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Vandal-Resistant
Wireless Callbox
Owner’s Manual
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Ritron Pub. 14500028
TRAILS
MARINAS
SCHOOLS
HOSPITALS
CAMPUSES
ROADSIDES
PUBLIC PARKS
PLAYGROUNDS
CAMPGROUNDS
GOLF COURSES
HOTELS/ MOTELS
PUBLIC BEACHES
SHOPPING MALLS
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PARKING FACILITIES
UNATTENDED GATES
Rev. C
08-02
Copyright© 2002 RITRON, INC. — ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
RITRON®, PATRIOT®, JOBCOM®, Quick Assist®, and Quiet Call® are registered trademarks
of RITRON, INC. OUTPOSTTM and Quick TalkTM are trademarks of RITRON, INC.
P.O. Box 1998, Carmel, IN 46082-1998 • 505 W. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN 46032 • USA
PH: 317-846-1201; 800-USA-1-USA (800-872-1872) • FAX: 317-846-4978
Web: www.radiocallbox.com • E-mail: ritron@ritron.com
WHAT THIS MANUAL COVERS
This manual (Ritron Item: RQX-150/450/446/454-XT), covers
programming, operation and installation of the OUTPOST XT
2–Way Callbox.
ACCESSORIES
These replacement and optional items are available from
Ritron and its authorized dealers.
Item
Description
AFB-1545
EXPO-12
Standard 16 in. Flexible Whip Antenna
External Power 12VDC Input/
Battery Back-Up Kit
RAM-1545
Magnetic-Mount Antenna w/ 20 ft. of Cable
and a BNC Connector
??
Optional Tamper-Resistant Enclosure
+
RECHARG EABLE
+
+
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l
+
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EXPO-12
EXTERNAL
POWER/ BATTERY
BACK-UP KIT
RAM-1545
ANTENNA
PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS
The OUTPOST XT exterior dimensions are:
11.0" H x 9.25" W x 6.0" D.
The OUTPOST XT weight is: 6.5 lbs w/o batteries.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
DESCRIPTION
WHAT THIS MANUAL COVERS .................................... ii
ACCESSORIES ............................................................. ii
DIMENSIONS ................................................................ ii
WARNINGS ................................................................... ii
ABOUT THE OUTPOST XT WIRELESS CALLBOX ...... 1
General Information ............................................ 1
Operating the OutPost XT ................................... 2
Intercom (Always-on) Feature ............................ 2
Models and Frequencies .................................... 2
OUTPOST XT COMPONENTS ...................................... 3
IDENTIFICATION OF
CONTROLS & CONNECTORS ................................... 4
INSTALLING BATTERIES
INTO THE OUTPOST ................................................. 5
BATTERY LIFE ............................................................... 5
PTT PROGRAMMING THE OUTPOST XT
(RQX-150/450/446 ONLY) ................................... 6
To Place the OUTPOST XT
into Programming Mode ................................. 6
To Program a Frequency and QC Tone .............. 6
PC PROGRAMMING THE OUTPOST XT
(RQX-150/450/454) ............................................. 7
REPROGRAMMING THE AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF
TIME ..................................................................... 8
MOUNTING THE OUTPOST XT ..................................... 8
To Mount the OutPost XT ..................................... 8
Coverage ............................................................. 8
EXPO–12 EXTERNAL POWER 12 VDC INPUT/
BATTERY BACKUP KIT (OPTIONAL) ......................... 9
Back-Up Battery Installation ............................... 9
SEALING THE INTERNAL ANTENNA ........................... 10
External Power/Antenna Use ............................. 10
FCC REQUIREMENTS .................................................. 11
LIMITED WARRANTY ................................................... 11
COMPATIBLE PRODUCTS AND SYSTEMS ................. 12
DESCRIPTION
Power Requirements
(6) “D” Cell Alkaline Batteries (not included), or optional EXPO-12
External Power 12VDC Input/Battery Backup Kit. Refer to page 3
of the OUTPOST XT Owners Manual for battery information and
page 7 of the OUTPOST XT Owners Manual for information on
the EXPO-12.
— — — WARNING — — —
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
NOTICE:
The Outpost XT is not intended for communicating
information to protect life or property, and must not be
used for these purposes.
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock or personal
injury, follow these basic safety instructions when using
this unit:
1. Read and follow all instructions.
2. Use only alkaline D-cell batteries.
3. During thunderstorms, avoid contact with this unit and
any external antenna system or wiring.
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PAGE
FIGURES
PAGE
A: OUTPOST XT COMPONENTS ................................. 3
1: TOP HALF OF INTERNALHOUSING
CONTROLS & CONNECTORS ............................. 4
2: BOTTOM HALF OF INTERNAL HOUSING,
SHOWING CELL POLARITY ................................ 5
3: REAR VIEW OF THE OUTPOST XT HOUSING ......... 8
4: INTERNAL VIEW OF EXPO-12 ................................. 9
5: SEALING THE INTERNAL ANTENNA ....................... 10
DESCRIPTION
TABLES
PAGE
1: FREQUENCY CODES ................................................ 5
2: QUIET CALL TONE CODES ...................................... 6
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OutPost XT Owner’s Manual
ABOUT THE OUTPOST XT TAMPER-RESISTANT WIRELESS CALLBOX
GENERAL INFORMATION:
The OutPost XT is a ruggedized version of the
popular OutPost Callbox. The XT model consists
of four basic components:
· External, rugged, fiberglass XT enclosure
with pre-drilled mounting holes, inserts and
mounting ears.
