Owner`s manual | Audiovox 1500XTM Two-Way Radio User Manual

Model GMRS-1500XTM
Two-Way General Mobile
Radio
WITH NOAA AND FM RADIO
F
Owner
’s Man
ual
Owner’s
Manual
Customer Service
1-800-290-6650
Released 4-11-02.
CONTENTS
Caution ................................................................................................................................... 3
Features ................................................................................................................................ 4
Model GMRS-1500XTM Display ............................................................................................ 6
Accessories .......................................................................................................................... 7
Powering the GMRS-1500XTM Unit ...................................................................................... 7
Installing the Batteries ........................................................................................................... 7
Controls ................................................................................................................................. 8
GMRS-1500XTM Operational Modes .................................................................................... 9
Notes On Good Communication .......................................................................................... 11
Operational Modes and Features ....................................................................................... 12
GMRS Two Way Mode .................................................................................................... 12
Channel Number Selection .......................................................................................... 12
Coded Tone Control Squelch System (CTCSS) Code Selection ................................ 12
Channel Scan Operation ............................................................................................. 12
VOX Function .............................................................................................................. 14
FM Radio Mode ............................................................................................................ 14
Weather Mode ................................................................................................................. 16
Compass Mode ................................................................................................................ 17
Temperature Mode ........................................................................................................... 19
Time Mode ....................................................................................................................... 20
Stopwatch Mode ............................................................................................................. 21
Setup Mode ..................................................................................................................... 21
Priority Channel Select ................................................................................................ 21
Set VOX Delay ............................................................................................................ 22
Call Melody Selection .................................................................................................. 22
Roger Beep Tone Selection ........................................................................................ 23
Key Beep Tone Selection ............................................................................................ 23
Quiet Operation ........................................................................................................... 23
Time Out Timer (TOT) .................................................................................................. 24
Name Selection Option ................................................................................................ 24
Key Lock Selection Mode ............................................................................................ 25
Basic Radio Operation ........................................................................................................ 25
To Transmit ...................................................................................................................... 25
To Receive ....................................................................................................................... 25
Monitor Function .............................................................................................................. 25
Warning ............................................................................................................................... 26
Technical Specifications ..................................................................................................... 27
GMRS Channel Frequencies ............................................................................................... 28
Weather Channel Frequencies ........................................................................................... 28
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System Tone Frequencies (in Hz) ................................ 29
Troubleshooting ................................................................................................................... 30
Warranty .............................................................................................................................. 31
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CAUTION
AVOID PLACING THE GMRS1500XTM RADIO TRANSCEIVER FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT OR TEMPERATURES
BELOW -4° F (-20° C) OR ABOVE 140 ° F (60° C).
KEEP THE ANTENNA AT 1 INCH (2.5 cm) AWAY FROM YOUR HEAD AND
BODY. DO NOT USE YOUR GMRS1500XTM RADIO TRANSCEIVER WITH
A DAMAGED ANTENNA.
PLACE THE RUBBER COVERS ON JACKS WHEN NOT IN USE.
GMRS LICENSE:
USE OF THIS RADIO WITHIN THE UNITED STATES REQUIRES AN FCC
GMRS LICENSE. AN INDIVIDUAL 18 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, WHO IS
NOT A REPRESENTATAIVE OF A FOREIGN GOVERNMENT, IS ELIGIBLE
TO APPLY FOR A GMRS SYSTEM LICENSE. YOU WILL NEED TWO FORMS
FROM THE FCC; FCC FORM 159 AND FCC FORM 605 MAIN FORM AND
SCHEDULE F. YOU CAN FIND THE FORMS ONLINE AT: HTTP://
WWW.FCC.GOV/FORMPAGE.HTML, OR CALL 1-800-418-3676.
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FEATURES
Your GMRS-1500XTM 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 GMRS-1500XTM is ideal for use
around the house, in your boat, on hunting and camping trips, on the ski slopes or
at the mall. Some of the GMRS-1500XTM features are:
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Up to 5 Mile Range
Battery Saver and Auto Squelch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
15 GMRS Channels (7 Shared FRS Channels)
38 Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS)
Multifunction LCD Display
Roger Beep and Call / Ring Button
FM Radio with Tune/Seek and Preset Functions
Built-In Compass
Time-of-Day Readout
Temperature Readout in Degrees
Fahrenheit and Centigrade
Stopwatch Function
Setup Menu for Personalizing Unit
Functions
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Model GMRS1500XTM (FCC License Required)
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1 (REF)
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5
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6
1
TOP
17
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16
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15
F
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14
10
BOTTOM
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11
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9. Battery Compartment Door
1. Antenna
10. Menu Scroll Buttons (Forward/Back)
2. Function (F) Select/Key Lock
Button
11. Down Control/Volume Decrease
Button
3. External Microphone/Speaker
Jack
4. Transmit (Red) LED
12. Battery Compartment Cover
Latch
5. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
13. Built-in Speaker
6. Up Control /Volume Increase
Button
14. Monitor (M) Button
7. Power On/Off Button
16. Push-To-Talk (PTT) Button
15. Belt Clip Stud
8. Battery Charging Connector
17. Built-In Microphone
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MODEL GMRS-1500XTM DISPLAY
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1. Voice Activated Transmission (VOX) Indicator: Blinks in the VOX selection
mode or appears when VOX is activated.
