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VX-160/-180 Operating Manual
Before You Begin
Operating Manual
Controls & Connectors
LED Indicator
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Blinking Yellow
Battery Pack Installation and Removal
Preliminary Steps
r To install the battery, hold the transceiver with your left hand, so
your palm is over the speaker and your thumb is on the top of the
belt clip. Insert the battery pack into the battery compartment on
the back of the radio while tilting the Belt Clip outward, then
close the Battery Pack Latch until it locks in place with a “Click.”
r Install a charged battery pack onto the transceiver, as described
r Screw the supplied antenna onto the Antenna jack. Never attempt
to operate this transceiver without an antenna connected.
r If you have a Speaker/Microphone, we recommend that it not be
connected until you are familiar with the basic operation of the
Monitor on
Busy Channel (or SQL off)
Battery Voltage is low
Receiving a Selective Call
r Turn the top panel’s VOL/PWR
knob clockwise to turn on the radio
(External Mic/Earphone)
r To remove the battery, turn the radio off and remove any protective cases. Open the Battery Pack latch on the bottom of the radio, then slide the battery downward and out from the radio while
holding the Belt Clip.
Do not attempt to open any of the rechargeable Ni-Cd packs,
as they could explode if accidentally short-circuited.
Monitor Button
LCD (VX-180)
Soft KEY (VX-180)
Battery Pack Latch
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Important Notice!
FCC RF Exposure Compliance Requirements for Occupational Use Only:
This Radio has been tested and complies with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) RF exposure limits for Occupational Use/
Controlled exposure environment. In addition, it complies with the following Standards and Guidelines:
r FCC 96-326, Guidelines for Evaluating the Environmental Effects of Radio-Frequency Radiation.
r FCC OET Bulletin 65 Edition 97-01 (1997) Supplement C, Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio
Frequency Electromagnetic Fields.
r ANSI/IEEE C95.1-1992, IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic
Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.
r ANSI/IEEE C95.3-1992, IEEE Recommended Practice for the Measurement of Potentially Hazardous Electromagnetic Fields - RF and
m This radio is NOT approved for use by the general population in an uncontrolled environment. This radio is restricted to
occupational use, work related operations only where the radio operator must have the knowledge to control its RF exposure
m When transmitting, hold the radio in a vertical position with its microphone 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) away from your mouth
and keep the antenna at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) away from your head and body.
m The radio must be used with a maximum operating duty cycle not exceeding 50%, in typical Push-to-Talk (PTT) configurations.
DO NOT transmit for more than 50% of total radio use time (50% duty cycle). Transmitting more than 50% of the time can
cause FCC RF exposure compliance requirements to be exceeded.
The radio is transmitting when the red LED on the top of the radio is illuminated. You can cause the radio to transmit by
pressing the PTT button.
m DO NOT transmit when the radio is used in Body Worn configuration with the following accessory: belt-clip (Parts # CP7064001).
It must be used ONLY for (1) there is a 4 cm distance from the body during transmitting, (2) monitoring purposes, using the
speaker only and (3) for carrying purposes.
m Always use Vertex Standard authorized accessories.
Notice !
There are no owner-serviceable parts inside the transceiver.
All service jobs must be referred to an authorized
Service Representative. Consult your Authorized
Dealer for installation of optional accessories.
r If a Speaker/Microphone is available, remove the plastic cap and
its two mounting screws from the right side of the transceiver,
then insert the plug from the Speaker/Microphone into the MIC/
SP jack; secure the plug using the screws supplied with the
Speaker/Microphone. Hold the speaker grille up next to your ear
while receiving. To transmit, press the PTT switch on the Speaker/
Microphone, just as you would on the main transceiver’s body.
Note:Save the original plastic cap and its mounting screws. They
should be re-installed when not using the Speaker/Microphone.
r Turn the top panel’s CH selector knob
to choose the desired operating channel.
Low Battery Indication
r As the battery discharges during use, the voltage gradually becomes lower. When the battery voltage reaches 6.3 volts, substitute a freshly charged battery and recharge the depleted pack.
The TX/BUSY indicator on the top of the radio will blink red
(on the VX-180, the “
” icon will appear on the LCD) when
the battery voltage is low.
r Avoid recharging Ni-Cd batteries often with little use between
charges, as this can degrade the charge capacity. We recommend
that you carry an extra, fully-charged pack with you so the operational battery may be used until depletion (this “deep cycling”
technique promotes better long-term battery capacity).
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation
is subject to the condition that this device does not cause harmful interference.
r Press and hold in the MONITOR key
for more than 1 seconds (or press the
MONITOR key twice) to quiet the
noise and resume normal (quiet)
r To transmit, press and hold in the PTT
switch. Speak into the microphone
area of the front panel grille (lower
left-hand corner) in a normal voice
level. To return to the Receive mode,
release the PTT switch.
Operation Quick Start
CH (Channel) Selector
Push To Talk
(PTT) Switch
r Rotate the VOL/PWR knob to set the
volume level. If no signal is present,
press and hold in the MONITOR key
(the lower button on the left side) for
more than 1 seconds; background
noise will now be heard, and you may
use this to set the VOL/PWR knob
for the desired audio level.
Display Icons & Indicators (VX-180 Only)
This indicator confirms that
DUAL W ATCH is active.
This icon is the “Low Battery” indicator, which appears when the
battery voltage becomes too low
for proper operation.
This indicator confirms that
DUAL 2-TONE DECODE is active.
This indicator confirms that
this channel will be skipped
during scan.