· Vandal-resistant stainless steel faceplate
with stainless steel vandal-resistant PTT
(push-to-talk) button.
· Internal, weather-resistant, sealed, and
gasketed RF electronics enclosure with
attached acoustic tube.
· Internal flexible antenna with BNC connector.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
Refer to FIG.-A, page 3.
1. The external XT fiberglass enclosure itself
is not designed to provide a complete
weather-resistant seal, therefore, weep
holes in the XT enclosure will allow moisture
and/or condensation to escape.
2. The external fiberglass XT enclosure has
pre-drilled mounting holes with inserts on
the rear of the enclosure.
DO NOT drill or penetrate the
external XT enclosure for mounting
purposes. Use only the pre-drilled holes
for mounting the fiberglass XT Callbox.
See page 8 of manual for details.
3. The internal RF electronics enclosure is
mounted inside the XT enclosure and is
designed to provide a weather-resistant seal.
The internal RF electronics package has a
top and bottom half. The enclosure is
gasketed and held together with four captive
screws in the top half (Do Not remove the
screws from top half). The RF electronics are
contained in the top half and the battery or
optional external power kit are contained in
the bottom half.
Take care when re-assembling this
enclosure to carefully seat the top half with
the recessed area and gasket into the
bottom half.
Make sure the black strain relief nut is properly
tightened around the PTT cable assembly to
insure weather resistant seal.
DO NOT pinch gasket, overtighten,
cross- thread, strip, or remove captive
screws. Failure to heed this warning will
prevent proper sealing of the enclosure
and will result in voiding Manufacturers
Warranty.
4. Antenna - The OutPost XT Callbox comes
standard with an internally mounted flex
antenna (AFB-1545). This antenna will
provide approximately ½ mile line-of-sight
range or more depending on terrain.
Optional (external) antennas can be used.
However, the owner/dealer is responsible
for making modifications (holes) to the XT
enclosure to allow for external cabling of
the antenna. Refer to page 10.
Regardless of the antenna to be used, it is
always best to seal the antenna connection
using seal tape. Refer to page 10.
WARNING!
If the OutPost XT is to be used
outdoors it is imperative that the
antenna connection be sealed to
prevent voiding Manufacturers
Warranty.
Take care to range test the OUTPOST XT
before installing and thoroughly engineer the
system BEFORE drilling or penetrating the
XT enclosure. Please refer to page 10 for
recommended practices and detailed
information.
DO NOT drill or penetrate the internal
RF electronics enclosure with any
additional holes.
For assistance, call RITRON at
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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ABOUT THE OUTPOST XT TAMPER-RESISTANT WIRELESS CALLBOX
5. Power – The standard OutPost XT will
operate using 6 D size alkaline batteries. The
OUTPOST XT can also be used with the
optional External Power 12 VDC Input/Battery
Backup Kit model EXPO-12. If external power
(EXPO-12) is required the the owner/dealer is
responsible for making modifications (holes)
to the XT enclosure, please refer to page 10
for recommended practices and detailed
information.
Warning!
Take care and thoroughly engineer the
system BEFORE drilling or penetrating the
XT enclosure.
Caution - If both external antenna and
external power are required in the same
callbox DO NOT co-locate the antenna and
power cable in the same conduit. Run
separate conduit for each cable.
OPERATING THE OUTPOST XT
NOTE: The OUTPOST XT will not receive a call until
a call has been initiated by the OUTPOST XT.
THE OUTPOST XT AUTOMATICALLY
SHUTS OFF WHENEVER THERE IS INACTIVITY FOR TEN (10) SECONDS.
To Initiate a Call:
Press and hold the ON/PTT Button on the unit, listen for
the “beep,” and begin speaking into the MIC. For best
communication, speak as closely as possible into the
microphone. The OUTPOST XT is designed so you will
be heard clearly when you speak, while pressing the
ON/PTT Button, at a distance of up to 3 feet from the
microphone.
To Receive a Response:
1. When you have finished speaking, release the
ON/ PTT Button.
2. Any reply to you will be heard through the
OUTPOST XT speaker. If a reply is not received
within 10 seconds of releasing the ON/PTT Button,
the unit sounds a low double tone and shuts off
automatically.
To call again, press and hold the ON/PTT Button
and begin speaking after the “beep.”
INTERCOM (Always-On) FEATURE FOR THE RQX-454/454-N-XT
The RQX-454/454-N-XT can be programmed to operate as a two-way intercom. When this feature is activated the automatic shut-off is disabled and the callbox
will remain on in “standby” mode allowing it to receive a
call from another radio at any time. Since the radio is
under constant current drain “always on in the standby
mode”, it would make the use of batteries impractical.
When using this feature, it is recommended that the
optional EXPO-12 external power kit be used.
To Enable the Intercom Feature: The Intercom Mode
can only be enabled using the PC Programmer
(PC Programming Software RPT-PCPK-8.0R12).
1. Refer to the PC PROGRAMMING THE OUTPOST
XT section to program the RQX-454/454-N-XT.
2. Once the radios’ information has been “Read”,
select EDIT, select TUNE RADIO, select MISC,
select Power Saver, select TUNE, set “Power
Saver Off Time” to “0” (zero), select SAVE, select
EXIT, and then remove power from the radio and
disconnect the programming cable. The RQX-454/
454-N-XT is now set for Intercom Mode.