2. Auto Scan Indicator: Icon appears when the auto scan channel mode is
activated.
3. Weather Alert Indicator: This icon appears when the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alert mode is activated.
4. Alarm Indicator: Appears when the Clock Alarm mode is activated.
5. RSSI Indicator; indicates receive signal strength.
6. Battery Level Indicator: Icon indicates the battery charge strength.
7. CODE: Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS) Indicator: CTCSS
tone code is displayed in two characters directly above.
8. CH: Indicates the channel number in use in GMRS mode; channel number is
displayed in two characters directly above.
9. Key Lock Indicator: Appears when the key lock is activated.
10.Eight-character display; used in various modes to indicate user identification (ID),
operating parameters such as GMRS channel and CTCSS code, stopwatch
operation, FM radio frequency, time-of-day, temperature, compass heading, receive
signal level indicator, etc.
Each time the Function (F) Button is pressed, the GMRS-1500XTM scrolls through the
main menus; pressing and holding the Function button for 2 seconds or longer
) feature, whereby all buttons except volume adjustment,
activates the keylock (
Function (F), Monitor (M) and Press-to-Talk (PTT) are inoperable.
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Accessories
SPRING SPRING CLIP
RELEASE TAB
CLIPS
(PRESS DOWN)
SUPPLIED: § Belt Clip
SPRINGLOADED
BELT CLIP
OPTIONAL: § Headset P/N FRS-BHST
§ AC Wall Adapter, Model
SSA-0812CU
NOTE:
To order optional accessories for the
GMRS-1500XTM, please contact Customer
Service at 1-800-290-6650 or visit the
Audiovox web site at www.audiovox.com.
Belt Clip Accessory
Powering the GMRS-1500XTM Unit:
The GMRS-1500XTM unit operates on four AAA batteries installed in the battery compartment. You may operate the unit using type NiMH rechargeable batteries , or you
may use Alkaline batteries. Alkaline batteries will provide slightly better performance
than the rechargeable batteries. The rechargeable batteries can not be recharged
while in the unit.
Installing the Batteries:
Installing batteries in the GMRS-1500XTM unit is straightforward as shown in the
following illustration.
1. Remove unit from belt clip, and simply unlatch the cover clip at the bottom rear
of the unit; lift off the battery compartment cover.
2. Remove the weak batteries, if present.
3. Install four AAA batteries and carefully note battery polarity as marked within
the battery compartment.
NOTE:
4.
When the last battery is installed in place, the self-test display will
appear momentarily, then fade out.
Slide up the battery compartment cover in place; swing up the cover retaining
clip and snap it into position.
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BELT CLIP
MOUNTING
STUD
BATTERY
COMPARTMENT
(4 AAA BATTERIES)
POSITIVE
TERMINALS
B AT T E R Y
COVER
POSITIVE
TERMINALS
COVER
CLIP (SWING
DOWN)
The following guidelines will improve performance and provide longer operating times
for the GMRS-1500XTM:
1. Do not mix old and new batteries.
2. The use of alkaline-type batteries is recommended to provide the longest
operating 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.
Controls:
Power On/Off (
) Button (6):
Press and hold this button ( ) momentarily to turn the unit on. The unit will perform a
brief self-test and then vibrate for a short time; the user identification code will display
from left-to-right, sequencing through all 8 display characters, followed by display of
TWO WAY (accompanied by a short melody). The unit will then beep and the GMRS
standby display appears showing CH, CODE and the battery charge icon.
To turn the unit off, press and hold the button for a 2 second period. A short melody will
sound as the unit shuts off.
Function (F) Button (2):
In the standby mode, pressing this button will scroll through the various modes as
shown in the Operational Modes diagram.
Pressing the button for more than 1.5 seconds will activate or deactivate the KEY LOCK
feature in any mode. Refer to KEY LOCK function description to activate and deactivate
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GMRS-1500XTM OPERATIONAL MODES
MODES
FUNCTION (F) BUTTON
RIGHT, LEFT ARROW BUTTONS
MENUS
TWO WAY
SET CH.
FM RADIO
SEEK
FM
TUNE
FM
WEATHER
SET
CHAN
SET
ALERT
COMPASS
SET
CALIB
SET
VARI
SET
UNIT
TEMPERATURE
TIME
SET TIME
& UNIT
START
STOPWATCH
SET UP
SET
P-CH
SET
DELAY
SET CODE
SET SCAN
SET
PRESET
SEEK
PRESET
SET ALARM
HIGH
SET
TEMP
SET
MINUTES
SET
ALARM
STOP
RESET
SET
CALL
RING
SET
ROGER
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SET VOX
SET
BEEP
TUNE
PRESET
SET
FM
SET ALARM
LOW
SET ALARM
HOUR
SET
QUIET
SET
TIME
OUT
TIMER
SET ALARM
MINUTE
SET
NAME
NOTE: In KEY LOCK, all buttons will be disabled except for the Up (
Volume Button (6), the Down (
(14) and the PTT Button (16).
