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GMRS-50
General Mobile Radio Service
Two-Way Radio
Owner's Manual
Table of Contents
About Your GMRS-50 Radio....................................................... 1
Package Contents.......................................................................... 1
About Maxon / Topaz3................................................................ 1
Safety Information......................................................................... 2
FCC Licensing Information.......................................................... 2
FCC Forms and Information.................................................. 3
Radio Controls / Functions.......................................................... 4
Battery Charging and Care.......................................................... 5
Installing and Removing the Battery Pack ................................ 5
Antenna Installation..................................................................... 6
Attaching and Removing the Belt Clip...................................... 6
GMRS-50 Operation.................................................................... 6
Power On- Volume - Power Off ............................................ 6
To Transmit............................................................................. 7
To Receive............................................................................... 7
Status Indicators and Audible Alert Tones................................ 7
Accessories.................................................................................... 8
Pre-Programmed Frequencies..................................................... 9
Programmable Features............................................................... 9
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS)........... 9
Scan Mode............................................................................. 10
Recycling / Disposal of Batteries............................................... 10
Radio Maintenance / Service..................................................... 11
Software Copyrights.................................................................... 12
Warranty Service Instructions.................................................... 12
Product Warranty Statement.......................... Inside Back Cover
About Your GMRS-50 Radio
Congratulations, you now own the Maxon GMRS-50 two-way
radio. Featuring 16 channel, 5 Watt operation, the GMRS-50
provides superior performance and reliability. Operation and
functions for your radio are described in this instruction manual.
We urge you to thoroughly read this manual before operating
the radio.
Package Contents
Remove and carefully inspect the contents of your package(s)
for the following items:
Radio Transceiver Unit
Antenna
Belt Clip
Rechargeable Ni-Cad Battery Pack
Desktop Charger
Operating Instructions
If any items are missing, please contact the place of purchase or
Topaz3, 800-821-7848, Ext. 499.
About Maxon / Topaz 3
Maxon is a world respected name in professional FM two-way
radio equipment operating in the UHF, VHF and 800 MHz
freqeuncies; personal two-way communication devices, including
the popular FRS (Family Radio Service) and GMRS radios; and
a variety of wireless communication products (two-way voice
messaging handsets, Wireless Local Loop terminals, etc.).
Topaz3 is the exclusive supplier of Maxon products to North
America. For more specific product information, visit our
website: www.topaz3.com
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Safety Information
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), with its action
in General Docket 93-62, November 7, 1997, has adopted a safety
standard for human exposure to Radio Frequency (RF) electromagnetic energy emitted by FCC regulated equipment. We
subscribe to the same safety standard for the use of this product.
Proper operation of this radio will result in user exposure far
below the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Federal
Communications Commission limits.
WARNING - DO NOT hold the radio in such a manner that
the antenna is next to, or touching, exposed parts of the body,
especially the face or eyes, while transmitting.
WARNING - DO NOT allow children to operate transmitter equipped radio equipment.
CAUTION - DO NOT operate the radio near unshielded
electrical blasting caps or in an explosive atmosphere unless
it is a type especially designed and qualified for such use.
CAUTION - DO NOT press and hold the transmit switch (P-T-T)
when not actually wishing to transmit.
NOTE: This radio operates in FCC regulated frequency bands.
All radios must be licensed by the FCC before use. Because this
radio contains a transmitter, Federal law prohibits unauthorized
use or adjustments of this radio.
FCC Licensing Information
Before using your Maxon GMRS-50, you must obtain / possess a
radio license issued by the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC). It is illegal to transmit without the appropriate license.
The GMRS-50 operates on General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS)
frequencies, which are allocated by the FCC for personal uses,
including recreation and travel.
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FCC Licensing Information, Continued
FCC Forms and Information
To obtain a FCC license to operate your GMRS-50 radio, you must
submit FCC Form 574 directly to the FCC at this address:
Federal Communications Commission
General Mobile Radio Service
P.O. Box 358230
Pittsburgh, PA 15251-5230
To obtain current FCC forms and filing instructions, you can:
• Have the forms mailed to you by calling the FCC Forms
Hotline 1-800-418-FORM (3676).
• Have the forms faxed to you by the FCC's Fax Information
System by calling 1-202-418-0177.
Request Form 574 for Maxon model GMRS-50G. A booklet entitled
"Form 574 Instructions" can be obtained as well.
For more information regarding the licensing application, contact:
the FCC at 888-CALL-FCC (225-5322).
You are required to have in your possession a current copy of Part
90 of the FCC Rules and Regulations before operating your radio. It
is your responsibility to insure your radio operates in accordance
with the guidelines established by the FCC. You should familiarize
yourself with Part 90 of the FCC Rules before operating your radio.
