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Simple HOW-TO I need a Dummies guide on how to operate these. I've read the manual set up each radio on the same channel and same CTCSS for each, but it does not tell me step by step how to start talking. Do I have to have the monitor button on? HELP!! :-)

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If your radios are set identical to one another, you simple need to press the push-to-talk button (PTT) and hold it in while talking. Let go when you are not talking, in order for the other person to be able to press their PTT and talk back to you. The monitor button is only for checking to see if other users are talking on your same frequency, and if so, you are to be polite and not talk over the top of them. (So the rules say.)

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