Owner’s Manual
Model FR-1420
Two Way Family Radio
14 CHANNEL FRS
CALL
F
Customer Service
1-800-290-6650
FEATURES
Your FR-1420 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-1420 is ideal
for use around the house, in your boat, on hunting and camping trips, on the
ski slopes or at the mall. Some of the FR-1420 features are:
No Air Time Fees and No License Required
Up to 2 Mile Range
Auto Battery Saver and Auto Squelch
14 Channels
Multifunction LCD Display
Talk Confirmation Tone and Call / Ring Button
Interchangeable Faceplates
14 CHANNEL FRS
CALL
F
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PERFORMANCE
Your transceiver will achieve its maximum operating range when communicating
with other transceivers 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.
SAFETY INFORMATION
Your wireless handheld portable transceiver contains a low power transmitter.
When the PTT button is pushed it sends out radio frequency (RF) signals.
The device is authorized to operate at a duty factor not to exceed 50%. In
August 1996, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) adopted RF
exposure guidelines with safety levels for hand-held wireless devices.
Important: To maintain compliance with the FCC’ s RF exposure guidelines
hold the transmitter at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) from your
face and speak in a normal voice, with the antenna pointed up and
away. If you wear the handset on your body while using the headset
accessory, use only the Audiovox supplied belt clip for this product
and ensure that the antenna is at least 1 inch (2.5 centimeters)
from your body when transmitting. Use only the supplied antenna.
Unauthorized antennas, modifications, or attachments could
damage the transmitter and may violate FCC regulations.
Normal Position: Hold the transmitter approximately 1” from your face and
speak in a normal voice, with the antenna pointed up and away.
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FUNCTION AND LOCATION OF THE CONTROLS
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1. Push-to-Talk Button (PTT): Press to transmit. Release to
receive.
2. Monitor Button (M): Press and hold to bypass the squelch
and listen to channel activity.
3. Up Button ( ): Press this button to increase the volume or
channel setting.
4. Function Select Button (F): Press this button to select or
scroll through all unit functions.
5. Built-In Speaker
6. LCD Display: Displays the current FRS channel number as
well as other functions.
7. Power Button ( ): Press and hold this button for 2 seconds to
turn the transceiver on or off.
8. Call Button (CALL): Press and hold this button to send a
ringing sound to other radios tuned to the same channel.
9. Down Button ( ): Press this button to decrease the volume
or channel setting.
10. Built-In Microphone
11. Snap-On Faceplate
12. Speaker Jack: For use with an Audiovox approved headset accessory only.
13. Antenna
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LCD DISPLAY AND OPERATION
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1. Scan Indicator: This function allows the user to scan a channel to
search for a valid signal.
2. Dual Watch Indicator: Icon appears when dual watch mode is
active. Icon disappears when the function is disabled.
3. Voice Activated Transmission (VOX) Indicator: This function allows
hands-free conversation. The icon appears when the VOX mode is
activated.
4. Roger Beep Tone Indicator: Icon appears when the roger beep tone
is enabled, signifying transmission has been terminated. Icon disappears when tone is disabled.
5. Beep Key Tone Indicator: This icon appears when the beep key tone is
on, and disappears when tone is not in use.
6. Receive/Transmit (RX/TX) Indicator: During receive, the left lightning
symbol of this icon appears, together with the BUSY indication. During
transmission, the right lightning symbol of this icon appears.
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7. Busy Indicator: During signal reception or while in the monitor mode,
this indication appears on the display, together with the RX lightning
indication.
8. Call Indicator: This icon appears, together with the right lightning
symbol, when the CALL button is pressed to indicate initiation of a
call transmission.
9. Power Save Indicator: This icon appears to indicate the unit is in
the power save mode to conserve battery power; it appears 5 seconds
after the standby mode is activated.
10. Key Lock Indicator: This icon appears when the unit is placed in
the key lock mode, to lock out all unit controls, except Power On/
Off, Backlight, Call and PTT.
11. Battery Level Indicator: This icon indicates the battery charge
level on a scale of 1 to 3.
12. Large Segment Display: Indicates the FRS channel number in
use.
BATTERY INSTALLATION
BELT CLIP IN
RETRACTED
POSITION
BELT CLIP
BATTERY
COVER
BATTERY
POSITION
WITH COVER
REMOVED
COVER
LATCH
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Your FR-1420 requires four “AAA” cells. Alkaline batteries will provide
the best performance from your transceiver.
CAUTION: Incorrect battery installation can damage the unit.
Never attempt to charge alkaline batteries with the optional
battery charger.