NOTE: FCC Rule 95.5 applies to GMRS radios, as they are for
personal use only.
To obtain current copies of FCC Rules, Part 90 or Part 95, contact:
Superintendent of Documents
Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20402-9371
or by phone: 1-888-225-5322 (8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST, Monday
thru Friday, excluding Holidays).
Many larger metropolitan areas have U.S. Government book stores.
Check the business listings of your local telephone directory under
"Government Book Stores" for listings and locations.
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Radio Controls / Functions
A Antenna Receptacle
B Channel Selector Knob
C Busy/TX/BT Indicator
D On/Off - Volume Control
E Accessory Jacks
F Speaker
G Microphone
H Battery
I Push-To-Talk (P-T-T)
J Monitor Button
Not shown:
Belt Clip (on back)
Battery Charge Contacts (on back)
Battery Latch (on bottom)
A
BC D
E
J
F
I
G
H
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Battery Charging and Care
To ensure peak performance from your radio, the battery pack
must be fully charged. Proper care and charging will allow
maximum performance and life from your battery pack.
The GMRS-50 comes standard with a desktop charger. Turn radio
off and insert into charger. The charging cycle with this charger is
overnight (12-16 hours).
The optional QPA-1130 Dual Slot /Dual Rate Desktop Charger
provides quick charging in 1.5 hours and normal "slow" charging.
The charger has two wells, one accommodates a radio with battery
attached; the other is for a battery removed from the radio.
See accompanying instructions included with these chargers for
more information.
To receive maximum performance from your radio and battery
pack, periodically completely discharge and recharge the battery
pack.
Installing and Removing the Battery Pack
Hold the radio face down in your hand. To attach the battery
pack, pick up the pack by the sides and hold it so that the four
charging contacts are facing upward, positioned toward the bottom.
Visually locate the "up" arrows embossed inside the radio, then
place the pack onto the radio, positioning the top of the pack to
slightly cover the arrows. Using your fingertips, ensure the pack is
flush with the radio sides. The channels in the pack will align with
the guides on the radio.
Slide the battery pack upward slowly. A click will verify that
the battery pack is securely positioned.
Remove the battery pack by holding the radio face down in your
hand. Slide and hold the battery latch (at the base of radio) then
gently apply pressure to move the battery pack slightly downward.
The pack will release from the radio's guide rails. Lift the battery
pack straight up and away from the radio.
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Antenna Installation
Attach the antenna by turning clockwise into the antenna receptacle
on top of the radio.
Attaching and Removing the Belt Clip
To attach the belt clip to the radio's battery pack, hold the clip
and slide it into the recessed area at the top of the pack. A click will
verify the clip is securely positioned. To remove the clip, press and
hold the release tab toward the clip while gently pulling the belt
clip assembly off the radio.
GMRS-50 Series Operations
Power On - Volume - Power Off
Turn the radio on by rotating the on /off - volume control clockwise
until you hear a click and a single tone. Increase the radio volume
by continuing the clockwise rotation. To turn the radio off when you
have finished transmitting, receiving, etc., rotate the control counterclockwise to detent.
To Transmit
CAUTION
OPERATION OF THE TRANSMITTER WITHOUT
A PROPER ANTENNA INSTALLED MAY RESULT IN
PERMANENT DAMAGE TO THE RADIO
NOTE: FCC Rules and Regulations require that you monitor a
channel for activity before transmitting.
Press the monitor button to monitor the channel for activity. To
avoid interrupting another user, make sure the channel is clear
before you begin transmitting.
The tri-color LED located on the top panel can help with channel
monitoring. It will glow amber if RF activity is present; or green if
the transmission has a CTCSS tone that matches a tone programmed
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GMRS-50 Series Operations, Continued
for receive in your radio. When the LED is not illuminated, the
radio is indicating a "clear" channel.
When the channel is clear, hold the radio upright with the antenna
vertical and the front microphone area about 2-3 inches from the
mouth, keeping the antenna away from the face and eyes. Press
and hold the P-T-T bar on the side of the radio, and speak slowly
and clearly into the microphone area.
NOTE: The LED will glow red when transmitting. This indicator
should be on continuously while the P-T-T bar is being pressed
and the radio is transmitting. Should the red LED be "flashing",
the battery needs to be recharged and transmission will cease.
Recharge the battery before attempting more than one transmission.
To Receive
When you have finished transmitting, release the P-T-T bar to
receive.
