Owner’s Manual
Model FR-140
Two Way Family Radio
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SELECTION
OF THE FR-140 (FAMILY RADIO)
It is one the most sophisticated and reliable two way
Family radios available.
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR FR-140 (FAMILY RADIO)
READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
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.
FEATURES
Your FR-140 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-140 is ideal for use around the house, in
your boat, on hunting and camping trips, on the ski slopes or at
the mall.
Advanced PLL circuitry uses a new technique for generating
the required frequencies, with less dependency on crystals.
The result is much tighter frequency control and superior
reliability.
PERFORMANCE
Your transceiver will achieve its maximum operating range
when communicating with another transmitter 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.
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FUNCTION AND LOCATION OF THE CONTROLS
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Power On/Off - Volume Control: Rotate clockwise to turn the
unit on and increase the listening volume level. Rotate
counterclockwise to decrease the listening volume level or turn
the transciever off.
Push-to-Talk (PTT) button: Press to transmit. Release to
receive.
Monitor Button (M): 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 and CTCSS code.
Up Button: Press this button to increase the channel number.
Down Button: Press this button to decrease the channel number.
LCD Display: Displays information about the settings of the
transciever.
Menu Button: Press this button to scroll through the following
settings: TC, SCan, BP, LC
Antenna
Microphone Jack: For use with an external microphone and
PTT button.
Speaker Jack: For use with an external speaker.
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LCD DISPLAY AND OPERATION
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SC
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TX
PS
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BUSY
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The FR-140 is equipped with an LCD display to indicate its
settings and functions. The Display incorporates automatic
backlighting to allow it to be seen in the dark. Pressing any of
the buttons except the PTT (Push-to-Talk) button, will illuminate
the display. The display will remain lit for 5 seconds after
any of these buttons is pressed.
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14
Displays the current channel number (1 to 14).
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38
Displays the current CTCSS number (1 to 38).
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SC
Appears while scanning channels.
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TX
Appears while transmitting.
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BUSY
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PS
Appears while receiving.
Power Saver: Appears when the battery saver
mode is active
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Appears while the Button Conformation Tone
feature is activated.
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Appears while the keypad is locked
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Flashes when the battery voltage is low. The
transciever will also beep to indicate low battery
voltage.
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
Your FR-140 requires three “AA” alkaline
cells or three rechargeable “AA” nickel cadmium cells. Alkaline batteries will
provide the best performance from your
transciever. Remove the battery cover by
releasing the clasp at the bottom of the
unit and lifting the cover from the battery
compartment. Observe the polarity symbols
inside the battery tray when installing the
batteries.
CAUTION:
Incorrect battery installation
can damage the unit.
BATTERY SAVER MODE
Your FR-140 has a unique circuit designed to dramatically
extend the life of its batteries. Ten seconds after the transmit
button has been pressed, the FR-140 will switch to battery
saver mode. This will be indicated by the flashing PS (Power
Saver) icon. The transciever will remain ready to receive any
incoming transmissions while in the battery saver mode.
Pressing any of the buttons will exit the battery saver mode.
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USING YOUR FR-140
To Select a Channel
Use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the desired channel
from 1 to 14. The current channel setting will be shown on the
display.
NOTE: If the keypad lock
icon is shown on the display,
you will need to unlock the keypad. (See the description
of the keypad lock later in this manual).
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To Receive
1. Turn the power on.
2. Check the battery condition on the display. If the
is displayed, charge or replace the batteries.
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3. Set the desired channel and CTCSS code.
4. Adjust the volume control to the desired listening volume
by pressing and holding the monitor button while turning
the volume control knob.
5. The BUSY icon will be displayed when the
transceiver detects an incoming transmission.
BUSY
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To Transmit
1. Set the desired 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 TX icon will be displayed while transmitting.
4. Release the PTT button when you finish speaking to
receive incoming signals.
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Menu Button
Pressing this button will sequentially select among the following
features, Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (tc), channel
scan (SCan), button conformation tones (BP) and the keypad
lock (LC). Each successive press of the button will advance
the display to the next feature in order. If no buttons are
pressed for 5 seconds, the unit will return to standby mode and
the display will indicate the current channel. Pressing the PTT
or Monitor button will also return to the standby mode.
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS)
This feature allows you to ignore transmissions from other
units that are using the same channel. One of 38 privacy
codes may be selected. The same code must also be
selected on those transceivers with which you desire to
communicate. Keep in mind, however, that this feature does
not prevent others from listening to your transmissions.
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To select a CTCSS squelch code, press the menu button
once or until “tc” is shown on the display. The small flashing
numbers to the right represent the current squelch code
setting. “OF” (off) indicates that the CTCSS system is off.
Use the UP and DOWN buttons to select the desired
squelch code number. To allow the transceiver to receive all
messages on a particular channel select the “OF” (off)
setting. After 5 seconds, the unit will return to the standby
mode and the CTCSS squelch code will be effective on all
14 channels. The Display will indicate the current channel
number with large digits on the left and the current CTCSS
squelch code with the smaller digits to the right. Only the
channel number will be displayed if the CTCSS system is
off.
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Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System
Tone Frequencies
CTCSS
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Freq. Hz
CTCSS
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
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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
Channel Scan
This feature allows the transceiver to automatically check all
14 channels for activity. Press the menu button twice or until
“SCAn” is shown on the display. Pressing the UP or DOWN
buttons will cause the transceiver to immediately begin scanning
the channels for activity. When a signal is received, the unit will
pause on that channel for the duration of the signal and an
additional 5 seconds. If no other signals are received during
this period, the transceiver will resume scanning. While scanning,
SC will be shown in the upper right of the display. Pressing
any of the buttons will exit scan mode.
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Button Conformation Tones
The transceiver can be set to confirm each button press with a
beep tone or, if the user prefers, these confirmation tones can
be turned off. Whenever the tones are on, the icon will be
shown on the display. To turn the beep tones on or off, press
the menu button three times or until “BP” shows on the display.
The current setting will be indicated by the two smaller characters
to the right (“on” or “of” (off)). Press the UP or DOWN button to
change the setting. After 5 seconds, the unit will return to the
standby mode.
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Keypad Lock
To prevent the transceiver’s settings from being inadvertently
changed, the keypad can be locked. This will inhibit the function
of the UP and DOWN buttons. This is useful when the FR-140
is being used by small children, or when the unit is kept in a
pocket. A key icon will be shown on the display whenever the
keypad is locked. To lock or unlock the keypad, press the
menu button four times or until “LC” is shown on the display.
The current setting will be indicated by the two smaller characters
to the right. (“on” indicates the keypad is locked, “of” (off)
indicates that the keypad is unlocked). Press the UP or
DOWN button to change the setting. After 5 seconds, the unit
will return to the standby mode.
Call Button
Press this button to transmit a ringing tone to all other transceivers
set to the same channel and CTCSS code.
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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 transciever 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 transciever off on board aircraft when requested to do so.
Do not place your transciever in front of a vehicle’s air-bag. If the
air-bag deploys, it could propel the transciever like a projectile.
This transciver 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:
NiCd:
Power Source:
14
500 mw ERP
30 - 35 Hours
13 Hours
4.5V DC
Channel Frequencies:
Channel
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2
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MHz
462.5625
462.5875
462.6125
462.6375
462.6625
462.6875
462.7125
Channel
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14
17
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.
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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.
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the Company, has suffered or been damaged through alteration, improper
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