Owner’s Manual
Model FR-230
Two Way Family Radio
Family Radio Service
Customer Service
1-800-645-4994
Rev NC Released on 4-21-99.
Rev A 4/22/99 Changed Phone # to 1-800-645-4994
Rev B 4/27/99 1st production-Changed bat save time
to 5 sec
Rev C 5/11/99 2nd production-Added audio button
conformation tones, monitor lock, corrected LCD to
LED, added Family radio service to dwgs, changed
turn on from instant to 2 sec button press. Added low
bat on call, up, down and powersave, corrected
callout 9,10 on p6.
Rev D 5/27/99 3rd production-removed batt low
indicator from all functions except low batt condition,
added dim verticle bar flash on pwr save, beep tones
on function button press.
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SELECTION
OF THE FR-230 (FAMILY RADIO)
It is one of the most sophisticated and reliable two way
family radios available.
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR FR-230 (FAMILY RADIO)
READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
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FEATURES
Your FR-230 Family Radio is a portable, easy to use, two-way
radio that you can carry almost anywhere. It is skillfully constructed
to give you reliable communications for many different applications.
The FR-230 is ideal for use around the house, in your boat, on
hunting and camping trips, on the ski slopes or at the mall.
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PERFORMANCE
Your transceiver will achieve its maximum operating range when
communicating with other transciever(s) in a flat open area with
no trees or buildings obstructing its signal. Range may be up to
two miles under such conditions. Obstacles such as buildings,
trees or mountains will tend to reduce the transceiver’s effective
range.
FCC WARNING
Replacement or substitution of transistors, diodes or other parts
of a unique nature, with parts other than those recommended by
the manufacturer, may cause a violation of the technical regulations
of Part 15 of FCC Rules.
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FUNCTION AND LOCATION OF THE CONTROLS
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13
2
P
3
M
17
10
5
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Power Button: Press and hold this button for 2 seconds to turn
the transceiver on or off.
Push-to-Talk Button: Press to transmit. Release to
receive.
Monitor Button: Press and hold to bypass the squelch and
listen to channel activity.
Belt Clip
Battery Compartment
Speaker
Microphone
Call Button: Press and hold this button to send a ringing sound to
other radios tuned to the same channel.
Up Button: Press this button to increase the volume or channel
setting.
Down Button: Press this button to decrease the volume or
channel setting.
LED Display: Displays the current FRS channel number.
Function Select Button: Press this button to change the channel
setting
Antenna: Rotate counterclockwise when transceiver is in use
Microphone / Charger Jack: For use with an external micro
phone / PTT button and optional battery charger.
Speaker Jack: For use with an Audiovox approved headset
accessory only.
Transmit Indicator: Illuminates while transmitting
Low Battery Indicator: Illuminates when the battery level is
low.
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LED DISPLAY AND OPERATION
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2
3
The FR-230 is equipped with an LED display to indicate its
settings and functions. Pressing the P (Push-to-Talk), monitor,
function select or call buttons, will illuminate the display. The display will remain lit for 5 seconds after any of these buttons is
pressed.
1
Illuminates red when transmitting
2
Illuminates green when the battery power is low.
3
Displays the current channel number (1 to 14).
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
Your FR-230 requires four “AAA” alkaline cells or four
rechargeable “AAA” cells. Alkaline batteries will
provide the best performance from your transceiver.
Remove the battery cover by rotating the belt clip
away from the battery compartment. Slide the
battery cover downward while applying pressure
at the its grooved section. Observe the polarity
symbols inside the battery tray when installing the
batteries.
CAUTION:
Incorrect battery installation can damage the unit.
The microphone / charger jack is intended for use with Audiovox
approved charging accessories only. Refer to the documentation
included with the battery charger.
Never attempt to charge alkaline batteries with the optional battery
charger.
BATTERY SAVER MODE
Your FR-230 has a unique circuit designed to dramatically extend
the life of its batteries. After five seconds of inactivity, the FR-230
will switch to battery saver mode. While in battery saver mode, the
transceiver will remain ready to receive any incoming transmissions.
A vertical bar on the display will flash dimly while the battery saver
mode is active. Pressing any of the buttons, except the up or down
buttons will exit the battery saver mode and illuminate the display.
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USING YOUR FR-230
Turning the Transceiver on
Pressing the power button for 2 seconds will activate the unit.
The speaker will play a conformation beep tone to confirm the
transceiver’s activation. To turn the unit off, simply press and
hold the power button for 2 seconds. The unit will confirm its
shutdown with another beep tone.
Button Conformation Tones
Whenever, the up, down or function select buttons are pressed,
the speaker will play a tone to confirm each press. When adjusting
the volume or channel number, the tone will correspond to the
current setting, the lower the tone, the lower the setting. A unique
tone will indicate that the limit of adjustment has been reached.
Low Battery Alert
When the batteries are in need of replacement or charging, the
low battery indicator LED will flash once every ½ second and the
transceiver will sound a double beep to alert the user.
Function Select Button
Pressing this button will allow selection of the channel number.
