Owner’s Manual
Model FR-1400
Two Way Family Radio
Customer Service
1-800-290-6650
Released on 8-18-00.
Revision A: Changed pages 13 and 16, 11-3-00.
Manufacturer will reduce to 75 per cent.
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CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SELECTION
OF THE FR-1400 (FAMILY RADIO)
It is one of the most sophisticated and reliable two way
family radios available.
BEFORE OPERATING YOUR FR-1400 (FAMILY RADIO)
READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
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FEATURES
Your FR-1400 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-1400 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, 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 hand-held 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. Power Button (POWER ON/OFF): Press and hold this button for
2 seconds to turn the transceiver on or off.
2. PUSH TO TALK (PTT) Button: Press to transmit. Release to receive.
3. MONITOR ON/OFF Button: Press and hold to bypass the squelch
and listen to channel activity.
4. Belt Clip: Provides convenient method of carrying the radio.
5. Battery Compartment: Provides installation area for three AA batteries,
either Alkaline or rechargeable cells.
6. Speaker: Conveys received voice signals to the listener.
7. MICrophone: Used to pick up voice during transmit mode.
8. VOLUME/CHANNEL Button Up (
the level of the current function.
): Press this button to increase
9. VOLUME/CHANNEL Button Down (
crease the level of the current function.
): Press this button to de-
10. LCD Display: Displays the current FRS channel number as well as
other functions.
11. MENU Button : Press this button to select or scroll through all unit functions.
12. SCAN Button: Permits monitoring channels of other transmitting radios.
13. LOCK Button: Permits certain functions to be frozen so that the radio
settings cannot be changed accidently.
14. MIC/PHONE Jacks: For use with an external microphone and headset
accessory. Please use Audiovox approved accessories only or damage
to the radio may result.
15. Antenna: Transmits and receives radio signals.
16. POWER ON Indicator: Indicator flashes green every two seconds when
the radio is on.
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LCD DISPLAY AND OPERATION
The FR-1400 is equipped with an LCD
display to indicate its settings and
functions. When the radio is on, pressing
any button (except for PUSH TO TALK)
will back-light the display for 5 seconds.
Transmission Indicator
Battery Charge Level Indicator
FRS Channel Indicator (1–14); Volume level
indicator (1-16).
Busy Channel Indicator. Appears on display when
unit is receiving a signal.
SCAN Indicator. Appears on display during channel
scanning.
Key Lock Indicator
Channel Function Indicator
Volume Function Indicator
PTT Hold Indicator. Appears on display when
transmit function is in the hold mode.
Shut-Off Timer Mode Indicator
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BATTERY INSTALLATION
Your FR-1400 requires three “AA” alkaline cells or three
rechargeable “AA” cells. Alkaline batteries will provide the
best performance from your transceiver. Remove the battery
cover by loosening the thumb-screw and rotating the belt
clip away from the battery compartment. Release the
clip at the bottom of the battery cover; slide the cover
down to disengage the tabs from the top of the compartment,
and remove the cover from the radio. 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-1400 has a unique circuit designed to dramatically
extend the life of its batteries. This feature initiates radio turn-off
after 1, 2 or 3 hours of inactivity (no button selection). The
battery saver mode is initiated as follows:
1. Press the MENU button until the hr display appears. Then
press the VOLUME (Up) or CHANNEL (Down) button to
increase or decrease the elapsed time until automatic turnoff
as desired.
2. If no time (0) is selected, the automatic power off
feature is disabled. The clock icon will be displayed
to indicate that the shutoff timer function is active.
3. The radio will return to the normal operating mode
after 10 seconds, or when the PTT button is pressed. If
no buttons are pressed during the selected time
interval, the radio will sound a unique tone 1 minute
prior to turning itself off.
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USING YOUR FR-1400
Turning the Transceiver On and Off (POWER ON/OFF)
Pressing the POWER ON/OFF button (1) for 1 second
will activate the unit. The speaker will sound a beep tone
to confirm the transceiver’s activation. In addition, the
transceiver will perform a 0.5 -second power-on self-test,
whereby the LCD display will show all functional items.
