Want to Buy License-Free FRS Talkabout Radios? Read this First

There are Better Choices for License-Free On-site Radio Communications

FRS Radios are low power and License freeHotel and retail business owners and general managers often purchase analog Part 95 FRS (Family Radio Service) radios for on-site communications. You can find them almost anywhere at very low prices and there is no FCC license required.

After a few months, the batteries do not last an entire shift, dead spots increase, and interference from children can become unbearable when directing your employees. Some FRS radios also have higher power GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) frequencies for better range but require a costly FCC license in an individual’s name – not the business.

Part 95 MURS Band is a Better Choice for License Free Communications

Part 95 MURS Frequencies

MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) band consists of five frequencies designated for private, 2-way, voice and data communications for individual and business use. Power output limitation is two watts and 4 times greater than FRS. Although there is no protection from possible interference from other users, the MURS band is a much better alternative when choosing license-free channels. Repeaters and signal boosters are not allowed and operation in aircraft is prohibited.

Motorola CP110m is Designed for MURS Operation

The Motorola CP110m is available with 2 or all 5 MURS analog channels.Motorola CP110m MURS 2 & 5 channel radios It provides better battery life and is rated IP54/55 for water and dust resistance. It uses the same batteries and accessories as the Motorola RDX series.

The CP110m will provide coverage in a 10 story hotel up to 200,000 square feet. You can purchase an optional 2 or 3 year warranty. Expect the radio to be in service for a long time. Scan, VOX (voice operated transmit) hands-free operation, and voice scramble provide a lot of value for the low price.

CP110m programming software is free from Motorola and cloning is easy using the included chargers. All you need is the USB programming cable (RKN4155) and a cloning cable (RLN6303) if you want the ability to make any changes to your privacy codes or frequencies.

Many other Motorola and Vertex Standard analog portable radio models can be programmed to use MURS channels using the low power setting. This helps with interoperability when working with other companies and provides more flexibility for your future requirements.

Part 15 900 MHz ISM Band is License Free for DTR Digital RadiosMotorola DTR digital license free radio

900 MHz ISM band provides better building penetration for up to 20 floors.The DTR650 digital radio can also provide one-to-one private communications when needed. It is only compatible with other DTR radios.

Text messaging for discreet messaging, unit ID, long battery life, and call alert are just some of the digital features included. Free programming software is also available for this model.

Priced significantly less than $300 it is the best choice for on-site communications using license-free spectrum.

FCC License Free vs. Licensed 2-way Radio Spectrum

Obtaining a FCC license is still the best alternative for your business because you will have less interference, more range, and many more radio choices. We have many customers using MURS and ISM band that have are very satisfied with their radios for many years. Feel free to contact us to determine if license free communications will work for your business.

FRS MURS ISM FCC License Comparison Chart

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