How to Clone Vertex VX-820/920 and VX-P820/P920 Radios

Cloning the Vertex Standard VX-820/920 radio platform requires CPS programming software and a PC to enable the feature. CE-59 is used for the analog VX-820 and VX-920 series, while CE-76 is required for digital P25 VX-P820 and VX-P920 models. Vertex Standard programming software can be obtained from any authorized dealer.Models must match and have a display

Cloning is only possible with display radios and you must match identical models with the same sub-band.

Check the full model number under the battery to be sure (For example VX-824-G7-5).

Follow These Steps for Cloning the VX-820/920 Radio PlatformRadio-radio cloning feature in CPS

Step 1. Upload the radio’s programming data using the appropriate programming software and enable the Radio-to-Radio Clone feature. This feature is found under the Common Menu tab in the Miscellaneous section as shown in the graphic.

Step 2. Download the programming changes to the radio. This step must be done to all radios that you will be cloning.

Step 3.  Put both radios into clone mode by pressing and holding the PTT and Monitor (the side button directly beneath the PTT button) buttons while powering the radio on. “CLONE” will be shown in the display as shown below:

See CLONE in radio display

Step 4. Attach a CT-116 cloning cable to each radio’s accessory connector. The accessory connector is located on the right side of the radio, as viewed from the front of the radio.

Step 5. Press the Monitor button (the side button directly below the PTT button) on the target or destination radio (this is the radio you want to transfer data to) and “LOADING…” will show in the display as shown below:

See LOADING in display

Step 6.  Press the PTT button on the source radio (this is the radio data you want to transfer to another radio) and “SENDING…” will show in the radio’s display as shown below:

See SENDING in Disply

Step 7.  The cloning process is complete when the display on both radios shows “CLONE” as seen in Step 3 above. The process will take approximately 30 seconds, depending upon the amount of data to be transferred. If the clone process was not successful, “Error 1” will show in the display of the source radio as shown below:

See ERROR in the displayStep 8.  If cloning was successful, turn off both radios and remove the CT-116 cloning cable. If cloning was not successful, verify Step 1 and 2 were done and repeat Steps 3 through 7.

Over-the-Air Programming Steps for Motorola DTR Digital Radios

Written by Jeremy Byler, CETsr

How to Remotely Add or Update a DTR Radio Contact to your Fleet

Motorola DTR650 License Free RadioMotorola DTR650 digital radios can be programmed with a unique ID so other users can identify the person transmitting. Most of our customers request that we program their radios with employee names or job functions. This is helpful during emergencies, call alerts, and one-to-one communications.Info Displayed on DTR

When an additional radio is purchased, replaced, or updated the digital ID must be programmed in all of the existing radios. This is easily accomplished using the DTR650’s over-the-air programming feature.

All DTR Radios Must Be Turned “ON” and In Range

After the new radio is programmed using Motorola’s DTR CPS software and programming cable, begin by inserting the battery and connecting the antenna. All radios must be powered ON and within range of the new DTR for programming to be successful.

Use Cloning Mode to Add Contacts Wirelessly

To place the new radio in cloning mode a series of button presses is required. Refer to the picture for button locations and follow the steps below:DTR Radio Button Labels

  • Hold down the “Home” button and press the PTT (push-to-talk) button three times
  • Press the “Left Option” button
  • Press the “Up Arrow” button
  • Press the “Right Option” button
  • Hold down the “Home” button and press the PTT button three times
  • When done correctly screen will display cloning mode

DTR Radio Cloning Menu Mode

From Cloning Menu Choose “Send Contact”

When the DTR is in cloning mode, scroll to the “Send Contact” and choose the contact you want to send to the other radios per steps 1-3 below.Steps 1-3 Adding DTR Contacts Remotely

 Select the Contact You Want to Send to the Other DTR Radios

Steps 4-7 shows how to scroll through the list of radio contacts and change to the one you want to send to the other radios in your fleet.

Steps 4-7 Add DTR Contacts Remotely

Press “Program” and “Go” to Finish the Cloning Operation

Steps 8-11 include selecting the target radio or radio group and sending the info wirelessly using the “Program” and “Go” soft buttons.

Steps 8-11 Add DTR Contacts Remotely

After operation is completed, a status message will appear. It will either display “Successful” or show a list of radios that failed. A radio will fail if it is powered off or is out of range.

If only a single radio needs to be updated, choose the name of the radio that needs to be updated instead of the group. Once this operation is successfully completed and all your radios have been updated with the new radio’s contact information, your DTR system will communicate properly.