1.Lift and rotate belt clip counterclockwise (CCW) to the right to access
battery cover.
2.Release battery cover latch and swing latch down; then lift the bottom of
the battery cover and remove from the radio.
3.Insert four “AAA” alkaline batteries. Position batteries according to
polarity markings. Reverse the procedure outlined in step 1 to reassemble.
Note : Make sure the battery + and - terminals are aligned as shown.
CHANGING SNAP-ON FACE PLATE
FACE PLATE
FACE PLATE
MOUNTING
SCREWS
To change the snap-on face plate on the front of the unit, it is necessary to
remove the battery compartment cover and batteries as previously described.
Locate and loosen two screws on the upper part the battery tray.
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CHANGING SNAP-ON FACE PLATE (CONTINUED)
Pull out the face plate from the body of the transceiver using the groove
located at the bottom of the speaker grill.
Insert another face plate into the unit and install the two screws in the upper
side of the tray in the battery compartment. Replace the batteries and cover.
BATTERY SAVER MODE
Your FR-1420 has a unique circuit designed to dramatically extend
the life of its batteries. After 10 seconds of inactivity, the FR- 1420
will switch to battery saver mode. While in battery saver mode, the
battery saver mode indicator (
) is present on the display, and
the transceiver will remain ready to receive any incoming transmissions while the battery saver mode is active. Pressing any of the
buttons will exit the battery saver mode and illuminate the display.
USING YOUR FR-1420
Turning the Transceiver On and Off ( )
Pressing the PWR button (7) for 2 seconds will activate the unit and ( on )
momentarily appears on the display followed by the frequency standby display.
The speaker will sound a beep tone to confirm the transceiver’s activation. To
turn the unit off, simply press and hold the power button for 2 seconds then
release it.
Volume Level
Audio reception volume is controlled by the Up (▲) and the Down (▼) button.
Momentarily pressing either button will increase or decrease the volume level.
The display will indicate “o1” (lowest setting to “o 8” highest setting).
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Call Button (8)
When the call button is pressed, the FR-1420 will transmit a 3-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. The call icon (
) appears on the LED display while the call tone sounds.
Changing the Call Ring
To select a favorite call ringer melody:
1. Press and hold the CALL button and, at the same time, press and hold the
Power button for at least 2 seconds.
2. CA-01 will appear on the display.
3. Press the Up or Down button to select one of three call ringer melodies;
each melody will sound as it is chosen.
4. Stop at the desired melody and press the Monitor (M) or PTT button to
confirm your selection.
Low Battery Alert
) flashes and produces
When the battery level becomes low, the battery icon (
an audible tone every ten seconds. In this case, recharge or replace the batteries
with new ones.
Monitor Button (M)
You can monitor channel activity by pressing the Monitor (M) button (2). If pressed
for more than 2 seconds, you can continuously monitor channel activity. Press
again, and channel activity monitoring is disabled.
Function Select (F) Button
Pressing the Function button will allow selection of frequency channels, as well
as selection of the various unit functions. Each press permits selection of the
desired channel (1–14), Scan, Dual Watch, VOX, Roger Beep and Beep Tone
functions. This button also activates the Key lock feature ( ) when pressed and
held for more than 2 seconds.
Channel Selection
Press function button once until large two-digit channel display flashes. Press
Up ( ) or Down ( ) buttons to select desired channel (1–14).
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FUNCTIONS
Channel Scanning
Press the Function (F) button two times until the SC icon flashes. Press the Up
( ) button to enable the Scan function in the upward channel direction. Press
the Down ( ) button to enable the Scan function in the downward channel
direction. Once selected, the Scan icon (SC) will appear steadily on the display.
While in Scan mode, the unit will pause on any active channel for 5 seconds,
and then proceed to the next higher channel. The unit will scan channels 1–14
for activity and scanning will continue until the PTT, monitor, or call button is
pressed.
Dual Watch Mode
This feature allows monitoring of two channels simultaneously. Press the
Function (F) button three times until the Dual Watch icon (DW) flashes on the
display. Using the Up ( ) or Down ( ) buttons, choose the alternate channel
number you wish to monitor for activity. The channel display will now flash
showing your current channel and alternate channel selection. To exit the dual
watch mode, press the PTT button.
When in Dual Watch mode, the unit will transmit on the channel on which it last
received a signal. To communicate with someone on another channel, you
must exit the Dual Watch mode and select the desired channel.
VOX Function
This feature enables you to have hands-free conversation. Press the press
Function (F) button four times until the Vox indicator (VOX) appears flashing and
“on” or “OF” appears on the display. When using the external microphone or
headset, your voice signal is detected and is automatically transmitted by the
radio. The reply audio is received by the radio and is transferred to the headset.
