Motorola TALKABOUT T6XX Series - Two-Way Radios Manual

Motorola TALKABOUT T6XX Series - Two-Way Radios Manual

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Motorola TALKABOUT T6XX Series - Two-Way Radios Manual

Control Buttons

T600 Series
Control Buttons

Display Screen Guide

Display Screen Guide

Getting Started

Waterproof
This radio is waterproof to IP-67 standards. It will withstand submersion under up to 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes. The radio is resistant to water, rain, and splashes only when the battery cover and headset accessory port are sealed. Open the battery compartment door or headset port cover only when the radio is dry. Use of a headset accessory should be in dry environments only.
The charging connector and AC adaptor are not waterproof. Do not expose the charger to rain or snow. Charge the radios only in a dry location. Do not place wet radios into the charging connector.


This radio floats with the included NiMH battery (800 mAh). It may not float with other batteries. If the radio has been submerged in water, shake the radio briskly so that any water that is trapped inside the speaker grill and microphone port can be removed. Otherwise, the water will decrease the audio quality of the radio.

Installing the Batteries
Each radio can use either one NiMH rechargeable battery pack or three AA alkaline batteries and beeps when the batteries are low.

Installing the NiMH Rechargeable Battery Pack

  1. Turn the radio off.
  2. With the back of the radio facing you, loosen the retaining screw on the battery door and open the cover.
  3. Remove the NiMH battery pack from the clear plastic bag (do not disassemble or unwrap the battery pack).
  4. Insert the NiMH battery pack with the diagram facing you. (The ribbon should be underneath the battery pack and should wrap around the right side of the pack for easy removal).
  5. Close the battery cover and tighten the retaining screw on the battery cover.

Installing the Three AA Alkaline Batteries

  1. Turn the radio off.
  2. With the back of the radio facing you, lift the battery cover latch up and remove the cover.
  3. Insert the three AA Alkaline batteries with + and – polarity as shown inside. (The ribbon should be underneath the AA alkaline batteries and should wrap around the right side of the batteries).
  4. Close the battery cover and tighten the retaining screw on the battery cover.

Radio Battery Meter
The radio battery icon shows the battery charge level, from full to empty . When the radio has one bar left, the radio chirps periodically or after releasing the PTT button (Low Battery Alert).

Battery Capacity Maintenance

  1. Charge the NiMH batteries once every 3 months when not in use. After longer lapse, the start of charging in radio will be delayed and can take up to 30 seconds.
  2. Before placing the radio in storage, remove the battery.
  3. Batteries corrode over time and may cause permanent damage to your radio.
  4. Store the NiMH batteries in temperature between -20°C to 35°C and in low humidity. Avoid damp conditions and corrosive materials.

Using the Micro-USB Charger
The micro-USB charger is a handy port that allows you to conveniently charge your NiMH battery pack.

  1. Make sure your radio is turned OFF.
  2. Plug the micro-USB cable into the micro-USB charging port on your radio.
  3. Connect the USB charger to a nearby and easily accessible wall power outlet.
  4. An empty battery will be fully charged in 8 hours.
  5. The battery meter on LCD will move to indicate the battery is charging.

Note:

  • When moving between hot and cold temperatures, do not charge the NiMH battery pack until the battery temperature acclimates (usually about 20 minutes).
  • For optimal battery life, remove the radio from the charger within 16 hours. Do not store the radio while connected to the charger.

Attaching and Removing the Belt Clip

  1. Attach the belt clip to the Talkabout plate at the back of the radio until the clip clicks in place.
  2. Attach the belt clip to pocket or belt strap until the clip clicks in place.

To Remove

  1. Pull the release tab on top of the belt clip to release the latch.
  2. Push the belt clip with the other hand towards the top of the radio.

Turning your Radio On and Off
Press and hold the Mode Switch/Power button to turn the radio On or Off.

  1. In the ON position, the radio chirps and briefly shows all feature icons available on the radio.
  2. The display screen then shows the current channel, code and all features that are enabled. The radio is now in Two-Way mode.

Setting the Volume
From any mode, by first press on either or it will trigger volume changing and showing the current value.

  1. Press to increase the speaker volume.
  2. Press to decrease the speaker volume.
    Do not hold the radio close to your ear. If the volume is set to an uncomfortable level, it could hurt your ear.

Talking and Listening

To communicate, all radios in your group must be set to the same channel and Interference Eliminator Code.