To turn the unit off, simply press and hold the power
button for 1 second and then release it. While power is
applied, the green POWER ON indicator will flash on and
off at a 2-second rate.
Volume Level
Audio reception volume is controlled by the VOLUME/
CHANNEL ( , ) buttons; press ( ) (increase) and/or
( ) (decrease) to adjust the volume to the desired level
between 1 and 16 (loudest). Each momentary press of
either button will also initiate a single beep whose intensity
will increase or decrease in volume accordingly.
Call Ring Tone Selection (CA)
After the unit is powered on, press the MENU button twice to
initiate the Call function. The FR-1400 will transmit a 3-second
ringing sound to other transceiver’s tuned to the same channel,
thereby signaling other parties that voice communication is
desired.
To change the call ring tone, proceed as follows:
1. Enter the Call mode as previously explained. The Call
(CA) indicator will appear, and the large numeric display
will show the current call ring number (between 1 and 5).
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2. Use the VOLUME (Up) and CHANNEL (Down)
buttons to change the call ring tone. Each one of the
five tones can be heard as the selection is changed.
Call Ring Tone Activation
To transmit the call tone to other radios, simultaneously press
the PUSH TO TALK (PTT) switch and the ( ) button.
Battery Meter Alert Indications
The radio can detect three levels of battery condition:
1. If the battery voltage is greater than 4.2 Vdc, the
Battery Full indication appears.
2. If the battery voltage is between 3.7 and 4.2 Vdc,
the Battery Half indication appears.
3. If the battery voltage is between 3.4 and 3.7 Vdc,
the Battery Low indication appears.
4. If the battery voltage is less than 3.4 Vdc, the
Battery Low indication will flash (battery almost
exhausted). At this point, it is necessary to replace,
or remove and recharge the batteries.
When the battery is nearly exhausted (less than 3.4 Vdc), the
Battery Meter icon will blink at an interval of 0.5 second. During
this condition, the radio will emit a warning beep:
a. For 3 seconds after turning power on.
b. Every 5 seconds in standby mode.
c. After each release of the PTT button.
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FUNCTIONS
Monitor Button (MONITOR ON/OFF)
During the normal operating mode, with the radio powered on
and a channel selected, press the MONITOR ON/OFF button
for 1 second to turn off the auto-squelch and listen for signals
on the current channel. Press the MONITOR ON/OFF button
again for 1 second to turn on the auto-squelch function.
Function Select (MENU) Button
Pressing the MENU 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),
CAll (1-5), and Auto Power Off (hr) functions.
Channel (CHAN) Selection
To change the channel, proceed as follows:
1. Press the MENU button until CHAN appears on the
display, and current channel display flashes.
2. Press VOLUME (Up) and CHANNEL (Down) buttons
to select desired channel (1–14) while channel
display continues to flash.
3. The radio will return to the normal operating mode after
10 seconds, or when the PTT button is pressed.
Alert/Beep Confirmation Tones
Whenever any one of the function select buttons is pressed,
except for the PUSH TO TALK (PTT) button, the speaker will
sound an alert tone, at a fixed volume level independent of the
VOL setting, to confirm each press. When increasing the
volume number from 1 to 16, the tone will become progressively
louder; when decreasing volume, the tone becomes progressively
softer.
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The confirmation tones can be disabled/enabled in the
following manner:
1. With the radio off, press and hold the MONITOR
ON/OFF button. While pressing the monitor button,
turn the radio on by pressing the POWER ON/OFF button.
Release the monitor button once the radio is on.
2. The radio will receive signals at the volume level setting,
but all button presses on the radio will be muted.
3. To reactivate the Alert/Beep tones, turn off the radio
and then turn it on again while holding the MONITOR
ON/OFF button.
PTT Hold Feature
The PTT hold feature permits the radio to be held in the
transmitting mode. This mode is activated as follows:
1. Press and hold the PTT button while turning on the
radio. The PTT hold icon appears.