OUTPOST XT MODELS and FREQUENCIES
Model
Band
Frequency Range
Signalling Formats
RQX-150-XT*
VHF-FM 150–155 MHz Std., 155–160 MHz Opt. CTCSS
RQX-450-XT*
UHF-FM 460–470 MHz Std., 450–460 MHz Opt. CTCSS
RQX-446-XT***
UHF-FM 460–470 MHz, Wide or Narrow Band TX,
460 MHz Opt
CTCSS/ DCS (1stQ 2002)
RQX-454-XT**
UHF-FM 450–470 MHz Narrow Band
CTCSS/ DCS/LTR, Passport
RQX-454-N-XT** UHF-FM 450-470 MHz Narrow Band RX/TX
CTCSS/DCS/LTR, Passport
* The RQX–150/ –450 Models are PTT-programmable to specific tones and channel frequencies. They are also PC programmable to any
frequency channel within the radio's band, using the RPT–PCPK–3.0 R20, or higher, PC Software.
** The RQX–454 models is PC-programmable ONLY and requires the RPT–PCPK–8.1R5, or higher, PC Software.
***The RQX-446 model is PTT-programmable and/or PC-programmable. Software is not available at time of printing.
Call Ritron for details.
Refer to page 6 for instructions on matching the OUTPOST XT operating frequency to that of an
existing radio system.
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For assistance, call RITRON at
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
FIG.-A EXPLODED VIEW OF THE
OUTPOST XT COMPONENTS
TAMPER-RESISTANT
FASTENERS (4)
STAINLESS STEEL
FACE PLATE
SEALED RF ENCLOSURE
CAPTIVE SCREWS (4)
.
INTERNAL MOUNTING
PLATE & HARDWARE
XT ENCLOSURE
If the OUTPOST XT is to be used outdoors, it is imperative that the
antenna and connector be sealed with seal tape. Use Grainger
#2A-459, Radio Shack #278-1647, or equivalent. Refer to instructions
on the seal tape package. Refer to page 10
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IDENTIFICATION OF INTERNAL CONTROLS AND CONNECTIONS
Refer to FIG–1.
1. ANTENNA CONNECTOR
The antenna radiates radio signals. Before using
the OUTPOST XT, make sure the antenna is
securely fastened into the connector.
If the OUTPOST XT is to be used outdoors, see
page 10 for instructions on properly sealing the
antenna connector.
2. PROGRAM BUTTON (RQX-XT-150/450)
This button is used to enter frequency and Quiet
Call code information.
3. OFF BUTTON (RQX-150/450)
This button is used to turn the OUTPOST XT OFF
when programming is complete.
4. PROGRAM SAVE BUTTON (RQX-150/450)
This button is used to save the programmed
information.
5. PROGRAM ENABLE BUTTON (RQX-150/450)
Pressing this button when the unit is ON puts the
OUTPOST XT into Programming Mode.
NOTE: Model RQX-XT-454 must be programmed
by a RITRON Dealer.
6. SPEAKER
After a message has been sent from the
OUTPOST XT, any reply from another radio may
be heard through the speaker.
7. MICROPHONE ("MIC")
For best communication, speak as closely as
possible into the microphone. The OUTPOST XT
is designed so you will be heard clearly when you
speak, while pressing the ON/PTT Button, at a
distance of up to 3 feet from the microphone.
8. IN-LINE BATTERY CONNECTOR
The in-line battery connector connects the radio to
the Battery.
9. PRE-DRILLED MOUNTING HOLES
Mounting holes accommodate #6 panhead screws
to securely mount the unit to a variety of surfaces.
Refer to page 5, FIG-2.
10. BATTERY HOLDER
The rugged battery holder securely holds six
(6) D-cell batteries in place. Refer to page 5,
FIG-2.
1. ANTENNA CONNECTOR
2. PROGRAM BUTTON
3. OFF BUTTON
4. SAVE BUTTON
5. ENABLE BUTTON
ACUSTIC TUBE
6. SPEAKER
7. MICROPHONE
LIQUID TIGHT
STRAIN RELIEF
8. IN-LINE BATTERY CONNECTOR
CAPTIVE SCREWS (4)
(Front View of Top Half)
(SEE PAGE 5 FOR ITEMS 9 AND 10)
(Inside View of Top Half)
FIG–1: TOP HALF OF INTERNAL HOUSING CONTROLS & CONNECTORS
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INSTALLING BATTERIES INTO THE OUTPOST XT
Refer to FIG.-1 and FIG–2.
1. Using the T-25 Tamper-Proof Torx driver, remove
the (4) Tamper-Proof Torx screws from the steel
front plate.
2. Lift the steel front plate from the OUTPOST XT
enclosure to expose the OUTPOST Callbox
mounted inside.
3. Use a medium Philips screw driver to complete
the battery installation loosening the four (4)
plastic screws at the corners of the front half of
the housing. These screws are captive to the
Housing; to prevent damaging them, DO NOT
remove them.
4. Disconnect the in-line connector between the Front
and the Back halves of the Housing.
5. Note the positive and negative polarities ("+" and "–")
of each cell. Press six Alkaline D-cells into proper
position. NOTE: When all batteries are in place,
confirm that the RED wire contacts the positive (+)
pole of the first battery, and the BLACK wire
contacts the negative (–) pole of the last battery, as
shown in FIG–2.
6. Reconnect the in-line connector between the Front
and the Back halves of the Housing.
7. After re-assembling the OUTPOST Callbox inside
the OUTPOST XT enclosure, place the steel front
plate on the enclosure.