) Control/
) Control/Volume Button (11), the Monitor (M) Button
Push-To-Talk (PTT) Button (16):
Pressing and holding this button will allow you to speak to any transceiver that is set to
the same channel and privacy code setting as yours. Hold the transceiver approximately
1 to 2 inches from your face as you speak into the built-in microphone (17). After you
have finished speaking, release the PTT button to allow for reception of incoming
signals. It is not possible to transmit and receive at the same time.
The transmit LED indicator (4) located above the LCD Panel (5) will light red while the
PTT button is pressed. Releasing the button allows the unit to revert to standby mode.
The PTT button can also be used as a two-way call ringer. Pressing the button twice
quickly will call another party on the same channel. The letter T (transmit) will appear in
the display and the user-selected call melody will sound.
Volume Control (6 and 11):
In the standby mode, adjust the volume to a comfortable level between 01 and 16 by
pressing the Up (6) button to increase the volume level and the Down (11) button to
decrease the volume level. Pressing the Monitor (M) button momentarily will check the
volume setting level.
Up Button (6):
In the standby mode, pressing this briefly will increase the volume. In the function edit
mode, pressing the button briefly will shift from the current option in each sub-menu to
next option in the same sub-menu.
Pressing the button for more than 1.5 seconds allows navigation at a more rapid rate.
In the standby mode the volume will increase rapidly. In the function mode, different
options can be rapidly changed.
Down Button (11):
In the standby mode, pressing this briefly will decrease the volume. In the function edit
mode, pressing the button briefly will shift from the current option in each sub-menu to
next previous option in the same sub-menu.
Pressing the button for more than 1.5 seconds allows navigation at a more rapid rate.
In the standby mode the volume will decrease rapidly. In the function mode, different
options can be rapidly changed.
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Menu Scroll Forward and Back Buttons (10)
These buttons are used to scroll through the options in a selected menu; the menu is
determined by mode selection using the Function (F) button. Refer to the Operational
Modes flow diagram.
Monitor (M) Button (14):
The Monitor Button is used to check the activity on a channel before transmitting. When
the Monitor Button is pressed, the green LCD panel (5) backlight will come on. Pressing
the Monitor Button during the edit function mode will confirm an entry and return the unit
to standby. Pressing the Monitor Button during a VOX tranmission (voice activated
transmission) will discontinue the transmission and disable the VOX function for 2
seconds.
External Microphone/Speaker (3):
This jack accepts an Audiovox FRS-BHST headset/microphone for total hands-free
operation.
External Battery Charging Connector (8):
This jack is part of a future upgrade for an Audiovox approved battery recharger. Do not
use this jack with any other charging devices. Please visit the Audiovox web site for
updates at www.audiovox.com. or contact Customer Service at 1-800-290-6650 for
additional optional accessories for the GMRS-1500XTM.
NOTES FOR GOOD COMMUNICATION
1 . The GMRS-1500XTM 15 channels are shared on a ‘take turns’ basis. This
means other groups may be talking on any of the channels. A common
code of ethics/courtesy is to switch to another vacant channel and not to
attempt to talk over someone who is already using the channel you first selected.
2. The GMRS-1500XTM has been designed to maximize performance and
improve transmission range in the field. To avoid interference, it is
recommended that you do not use the units closer than 5 feet apart.
3. For best transmission results, always keep your mouth about 2-3 inches
from the microphone (17) and speak slowly in a normal voice.
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OPERATING MODES AND FEATURES
GMRS TWO WAY MODE
CHANNEL NUMBER SELECTION
This feature allows the selection of main channels for communication as follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the right
(forward) menu scroll button (10) once; the channel (CH) number flashes on the
display (5).
2. Press the Up ( ) Button (6) or the Down ( ) Button (11) to choose the desired
channel.
3. Press the Monitor (M) button (14) to confirm your selection.
CODED TONE CONTROL SQUELCH SYSTEM (CTCSS) CODE SELECTION
When the CTCSS feature is enabled, the transceiver will only receive signals from
other transceivers set to the same channel and privacy code. When the CTCSS mode
is off, the transceiver will receive signals from all transceivers set to the same channel.
Remember that the CTCSS feature does not prevent others from listening to your
transmissions. It only allows your GMRS-1500XTM to ignore signals from transceivers
not set to the same privacy code. Access the CTCSS code selection feature as follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the right
(forward) menu scroll button (10) twice; the CODE number flashes on the
display(5).
2. Press the Up Button (6) or the Down Button (11) to select the desired sub-code
between 01 and 38.
3. Press the Monitor (M) button (14) to confirm your selection.
NOTE: To communicate with other units, they must be switched to the same
channel and CTCSS sub-code. To communicate with other units that do not
have subcodes, switch your unit to the same channel with the sub-code set to
00.
CHANNEL SCAN OPERATION
ALL CHANNEL SCAN
This feature allows scanning for an active channel on all 15 GMRS channels. The
power saver is disabled in this mode. To activate this feature:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the right
(forward) menu scroll button (10) three times; SCAN will appear on the LCD
display (5) with OFF flashing (if scan was not active before).
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4.