2. Press and release the PTT button once and the radio
will be held in the transmitting mode. While
transmitting, the PTT hold icon will flash, and the
transmit icon will light steadily. The radio will not receive
incoming signals in this mode.
3. Press and release the PTT button again to resume
the receive mode; however, the PTT hold icon will still
be lit steadily.
4. To exit the PTT hold mode, turn off the radio; then
press and hold the PTT button while turning on the
radio once more. The PTT hold icon will disappear from
the display.
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Channel Scanning
When active, the SCAN icon flashes. In this mode, the
channels of other transmitting radios can be monitored. When
the radio detects channel activity, it stops scanning and locks
in on the active channel, thereby allowing you to listen and
talk back (using the PTT button) to the person(s) on the
transmitting end without having to switch channels. If the scan
function is not active when the radio is turned on, proceed as
follows:
1. After the radio is turned on, press the SCAN button; the
SCAN icon will appear flashing on the display, indicating
that channel scanning is in progress.
2. When the radio detects channel activity, it will park at
the active channel, the SCAN icon will become steady,
and the display will also indicate the active channel
number.
3. When channel activity ceases, the radio will begin to scan
again after 5 seconds, and the previously selected channel
number will be displayed.
4. During the scan mode, pressing the MONITOR ON/OFF
button will halt scanning temporarily. Both the channel number
and the SCAN indication will light steadily, and the radio
will stay at the current channel. Pressing the MONITOR
ON/OFF button again will resume scanning.
5. To deactivate the scan function, press the SCAN button;
the radio will return to the normal operating mode, and
the previously selected channel will be displayed.
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PTT Time-Out Timer:
The PTT Time-Out feature prevents accidental transmission. The
radio will emit a warning tone if the PTT button is pressed for 60
continuous seconds and will stop transmission.
NOTE: If the PTT hold feature is active, the Time-Out
feature will be disabled.
Power Save Feature
In the normal operating mode, from standby to receive, the
power save feature will establish a 50% duty cycle
(approximately) for the RF section of the radio to save battery
power (300Ms on/300Ms off).
If SCAN is activated, the RF receive section will not enter the
power save mode, and will continue to scan for channel activity.
Key Lock
This feature prevents accidental change of unit settings. While
enabled, Key Lock allows only the MONITOR ON/OFF, PUSH
TO TALK, LOCK and POWER ON/OFF buttons to operate. To
enable Key Lock, proceed as follows:
1. Press the LOCK button for at least 2 seconds until
the Key Lock icon (
) appears.
2. To disable the Key Lock function, press the LOCK
button for at least 2 seconds until Key Lock icon
disappears.
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Sending Messages (Transmit):
1. Set the desired channel.
2. Press and hold the PUSH TO TALK (PTT) button
while speaking slowly and clearly in a normal voice,
approximately 1 inch from the microphone.
3. The transmit indicator will appear steadily while
transmitting.
4. Release the PTT button when you finish
speaking to receive incoming signals.
5. If the PTT Hold feature is enabled, press and
release the PTT button once to put the radio in
the transmit mode, which would be the same
as holding the PTT button in normal mode. The
hold icon appears flashing. Press and release
the PTT button again to resume the normal
radio receive mode. The hold icon disappears.
6. If the VOLUME (Up) button is pressed while
transmitting, the radio will emit the selected call
ring tone with the microphone muted. The call ring
tone will be heard at the radio speaker at the current
volume level.
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Receiving Messages (Receive):
1. Set the desired channel for normal operating mode.
2. Adjust the volume control to the desired listening
volume by using the VOLUME/CHANNEL ( , )
buttons.
3. The Busy indicator will appear when the radio plays strong received signals through its
internal speaker, or through an optional headset.
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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 FCC 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:
14
Output Power:
450 mW
Battery Life:
Alkaline
30-35 Hours
Operating Voltage:
4.5 Vdc
* 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
11
12
13
14
MHz
467.5625
467.5875
467.6125
467.6375
467.6625
467.6875
467.7125
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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 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
1-800-290-6650
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