To prevent voiding Manufacturers Warranty,
DO NOT pinch gasket, over tighten, crossthread, strip, or remove captive screws.
DO NOT drill or penetrate the internal RF
electronics enclosures with any additional
holes.
8. Secure the steel front plate with the (4) TamperProof Torx screws with the T-25 Tamper-Proof
Torx Driver. Take care when re-assembling this
enclosure to carefully seat the top half with the
recessed area and gasket into the bottom half.
9. PRE-DRILLED
MOUNTING HOLES
(4 CORNERS)
RED WIRE (+)
! ! WARNING ! !
DO NOT USE NICKEL METAL
HYDRIDE BATTERIES IN THE
OUTPOST.
BLACK WIRE (–)
10. BATTERY HOLDER
IN-LINE CONNECTOR
(INSIDE VIEW)
FIG–2: BOTTOM HALF OF INTERNAL HOUSING, SHOWING CELL POLARITY
BATTERY LIFE
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Use non-rechargeable Alkaline D-cell batteries for maximum battery life.
•
The OUTPOST XT should operate for one (1) year on a set of Alkaline batteries, depending upon usage.
•
Cooler temperatures degrade battery life. Exposure to 10° C (50° F) will reduce
battery life to 90% of normal. Exposure to –20° C (–4° F) will reduce battery
life to 35% of normal.
For assistance, call RITRON at
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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HOW TO PTT PROGRAM THE OUTPOST XT
(MODELS RQX-150/450/446 ONLY )
NOTES: Refer to Table 1 (Frequency Codes) and Table 2
(QC Tone Codes) when programming the OUTPOST.
For PROGRAMMING BUTTON locations, refer to the Internal
View of the Front of the Housing in FIG–1, page 4.
Before you begin the programming process refer to page
3 for disassembly of the XT enclosure.
To place the OUTPOST into Programming Mode:
1. Loosen the (4) plastic screws in the corners of the unit. These
screws are captive to the Housing; to prevent damaging them,
DO NOT remove the captive screws from the housing.
• Program “44” to enter “No Tone” for Quiet Call. You
must enter “44” to match radios without tone codes.
• If you make a programming click error, press and
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2.
Make sure the unit has batteries installed.
NOTE: The voltage of the batteries must be greater than
6 VDC to program properly.
3.
Press and release the ON/PTT Button on the front of the unit.
4.
Press and release the PROGRAM ENABLE BUTTON. An audible “beep”
will sound to confirm the unit is in programming mode.
To read out (beep out) Radio Channel content:
5. Press and release the Program Save Button. The radio will begin
to sound a series of beeps; each series of beeps is equal to one
digit of each 2-digit frequency code or Quiet Call Code (see chart
below) that is programmed into the radio. See Tables 1 and 2 on
this page.
6. After the beeps are completed, a triple tone will sound.
To Program Frequency and QC Tone Codes:
7. Choose a frequency code (Table 1) and, if desired, a QC tone
code (Table 2). If you are not using a QC tone, program “44”
(No Tone) for the QC code.
8.
Enter the codes in the sequence shown below by clicking the
PROGRAM BUTTON the number of times equal to each digit of the
codes.
EXAMPLE: Frequency Code 02, Tone Code 44
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Click the PROGRAM BUTTON ten times to program “0”,
pause; the unit sounds a “beep.”
•
Click the PROGRAM BUTTON two times to program “2”,
pause; the unit sounds a “beep.”
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Click the PROGRAM BUTTON four times to program “4”,
pause; the unit sounds a “beep.”
•
Click the PROGRAM BUTTON four times to program “4”,
pause; the unit sounds a “beep.”
FREQUENCY CODE "02"
1st (pause)
digit
2nd
digit
“0”
“2”
9.
(pause)
TONE CODE "44"
(pause)
1st
digit
(pause)
(pause)
“4”
(pause)
2nd (pause)
digit
“4”
(pause)
When all four digits are programmed, press and release the
PROGRAM SAVE Button. The unit sounds a triple tone.
NOTE: An error tone sounds if you try to save an incorrect
digit. To correct the programming, press and release the
PROGRAM OFF BUTTON. When the unit sounds a low tone,
you may start over at Step #3.
10. Press and release the PROGRAM OFF BUTTON; the unit sounds a low
tone. The OUTPOST is now ready for use.
NOTES:
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• Ten (10) clicks = 0 (zero).
release the PROGRAM OFF BUTTON to turn the unit
OFF, and start over.
If the unit does not sound the confirming triple tone
when you attempt to save your programming, the
unit was factory- or dealer-customized to disable
programming. Consult the radio owner, or your
Dealer.
Refer to Frequency and Tone Code tables at right
and on the following page.
TABLE 1: FREQUENCY CODES
(VHF Business Band)
VHF Business Band
Model RQX-150
MHz
01
02
03
04
154.600 .....
154.570 .....
151.625 .....
151.955 .....
05
06
07
08
151.925
154.540
154.515
154.655
09
10
11
12
151.685
151.715
151.775
151.805
13
14
15
16
151.835
151.895
154.490
151.655
17
18
151.745
151.865
Frequency Color
Green Dot
Blue Dot
Red Dot
Purple Dot
(UHF Business Band)
QUICK
TALK
FREQ. CODE
UHF Business Band
Model RQX-450
MHz
Frequency Color
01
02
03
04
467.7625 .....
467.8125 .....
464.5500 .....
464.5000 .....
