Audiovox FR-541 Owner`s manual

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AUDIOVOX
ELECTRONICS
Owner’s Manual
Model FR-541
Two Way Family Radio
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Customer Service
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SELECTION
OF THE FR-541 (FAMILY RADIO)
Your FR-541 Family Radio is a portable, easy to use, two-way radio that you can carry
It is one of the most sophisticated and reliable two way
family radios available.
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR FR-541 (FAMILY RADIO)
READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
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NEVER ATTEMPTTO CHARGE ALKALINE OR DRY CELL BATTERIES,
AS BAlTERIES MAY BURST CAUSING PERSONAL INJURY AND DAMAGETOTHEPRODUCT.
WHEN RECHARGING NICKEL METAL HYDRIDE (Ni-MH) BATTERIES WITH THE AUDIOVOX CHARGER, USE
ONLY AUDIOVOX APPROVED RECHARGEABLE BAlTERIES. USE
OF THE AUDIOVOX CHARGER WITH OTHER BRANDS OF BAlTERlES
IS NOT RECOMMENDED, AS BATTERY CHARGING TIMES WILLVARY
WITH DIFFERENT BRANDS. REFER TO THE MANUFACTURER’S INSTRUCTIONS FORCHARGING OTHER BRANDS OF BA-iTERIES.
150 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788
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almost anywhere. It is skillfully constructed to give you reliable communications for many
different applications. The FR-541 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 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,
ees or mountains will tend to reduce the transceivers effective range.
:-CC 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.
CAUTIONS
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FEATURES
SAFEI-Y INFORMATION
Your wireless hand-held portable transceiver contains a low power transmitter. When
the PlT 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 2 inch ( 5 centimeters ) from your face and speak in a normal voice,
\ivith 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 2 inch ( 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 2”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
1. Power Button: Press and hold this button for 2 seconds to turn the
transceiver on or off.
2. Push-to-Talk Button (PlT):
Press to transmit. Release to receive.
3. Monitor Button: Press and hold to bypass the squelch and listen to channel activity; a momentary press activates LCD backlighting for 5 seconds.
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4. Clip
5. Battery Compartment:
Accepts 4 “AAA” batteries.
6. Speaker
7. Microphone (MIC)
%. Call Button: Press 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 as well as adjustment of other functions.
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10. Up Button: Press this button to increase the volume or channel setting.
11. LCD Display: Displays the current FRS channel number as well as other
functions as well as adjustment of other functions.
12. Function Select Button:
all unit functions.
Press this button to select and toggle through
13. VOX Button: Press this button to activate the Voice-Operated Transmission function.
.4. Fixed Antenna
15. Microphone/Charger Jack: For use with an optional external microphone
button and optional battery charger.
16. Speaker Jack: For use with an optional Audiovox approved optional speaker
accessory.
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oower:ng the unit:
LCD DISPLAY AND OPERATION
is equipped with an LCD
display to indicate its settings and
functions. When the radio is on, pressing
the monitor button will illuminate the display for 5 seconds.
The FR-541
{our radio transceiver operates on four AAA batteries. Alkaline batteries will
provide slightly better performance than rechargeable batteries. Only Audiovox
approved rechargeable batteries can be recharged in the radio transceiver using
the optional charger. This will ensure optimum performance for your radio. Use of
the Audiovox charger with other brands of batteries is not recommended as battery
charging times will vary. Refer to the manufacturerer’s instructions for charging
other brands of batteries.
Batteries
Transmission Indicator
Call Button Indicator
Low Battery Alert
Battery Saver Mode Indicator
Beep tone Indicator
FRS Channel Indicator (1-14). :I appears
each time power is turned on during a power-on
self-test of the unit.
CTCSS Channel Indicator (1-38). 88 appears
each time power is turned on during a poweron self-test of the unit.
Busy Channel Indicator. Displays when
Monitor button is Dressed.
SCAN Indicator
Key Lock Indicator
VO>( Function Indicator
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There are three methods of powering the unit:
1. Alkaline Batteries.
WARNING: Do not attempt to recharge Alkaline batteries.
2.Audiovox
Rechargeable
Ni-MH Batteries
- (Rechargeable
Ni-MH
batteries
and Charging
Stand not included).
Use only Audiovox
approved
rechargeable
batteries
and charger
when charging
batteries internal to the unit.
NOTE: To extend battery life, avoid overcharging the batteries.
3. Various Brands of Rechargeable Batteries - Use of the
Audiovox charger with other brands of rechargeable batteries is not
recommended, as battery charging times will vary with different
brands of batteries. Refer to the manufacturers’s instructions for
charging other brands of batteries.
The following guidelines will improve performance and provide longer operating times for your radio:
Do not mix old and new batteries.