  1. To talk, press and hold the PTT button. When transmitting, icon blinks and is shown. If it is a high power transmission, is shown. If it is a low power transmission, is shown.
  2. When you are finished talking, release the PTT button.
  3. When receiving, icon blinks and is shown. If it is a high power channel, is shown. If it is a low power channel, is shown.
    For maximum clarity, hold the radio 2 to 3 inches away from your mouth and speak directly into the microphone. Do not cover the microphone while talking.

Talk Range
Your radio is designed to maximize performance and improve transmission range. Do not use the radios closer than 5 ft apart.

Power Boost**
To boost the power of your radio to high power, press the top portion of the PTT button when talking. If you know your party is close by, you can conserve the energy of your battery by pushing the lower part of the PTT button to use less power.
Note: If you are on an FRS only channel (see "Channels and Frequencies") the radio will only use low power when either portion of the PTT button is pressed.
** This feature does not exist on T600 Peru.

Monitor Button
Pressing and holding Scan/Monitor button for 2 seconds allows you to listen to the volume level of the radio when you are not receiving. This allows you to adjust the volume, if necessary.
You can also press Scan/Monitor button to check for activity on the current channel before you talk.

Push-to-Talk Timeout Timer
To prevent accidental transmissions and save battery life, the radio emits a continuous warning tone and stops transmitting if you press the PTT button for 60 continuous seconds.

Mode Button
By pressing "mode" button, the user will be seamlessly switching between two-way and weather mode. When radio is in two-way mode, will be shown. When radio is in weather mode, will be shown. Corresponding setting and information will be shown on the LCD.

Menu Options

Selecting the Channel
Each country model has different number of channels and frequencies. (See the "Channels and Frequencies" table on overleaf for details).

  1. With the radio on, press Menu/Lock button until the channel number starts to flash. When the radio is on a 0.5 W channel, display shows . When the radio is on a 2.0 W channel, display shows . The current channel flashes.
  2. Press or and select an unused or quiet channel.
  3. Press the PTT button to save the channel setting or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.

Selecting the Interference Eliminator Code
Interference Eliminator Codes help minimize interference by blocking transmissions from unknown sources. Your radio has 121 Interference Eliminator Codes. Codes 1–38 are standard analog codes that appear on other FRS/GMRS radios. Codes 39–121 are additional digital codes added for superior interference protection. 0 is the off position, no analog or digital codes are enabled.

To set the code for a channel:

  1. Press Menu/Lock button until the code starts to flash.
  2. Press or to select the code.
  3. Press the PTT button to save the code setting or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.

You can set a different code for each channel using this procedure. An extended press of or allows you to scroll through the Interference Code rapidly so you can quickly reach the code you want.

Note: On a radio that uses Interference Eliminator Codes, the code must be set to 0 to communicate with radios that do not have Interference Eliminator Codes. Select 0 for "no tone, no code" on the display of your radio.

Setting and Transmitting Call Tones
Your radio can transmit different call tones to other radios in your group so you can alert them that you want to talk. Your radio has 20 call tones from which to choose.

To set a call tone:

  1. Press Menu/Lock until appears. The current call tone setting will flash.
  2. Press or to change and hear the call tone.
  3. Press the PTT button to set the new call tone or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.

To transmit your call tone to other radios set up to the same channel and Interference Eliminator Code as your radio, press Call Tone button.

Note: Setting the call tone to 0 disables the call tone feature.

Voice Operated Transmission ()
Transmission is initiated by speaking into the microphone of the radio instead of pushing the PTT button.

  1. Press Menu/Lock button until appears. The current setting (L1 – L3) will flash.
  2. Press or to select the sensitivity level.
  3. Press the PTT button to set or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.
    L3 = High Sensitivity for quiet environments
    L2 = Medium Sensitivity for most environments
    L1 = Low Sensitivity for noisy environments

Note: There is a short delay between the time you start talking and when the radio transmits. There is a short delay before the transmission is completed.

VibraCallTM Alert
VibraCallTM is a vibrating alert that notifies you that your radio is receiving a message. This is useful in noisy environments. When the alert is on, the radio vibrates once every 30 seconds when you receive a message on the channel and code you set.

  1. To turn vibrating alerts on, press Menu/Lock button until is displayed. The current setting will flash.
  2. Press or to change the setting to On/Off.
  3. Press the PTT button to confirm or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.