J
K
Yellow Dot
Brown Dot
05
06
07
08
467.8500 ...... Silver Star
467.8750 ...... Gold Star
467.9000 ...... Red Star
467.9250 ...... Blue Star
09
10
11
12
469.2625
462.5750 ...... White Dot
462.6250 ...... Black Dot
462.6750 ...... Orange Dot
13
14
15
16
464.3250
464.8250
469.5000
469.5500
17
18
19
20
463.2625
464.9125
464.6000
464.7000
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TABLE 2: QUIET CALL TONE CODES
QUICK
TALK
QC
CODE
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
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
131.8
136.5
141.3
146.2
151.4
156.7
162.2
Other
Radio Brands
Tone
Code
QUICK
TALK
QC
CODE
XZ
XA
WA
XB
SP
YZ
YA
YB
ZZ
ZA
ZB
1Z
1A
1B
2Z
2A
2B
3Z
3A
3B
4Z
4A
4B
5Z
5A
5B
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
39
40
41
42
43
*44
45
46
47
48
49
50
51
Freq.
( Hz )
Other
Radio Brands
Tone
Code
167.9
173.8
179.9
186.2
192.8
203.5
210.7
218.1
225.7
233.6
241.8
250.3
69.4
159.8
165.5
171.3
177.3
No Tone
183.5
189.9
196.6
199.5
206.5
229.1
254.1
6Z
6A
6B
7Z
7A
M1
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* Use Code "44" to program No Tone for systems without a
Coded Squelch Interference Eliminator feature. Refer to
Page 4, Step 5 and NOTES at the bottom of the page.
HOW TO PC PROGRAM
THE OUTPOST XT
( RQX-150/450/446/454-XT)
Dealers and Authorized Service/ Maintenance
Personnel Only
If your frequency is not found in Table 1, page 4, the
frequency and tone must be programmed with a PC
using specialized RITRON Programming Software.
NOTE: Only RITRON dealers have access to
programming software. Contact RITRON at
800-USA-1-USA for the location of your
nearest Authorized RITRON Dealer.
• Models RQX-150-XT & RQX-450-XT require
remove the screws from the housing.
3. Lift the top half of the RF enclosure from the
bottom.
4. Remove the (4) metal seal screws from the front
of the top half of the RF enclosure.
5. Carefully lift the radio assembly away from the
inside of the front of the RF enclosure and plug
the Programming Cable adaptor into the 3.5mm
Jack located on the top of the radio assembly.
6. Execute the Programming Software for the radio
on your computer.
7. Make sure the radio has batteries installed or is
powered by an external 12 VDC source through
the EXPO-12. To turn the unit on, press the ON/
PTT button on the front of the unit.
8. Follow the instructions for PC programming the
radio according to the software.
When PC Programming:
the VHF RQX-150-XT will read out as a model SST-150
the UHF RQX-450-XT will read out as a model SST-450
the UHF RQX-446-XT will read out as a model RQX-446
the UHF RQX-454-N-XT will read out as a model SST-454
WARNING: ONLY FREQUENCY AND TONE INFORMATION should be altered when using the
RITRON Programming Software!!! Changes to
other features could render the unit inoperable.
9. After the programming is complete and the
information has been saved to the radio, unplug
the radio from the battery holder or the EXPO-12
and remove the Programming Cable Adaptor.
10. Plug the battery cable or the EXPO-12 Power
Connector back into the radio.
11. Carefully place the radio assembly into the front
case and secure it with the (4) metal seal screws.
12. Secure the top of the RF enclosure to the bottom
of the Callbox with the (4) captive screws.
NOTE: The antenna may be positioned to either
side of the RF enclosure.
13. After re-assembling the RF enclosure, place the
steel front plate on the enclosure.
14. Secure the steel front plate with the (4) TamperProof Torx screws with the T-25 Tamper-Proof
Torx Driver.
RPT–PCPK–3.0 R19 PC for PC programming.
• Models RQX-454/454–N-XT require
RPT-PCPK–8.0R12 for PC programming.
•Model RQX-446-XT requires PC software not
available at time of printinng. Please contact
RITRON for further details
1. Follow instructions from page 6, steps 1-3.
2. Loosen the (4) captive screws in the corners of
the RF enclosure. These screws are captive to
the housing; to prevent damaging them, DO NOT
For assistance, call RITRON at
FACTORY DEFAULT
•Unit is set for medium volume.
•Battery saver "Auto Shut-off" is set
for 10 seconds.
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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REPROGRAMMING THE AUTOMATIC SHUT-0FF TIME
RQX-150/450 Standard and XT Models: Use PC Programming
Software RPT-PCPK-3.0R19.
RQX-454 Standard and XT Model: Use PC Programming Software
RPT-PCPK-8.0R12.
1.
Refer to the Owner’s Manual for disassembly instructions to PC
Program the radio.
1.
Refer to the Owner’s Manual for disassembly instructions to PC
Program the radio.
2.
Execute the Programming Software and go to the Main Menu
page.
2.
Execute the Programming Software and go to the Main Title Page.
3.
Click on “Plus-Series”, then click on “Start”.
4.
Plug the programming cable into the RQX and power the RQX by
pressing the button on the front case.
5.
Click on “Radio”, then click on “Read Radio”.
3.
Plug the programming cable into the RQX and power the RQX by
pressing the button on the front case.
4.
Press “1” to read the RQX information.
5.
The RQX-150/-XT will read out as a Model SST-150.
The RQX-450/-XT will read out as a Model SST-450.