The use of alkaline-type batteries is recommended to provide the longest oper
ating time.
3. Do not mix alkaline,
standard
(carbon-zinc)
or rechargeable
batteries.
4. If the unit is not to be used for an extended period of time, remove the
batteries. Old or leaking batteries can cause damage to the unit and will void
the warranty.
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
Your FR-541 requires four AAA alkaline or four rechargeable AAA cells. Alkaline batteries will provide the best performance from your transceiver.
Remove the battery cover by releasing the clip latch
at the top, and sliding the clip up and away from the
back of the unit. Slide the battery cover downward
while applying pressure at the embossed arrow.
Observe the polarity symbols inside the battery tray
when installing the batteries.
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CLIP
RELEASE
EMBOSSE’;
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BATTERY SAVER MODE
Your FR-541 has a unique circuit designed to dramatically extend the life of its
batteries. After 5 seconds of inactivity, the FR-541 will switch to battery saver
mode. While in battery saver mode, the battery saver mode indicator ( x
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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, except the up, down, Function (F) or VOX button will exit the battery
saver mode.
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USING YOUR FR-541
Turning the Transceiver On and Off
Pressing the power button (1) for 2 seconds will activate the unit. The speaker
will sound a beep tone to confirm the transceiver’s activation. In addition, the
transceiver will perform a l-second power-on self-test, whereby the LCD display will show all functional items, including a test of both the 2-digit channel
display (8) and the CTCSS channel display (88). To turn the unit off, simply press
and hold the power button for 2 seconds. The unit will confirm its shutdown with
a single beep tone.
Volume Level
riudio reception volume is controlled by the Up (AIO) and the Down (v9) button.
?mentarily pressing either button will raise or lower the volume level in steps as
.own by luo through guo on the display. Pressing and holding either button will
adjust rapidly.
Call Button (8)
When the call button is pressed, the call icon ( $ ) will appear on the display and
the FR-541 will transmit a e-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.
Low Battery Alert
When the batteries are in need of replacement or charging, the low battery icon
( m ) will appear on the LCD display and the transceiver will sound a tone to alert
the user.
,onitor Button
‘/ou can monitor channel activity by pressing the Monitor (M) button (3). If pressed
and held for more than 2 seconds, you can continuously monitor channel activity.
Press again, momentarily, and monitoring is disabled. Pressing this button momentarily will cause the unit to beep and the LCD backlight function will be activated for 5 seconds.
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FUNCTIONS
To communicate with other FRS units, they must be switched to the
same channel and CTCSS subcode. To communicate with other FRS
units that do not have subcodes, switch your unit to the same channel
with the subcode set to 00.
The CTCSS subcodes do not prevent others from hearing your
mission. This will only allow you to ignore all traffic on a given channel
not using the same subcode.
Function(F) Select Button (12)
Pressing this button will allow selection of frequency channels as well as selection of the various unit functions. Each press permits selection of the desired
channel (l-14), Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS), beep tone,
scan, and Dual Watch mode. This button also activates the
lock feature ,
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when pressed and held for more than 2 seconds. The Key lock icon ( q
Beep Confirmation/ “Roger Beep” Tones
appears on the display. To unlock this function, press and hold the function button
Whenever the Up/Down or function select buttons are pressed, the speaker will
for 2 seconds.
sound a beep tone to confirm each press, provided the key tone feature is en* --.-&led.
This also controls the “Roqer Beep” function. This is a tone which iS
Channel Selection
automatically transmitted whenever-the PTT button is released. This alerts the
Press function button once or until large two-digit channel display flashes. Press
Tceiving party that your transmission has been ended intentionally. Press the
Up or Down buttons (IO, 9) to select desired channel (1-14). Press the monitor
ction (F) button three times to access the beep tone feature. To disable the key
button again to confirm and fix channel selection.
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- Press the F button until the Beep Tone icon ( A ) flashes; On appears
CTCSS Mode (Sub-Channel) Selection
on the display.
- Then press Up or Down buttons until OF appears and icon disappears.
The CTCSS provides 38 Sub-Frequencies to allow you to utilize the coded squelch
No beep tones should be heard.
tones (00-38). In order to communicate with another party on the same main
To enable the key tone, proceed as before, until OF appears and Beep Tone
channel and the same subcode must be used. This filters out unwanted transicon flashes. Then press Up or Down button so that On appears. Key tone icon
missions without the same coded squelch tone. Since there are 38 CTCSS Subis steady and beep tone is heard.
channels for each main channel, a different subcode may be selected for each of
the 14 channels.
Channel Scanning
To change the CTCSS Sub-channel,
Press function button four times until the SCAN icon flashes; OF will also appear
- Press the Function (F) button twice or until the sub-channel number to the
on
the display. Press the Up or Down button to enable the Scan function; On will
right of the main channel number begins flashing.