Status Indicators and Audible Alert Tones
Your GMRS-50 radio has a sophisticated microprocessor control
which provides a series of audible alert tones. Upon initial power
up, a single tone indicates that the self-test of the microprocessor
functions has been completed satisfactorily. A tone, or series of
tones, may be sounded with any of the following conditions:
• Attempt to transmit on a channel set for receive only
• Transmitting time has exceeded time-out timer time of 5 minutes
of continuous transmitting
• Low battery condition
• Selecting a channel with no frequency programmed on it
See the Status Indicators and Audible Alert Tones chart on next page
for full detail.
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Status Indicators and Audible Alert Tones
STATUS
NORMAL
DESCRIPTION
Power On - Ready
LED COLOR
N/A
AUDIBLE TONE
Single tone
Busy Channel
Correct all w/ tone
Amber
Green
N/A
N/A
Transmit
Scan is initiated
Red
Green, flashing
N/A
N/A
WARNING
Time-Out Timer
Battery Low
N/A
Red, flashing
Single tone
Four beeps, repeat
ERROR
EEPROM Error
PLL Error
Red, flashing
Red, flashing
Single beep, repeat
Double beep, repeat
Filtering Error
Red, flashing
Triple beep, repeat
SCAN
Accessories
The Maxon GMRS-50 radio is designed to work with a variety
of accessory products, including:
QPA-1200G*
CA-1410C
QPA-1130
QPA-1135*
QPA-1425
QPA-1480
QPA-1491
QPA-1496C
SPK-400C
1200 mAh Ni-Cad Battery Pack
AC/DC Wall Trickle Charger
Dual Slot /Dual Rate Desktop Charger
with Power Supply
Desktop Charger
Lapel Speaker /Microphone
Voice Operated /P-T-T Mini-VOX Headset
Heavy Duty Leather Case
Camouflage Canvas Case
Programming Kit (required for CTCSS)
* Comes standard with the GMRS-50 radio.
These accessories can be purchased from your local Maxon Dealer,
or you may contact Topaz3 at 816/891-6320, ext. 705.
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Pre-Programed Frequencies
Your GMRS-50 radio
frequencies:
462.5500
462.5750
462.6000
462.6250
462.6500
462.6750
462.7000
462.7250
462.5625
462.5875
462.6125
462.6375
462.6625
462.6875
462.7125
SCAN
comes pre-programmed on the following
GMRS Channel 1
GMRS Channel 2
GMRS Channel 3
GMRS Channel 4
GMRS Channel 5
GMRS Channel 6
GMRS Channel 7
GMRS Channel 8
FRS Channel 9 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 10 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 11 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 12 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 13 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 14 / GMRS Interstitial
FRS Channel 15 / GMRS Interstitial
Programmable Features
Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System (CTCSS)
CTCSS is used to give you semi-private conversation by eliminating unwanted reception of signals on the same channel, but not
programmed with the same CTCSS code. There are 38 standard
tones you can program on any channel. An SPK-400C Programming
Kit is required (sold separately) for programming CTCSS.
The CTCSS tones are as
OFF
85.4
67.0
88.5
71.9
91.5
74.4
94.8
77.0
97.4
79.7
100.0
82.5
103.5
follows:
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
167.9
9
172.8
173.8
179.9
186.2
203.5
210.7
218.1
225.7
233.6
241.8
250.3
Programmable Features, Continued
Scan Mode
The GMRS-50 allows for a channel scan function programmed onto
Channel 16 only, (making the radio a 15 channel radio with scan).
No channel frequency may be programmed onto Channel 16 with
scan. The scan function will scan all programmed channels (Channel
1 - 15).
To initiate the scan mode, (when programmed), turn the channel
selector knob to Channel 16 position - the radio will start to scan.
The top panel LED will flash green as the radio is scanning.
If conversation is detected on any channel, the radio will stop on
that channel and you will be able to hear the conversation. You will
be able to transmit (TX) on that active channel during the scan delay
time of 5 seconds. Scan delay time is the amount of time the radio
will stay on a channel once activity has ceased. The radio will
resume scanning once the scan delay time has expired. Scanning
will continue until the channel is changed.
Recycling/Disposal of Batteries
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies used
Ni-Cd batteries as hazardous waste, unless certain exemptions
apply.
The battery should be recycled at the end of its useful life. Under
various state or local laws, such batteries must be recycled or
disposed of properly and cannot be dumped in landfills or
incinerators.
A national program to collect and recycle used Ni-Cd batteries
is being implemented by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation (RBRC ™).
The following is a list of facilities where the batteries can be shipped
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Recycling/Disposal of Batteries, Continued
to be recycled. Contact these facilities for proper packaging and
shipping guidelines.
INMETCO
245 Portersville Road
Ellwood City, PA 16117
Tel: 724-758-2800
Fax: 724-758-2845
KINSBURSKY BROTHERS INC.
