Kenwood ProTalk DIGITAL NX-P500 User Guide

Kenwood ProTalk DIGITAL NX-P500 User Guide

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Kenwood ProTalk DIGITAL NX-P500 User Guide


  • Lightweight compact design using a lithium-ion battery pack, with a sturdy, polycarbonate body.
  • LED with 7-selectable colors enables transceiver identification at start-up.
  • Digital Encryption / Analog Scrambling masks voice messages for privacy.
  • Battery saver function improves battery life.
  • Button Lock / Super Lock prevent accidental changes to transceiver settings.
  • Equipped with Mixed Mode allowing for simple migration from analog to digital communications.
  • Dust and water protection meeting IP54/55/67 standards.


Open locations (no obstructions) Up to 5.6 miles (9 km)
Residential areas (near buildings) Up to 1.7 miles (2.7 km)


  • The listed ranges are based on field testing and may vary with your operating conditions.


Observe the following precautions to prevent fire, personal injury, and transceiver damage.

  • Do not charge the transceiver and battery pack when they are wet.
  • Ensure that there are no metallic items located between the transceiver and the battery pack.
  • Do not use options not specified by KENWOOD.
  • If the chassis or other transceiver part is damaged, do not touch the damaged parts.
  • If a headset or earphone is connected to the transceiver, reduce the transceiver volume. Pay attention to the volume level when monitoring received audio.
  • Do not place the optional speaker/ microphone, clip mic. with earphone, or headset around your neck while near machinery that may catch the cable.
  • Do not place the transceiver on unstable surfaces.
  • Ensure that the end of the antenna does not touch your eyes.
  • When the transceiver is used for transmission for many hours, the radiator and chassis will become hot. Do not touch these locations when replacing the battery pack.
  • Always switch the transceiver power off before installing optional accessories.
  • The charger is the device that disconnects the unit from the AC mains line. The AC plug should be readily accessible.
  • To dispose of batteries, be sure to comply with the laws and regulations in your country or region.

Turn the transceiver power off before entering the following locations:

  • Near explosives or blasting sites.
  • In aircraft. (Any use of the transceiver must follow the instructions and regulations provided by the airline crew.)
  • Where restrictions or warnings are posted regarding the use of radio devices, including but not limited to medical facilities.
  • Near persons wearing pacemakers.
  • In explosive atmospheres (inflammable gas, dust particles, metallic powders, grain powders, etc.).
  • While pumping fuel or while parked at gasoline service stations.

  • Do not disassemble or modify the transceiver for any reason.
  • Do not place the transceiver on or near airbag equipment while the vehicle is running. When the airbag inflates, the transceiver may be ejected and strike the driver or passengers.
  • If an abnormal odor or smoke is detected coming from the transceiver, switch the transceiver power off immediately, remove the battery pack from the transceiver, and contact your KENWOOD dealer.
  • Use of the transceiver while you are driving may be against traffic laws. Please check and observe the vehicle regulations in your area.
  • Do not expose the transceiver to extremely hot or cold conditions.
  • Do not carry the battery pack (or battery case) with metal objects, as they may short the battery terminals.
  • Danger of explosion if the battery is incorrectly replaced; replace only with the same type.
  • When attaching a commercial strap to the transceiver, ensure that the strap is durable. In addition, do not swing the transceiver around by the strap; you may inadvertently strike and injure another person with the transceiver.
  • If a commercially available neck strap is used, take care not to let the strap get caught on nearby machine.


The battery pack includes flammable objects such as organic solvent. Mishandling may cause the battery to rupture producing flames or extreme heat, deteriorate, or cause other forms of damage to the battery. Please observe the following prohibitive matters.

