Month: February 2020

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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