Keypad Tones
You may enable or disable the speaker key tones. You will hear the key tone each time a button is pushed.

  1. Press Menu/Lock button until appears. The current setting On/Off will flash.
  2. Press either or to turn On or Off.
  3. Press the PTT button to confirm or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.

Note: When the key tone feature is off, the following are not disabled:

  • Transmit timeout alert tone
  • Call tone
  • Low battery alert tone or
  • The transmitted talk confirmation tone

Transmitting a Talk Confirmation Tone
You can set your radio to transmit a unique tone when you finish transmitting. It is like saying "Roger" or "Over" to let others know you are finished talking.

  1. With the radio on, press Menu/Lock button until the appears. The current setting On/Off flashes.
  2. Press or to turn On or Off.
  3. Press the PTT button to set or to continue set up.

Dual Watch Mode
Enables you to scan the current channel and another channel alternately.
To set another channel and start Dual Watch.

  1. Press Menu/Lock until appears. The current call tone setting will flash.
  2. Press or to select the channel, then press .
  3. Press or to select the code.
  4. Press the PTT button to save the channel setting or Menu/Lock button to continue set up.
  5. The radio starts to Dual Watch.

Special Features

Emergency Alert Mode
The Emergency Alert feature can be used to signal members in your group of your need for urgent help. T600 series radios will operate in an automatic "hands-free" emergency control mode for a total of 30 seconds after activating the Emergency Alert. T600 series radios in your group will automatically advance the speaker volume to the maximum setting and sound a warbling alert tone for 8 seconds. The alert tone is emitted from your own radio speaker and the receiving radios in your group. After the 8 second alert, any spoken words or incidental sounds at your end will be transmitted to the group for 22 seconds. For the 30 second duration of Emergency Alert mode, T600 series radio controls and buttons will be locked to maximize reception of the emergency message.

  1. Press and hold the Emergency Alert button for 3 seconds.
  2. Release the button the alert tone begins to sound. There is no need to continue to hold the Emergency Alert button or use PTT for your message to be transmitted.
  3. After the alert tone ends you may speak into the microphone. Your voice or incidental sounds will be transmitted.
  4. After 30 seconds your radio speaker will emit a Talk Confirmation Tone. Operation then returns to normal two-way mode.


The Emergency Alert feature should only be used in the event of an actual emergency. Motorola Solutions is not responsible if there is no response to the emergency alert from the receiving group.

Built-in LED Flashlight
Press the Flashlight button to cycle between OFF, RED Light, WHITE Light, and then back to OFF again.
The Flashlight will turn off when you press the Flashlight button if the RED Light is left on for more than 3 seconds.
The Flashlight will turn off automatically after 30 minutes of nonactivity if the battery level is below 50%.
Note: Turn off the flashlight when not in use to conserve battery power.

Water Sensor
When your radio is dropped into water, the WHITE LED flashlight will be activated to help you locate and retrieve your radio.
The water sensors are located near the base of the radio. It may accidentally trigger the WHITE LED if you place your radio on a wet surface. Keep the sensors dry and press the torch light button to reset and turn off the flashlight.

Keypad Lock
To avoid accidentally changing your radio settings:

  1. Press and hold Menu/Lock button until displays.
  2. When in lock mode, you can turn the radio on and off, adjust the volume, receive, transmit, send a call tone and monitor channels. All other functions are locked.
  3. To unlock the radio, press and hold Menu/Lock button until is no longer displayed.

Scanning Channels
Use scan to search the 22 channels for transmissions from unknown parties, to find someone in your group who has accidentally changed channels or to quickly find unused channels for your own use.
There is a priority feature and two modes of scanning (basic and advanced) to make your search more effective. The basic scan mode uses the channel and code combinations for each of the 22 channels as you have set them (or with the default code value of 1). The "Advanced Scan" mode will scan all channels for any and all codes, detect any code in use and use that code value temporarily for that channel.
Priority is given to the "home channel", that is, the channel (and Interference Eliminator Code) your radio is set to when you start the scan. This means the initial channel (and code settings) is scanned more often than the other 21 channels and your radio will respond quickly to any activity occurring on the home channel as a priority.