6.
Use the “down arrow” key or “enter” key to get to the “Access
Radio Tech Fields” field.
7.
Type “tune!”.
8.
The cursor should automatically go to the “Battery Saver Off
time” field.
9.
The factory default time is 10 seconds. Type in the time(in
seconds from 1 to 256) for your desired shut-off time.
NOTE: DO NOT type “0” for the “Battery Saver Off Time” unless
your RQX has a label marked “314G0158” on the outside of the
case. Doing so will render the RQX inoperable. Units that do not
have the 314G0158 label do not contain the necessary firmware
for the “On all the time “ option.
10. Press the “F10” key.
11. Press ”2”.
12. Wait for the next prompt, press “C”.
13. Wait for the “radio programmed ok” message.
12. Remove the power from the RQX and unplug the RQX from the
computer.
MOUNTING THE OUTPOST
XT CALLBOX
The external fiberglass XT enclosure has pre-drilled
mounting holes with inserts on the rear of the enclosure.
To prevent voiding the Manufacturer Warranty. DO NOT
drill or penetrate the external XT enclosure for mounting
purposes. Use only the pre-drilled holes for mounting
the fiberglass XT Callbox.
6.
The RQX-454 will read out as a Model RQX-454.
7.
Click on “Edit”, then click on “Tune Radio”.
8.
Click on “Misc”.
9.
Click on “Power Saver Off Time”, then click on “Tune”.
10. To calculate the decimal number for your desired off time, divide
your desired time (in seconds) by 32. Round the number to two
places pass the decimal point.
Example: 10 seconds(factory default) divided by 32 = .31
NOTE: 1. The maximum amount of shut-off times is 255 seconds.
2. DO NOT type “0” for the “Battery Saver Off Time” unless
your RQX-454 has firmware version 1.14 or later. Doing
so will render the RQX inoperable. Units that do not have
version 1.14 or later do not contain the necessary
firmware for the “On all the time “ option. To check, click
on “Edit”, then click on “Radio ID”.
11. Type in your decimal number.
12. Click on “Save”.
13. Click on “Exit”.
14. Remove the power from the RQX and disconnect the RQX from the
computer.
PRE-DRILLED
HOLES WITH INSERTS
(4 CORNERS)
USE ONLY
FOR MOUNTING
MOUNTING EARS
(4 CORNERS)
The OUTPOST XT can be mounted to virtually any
surface by using (4) #10-32 Panhead screws secured
into the 4 corner rear inserts, or by using the enclosed
metal mounting ears that are secured using the
included (4) #10-32 Panhead screws.
If the metal
mounting ears are used, use a maximum size of 5/16”
diameter bolts to mount the OUTPOST XT.
The OUTPOST XT is designed to be mounted vertically.
The drain holes are located on the bottom of the enclosure
to allow for moisture to escape that may occur during
outdoor use.
Coverage
Depending on unit location and installation height of a
standard antenna, the OUTPOST XT covers the area of a
1-Watt portable radio of the same frequency band. To
increase range, use an external antenna that is mounted
higher. Refer to the RAM–1545 Magnet Mount Antenna on
page ii.
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FIG–3: REAR VIEW OF THE OUTPOST XT ENCLOSURE
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EXPO-12 EXTERNAL POWER 12VDC INPUT/
BATTERY BACK-UP KIT (OPTIONAL)
The optional EXPO–12 will facilitate powering the 2-Way Radio Transceiver in the RQX OUTPOST Callbox from
an external 12 VDC source. Battery back-up capability is a standard feature of the EXPO-12.
A 12 VDC, 1.5 Ampere power supply (not included with the EXPO-12) is required. The optional AC to 12 VDC
RPS-EX wall transformer is available from Ritron.
•
The Battery Back-up feature of the EXPO-12 allows the OUTPOST Callbox to continue operating for a period
of 8 hours talk time if external power is interrupted. Either non-rechargeable 6 AA Alkaline, Lithium, or re
chargeable Ni-cd batteries can be used.
•
By moving jumper PJ101 on the EXPO–12 Board, rechargeable batteries can be trickle-charged.
Refer to the illustration below, Jumper Position "A.". NOTE: DO NOT attempt to charge Alkaline batteries.
Back-Up Battery Installation
1. Remove the four (4) #4 screws securing the metal
plate covering the battery holder.
2. Install the desired batteries, rechargeable or nonrechargeable (see Notes below and at right).
Match polarities of the battery to the Battery
Holder, as shown below.
NOTES: • For rechargeable batteries, use ONLY
AA-size Ni-cd (Nickel Cadmium) cells.
• For non-rechargeable batteries, use
ONLY AA-size Alkaline or Lithium cells.
• DO NOT USE Nickel Metal Hydride cells.
DO NOT drill or penetrate the internal
RF electronics enclosure with any
additional holes. Use only pre-drilled
mounting holes.
3. Place the jumper over the correct two PJ101 pins
for the batteries you are using (rechargeable or
non-rechargeable). See PJ101 location below.
NOTES: When the OUTPOST has rechargeable
batteries installed, place the PJ101 jumper
in position "A".
When the OUTPOST has non-rechargeable
batteries installed, to prevent damaging the
batteries, place the PJ101 jumper in the
position "B", over two pins.
4. Reinstall the metal plate removed in Step 1;
secure it with the four (4) #4 screws.
5. Make sure the black strain relief nut is properly
tightened around the PTT cable assembly to
insure weather reisistant seal.