1314 N. Lemon Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Tel: 714-738-8516
800#: 800-548-8797
Fax: 714- 441-0857
Radio Maintenance /Service
Your GMRS-50 Series radio is designed to be maintenance free. To
keep your radio in good working condition:
Clean external surfaces with a clean cloth dampened in a
solution of dishwasher detergent diluted in water. Apply the
solution sparingly to avoid any moisture leaking into cracks and
crevices. Do not submerge the radio. Use a non-metallic brush
to dislodge stubborn particles, if necessary. Dry the surface
thoroughly with a soft, lint free cloth.
DO NOT use solvents or spirits for cleaning - they may
permanently damage the housing.
Clean the battery contacts on the back of the radio with a lint
free cloth to remove dirt, grease, or other foreign material that
may impede good electrical contact.
DO NOT tamper with internal adjustments. Damage to the
equipment and/or improper operationmay result. There are
not user serviceable items inside the radio.
It is recommended that you return your radio to the place of
purchase for any service or repairs, or call Topaz3 direct at:
816/891-6320, ext. 499.
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Software Copyrights
The Maxon product(s) described in these operating instructions
may include copyrighted Maxon software programs stored in semiconductor memories or other media. Laws in the United States and
other countries preserve for Maxon certain exclusive rights for
copyrighted software programs, including the exclusive right to
copy or reproduce in any form the copyrighted software program.
Accordingly, the copyrighted Maxon software programs contained
in the Maxon products described in this operating instruction
manual may not be copied or reproduced without the express
written permission of Maxon. Furthermore, the purchase of
Maxon products shall not be deemed to grant either directly
or by implication, estoppel, or otherwise, any license under the
copyrights, patents or patent applications of Maxon, except for
normal non-exclusive royalty free license to use that arises by
operation of law in the sale of a product.
Warranty Service Instructions
Refer to the Operating Instructions section of this Owner’s Manual
for proper operation and adjustments.
If the problem cannot be corrected by reference to this Owner's
Manual, return the product with proof of purchase (a sales receipt)
to the place of purchase, or call the Customer Service Department
for assistance, 1-800-821-7848, Ext. 499.
FOR YOUR RECORDS
Purchase Date:
Purchased From:
Serial Number:
KEEP THIS INFORMATION IN A SAFE PLACE.
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Product Warranty
Topaz3 warrants that the Products and included accessories sold herein will be free from
defects in workmanship or materials under normal use and service for a period of one (1)
year from the date of purchase by the original end user, provided that the buyer has complied
with the requirements stated herein. This warranty is offered to the initial end user and is
not assignable or transferable. Topaz3 is not responsible for any ancillary equipment which
is attached to or used in conjunction with Maxon products.
If the Product fails to function under normal use because of manufacturing defect(s) or
workmanship during the one (1) year period following the date of purchase, it will be replaced
or repaired at Topaz3's option at no charge when returned to the place of purchase. The
defective unit must be accompanied by proof of the date of purchase in the form of a sales
receipt.
The sole obligation of Topaz3 hereunder shall be to replace or repair the Product covered
in this Warranty. Replacement, at Topaz3's option, may include a similar or higher-featured
product. Repair may include the replacement of parts or boards with functionally equivalent
reconditioned or new parts or boards. Replaced parts, accessories, batteries, or boards are
warranted for the balance of the original time period. All replaced parts, accessories, batteries
or boards become the property of Topaz3.
Topaz3 shall have no obligation to make repairs or to cause replacement required through
normal wear and tear or necessitated in whole or in part by catastrophe, fault or negligence
of the user, improper or unauthorized alterations or repairs to the Product, use of the Product
in a manner for which it was not designed, or by causes external to the Product. This warranty
is void if the serial number is altered, defaced or removed.
The user is responsible for the payment of any charges or expenses incurred for the removal
of the defective product from the vehicle or site of its use, for the transportation of the
product to the place of repair, for the return of the repaired / replaced product to the site
of its use and for the reinstallation of the product.
THE EXPRESS WARRANTIES CONTAINED HEREIN ARE IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER
WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, INCLUDING,
WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
FOR ANY PRODUCT WHICH DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE WARRANTY SPECIFIED,
THE SOLE REMEDY WILL BE REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT. IN NO EVENT WILL TOPAZ3
BE LIABLE TO THE BUYER OR ITS CUSTOMERS FOR ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING
ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, OR FOR
THE LOSS OF PROFIT, REVENUE OR DATA ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR THE
INABILITY TO USE THE PRODUCT.
This warranty is void for sales and deliveries outside of the U. S. A.
For more information, contact:
Topaz3, LLC
10828 NW Air World Drive
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
(Within USA) Phone: 1-800-821-7848, Ext. 399
(Outside USA) Phone: 1-816-891-6320, Ext. 399
Fax: 816/891-8815
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