  • Do not disassemble or reconstruct battery.
  • Do not short-circuit the battery.
  • Do not incinerate or apply heat to the battery.
  • Do not leave the battery near fires, stoves, or other heat generators (areas reaching over 80°C/ 176°F).
  • Do not immerse the battery in water or get it wet by other means.
  • Do not charge the battery near fires or under direct sunlight.
  • Use only the specified charger and observe charging requirements.
  • Do not pierce the battery with any object, strike it with an instrument, or step on it.
  • Do not jar or throw the battery.
  • Do not use the battery pack if it is damaged in any way.
  • Do not solder directly onto the battery.
  • Do not reverse the battery polarity (and terminals).
  • Do not reverse-charge or reverse-connect the battery.
  • Do not touch a ruptured and leaking battery.
    If the electrolyte liquid from the battery gets into your eyes, wash your eyes out with fresh water as soon as possible, without rubbing your eyes. Go to the hospital immediately. If left untreated, it may cause eye-problems.

  • Do not charge the battery for longer than the specified time.
  • Do not place the battery pack into a microwave or high pressure container.
  • Keep ruptured and leaking battery packs away from fire.
  • Do not use an abnormal battery.
  • Do not change or charge the battery in hazardous locations.


Carefully unpack the transceiver. We recommend that you identify the items listed in the following list before discarding the packing material. If any items are missing or have been damaged during shipment, fi le a claim with the carrier immediately.

When using an optional speaker/ microphone, clip mic. with earphone, or headset, to keep the transceiver dust and water protection, insert the plug to the transceiver's SP/MIC jack and tighten the option's nut securely with no gap.

When not using an optional speaker/ microphone, clip mic. with earphone, or headset, to keep the transceiver dust and water protection, you must cover the SP/MIC jack with the cap securely with no gap.


  • Charger pocket 1
  • AC adapter 1
  • Li-ion battery pack 1
  • Belt clip holster 1
  • Warranty card <K type only> 1
  • User guide 1


ORIENTATION - Parts and Controls

  1. Power switch/ Volume control
    Turn clockwise to switch ON the transceiver. To switch OFF the transceiver, turn counterclockwise until a click sounds. Rotate to adjust the volume level.
  2. LED indicator
    Indicates the transceiver status.
  3. (Up) button
    Press to change the operating channel, to select a menu in Setting Mode, and to perform other functions.
  4. (Down) button
    Press to change the operating channel, to select a menu in Setting Mode, and to perform other functions.
  5. Menu button
    Select the various functions. Press and hold while switching the power ON to enter Setting Mode and to perform other functions.
  6. Side button
    Press before making a call to alert the other party members, or press to select a unit ID to make a call and to perform other functions.
  7. PTT (Push to Talk) switch
    Press and hold, then speak into the microphone to transmit.
  8. SP/MIC jack
    Insert the speaker/ microphone or headset plug into this jack.


  • Do not short the battery terminals or dispose of the battery by fire.
  • Never attempt to remove the casing from the battery pack.
  1. Insert the battery pack into the battery cover
  • Pay attention to the position of notch of the battery pack.
  • Insert the battery pack with the model name label facing up.
  1. Align the battery cover with the groove on the back of the transceiver
  2. Slide the Lock lever (both side) to lock it.
  • There will be feedback in the form of a click.
  • To remove the battery pack, release the lock on the battery cover, then remove the battery cover with a coin or the like.



Switch the transceiver power ON by turning the Power switch/ Volume control clockwise.

  • A confirmation tone sounds, the LCD lights up momentarily, then the current channel number is displayed.
    Displaying the channel number

To switch the transceiver power OFF, turn the Power switch/ Volume control fully counterclockwise, until a click sounds.


Set your desired volume level by rotating the Power switch/ Volume control.

  • Clockwise increases the volume and counterclockwise decreases the volume.


  • To adjust the volume using background noise as a reference in analog mode, use the Squelch off Function.


Select a channel by pressing the or button.

  • A confirmation tone sounds each time you press the or button.


  1. To make a call, press and hold the PTT switch, then speak around the microphone area using your normal speaking voice
  • Hold the microphone approximately 1.5 inches (3 to 4 cm) from your lips.
  1. Release the PTT switch to receive

Documents / Resources

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