8 Character Alpha-numeric
Invertible Display
Accessories & Options
7.2 V 700 mAh Ni-Cd Battery
7.2 V 1100 mAh Ni-Cd Battery
Alkaline Battery Case
120 VAC Overnight Desktop Charger
230-240 VAC Overnight Desktop Charger
Desktop Rapid Charger
6-unit Multi Charger
Earpiece Microphone
VOX Headset
Mobile Mounting Bracket (for VAC-800)
Leather Case (for VX-160)
Leather Case (for VX-180)
PC Programming Cable
Radio to Radio Programming Cable
Programming Software
Key Functions
The VX-180 provides programmable [A], [B], and [C] function keys,
and both the VX-160 and VX-180 provide programmable MONITOR keys. These “Soft” keys functions can be customized (set to
other functions), via programming by your VERTEX STANDARD
dealer, to meet your communications/network requirements. Some
features may require the purchase and installation of optional internal accessories. The possible Soft key programming features are
illustrated below, and their functions are explained in the next chapter. For further details, contact your VERTEX STANDARD dealer.
For future reference, check the box next to each function that has
been assigned to the Soft key on your particular radio, and keep it
Low Power
Channel Up*
Channel Down*
Follow-me Scan
Dual Watch
Talk Around
Speed Dial
TX Save Off
* VX-180 only
Soft Key
Description of Operating Functions
Dual Watch
Press the assigned Soft key momentarily to override (disable) the
Tone squelch.
Background noise or incoming signals will now be heard whether or
not a matching tone is present on the signal).
Press and hold in the assigned Soft key for more than 1 seconds to
override both the Noise and Tone squelch. Again press and hold in
the assigned Soft key for more than 1 seconds (or press the assigned
Soft key twice) to resume normal (quiet) Noise and Tone squelch
The Dual Watch feature is similar to the Scan feature, except that
only two channels are monitored: the current operating channel, and
the “Priority” channel.
r To activate Dual Watch:
Press the assigned Soft key.
The scanner will search the two channels; it will pause each time
it finds a channel on which someone is speaking.
r To stop Dual Watch:
Press the assigned Soft key.
Operation will revert to the channel to which the CH knob is set.
Low Power
Press the assigned Soft key to set the radio's transmitter to the “Low
Power” mode, thus extending battery life. Press the assigned Soft
key again to return to “High Power” operation when in difficult terrain.
Press the assigned Soft key to lock the Soft keys (except Lock and
Monitor key); thus, the [A], [B], [C], and MONITOR keys can be
disabled to prevent radio settings from being disturbed.
Press the assigned Soft key to illuminate the LCD for five seconds.
Channel Up
Press the assigned Soft key to switch to a higher operating channel
Channel Down
Press the assigned Soft key to switch to a lower operating channel
Talk Around
Press the assigned Soft to activate the Talk Around feature when
you are operating on duplex channel systems (separate receive and
transmit frequencies, utilizing a “repeater” station). The Talk Around
feature allows you to bypass the repeater station and talk directly to
a station that is nearby. This feature has no effect when you are operating on “Simplex” channels, where the receive and transmit frequencies are already the same.
Note that your dealer may have made provision for “Talk Around”
channels by programming “repeater” and “Talk Around” frequencies on two adjacent channels. If so, the key may be used for one of
the other Pre-Programmed Functions.
The Add/Del feature allows the user to arrange a custom Scan.
Press the assigned Soft key to delete/restore the current channel to/
from your scanning list.
When you delete a current channel, “SKIP” will appear on the LCD
after pressing the Soft key. When you restore a current channel,
“SKIP” indicator on the LCD will turn off.
The Scanning feature is used to monitor multiple channels programmed into the transceiver. While scanning, the radio will check
each channel for the presence of a signal, and will stop on a channel
if a signal is present.
r To activate scanning:
Press the assigned Soft key.
The scanner will search the channels, looking for active ones; it
will pause each time it finds a channel on which someone is speaking.
r To stop scanning:
Press the assigned Soft key.
Operation will revert to the channel to which the CH knob is set.
Follow-Me Scan
Press the assigned Soft key to disable the Transmit Battery Saver, if
you are operating in a location where high power is almost always
The Transmit Battery Saver helps extend battery life by reducing
transmit power when a very strong signal from an apparently nearby
station is being received. Under some circumstances, though, your
hand-held radio may not be heard well at the other end of the communication path, and high power may be necessary at all times.
“Follow-Me” Scan feature checks a User-assigned Priority Channel
regularly as you scan the other channels. Thus, if only Channels 1, 3,
and 5 (of the 8 available channels) are designated for “Scanning,”
the user may nonetheless assign Channel as the “User-assigned” Priority Channel via the “Follow-Me” feature.
Press the assigned Soft key to activate “Follow-Me” scanning, then
turn the CH selector knob to the channel which you want to designate as the “User-Assigned Priority Channel”. When the scanner stops
on an “active” channel, the User-assigned Priority Channel will automatically be checked every few seconds.
When the 2-tone selective calling unit is installed, press the assigned
Soft key to silence the receiver and reset for another call, when a
communication is finished.
Speed Dial
Your Dealer may have pre-programmed Auto-Dial telephone number memories into your radio.
To dial a number, just press the Dealer-assigned Soft key for Speed
Dialing. The DTMF tones sent during the dialing sequence will be
heard in the speaker.
TX Save Off
4-8-8 Nakameguro, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo 153-8644, Japan
US Headquarters
17210 Edwards Rd., Cerritos, CA 90703, U.S.A.
International Division
8350 N.W. 52nd Terrace, Suite 201, Miami, FL 33166, U.S.A.
P.O. Box 75525, 1118 ZN Schiphol, The Netherlands
Unit 12, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 0LB, U.K.
Unit 5, 20/F., Seaview Centre, 139-141 Hoi Bun Road,
Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
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