Press the Up Button (6) or the Down Button (11) to choose normal (flashing
) also appears flashing.
NR) scanning. The scan icon (
When NR is flashing, press the Monitor (M) button (14) to confirm your
selection.
To turn off the auto channel scan feature, return to the Scan mode by pressing
the forward menu scroll button to access the SCAN function and choose OFF.
The unit will begin scanning in the upward direction (starting from the current channel),
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looking for an active main channel. If a transmission is detected, the RSSI icon (
will appear on the display , and the signal strength (0-9) will display below the icon.
During scan, when a signal is received, scan will pause for 5 seconds and then
resume.
You can transmit on the primary channel for 15 seconds, while in the Auto Channel
Scan Mode, by pressing the PTT Button (14). Channel scan will then resume. Pressing
the Monitor Button (14) will cause scanning to resume during a received signal.
PRIORITY CHANNEL SCAN MODE
This feature allows you to monitor two different channels at the same time. If you preset
any priority channel other than the current channel in use, the preset channel will be
scanned every 0.5 second and signals you when a call is received. The priority channel
will be the one selected during the SET UP mode, and the other channel will be the one
selected from the TWO WAY menu. While in the Priority Channel Scan mode, you may
hear transmissions from either a primary or secondary channel when transmitting. The
unit will always transmit on the primary channel unless the PTT button (14) is pressed
during or immediately following the reception of secondary channel transmission. To
access the Priority Channel Scan mode proceed as follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the right
(forward) menu scroll button (10) three times; SCAN will appear on the LCD
display (5) with OFF flashing (if scan was not active before).
2. Press the Up Button (6) or the Down Button (11) to choose priority (flashing
) also appears flashing.
PRI) scanning. The scan icon (
3. Press the Monitor button (14) to confirm your selection.
NOTE: The unit will scan between the normal channel selected from the TWO
WAY menu and the priority channel chosen during the SET UP mode.
4. To turn off the Priority channel scan feature, return to the Scan mode by pressing
the forward menu scroll button to access the SCAN function and choose OFF.
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VOX FUNCTION
This feature enables you to have hands-free conversation. When using the internal
microphone/speaker or an external microphone/headset (purchased separately), your
voice or the signal is detected and the radio transmits and receives automatically.
When in the VOX mode, a short beep will sound after the termination of any VOX
generated transmission.
VOX SENSITIVITY SELECTION
This feature allows the user to select the voice/signal level at which the unit will transmit. The high sensitivity setting ( HI ) should be used in low background noise environments or when whispering. The low sensitivity setting ( LO ) should be used in high
background noise environments. The normal (MID) setting can be used in most all
typical applications. To access the VOX Selection menu:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the right
menu button four times; VOX will appear on the LCD display together with the
flashing VOX icon (
) and a flashing OFF, LO, MID or HI indication.
2. Press the Up Button (6) or the Down Button (11) to choose the VOX sensitivity
setting desired (LO, MID or HI).
3. Press the Monitor (M) button (14) to confirm your selection.
VOX DELAY TIME SELECTION
This feature allows the response time characteristics of the VOX function to be precisely adjusted to suit individual needs. The VOX Recovery Time Selection menu is
accessible from the SET UP menu and provides choices of OFF, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 seconds.
(Refer to the SET UP mode for VOX Recovery Time Selection.)
FM RADIO MODE
The FM Radio Mode provides the user with FM radio capability, thereby allowing FM
radio enjoyment even though other modes of the GMRS-1500XTM are being used.
The various FM radio features are listed on the Operational Modes flow diagram, and
include most FM receiver characteristics. To enter the FM RADIO mode, proceed as
follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the Function
(F) button once; FM RADIO appears on the display accompanied by a short
melody.
2. Approximately 2 seconds later, the FM standby display appears showing FM
and the current station frequency (in MHz).
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FM SEEK
The FM seek function allows scanning of the FM band for an active broadcast. To enter
this function, proceed as follows:
1. From the FM standby mode, press the right menu button (10); the
frequency display will flash; an S (scan) appears to the right of the frequency
display.
2. Press the Up (6) or Down (11) buttons to activate the seek function. The radio will
scan in the up or down direction looking for an active (strong) FM station.
3. When a station is found, the scan will stop at that frequency and re-enter the
standby listening mode.
4. Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm.
Adjust the volume to a comfortable level using the Up (6) and Down (11) buttons for
volume control.
FM TUNE
The FM tune function allows for station tuning in 100kHz steps. This function is
accessed as follows:
1. From the FM standby mode, press the right menu button (10); the
frequency display will flash.
2. Press the right menu button again; a T (tune) will appear to the right of the
frequency display.
3. Use the Up (6) or Down (11) buttons to increase or decrease FM frequency in
100kHz steps.
4. When the desired station is displayed, press the Monitor (M) button to confirm
selection.
Adjust the volume to a comfortable level using the Up (6) and Down (11) buttons for
volume control.
FM MEMORY PRESET
The FM memory preset function allows you to preset up to 9 station frequencies into
memory, thereby making them readily accessible without having to scan or tune through
the FM frequency band for a favorite station. To access the memory preset function,
proceed as follows:
1. Access the FM tune function as outlined in steps 1 and 2 above.
2. Press the right menu button again; MEM appears on the display with OFF
flashing.