-.npear, but the SCAN icon will still flash.
- Then press the Up or Down button to select the desired sub-channel for
- While the SCAN icon is flashing, press the CALL button; channel scan will
use.
commence in the upward direction and then repeat. If and active channel is
- Press the monitor button momentarily to confirm selection.
encountered, scan will pause on the active channel for 5 seconds, and
then proceed to the next higher channel.
- To interrupt scan, press the CALL button; the SCAN icon will again flash. A
The CTCSS mode can be turned off by accessing the flashing subchannel numcall tone will be sent on the primary channel of the unit. The unit will remain
ber CTCSS icon and using the Up or Down button to select 00 as the tone code
on this channel for 15 seconds and scanning will resume.
frequency; then press monitor again.
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To resume scan in the upward direction, press the Up button; to reverse
scan to the down direction, press the Down button.
The unit will scan channels l-14 for activity. Scanning will continue until the
Function (12) button is pressed.
NOTE: When the transceiver is turned off while in scan mode, the scan mode
will still be active when the radio is again turned on.
Dual Watch Mode
This feature allows monitoring of two channels simultaneously. Press the function
button five times or until 0, or another channel number, appears in the channel
number display and both the Antenna icon y and Call icon $ flash. Using
the Up/Down (Av) buttons, choose the alternate channel number you wish to
monitor for activity. Press the function button to enter your selection. ihe channel
display will now flash showing your current channel and alternate channel
selection. To disable Dual Watch mode, press the function button to enter Dual
Watch mode, and using the Up/Down (A7) buttons, select 0 as a new channel
number.
When in Dual Watch mode, the unit will always transmit on the primary channel
except when the secondary
channel receives a transmission
signal. To
communicate with someone on the secondary channel, you must change the
primary channel number.
Key Lot k
This feature prevents accidental change of unit settings. While enabled, Key Lock
allows only the PTT button to operate.
To enable Key Lock, press function button for more than 3 seconds until Key Lock
icon (--e) appears. To disable the Key Lock function, press function button for
more than 3 seconds until Key Lock icon disappears.
VOX Function
This feature enables you to have hands-free conversation. When using the interna
microphone/speaker
or external microphone/headset
(purchased separately),
your voice or the signal is detected and the radio transmits and receives
automatically.
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press the VOX button; the VOX icon
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the VOX function,
( i 1,appear.son the display. In the VOX mode, the Sensitivity iS automaticallY set.
To :xlt the VOX mode, press the VOX button again; the VOX icon will disappear
from the display.
Transmit
1. Set the desired primary channel.
7 2, Press and hold the Pl7 (Push-to-Talk) button while speaking slowly and clearly
in a normal voice, approximately 2 to 3 inches from the microphone.
3, The transmit icon ( 7 ) will illuminate while transmitting.
4. Release the PTT (Push-to-Talk) button when you finish speaking to receive
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incoming signals. If enabled a “Roger Beep” tone will be heard on the
receiving unit to indicate end of transmission.
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leceive.
i 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 n external speaker, 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 the Monitor button for more
than 2 seconds. When the monitor lock has been activated, the LCD display will
indicate BUSY and a tone will sound. Pressing the monitor button a second time
unlock the monitor function.
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.
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n Avoid exposing the unit to water or extremes of temperature.
c lannel Frequencies
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.
H 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.
deploys, it could propel the transceiver like a projectile.
If the air-bag
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:
Max Output Power:
Battery Life
Alkaline:
Power Source:
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14
500 mW ERP
30 - 35 Hours
6.OV DC,4”AAA” Batteries
These specifications
are subject to change without notice. They
represent typical values; individual units may vary.
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Channel
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
MHz
462.5625
462.5875
462.6125
462.6375
462.6625
462.6875
462.7125
Continuous
CTCSS
1
2
3
4.
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
MHz
467.5625
467.5875
467.6125
467.6375
467.6625
467.6875
467.7125
Tone Coded Squelch System Tone
Frequencies (in Hz) Freq. Hz
67.0
71.9
74.4
77.0
79.7
82.5
85.4
88.5
91.5
94.8
97.4
100.0
103.5
107.2
110.9
114.8
118.8
123.0
127.3
CTCSS
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21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
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36
37
38
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Freq. Hz
131.8
136.5
141.3
146.2
151.4
156.7
162.2
167.9
173.8
179.9
186.2
192.8
203.5
210.7
218.1
225.7
233.6
241.8
250.3
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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 CONSEQUENTIALOR INCIDENTALDAMAGES
FOR BREACH OF
THISORANY OTHER WARRANTY, EXPRESSOR 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
l-800-290-6650
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