This will be indicated by the slow flashing of the channel number
display and will be confirmed with a beep tone. If no buttons are
pressed for 5 seconds, the unit will return to standby mode and
the channel display will turn off. Pressing the function select
button again or pressing the P (Push To Talk) or monitor buttons
will also return to the standby mode. A beep tone will indicate
that the unit has returned to standby mode
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To Select a Channel
Press and release the function select button
until the channel number flashes on the
display. Use the up and down buttons
to select the desired channel from
Up
Button
1 to 14. A unique tone will be
played to confirm each channel
Down
selected and the current
Button
channel setting will be
shown on the display. When
Function
the highest or lowest channel is Select Button
reached, the channel setting will
wrap to the opposite limit of adjustment.
Holding the up or down buttons will rapidly, advance
through the channels.
Call Signals
When the call button is pressed, the FR-230 will transmit a
three-second ringing sound to other transceiver’s tuned to the
same channel. This feature can be used to signal other parties
that voice communication is desired.
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To Transmit
1. Set the desired channel.
2. Press and hold the P (Push-to-Talk) button while speaking slowly
and clearly in a normal voice, approximately 2 to 3 inches
from the microphone.
3. The transmit indicator will illuminate while transmitting.
4. Release the P (Push-to-Talk) button when you finish speaking
to receive incoming signals.
To Receive.
1. Set the desired channel.
2. Adjust the volume control to the desired listening volume by
using the up and down buttons while listening to the button
conformation tones
3. The transceiver will play strong signals through its internal
speaker or through a headset if so equipped.
Monitor Function
The monitor button can be used to play all signals present on a
channel. This is useful when communicating with other parties at
extreme range.
The monitor function can be locked on by pressing its button for
three seconds. When the monitor lock has been activated, the
LED display will flash and a conformation tone will be heard.
Pressing the monitor button a second time will unlock the monitor
function.
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WARNING
Remove the batteries from the transceiver if it is not expected to
be used for long periods. This will eliminate the possibility of battery
acid leaking from the batteries and corroding the transceiver.
Avoid exposing the unit to water or extremes of temperature.
Do not use this device in or near a mining facility, which uses
remotely triggered explosives or in areas labeled “Blasting Area”.
Premature or accidental detonation may result.
Do not attempt to modify or in any way increase the output of this
transceiver. Its output is designed to meet the legal limits set by
the FCC.
Do not use this device or change its batteries in potentially explosive
atmospheres as sparks in such areas could result in an explosion.
Turn your transceiver off wherever posted notices restrict the use
of radios or cellular telephones. Facilities such as hospitals may
use equipment that is sensitive to RF energy.
Turn your transceiver off on-board aircraft when requested to do so.
Do not place your transceiver in front of a vehicle’s air-bag. If the
air-bag deploys, it could propel the transceiver like a projectile.
This transceiver complies with F.C.C. regulations for use in the
United States. Use in other countries may be prohibited or
restricted by local regulation. Please check with the local regulating
agency before using this device outside of the United States.
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SPECIFICATIONS*
Channels:
Output Power:
Battery Life
Alkaline:
Power Source:
14
500 mW ERP
30 - 35 Hours
6.0V DC
* These specifications are subject to change without notice.
They represent typical values, individual units may vary.
Channel Frequencies:
Channel
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
MHz
462.5625
462.5875
462.6125
462.6375
462.6625
462.6875
462.7125
Channel
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
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MHz
467.5625
467.5875
467.6125
467.6375
467.6625
467.6875
467.7125
90 DAY LIMITED WARRANTY
Applies to Audiovox Family Radio Service Products.
AUDIOVOX CORPORATION (the Company) warrants to the original retail
purchaser of this product that should this product or any part thereof, under
normal use and conditions, be proven defective in material or workmanship
within 90 days from the date of original purchase, such defect(s) will be
repaired or replaced with new or reconditioned product (at the Company's
option) without charge for parts and repair labor.
To obtain repair or replacement within the terms of this Warranty, the product
is to be delivered with proof of warranty coverage (e.g. dated bill of sale),
specification of defect(s), transportation prepaid, to the warranty center at the
address shown below.
The Company disclaims liability for communications range of this product.
This Warranty does not apply to any product or part thereof which, in the
opinion of the Company, has suffered or been damaged through alteration,
improper installation, mishandling, misuse, neglect, accident, or by removal or
defacement of the factory serial number/bar code label(s). THE EXTENT OF
THE COMPANY'S LIABILITY UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS LIMITED TO THE
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT PROVIDED ABOVE AND, IN NO EVENT,
SHALL THE COMPANY'S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE
PAID BY PURCHASER FOR THE PRODUCT.
This Warranty is in lieu of all other express warranties or liabilities. ANY
IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY, SHALL BE LIMITED TO THE DURATION OF THIS
WRITTEN WARRANTY. ANY ACTION FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY
HEREUNDER INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY
MUST BE BROUGHT WITHIN A PERIOD OF 30 MONTHS FROM DATE OF
ORIGINAL PURCHASE. IN NO CASE SHALL THE COMPANY BE LIABLE FOR
ANY CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES FOR BREACH OF THIS
OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WHATSOEVER. No
person or representative is authorized to assume for the Company any liability
other than expressed herein in connection with the sale of this product.
AUDIOVOX CORPORATION, 150 MARCUS BLVD., HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK 11788
1-800-645-4994
128-5385
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