3. Press the Up (6) or Down (11) button to set memory ON; then press the right
menu button to access the first memory preset. M appears with 1 flashing to the
right and the current FM frequency.
4. With 1 flashing, press the right menu button until T (tune) appears to the right of
the frequency; then press the Up (6) or Down (11) button to select the desired
station for preset number 1 in 100kHz steps.
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10.
NOTE: You can use the scan tune (S ) function to more quickly establish the
preset station frequencies.
Press the left menu button until 1 begins to flash again; then press the Up (6)
button to increment the preset to number 2 which also flashes.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to establish the second preset station frequency.
Repeat step 6 to increment the preset number to 3 and repeat steps 4 and 5.
Continue with presets 4 through 9 as indicated.
Press the right menu button, scrolling through S, T and MEM; then press again
to access OFF or WAY.
If OFF appears flashing, and you wish to turn off FM radio reception whenever
other modes are being used, press the Monitor (M) button to confirm. If WAY is
flashing, and you wish to continue FM radio reception while other modes are
being used, press the Monitor (M) button to confirm.
NOTE: When WAY is selected, FM broadcast can be heard in all modes except
for Weather band. During GMRS transmission and reception, the FM
program is interrupted and will resume when transmission or
reception ends.
WEATHER MODE
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION (NOAA)
RECEIVER MODE
NOAA provides transmitters which are located throughout the United States; these
transmitters broadcast National Weather Service warnings, watches forecasts and
hazard information 24 hours a day.
The NOAA receiver on the GMRS-1500XTM provides you with weather information for
all types of hazards. This function allows you to listen to one of 10 weather channels,
and to configure your radio in the NOAA alert mode to inform you of emergency weather
broadcasts in your listening area. To access the NOAA functions, proceed as follows:
NOAA WEATHER MENU
To access the NOAA channel menu:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the Func
tion (F) button twice; WEATHER is momentarily displayed, followed by the WEA
and channel indication (01-10).
2. Press the right menu button; the channel number flashes.
3. Press the Up button (6) or the Down button (11) to select the strongest of the
10 channels.
4. Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm channel selection.
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NOAA ALERT MODE
Whenever you are listening to the weather channel broadcast, the 2-way radio function of the GMRS-1500XTM is disabled; however, when the NOAA alert function is
active, the GMRS-1500XTM operates in the normal radio modes. After setting the
NOAA alert option in the NOAA mode, when the radio receives the NOAA alert signal,
it switches to the selected weather channel and normal radio operation is inhibited.
Set the NOAA alert mode as follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the Function
(F) button twice; WEATHER is momentarily displayed, followed by the WEA and
selected channel indication (01-10).
2. Press the right menu button; the channel number flashes; press the right
menu button again. The Alert (ALT) indication appears with a flashing OFF
indication if the feature is not activated.
3. Press the Up (6) button; ON appears flashing together with a flashing NOAA
).
alert icon (
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm the alert selection; the alert icon
remains steady on the display, which now returns to the weather channel
menu display.
The radio is now in the NOAA alert mode, awaiting a weather alert on one of the NOAA
weather channels you have selected.
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COMPASS MODE
HEADING INDICATION
The compass mode displays the direction in which the GMRS antenna is pointed with
respect to the magnetic North Pole; the display indicates antenna heading in degrees
(0 - 360) in one of 8 directions (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW, ), any of which can be
calibrated for the deviation, or variation, with respect to True North (geographical North
Pole).
To access the Compass mode:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the
Function (F) button 3 times; COMPASS is momentarily displayed, followed by
the heading indication.
2. If the compass has already been calibrated for your current position, then the
GMRS antenna need only be pointed in any direction to establish the desired
bearing to a desired destination.
NOTE: Hold the unit in a flat and level manner while taking bearings.
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COMPASS CALIBRATION
Since the apparent position of magnetic North will vary according to your location in
the world (especially Latitude), you will need to know the difference between these
two positions (Magnetic and True North) to take an accurate bearing. To calibrate
the compass for the effects of magnetic variation, proceed as follows:
NOTE:
When calibrating the compass, make sure the unit is at least 2 yards away
from any source of magnetic interference.
1.
From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the
Function(F) button 3 times; COMPASS is momentarily displayed, followed by
the heading indication.
2. Press the right menu button; CALIB appears with OFF flashing.
3. Press the Up button (6); flashing TUN appears.
4. Place the unit on a flat non-metallic surface and rotate the unit twice, very
slowly at a constant rate, through 360 degrees, taking about 10 seconds to
complete thesuccessive circles.
5. Press the Up or Down button; CALIB appears with OFF flashing.
6. Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm compass calibration and initiate the
compass function.
To insert compensation for the effects of magnetic variation, perform the following
steps:
7. Repeat steps 1 and 2, and press the right menu button twice; VARI appears
with a flashing 0 (if no magnetic variation has been inserted).
8. Press and hold the Up button (6); variation increases quickly between 0 and
+90. If the Up button continues to be held, variation will begin to decrease
from -90 to 0 after +90 is reached. The Down button will also perform the
same function in the reverse manner.