PRE-DRILLED
MOUNTING HOLES
(4 CORNERS)
JUMPER POSITION "A"
( PJ101 JUMPER SET IN
“RECHARGEABLE”
POSITION)
BATTERY
HOLDER
Due to space limitations
in the XT model, the
installation of the liquid
tight strain relief must
be reversed.
+
PJ101
+
+
JUMPER POSITION "B"
( PJ101 JUMPER SET IN
“NON-RECHARGEABLE”
POSITION )
+
+
+
AA-SIZE
CELLS (6)
PJ101
LIQUID TIGHT
STRAIN RELIEF
WIRES FROM EXTERNAL
POWER SOURCE
POSITIVE POWER CONNECTION (+)
NEGATIVE POWER CONNECTION (-)
POLARIZED IN-LINE BATTERY CONNECTOR
FIG-4: INTERNAL VIEW OF EXPO–12 (COVER PLATE NOT SHOWN)
For assistance, call RITRON at
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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HOW TO PROPERLY SEAL THE INTERNAL ANTENNA
1. DO NOT drill or penetrate this enclosure. Use
only the pre-drilled mounting holes located in
each of the four corners of the bottom half of the
enclosure. Take care when re-assembling the
enclosure. Be sure to carefully seat the recessed
area and gasket of the top half with the bottom
half. DO NOT pinch gasket, over tighten, crossthread, strip or remove captive screws.
2. Antenna - The product comes standard with a
flex antenna (Model AFB-1545) with a BNC
connector. This antenna will provide approximately
½ mile or more range in line-of-sight conditions with
no-obstacles.
Optional Antennas – The Ritron model RAM-1545
magnet mount antenna can be used to increase
range. Be advised that the magnet mount antenna
MUST be attached to a magnetic ground plane
(metal) to function properly.
SEALING THE ANTENNA - If the product is to be
used outdoors it is imperative that the entire
antenna connection be sealed with seal tape to
provide proper operation and prevent voiding
warranty.
Regardless of the antenna you use, it is always best
to weatherproof the antenna connection using seal
tape.
Applying Seal Tape:
1. Attach the antenna to the connector on the
OUTPOST RF enclosure and position at the
elbow into a 90° angle.
2. Begin wrapping seal tape at base of antenna
connector such that the base of the antenna is
sealed against the enclosure top.
3. Overlap the seal tape as you wrap upward around
the connector and antenna. Continue to overlap
seal tape around the connector base, past the
articulating portion of the antenna and several
inches up the thin, shiny section of the antenna.
BEFORE SEALING
Overlap sealing tape to include
the antenna connection and the
top of the RF enclosure
5 ½”
min
AFTER SEALING
Overlap sealing tape (1) inch
beyond the rigid section of the
antenna
Seal tape can be purchased at most Industrial &
Contractor Supply Stores, Hardware and Home Center
Stores or Electronic Supply Stores.
NOTICE:
Failure to follow these instructions will cause damage to the product, prevent
proper sealing of the enclosure and will void the Manufacturers Warranty.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXTERNAL POWER/ANTENNA USE
1. Do not route external 12 VDC power cable and external antenna cable through the same conduit.
2. It is recommended that metal conduit fittings and metal conduit be used to route either external power and/
or external antenna cable to maintain vandal-resistance integrity.
3. It is recommended that a standard BNC male connector be used to mate with the BNC connector located
on the internal RF electronics enclosure.
4. If installing an external antenna form a drip loop using the antenna cable inside the XT enclosure. Position
the drip loop below and away from the BNC connector located on the top of the internal RF electronics
enclosure.
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F.C.C. LICENSING AND REGULATIONS
The Rules and Regulations of the United States Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) require you or your radio service provider to have a
license for your radio system before activating the OUTPOST XT radio
transmitter. If you already are operating a licensed radio system, you
probably can add a OUTPOST XT without any changes to that license.
The station licensee is responsible for ensuring that transmitter power,
frequency and modulation are within the limits specified by the station
license, and also for proper operation and maintenance of the radio
equipment. These responsibilities include checking the transmitter frequency
and modulation periodically, using appropriate methods.
Ritron or your Ritron Dealer can assist you with all these requirements. You
may also contact the FCC directly by any of the following methods:
To obtain copies of FCC forms and instructions use the FCC Fax-On-Demand
system at 202-418-0177. Request Document 000600.
For more information, go to the FCC Internet Website at:
< http/www.fcc.gov >
• DO NOT allow the antenna to come very close to, or to touch exposed
parts of the body, especially the face or eyes, while transmitting.
• DO NOT transmit near electrical blasting caps or in an explosive
atmosphere.
• DO NOT allow children to play with radio transmitters.
• BE AWARE of the conditions which cause the unit to transmit.
SERVICE - Federal law prohibits you from making any internal adjustments to
the transmitter, and from changing transmit frequencies unless you are
specifically designated by the licensee.
DO NOT ADJUST OR TAMPER with components or the printed circuit board
in any manner not directed in this manual. Unauthorized adjustments may
render the unit inoperable; repair will be at owner's expense.
If your radio equipment fails to operate properly, or if you wish to have the
radio serviced, contact your authorized dealer, or call Ritron at 317-846-1201
and ask for the Repair Department.
