons to the 5344 x 3000 pixel fixed HD camera. Due to the VM550 doubling up as a remote speaker microphone there is a textured push to talk button on the left hand side of the radio, this allows for quick access to communications should your connected radio be kept at your hip. Below the PTT button are both a button to begin video recording and to capture an image should you need a still of the ongoing situation. An emergency button on the right hand side of the radio will allow for an alert to be sent to radios within your network should you be in trouble, these cameras are most effective when used as a security feature and should a safety issue arise this button will allow for your colleagues to act fast should you be in trouble.

Alongside the many tech features that the camera holds there is also a screen present on top of the VM550. A lattice 0.9” OLED black and white display shows call signs and current battery life to the operator, letting them know should there be any issues with recordings or when the camera is close to dying due to a low battery. The VM550 is supplied as standard with a 2500mh battery, this allows for up to 7 hours of continuous use whilst also being able to remain in standby mode for up to 250 hours.

Hytera VM550D

We’ll keep this section short and sweet due to the VM550D being a slightly upgraded version of the previously mentioned VM550. The D version of this camera/remote speaker microphone replaces the 0.9” OLED top display with a 2” display on the rear of the unit, this allowing for you to view any images or videos you have taken moments after it has happened. Other call signs that are displayed on the screen of the VM550D include the time, battery percentage and current connectivity status.

Hytera VM685

The VM685 is one of the more advanced RVMs that Hytera have released. With a completely different look to the previously mentioned VM550 and VM550D, the VM685 still has a similarly small stature. Standing at a slightly larger 106.55mm in height, 60mm in width and 24mm in depth whilst weighing 170g.

The camera unit within the VM685 is capable of high quality recording with a fixed focus (0.1m – Infinity). Recording at 720P at up to 60 frames per second and 1080P up to 30 frames per second, the VM685 has a 16 Megapixel camera providing crystal clear video and images. The attached lens is 180° rotatable meaning that it can record at a variety of angles with 140° diagonal, 106° horizontal and 78° vertical. Due to the capability in movement of the camera this allows for simple positioning of the camera, meaning that should you be in a compromised position with a simple turn your camera can be angled to see exactly what you’re seeing.

The VM685 comes as standard with a 2500mAh battery that will allow for up to 8 hours of continuous use whilst also being able to be placed into standby mode for up to 250 hours. The 8 hours of continuous recording that the BP2501 Li-Poly battery provides to the VM685 will be more than sufficient to cover the average working shift of the operator. Should you require additional hours on top of the 8 hours supplied by a single battery a secondary battery can be purchased for easy change over. Although not to worry as a second charger won’t need to be purchased, this due to a secondary slot on the RVM’s pod charger that allows for the charging of a battery on its own.

Hytera VM780

The VM780 differs massively from any other RVM that Hytera have released. Doubling up as a push to talk over cellular radio, due to this the VM780 doesn’t require an external two-way radio for communications. A SIM card slot allows for connection to already set up 3G/4G cellular networks, meaning that no matter where in the world you and your colleagues are providing there is coverage your communications will be sent and received instantly. With the VM780 also operating as a PoC radio a higher capacity battery is required, supplied as standard with a large 3500mAh battery this will allow for up to 9 hours of operating time to ensure that more than a usual working shift can be covered.

Pretty much doubling up as a mobile phone, the VM780 has a 2.8” 240 x 320 QVGA touch screen that will allow for navigation through various menus and options. In a similar fashion to a mobile phone the VM780 has a bar running across the screen that displays pieces of information such as Bluetooth, time, battery status and signal strength for both WiFi and cellular. The home screen can be adapted to display applications that you require quick access too, allowing for simple and efficient usage. The screen can also act as a monitor to view both current and previous recordings, this allowing for playback of an incident instantly whilst still images can be viewed so that a person of interests appearance can be viewed repeatedly without having to look through endless footage.

A massive feature difference between the VM780 and the other VMR’s within the range is the fact that this model can live media stream. When used in collaboration with the HyTalk application this will allow for a live feed of both audio and video to any location you would like. This can be effectively used in situations where a large crowd needs to be monitored, with a second team monitoring a live feed they are able to look for people committing crimes or offences without the ground staff having to move away from their current position to deal with a situation, this can help with the application of justice in both the short and long term.

The VM780 has a 16 Megapixel camera that is capable of recording in both 720P at 60 frames per second and 1080P at 30 frames. Recording up to a distance 10 meters when in low lighting environments the VM780 can be used just as effectively whether during daylight or night time. The camera itself doesn’t actually remain stationary, a 216° rotatable lens (116° diagonal, 101° horizontal, 57° vertical) means that the user can angle the camera to wherever they see fit, ensuring that even at the most awkward of angles no important pieces of video evidence will be missed.

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