The following table presents a list of declination angles for a number of major world
cities; insert the proper value to compensate for the effects of magnetic variation
when you are in the specified location.
Anchorage
Atlanta
Bombay
Boston
Calgary
Chicago
+22
-4
-1
-16
-18
-3
Denver
Jerusalem
London
Little Rock
Livingston
Munich
-4
+3
-4
+3
+14
+1
New York
Orlando
Oslo
Paris
Rio De Janeiro
San Francisco
18
-14
-5
-2
-2
-21
+15
Seattle
+19
Seoul, Korea
-7
Shanghai
-5
Toronto
-11
Vancouver
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TEMPERATURE MODE
The Temperature mode allows you to know the ambient temperature on both the
Centigrade and Fahrenheit scales. In addition, you can set high and low temperature limits on either scale; when a limit is reached or exceeded, the unit will sound a
warning melody, repeating it every 5 seconds. As an additional feature, the temperature alarm limits can be automatically transmitted on the current channel, together
with your user ID; this will occur every 5 minutes when the preset alarm temperature
is reached or exceeded, provided the temperature plus transmit mode is enabled
(+TX). To access the temperature mode, proceed as follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the
Function(F) button 4 times; TEMPERATURE is momentarily displayed,
followed by the temperature indication (TEMP) in Centigrade or Fahrenheit.
NOTE: When moving from a moderate temperature environment to either a cooler or
hotter environment, allow about 20 minutes for the unit temperature sensing
element to stabilize.
2. To change the temperature scale, press the right menu button once; C or F
will flash.
3. Press the Up button (6); the temperature scale will change from C to F or
vice-versa.
To set the high and low temperature alarm limits:
4. Access the temperature mode as outlined in step 1. Press the right menu button
again; ON or OFF will appear flashing. Press the Up or Down button (11) to set
temperature ON; then press the Monitor (M) button to confirm.
5. With TEMP in C or F displayed, press the right menu button three times; AL H:
appears with the temperature indication flashing, provided temperature is ON.
The indication will be in F or C, depending on the temperature scale
previously selected.
6. Press the Up or Down button to set the high temperature alarm limit; if the
low temperature alarm is desired, proceed to step 7. If not, press the
Monitor (M) button to confirm the high temperature setting.
7. Press the right menu button; AL L: appears with the C or F indication
flashing provided temperature is ON.
8. Press the Up or Down button to set the low temperature alarm limit; then press
the Monitor (M) button to confirm the low temperature setting.
The temperature alarm transmit mode will automatically transmit a call tone with the
radio’s identification (ID) code (if entered) and temperature to other GMRS-1500XTM
units on the same channel. This mode is accessed in the following manner:
9. Repeat steps 4 through 8 to set the high and/or low temperature alarm limits;
then press the right menu button until ON is flashing.
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10.
Press the Up or Down button until +TX appears flashing; then press the
Monitor (M) button to confirm the alarm transmit setting.
NOTE: This mode will only operate if the radio ID is enabled on and the
unit’s temperature triggers a temperature alarm.
TIME MODE
The Time mode provides you with a reliable clock which not only indicates the
time-of-day on a 12 or 24 hour basis, but also permits an alarm set capability
provided the beep tone feature is enabled. To access the time mode, proceed as
follows:
1. From the GMRS TWO WAY mode (CH and CODE displayed), press the
Function(F) button 5 times; TIME is momentarily displayed, followed by the
indication in AM or PM.
2. To set the clock to a 12 hour display, press the right menu button once; the
hours digits will flash. (To access the 24 hour display, press the Up or Down
buttons until the AM/PM indication disappears from the display; then proceed
with the hour/minute setting.)
3. Press the Up button or Down button; the hour indication will change between
1 and 12 accordingly. As the hour indication passes through 12 noon, the AM
indication changes to PM.
4. When the hour is set, press the right menu button again; the minutes
indication will flash.
5. Press the Up or Down button; the minutes indication will change between 00
and 59 accordingly.
6. Press the right menu button again; ALARM will appear with ON or OFF
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flashing, together with the alarm icon (
7. Press the Up or Down button to set the alarm ON or OFF as desired.
8. If ON is selected, use the right/ left and Up/Down buttons to select the
desired time of alarm in the same manner as time-set in steps 2 through 5
above.
9. After all time functions have been selected and entered, press the Monitor (M)
button to confirm.
When the alarm time is reached, the unit will repeat four short beeps at 5-second
intervals; pressing any button during the alarm will snooze the alarm for 5 minutes.
To disable the alarm, repeat the above procedure and select OFF at step 7.
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STOPWATCH MODE
The stopwatch mode provides you with the capability of timing certain external functions without the need for a separate time piece. To use the stopwatch feature, proceed
as follows:
1. Press the Function (F) button 6 times; STOPWATCH appears on the display
momentarily, followed by eight zeros; each pair of zeros is separated by a colon
(:), signifying tenths-of-seconds, seconds, minutes and hours, right-to-left.
2. Press the right menu button to initiate the clock; the timing counter will
begin counting up. While timing is in progress, press the right menu button
again to stop the clock.