For more information download the Motorola DTR Series User Guide and the Generation 3 DTR650 Product Training presentation from Motorola Solutions.

Vertex Standard VX-350 Series Cloning Procedure

Vertex VX-350 Series Cloning Steps

Vertex VX-351 or VX-354 Cloning Requires a CT-27A Radio-to-Radio Cable

Adding a new Vertex Standard VX-351 or VX-354 radios to your existing fleet is a simple process with the built-in cloning feature. All you need is a Vertex XURTS0008 CT-27A cloning cable  to transfer the programming information. A VX-351 will not clone to a VX-354 and all models must be identical using the same VHF or UHF band.

VX-350 Series Cloning is a 6 Step Procedure

  1. Turn both radios OFFVertex 350 Buttons and Controls
  2. Connect the CT-27 cloning cable between the MIC/SP jacks of the two radios.
  3. Press and hold the “Side 1” key and the “PTT” key while turning the radio ON.  The LED will remain off and if a VX-354, it will display “CLONE”.
  4. Repeat step 3 on the other radio.
  5. To switch the radio to receive data, press the “Side 1” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Green“.
  6. To switch the radio to transmit data, press the “PTT” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Red“.

When the data transfer is successful, the VX-354 display will return to “CLONE” or if a VX-351, the TX/BUSY indicator will turn off. You are now ready for the next radio or turn both radios off and disconnect the CT-27 cable. You can then power on the radios and begin normal operation.

How to Clone a Vertex VX-231

VX-231 Cloning Requires a CT-27A Cable

Vertex VX-231 Radio-to-Radio Cloning Requires a CT27A Cable

Vertex Standard VX-231 2-Way Radio Includes Easy Cloning Feature

The Vertex VX-231 radio model includes a radio-to-radio cloning feature that makes it easy to add new radios to your existing fleet. All you need is a Vertex CT27A cloning cable and identical VX-231’s on the same frequency band split.

Instructions to Clone Vertex VX-231 Radios

  1. Turn radios offVX-231 Knobs, Buttons, LED Lebels
  2. Connect the CT27 cloning cable to the MIC/SP jacks
  3. Press and hold the “Side 1” key and the “PTT” key while turning the radio ON.  The LED will quickly blink green and red then go out.
  4. Press the PTT button once to put the radio in “CLONE” mode, the LED indicator will glow “Orange”.
  5.  Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other radio.
  6. To switch the destination radio to receive data, press the “Side 1” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Green“.
  7. To switch the source radio to transmit data, press the “PTT” key. Then the LED indicator will glow “Red“.
  8. If the cloning is successful, the LED indicator will go out.

Cloning will transfer transmit and receive frequencies, privacy codes, channel power levels, narrow or wide bandwidth, and other programmable features. It cannot change a radio from VHF to UHF or a UHF low split to the higher split.

How to clone a Motorola CP110 portable radio without software

Motorola VHF & UHF 2 channel & 16CH Display Radios

Motorola RLN6309 MUCCloning CP110 radios is easy if you have a RLN6309 multi-unit charger or two RLN6304 single unit charger pockets that are included with the standard radio packages. Make sure the source and target radios are the same band (VHF or UHF) and have the same number of channels (2 or 16).

RLN6304 CP110 CloningThe radio batteries should be fully charged first because the AC power cables have to be disconnected during the cloning process. When using a multi-unit charger (MUC) the source radio must be in the odd pockets (1,3, or 5) and the target radio has to be in the even numbered pockets (2,4, or 6). Two single unit charger (SUC) pockets require a RLN6303 cloning cable connected to each data port.

CP110 Cloning Instructions

  1. Turn both radios off.
  2. Turn on the target radio that you need to program and place it in one of the SUC’s or an odd number MUC pocket
  3. Turn on the source radio using the sequence below:

Motorola CP110 left side buttons

Hold the PTT transmit button and the bottom side button (SB2) simultaneously while turning the radio ON. Wait 3 seconds until you hear an audible tone indicating the radio entered cloning mode. The radio LED light will blink orange twice.

Place the source radio in the charger pocket that pairs with the target radio and press and release the button under the PTT (SB1) to begin the cloning process. The radio LED will be solid orange while transferring the data.

When cloning is completed you will hear a chirp tone indicating success or a bonk for failure. If you are cloning 16 channel radios you will see “pass” or “fail” on the display.  It takes only about 5 seconds to complete the cloning process.

Don’t forget to turn the radios OFF and back ON to exit the cloning mode.

3 Most Common Reasons for CP110 Cloning Failures

  1. It is not possible to clone different model CP110’s
  2. Batteries must be fully charged
  3. Target radio is turned OFF