SAFETY STANDARDS — The FCC has adopted a safety standard for human exposure to radio frequency electromagnetic energy emitted by FCC
regulated equipment. The Quick Talk conforms to the standards effective at
the time of its equipment authorization by the FCC. In general these standards recommend that you:
RITRON, INC. LIMITED WARRANTY
WHAT THIS WARRANTY COVERS: RITRON, INC. ("RITRON")
provides the following warranty against defects in materials and/or
workmanship in RITRON RQX-150-XT, RQX-450-XT, RQX-446-XT,
AND RQX-454-XT Wireless Callbox units under normal use and
service during the applicable warranty period, as stated below.
"Accessories" means antennas, wire, cable and items contained in
the programming and programming/service kits.
WHAT IS COVERED
FOR HOW LONG
OutPost XT
Callboxes
Accessories/Antennas
1 year *
90 days *
WHAT RITRON WILL DO
During the first year after date of
purchase, RITRON will repair or
replace the defective product, at
RITRON's option, parts and labor
included at no charge.
* After date of purchase
WHAT THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER:
• Any technical information provided with the covered product or any other products;
• Installation, maintenance or service of the product, unless this is covered by a
separate written agreement with RITRON;
• Any products not furnished by RITRON which are attached or used with the covered
product, or defects or damage from the use of the covered product with equipment
that is not covered;
• Defects or damage, including broken antennas, resulting from:
- misuse, abuse, improper maintenance, alteration, modification or modification to
any housing, neglect, accident or act of God, or,
- the use of covered products other than in normal and customary manner, or,
- improper testing or installation;
• Defects or damages from unauthorized disassembly, repair or modification, or
where unauthorized disassembly, repair or modification prevents inspection and
testing necessary to validate warranty claims;
• Defects or damages in which the serial number has been removed, altered or defaced.
IMPORTANT: This warranty sets forth the full extent of RITRON's
express responsibilities regarding the covered products, and is given
in lieu of all other express warranties. What RITRON has agreed to do
above is your sole and exclusive remedy. No person is authorized to
make any other warranty to you on behalf of RITRON. Warranties
implied by state law, such as implied warranties of merchantability
and fitness for a particular purpose, are limited to the duration of this
For assistance, call RITRON at
limited warranty as it applies to the covered product. Incidental and
consequential damages are not recoverable under this warranty (this
includes loss of use or time, inconvenience, business interruption,
commercial loss, lost profits or savings). Some states do not allow the
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, or
limitation on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above
limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. Because each covered
product system is unique, RITRON disclaims liability for range,
coverage, or operation of the system as a whole under this warranty.
WHO IS COVERED BY THIS WARRANTY: This warranty is given
only to the purchaser or lessee of covered products when acquired for
use, not resale. This warranty is not assignable or transferable.
HOW TO GET WARRANTY SERVICE: To receive warranty service,
you must deliver or send the defective product, delivery costs and
insurance prepaid, within the applicable warranty period, to RITRON,
INC., 505 West Carmel Drive, Carmel, Indiana 46032, Attention:
Warranty Department. Please point out the nature of the defect in as
much detail as you can. You must retain your sales or lease receipt
(or other written evidence of the date of purchase) and deliver it along
with the product. If RITRON chooses to repair or replace a defective
product, RITRON may replace the product or any part or component
with reconditioned product, parts or components. Replacements are
covered for the balance of the original applicable warranty period. All
replaced covered products, parts or components become RITRON's
property.
RIGHTS TO SOFTWARE RETAINED: Title and all rights or licenses
to patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets in any RITRON
software contained in covered products are and shall remain in
RITRON. RITRON nevertheless grants you a limited non-exclusive,
transferable right to use the RITRON software only in conjunction with
covered products. No other license or right to the RITRON software is
granted or permitted.
YOUR RIGHTS UNDER STATE LAW: This warranty gives you
specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary
from state to state.
WHERE THIS WARRANTY IS VALID: This warranty is valid only
within the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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For nearly 3 decades Ritron has been designing, manufacturing, and supplying
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Ritron wireless products will improve the operation, safety, and profitability of
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Communicate with multiple workgroups instantly
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automatically finds NOAA broadcasts. Other
features include Interference Eliminator, Loud and
Clear Audio, Removable Quick Swap Battery, and
Drop-in Charging Capability.
Accessories
Ritron offers a wide variety of headsets, earsets,
remote speaker microphones, multi-unit chargers,
and carry holsters to meet all your wireless
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No need to run wires, phone lines, or pay a person
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CARE AND MAINTENANCE
MOISTURE
When antenna sealing recommendations are
followed, the OUTPOST XT is highly weather
resistant in outdoor environments. Do not immerse
the unit in water.
TEMPERATURE
The OUTPOST XT is designed to operate between
–22° and +140° F. Like all electronic equipment, the
OUTPOST XT should not be subjected to extreme
heat. A shaded area is an ideal outdoor location.
VIBRATIONS/ SHOCK
Though the OUTPOST XT is designed to be
rugged, it cannot be expected to survive extreme
abuse.
CHEMICALS
Do not use harsh, corrosive or abrasive chemicals
to clean the OUTPOST XT case; use only a cloth
moistened with water. Do not attempt to clean the
printed circuit boards inside the enclosure.
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Ritron Pub. 14500028
Rev. C
08-02
P.O. Box 1998, Carmel, IN 46082-1998 • 505 W. Carmel Dr., Carmel, IN 46032 • USA
PH: 317-846-1201; 800-USA-1-USA (800-872-1872) • FAX: 317-846-4978
Web: www.radiocallbox.com • E-mail: ritron@ritron.com
For assistance, call RITRON at 800-872-1872, or go to www.ritron.com
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