3. Press the right menu button to reset the stopwatch time to zero.
4. Press the left menu button to start and stop the timing counter, while the timing
is in progress, without resetting the timer function.
5. Press the Function (F) button to exit the stopwatch mode.
SETUP MODE
The SETUP mode is accessed by pressing the Function (F) button 7 times; this mode
contains a number of sub-modes designed to personalize the functions of your
GMRS-1500XTM. These sub-modes consist of the following:
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Setting the Priority radio channel
Setting the VOX delay time
Choosing the Call melody
Setting Roger Beep on or off
Setting the beep tone (key or button beep) on or off
Setting the Quiet mode on or off
Selecting a Time Out Timer setting (or none)
Entering an identification name (ID) tag for your unit
PRIORITY CHANNEL SELECT
The priority channel is the radio channel that you and others in your group will be
monitoring for activity. To select the priority channel, proceed as follows:
1. With SETUP displayed, press the right menu button once; P.. CH appears
with the channel number flashing on the right.
2. Press the Up and Down buttons to select the priority channel you wish to
use.
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3.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
When you initiate a priority scan, as explained earlier, the unit will scan between
this priority channel and the channel selected in the TWO WAY menu.
SET VOX DELAY
When the VOX function is activated in the TWO WAY mode, the VOX delay is
incorporated as selected from this menu. This delay represents the time delay
after the unit stops detecting a VOX signal and before it stops transmitting. If you
have long pauses in your speech patterns, a longer delay setting will transmit your
speech in a more articulate manner. To set the delay time, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
From the SETUP mode, press the right menu button twice; DLAY appears
with OFF (or number 1-5S) flashing.
Press the Up and Down buttons to select the desired delay time between 1
and 5 Seconds, or select OFF if no delay is needed.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
CALL MELODY SELECTION
This feature provides seven selectable call ringer melodies that alert the user that a
calling party wishes to communicate with them. Once the melody is chosen, pressing
the PTT Button (14) twice within one second will transmit the call tone selected. To
select your favorite Call Ringer melody:
1.
2.
3.
From the SETUP mode, press the right menu button three times; CALL will
appear, with OFF or number 1-7 flashing, and the call melody for that number
will sound.
Press the Up or Down Buttons to preview the seven available melodies,
stopping at the one preferred.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
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ROGER BEEP TONE SELECTION
The unit will transmit a beep tone sequence after each transmission to signal the
receiving party that transmission has ended. This tone is called a “Roger Beep”.
To enable/disable the Roger Beep tone, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
With SETUP displayed, press the right menu button five times; ROGER appears
with a flashing ON or OFF indication.
Press the Up or Down button to set the Roger Beep mode ON or OFF as desired.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
NOTE: This function must be enabled for the clock alarm function to operate.
KEY BEEP TONE SELECTION
The unit will emit a confirmation beep tone after a button has been pushed. To
enable/disable the key beep tones, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
With SETUP displayed, press the right menu button six times; BEEP appears
with a flashing ON or OFF indication.
Press the Up or Down button to select the beep mode ON or OFF as desired.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
QUIET OPERATION
Whenever you transmit, the receiving party (on the same channel) will hear the short
buzz, referred to as the “Squelch Tail”, when you finish the transmission. The unit can
be set to suppress (quiet) this noise by using the QUIET option. To enable/disable the
quiet option, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
With SETUP displayed, press the right menu button seven times; QUIET
appears with a flashing ON or OFF indication.
Press the Up or Down button to select quiet mode ON or OFF as desired.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
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TIME OUT TIMER (TOT)
This feature allows the user to limit continuous transmission times (pressing and
holding the PTT button). This feature provides four selectable time out options (OFF, 30/
60/180 seconds) the user can select:
1.
2.
3.
From the SETUP mode, press the right menu button eight times; TOT will
appear, with OFF, 30, 60 or 180 flashing.
Press the Up or Down Buttons to select the selected time out option,
stopping at the one preferred.
Press the Monitor (M) button to confirm your selection; the display returns to
SETUP.
NAME SELECTION OPTION
The name selection option provides the user with the capability of entering an
identification (ID) name into unit memory consisting of eight characters. This name, or
ID (it could also be a number or an alphanumeric combination), once entered, will
appear on the display when the unit is turned on. If no ID is entered, the AUDIOVOX icon
will be spelled out across the eight character positions on the display. To enter an ID
into unit memory, proceed as follows:
1.
2.
3.
4.
From the SETUP mode, press the right menu button nine times; NAME will
appear, with OFF or ON flashing.
Press the Up or Down button to select the name ON or OFF as desired.
If ON is selected, press the right menu button; the current name will appear with
the first character position flashing.
While the character position is flashing, press the Up and Down buttons to scroll
through the alphanumeric choices you wish to incorporate into the ID option.
NOTE:
5.
6.
In addition to alphanumeric characters, other icons are also available
for use, such as brackets, a + sign, etc.
After choosing the first character, press the right menu button to access the
second position; then use the Up and Down buttons, as before, to choose the
desired character.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 to incorporate the other seven characters as needed. One
of the available symbols can be used to occupy the unused character positions.