To start Scanning:

  1. Briefly press the Scan/Monitor button. The scan will appear in the display and the radio will begin to scroll through the channel and code combinations.
  2. When the radio detects channel activity matching the channel and code combination, it stops scrolling and you can hear the transmission.
  3. To respond and talk to the person transmitting, press the PTT button within five seconds after the end of the transmission.
  4. The radio will resume scrolling through the channels 5 seconds after the end of any received activity.
  5. To stop scanning, briefly press the Scan/Monitor button.

To start Advanced Scanning

  1. Set the Interference Eliminator Code to "zero" or OFF.
  2. Briefly press the Scan/Monitor button. The scan will appear in the display and the radio will begin to scroll through the channels. No Interference Eliminator Codes will filter what is heard.
  3. When the radio detects channel activity with ANY code (or NO code), it stops scrolling and you can hear the transmission. Any Interference Eliminator Code that may be in use by that party will be detected and displayed.
  4. To respond and talk to the person transmitting, press the PTT button within 5 seconds of the end of the transmission. The radio will transmit using the newly detected Interference Eliminator Code.
  5. The radio will resume scrolling through the channels 5 seconds after the end of any received activity.
  6. To stop scanning, briefly press the Scan/Monitor button.

Scanning Notes:

  1. If you press the PTT button while the radio is scrolling through inactive channels, the transmission will be on the "home channel". Scanning will resume 5 seconds after the end of your transmission. You may press the Scan/ Monitor button to stop scanning at any time.
  2. If the radio stops on an undesired transmission, you may immediately resume the scan by briefly pressing or .
  3. If the radio repeatedly stops on an undesired transmission, you may temporarily remove that channel from the scan list by pressing and holding or for 3 seconds. You may remove more than one channel in this way.
  4. To restore the removed channel(s) to the scan list, turn the radio off and then turn back on, or exit and re-enter the scanning mode by pressing Scan/Monitor button.
  5. You cannot remove the home channel from the scan list.
  6. In Advanced Scan, the detected code will only be used for one transmission. You must note that code, exit scan and set that detected code on that channel to permanently use the detected code.

Weather Receiver

Your radio can tune in to broadcasts by the United States
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) Weather Radio.
You can listen to a weather channel (see "Weather Channels and Frequencies" table for details) or set your radio to alert you to emergency weather broadcasts that interrupt routine broadcasts. When you listen to a weather channel, you cannot use your radio in scan mode or for two-way communications. Both NOAA and ECCC have transmitters located throughout the United States and Canada, respectively. These transmitters broadcast watches, forecasts and other information 24 hours a day.
Note: NOAA weather radio stations are assigned to cover specific areas and service may be limited. Please check with your local weather office for frequency and details or visit www.weather.gov/nwr in the US to view the appropriate transmitter for your area. The use of the NOAA logo does not provide an endorsement or implied endorsement by the National Weather Service of NOAA, nor does the use of the Weather Radio logo provide an endorsement or implied endorsement by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Entering Weather Mode

  1. From two-way mode, press Mode Switch/Power button to enter weather mode

Setting the Weather Channel
Your radio receives weather frequencies:

  1. In weather mode, press Menu/Lock button until weather channel number flashes.
  2. Press or to select the appropriate channel with good reception in your area.
  3. Press the PTT button to set or Menu/Lock button to continue set up weather alert.

Setting the Weather Alert
Your radio can be set to respond to NOAA Weather Radio emergency messages. A special alarm tone sounds an alert and turns on the weather receiver to give you immediate weather and emergency information.

  1. In weather mode press Menu/Lock button twice until displays.
  2. Press or to select On/Off.
  3. Press the PTT button or Menu/Lock button to exit the weather menu set up.
  4. Press Mode Switch/Power button to return to two-way mode. If you activate Weather Alert and return to two-way mode will display.

Note: When the weather channel is activated, either manually or after receiving an alert, and no buttons are pressed for 5 minutes, the weather mode will automatically revert back to two-way mode.

As with two-way radio reception, weather channel reception depends on how close you are to a transmitter and whether you are indoors or outdoors. Because weather channels are transmitted without codes, they may contain static or noise. Weather Alert will not function while actively transmitting or receiving in two-way mode.

Weather Channels and Frequencies
Weather Channels and Frequencies**This feature does not exist on T600 Peru.

Channels and Frequencies

USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay
Channels and Frequencies - Part 1Remark: Power refers to maximum allowable power as defined by FCC/ISED for each channel under FRS rules for USA and FRS/ GMRS for Canada and is not a reflection of the power specification of the radio.

Peru
Channels and Frequencies - Part 2

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