Press the Up ( ) or Down ( ) buttons to turn the Vox function on or off. Press
the PTT button to confirm your selection.
VOX Sensitivity Level
To set the VOX sensitivity level:
1. With the radio off, press the Function (F) button and, at the same time,
press the Power button.
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2. LE-03 (or 01-05), or dE-03 (or 01-05) will be displayed. If dE is displayed,
press the Function (F) button and LE--- (level) will be displayed.
3. Press the Up or Down button to select from 1 to 5 voice sensitivity levels,
with 1 being the most sensitive and 5 being the least sensitive.
VOX Delay Adjustment
To adjust the VOX delay:
1. Perform steps 1. through 3. above for VOX sensitivity level; then press
the Function (F) button.
2. dE-03 (or 01-05) will be displayed.
3. Press the Up or Down button to select from 1 to 5 time delays, with 1
being the fastest and 5 being the slowest.
4. Press the Monitor (M) or PTT button to exit the VOX sensitivity/delay
mode.
Roger Beep Tone
The unit will also transmit a beep tone sequence after each transmission to
signal the receiving party that transmission has ended. This tone is called a
“Roger Beep”. Press the press Function (F) button five times until the ( RGB )
icon flashes and “on” or “oF” appears. Then press Up ( ) or Down ( ) button
to set the function on. The ( RGB ) icon will remain displayed. To disable the
“Roger Beep”, proceed as before, until Beep Tone icon appears flashing. Then
press Up ( ) or Down ( ) buttons to set the function to off. Press the PTT
button to confirm your selection.
Button Confirmation Tone
Whenever the Up/Down or Function (F) select button is pressed, the speaker will
sound a beep tone to confirm each press, provided the key tone feature is
enabled. To disable the key tones, press Function button six times until the
Beep Tone icon ( ) appears flashing and “on” or “oF” appears. Then press Up
( ) or Down ( ) to set the function off. Press the PTT button to confirm your
selection. When “oF” is selected, no beep tones should be heard. To enable
the key tones proceed as before, until Beep Tone icon appears flashing. The
“on” icon will appear. Then press Up ( ) or Down ( ) button to set the function
to on and the beep tones will be heard.
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Key Lock
This feature prevents accidental change of unit settings. While enabled, Key
Lock allows only the PTT button to operate.
To enable Key Lock, press the Function (F) button for more than 2 seconds until
) appears. To disable the Key Lock function, press the
Key Lock icon (
function button for more than 2 seconds until Key Lock icon disappears.
To Transmit
1. Set the desired primary channel.
2. Press and hold the PTT (Push-to-Talk) button while speaking slowly and
clearly in a normal voice, approximately 2 to 3 inches from the microphone.
3. The transmit lightning indicator (
) will appear while transmitting.
4. Release the PTT (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.
3. The transceiver will play strong received signals through its internal speaker
or through a headset, if so equipped.
4. The receive lightning indicator (
) will appear while transmitting.
Monitor Function
The Monitor (M) 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 the Monitor (M) button for two
seconds. When the monitor lock has been activated, the LCD display will indicate
BUSY and the receive indicator lightning bolt appears. Pressing the monitor
button a second time will unlock the monitor function.
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WARNING
n 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.
n Avoid exposing the unit to water or extremes of temperature.
n 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.
n 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.
n Do not use this device or change its batteries in potentially
explosive atmospheres as sparks in such areas could result in
an explosion.
n 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.
n Turn your transceiver off on-board aircraft when requested to do so.
n 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.
n 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:
Battery Life
Alkaline:
Power Source:
Receiver
1.Sensitivity
2.Max. audio output @ 10% THD
3.Max. S/N ratio @ 1mV RF input
4.Squelch Sensitivity Threshold
7.Adjacent Channel Selectivity
Transmitter
1.Maximum Effective Radiated Power
2.Audio Distortion
7.Hum and Noise
14
30 - 36 Hours
6.0 Vdc
120dBm Min.
110 mV
40 dB Min.
-120 dBm Min.
50 dB MIn.
500 mW
3%
35 dB Min.
* These specifications are subject to change without notice.
They represent typical values, individual units may vary.
Channel Frequencies:
Channel
MHz
1
462.5625
2
462.5875
3
462.6125
4
462.6375
5
462.6625
6
462.6875
7
462.7125
Channel
8
9
10
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12
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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 HEREUNDERINCLUDINGANYIMPLIED
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.
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1-800-290-6650
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