NOTE: This feature will retain the user settings when the batteries are removed and/
or replaced.
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KEY LOCK SELECTION MODE
This feature prevents accidental channel change to the user preferred settings of the
GMRS-1500XTM. The Key Lock feature temporarily disables all buttons except volume
Up/Down, Function (F), Monitor (M) and PTT. To access the Key Lock feature:
1. Press and hold the Function (F) button for at least 1.5 seconds; the lock icon
appears on the display and the menu (right/left) and Up/Down buttons are
disabled.
2. To exit from the key lock mode, press and hold the Function (F) button until the
key lock icon disappears from the display.
BASIC RADIO OPERATION
TO TRANSMIT:
1.
Set the desired priority 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 transmit indicator (T) will be displayed while transmitting.
4.
Release the PTT (Push-to-Talk) button when you finish speaking to receive
incoming signals.
TO RECEIVE:
1.
Set the desired channel and CTCSS code.
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 headset, if so equipped, and the Receive Signal Strength Indicator
), together with the appropriate level indicator (0-9) below, will display the
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relative strength of the signal.
MONITOR FUNCTION
The Monitor (M) 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 also be locked on by pressing the Monitor (M) button for 3 seconds; a two-tone
melody will sound. When the monitor lock has been activated, the radio will issue
background noise until a voice transmission is received. Momentarily pressing the
monitor button again will unlock the monitor function.
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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 chemicals leaking from the
batteries and corroding the transceiver.
• Avoid exposing the transceiver 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 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.
• Turn your transceiver off on board aircraft when requested to do so.
• Do not place your radio in front of a vehicle’s air-bag. If the air-bag deploys,
it could propel the transceiver like a projectile causing bodily injury.
This transceiver complies with FCC regulations for use in the United States of America.
Use in other countries may be prohibited or restricted by local regulation. Please
check with the local regulating agency before using this device outside the United
States of America.
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Technical Specifications:
General
Frequency Range:
Refer to frequency chart
GMRS Channels
15
Privacy Codes
38 for each main channel
Weather Channels
Refer to frequency chart
FM Frequency Range
87.5 to 108.0 MHz
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.5 in x 4.5 in x 1.325 in
(Without Antenna)
63.5 mm x 114.3 mm x 34.9 mm
Temperature Accuracy
±2.5ºC variation (0º - 50ºC),
±3.5ºC variation(-20º - 0º, 50º - 80ºC)
±4.5ºF variation (32º-122ºF)
±6ºF variation (-4º-32º,122º-176ºF)
Power Supply
Battery
Alkaline, AAA (4), 6.0 VDC, 1000 mAh
Operating Time
18 hours
(Transmit: Receive: Standby) (5: 5: 90
ratio)
Receiver
Useable Sensitivity
<0.28 uV
Maximum Audio Output Power
200 mW (8 Ohm )
Modulation Distortion
3% maximum (1 kHz 60%)
Transmitter
Maximum RF Output Power
2.0 Watts ERP
Range
Up to 5 miles
Maximum Deviation
2.2 +/- 0.1kHz
Modulation Distortion
2% maximum (1 kHz 60%)
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GMRS Channel Frequencies:
Channel
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Freq. MHz
Channel
462.5625
462.5875
462.6125
462.6375
462.6625
462.6875
462.7125
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Freq. MHz
462.5750
462.6250
462.6750
462.5500
462.6000
462.6500
462.7000
462.7250
Weather Channel Frequencies:
Channel
Freq. MHz
1
2
3
4
5
162.550
162.400
162.475
162.425
162.450
Channel
6
7
8*
9*
10*
*Canadian Marine
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Freq. MHz
162.500
162.525
161.650
161.775
163.275
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System Tone
Frequencies (in Hz)
CTCSS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
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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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21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35
36
37
38
* 00 = NO CODE
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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
Troubleshooting
Problem
Possible cause
Corrective Action
No transmission
while pressing
the PTT button
Weak batteries
Charge or replace batteries
Incorrect battery polarity
Install the batteries in the
directions indicated by the
battery tray.
Weak or no signal
received
Weak batteries
Charge or replace batteries
Channel and privacy
code not set the same
as target transceiver
Adjust the transceiver’s
settings to match those
settings of the target
transceiver
Volume level too low
Increase volume level
PTT button inadvertently
depressed
Release PTT button
Excessive radio interference
on a particular channel
Change to a different
channel
Obstruction of radio
signal
Avoid operating in or near
large buildings or vehicles
Transceiver
beeps, but will
not turn on when
Power button is
pressed
Batteries extremely
discharged
Charge or replace batteries
Reception of
unwanted signals
CTCSS privacy mode
not on
Turn on the CTCSS privacy
mode and set code number to
match the setting of the
target transceiver.
Interference from
electronic devices such
as computers or TVs
Turn the devices off or move
farther away from them.
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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
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defect(s), transportation prepaid, to the warranty center at the address shown below.
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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/
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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.
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Company any liability other than expressed herein in connection with the sale of this product.
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or limitation of incidental or consequential damage so the above limitations or exclusions
may not apply to you. This Warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have
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