Motorola DP1400How confusing is this… The Motorola DP1400 is available in two different flavours – Analogue Only and Digital Version.

So what’s the difference?

The Motorola DP1400 analogue version is a digital radio with the digital chip disabled by default. To make the digital chip work, you need to purchase a “digital mode activation licence key” from Motorola. The digital version of the Motorola DP1400 is, put simply, the same radio with with the digital mode activation licence key pre-installed, and hence the digital chip switched on.

Note: All Motorola digital radios will also work in analogue mode for backward compatibility.

Below is the list of models available from the factory as standard.

DP1400 Model Table

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.

Model Code Digital/Analogue Band Frequency
Analogue Models
MDH01JDC9JC2AN Analogue Only VHF 136-174MHz
MDH01QDC9JC2AN Analogue Only UHF 403-470MHz
Digital Models
MDH01JDC9JA2AN Digital / Analogue Hybrid VHF 136-174MHz
MDH01QDC9JA2AN Digital / Analogue Hybrid UHF 403-470MHz

As you can see from this Model Table, you can buy the DP1400 as an analogue-only radio or as a digital radio as standard.

How Can An Analogue DP1400 be Upgraded to Digital?

This is easy to do. You’ll need to buy HKVN4204Adigital mode activation licence key“, one per radio, which you can buy from Radiotronics. You can either buy a programming lead and CPS software and install the licence yourself, or ask our in-house engineer to do it for you (fee applies). However, this is the pricey option – as it can cost up to £70 per radio for theHKVN4204A licence key. It’s cheaper to buy the Motorola DP1400 as a digital radio in the first place.

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.

Should I Buy An Analogue Only DP1400?

This depends. If you already have a number of CP040 or GP340 radios which you want your new DP1400 radios to work with and you have no interest in migrating to digital, then there’s no need to have digital radios.

However, if you will want to migrate to digital any time soon we recommend the digital version. The price difference between the Motorola DP1400 Analogue Only and Motorola DP1400 Digital Version is not as much as the HKVN4204A upgrade licence key.

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.