Two-Way Radio Repair: Tips and Tricks, With Video

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Two-way radio repair is a fact of life for any company or agency that uses radios as part of their communications solution. Even the best equipment requires maintenance from time to time. And while professional repair and replacement is something you need to budget for, some two-way radio repairs can be made internally by your staff. Following the steps below should clear up the most common problems that occur with two-way radios.

For reference purposes, this blog refers to the parts, features, and functions of the Motorola CP200d and XPR3500 portable radio. For helpful visuals and more details, check out the step-by-step video below.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Two Way Radio Accessories, MOTOTRBO, Digital Two-Way Radios, Maintenance/Installation/Service

Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone: Top Features

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A bluetooth speaker microphone is an excellent solution for keeping in constant contact with your mobile workforce while untethered from their vehicles. The best products deliver real-time communications wherever work may take users, saving time and ensuring safety, especially when seconds count.

With the right solution, you’ll instantly enhance the effectiveness of your mobile radios without compromising on audio quality and reliability, making the devices a great addition to your communications solution, whether you work in public safety, manufacturing, construction, or another industry.

Motorola's RLN6551 Long Range Wireless Kit with Vehicular Charger is a great option. This plug-and-play solution takes only seconds to set up. The RLN6551 includes the Wireless Remote Speaker Microphone with battery (RLN6544), the Mobile Microphone with Bluetooth Gateway (PMMN4097), and the Vehicular Charger (PMLN6716).

To find the best fit for your mobile workers, whether they’re in the field or on patrol, here are some top features of bluetooth speakers mics to keep top of mind.
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Tags: Two Way Radio Accessories, MOTOTRBO, Product Spotlight

Best Motorola Radio Accessories for MOTOTRBO

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Once you’ve worked with your Motorola dealer to get the best MOTOTRBO radio solution for your business or agency, it's not uncommon to discover  that your team needs accessories to make the best use of that solution. While the right research can make it possible to anticipate most staff needs prior to purchasing your system, it's always a good idea to set aside a budget and process for ordering Motorola radio accessories after the radios are in use.

Why Use Motorola Radio Accessoris Instead Of a Different Brand

Motorola has engineered its accessories to match the specifications and intended uses of their radios. While other brands exist, professionals who've tried them with their MOTOTRBO devices often get mixed results. One side effect of non-Motorola add-ons is “chopper noise," as this YouTube demo shows.

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Tags: Two Way Radio Accessories, MOTOTRBO

Product Spotlight: Motorola Si500 Video Speaker Microphone

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, October 26, 2015

This past year has brought more attention to the technology and equipment that police officers use than ever before. With both public officials and the general population pushing for better technology, it is becoming a vital piece of any public safety strategy.

In response to this growth in demand, Motorola Solutions has launched a new body camera for police - the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone.

Is this new camera the right fit for you and your department? Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Si500!

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Public Safety Communications, Two Way Radio Accessories, Product Spotlight

From FM to UL: Motorola Transitioning Intrinsically Safe Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

For those currently using Intrinsically Safe two-way radios approved to the FM3610_88 standard, there are some changes being made by Motorola Solutions that will directly impact you.

The FM3610_88 may only be manufactured through the end of December 2015 - at which point the switch from FM to UL will begin. To help you understand this transition and what it means for you, here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the change.

What does “Intrinsically Safe” actually mean?

According to the National Electrical Code (NEC), “intrinsically safe” is an equipment design protection method for Division 1 which encompasses hazards that may be present under normal operating conditions - or,  frequently present during repair or standard maintenance work.

This term is especially relevant for those who operate in what are known as “hazardous locations.” These locations are areas where fire or explosion hazards may exist “due to flammable liquids, combustible dust, or ignitable fibers or flyings,” according to the NEC.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, FAQ, Two Way Radio Accessories, Digital Two-Way Radios

How Two-Way Radio Headsets Can Help Officers on Bicycles

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, October 5, 2015

Police officers on bicycles have become incredibly popular in urban environments across the country. They are seen at local festivals and events, but also maintain a presence throughout the city for a large portion of the year. This is due to the flexibility and efficiency of being on a bicycle – officers can maneuver through busy streets and traffic far easier than those in a car could, and also save a lot of money in the process (no gas needed for a bike!).

With the influx of two-wheel officers in our communities, it is essential to equip them with the proper communication tools needed to be just as responsive as they would be in a vehicle. The best solution for this is often two-way radio headsets.

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Tags: Public Safety Communications, Two Way Radio Accessories

Must Have Motorola Radio Accessories

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It doesn’t matter if you just bought a new two-way radio system or have owned it for years. If you don’t have the right accessories for your communication needs, are you really getting the most out of the system?

Here’s a list of must have add-ons for your two-way radios. If you use MOTOTRBO, there are some additional recommendations for the best accessories to use.

Earpieces and Headsets

Most employees or staff members need both of their hands to remain free during the day. In order to communicate even with the busiest team members, consider earpieces and headsets. These accessories give users the freedom and flexibility to receive and transmit messages in a more convenient fashion. 

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Motorola Solutions, Two Way Radio Accessories

Replacing Your Two-Way Radio Batteries

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Monday, July 13, 2015

Two-way radios consistently prove to be an essential communication solution no matter the industry. The versatility of the system makes these devices applicable to school campuses, large hospitals, and even factories and warehouses. The wide range and strong reception permits radio users to receive and transmit information quickly, all while over reliable frequencies.

If you’ve been using radios in the workplace, you have likely experienced a spike in productivity stemming from more fluid communication. Radio systems simplify communication, enhancing coordination and efficiency. Overall, your decision to invest in this communication solution proves its worth rather quickly in the short term.

But what about the pay off in the long-run? Two-way radios expected seven year life span suggest that the value of the equipment will definitely result in a return on investment. The best way to protect your investment and maximize its functionality is thoroughly maintaining the headsets.

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Tags: Two Way Radios, Two Way Radio Accessories

Must-Have Accessories for Your Digital Two-Way Radios

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Whether you are renting radios for your next summer event or you are a long-time owner of some Motorola digital two-way radios, you should know that the radio is actually just the first piece of the communications puzzle. What does that mean? Accessories.

Radio accessories are important to the experience you have with your radios, because they help enhance and customize your communications to your exact need. For example, those renting radios for a festival will be using their radios differently than workers in a manufacturing plant, and accessories help tailor that experience. While some users' top priority is a hands-free experience (that's where earpieces/headsets come in) others may place an emphasis on battery life.  

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Tags: Two Way Radio Accessories

10 Motorola Battery Care Tips

Posted by Lisa MacGillivray

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Battery capacity naturally decreases slowly over time, but here are 10 tips for Battery Storage, Handling and Care.

  1. Do not store batteries with flammable materials.

  2. Remove battery from radio to eliminate radio as a source of additional current drain. Do not replace the battery in any area labeled “Hazardous Atmosphere”.

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Tags: Two Way Radio Accessories