We haven't used our t6210 talkabouts for a few years, and now, after
replacing the batteries, one of the radios won't turn on. The unit that
won't turn on had a little battery corrosion on one of the contacts but
was cleaned and didn't show any leakage into the unit. Any ideas on
cause or cost for repair?
Thank you, Clint
I had the same problem. I opened the battery cover, to access the back of the radio (no batteries installed). There are two areas the batteries contact the case using a spring clip type of contact, the upper left corner and the lower right corner. Lucky for me, my corrosion was confined to only the lower right corner which is easier to access. Remove the two screws at the bottom of the radio, at this point you'll be able to slip a small screw driver between the black and yellow casing at the area just above the screw you previously removed (this creates some pressure to further separate the case). Then in the slot just above where you placed the screw driver, grab a second screw driver and pry the yellow casing tabs outboard so you can further separate the case. Do the same for the opposite side. Now you will be able to access the little spring tab clip on the lower right side. I placed a napkin around the spring tab and some vinegar/water solution (alkaline neutralizing solution) to further clean the tab. Wipe up the excess solution with the napkin and allow it to dry. Get some fine grit sandpaper and clean the spring tab and the areas the tab will contact. Put the radio back together using this process in reverse and try it out. Again, as I said the battery corrosion on my radio was confined to the lower right side, so I didn't have to access the other spring tab. And the corrosion on mine did not corrode the tabs all the way so all I had to do was clean it.
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Re: turning unit on
It sounds like you may have internal corrosion damage, possibly from the battery situation or from having been damp at some time. If cleaning the battery contact with a pencil eraser doesn't do the trick, you are out of luck. This model is not repairable, as parts and schematics are not available, it would need to be replaced. Here is a link to the owners manual http://www.usersmanualguide.com/motorola/2-way_radio/t6210
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You did not mention if the display comes on and they look functional, yet do not work. If the radio actually powers up. We will go from the idea the radio powers up and present a few troubleshooting ideas:
1) Clean your battery contacts. Use a pencil eraser and clean the contacts both in the radio and on the battery. If you are using a Motorola rechargeable battery pack, you should also clean the battery contacts on the charger. (Note: rechargeable NiMH and Li-Ion batteries have a 14-18 month life expectancy. Signs of a bad battery include: no or intermittent transmit, the radio shutting off when the PTT is depressed, lots of static when receiving, and/or erratic display.)
2) Set your interference code eliminator (code) back to zero (off), and do the same with your Qt filter if you radio is equipped with one. This will put you back to a very basic operation.
3) Check your VOX or iVOX settings, be certain these are also turned off.
4) Check your accessory jack to see if something is plugged into the hole. Remove any and all accessories to try in a basic form of operation.
5) Moisture is the enemy. Be certain radios are not stored near air conditioners, humidifiers, etc.
If the above items do not solve the problem, you likely will need to retire the units. As for your next venture. If you go with the Motorola TalkAbout line, examine your radios before the one year mark, save the receipt, most have a one year warranty. If you are wanting an all around better radio, look at the Commerical line of radios offered by Motorola, ie. CP110 and BPR40. They would offer a better durability and are designed to do a 40 hour work week.
The Motorola TalkAbout Distance and Distance DPS radios have a rechargeable NiCd battery pack (HNN9056 and/or HNN9044). Use of this battery pack is the best method for powering the radio. This type of battery pack has a 18-24 month life expectancy. You can determine the age of your battery from the date code on the back of the battery above the stop sign. The first digit is the year and the next two are the week of the year. Ex: 919 would read 2009 the 19th week.
The DPS model came with both a NiCd battery tray and an Alkaline battery tray. While the NiCd battery pack is the best option for fully powering your radio, along with being the most economical option, in a pinch or when charging is not available the 6 Alkaline batteries will power the radio for up to 18 hours. Note: Replacement battery trays are no longer available, it is advisable to keep both trays. If one fails, you will have the other as a backup.
The TalkAbout Distance is a repairable radio. The consumer replaceable parts are the NiCd battery pack, belt clip, antenna and charger.
This is typically a sign of a bad or low battery. Try swapping the batteries with a known good unit and see if the problem goes away. If so, replace the battery pack. If it is not the battery, the radio has a deeper problem.
Yes, they should be compatible. You are correct in shutting off your eaves drop reducer. You might also check to see you have your interference eliminator code set to zero (off). We have been unable to find a good online source for a user guide for the T200, but if memory serves, they do not have "code". Here is a link to the very similar T280 guide: http://www.giantintl.com/ContentManage/manuals/Moto/T280_User_Manual.pdf
Between the two radios there should be 14 frequencies in common. If you continue to have difficulties you might check to see if your batteries are good and/or fully charged. This also can interfere with good communications.
Handheld radios generally will talk "radio-to-radio", "line-of-sight" up to 2 miles. Once you start putting obstacles in between the radios you will shorten your range. Even the body fluid of the person wearing the radio on their hip will absorb some of the range. Talking from inside of a building to outside you might expect 1/4 to 1/2 mile. Good rule of thumb: Height and placementof your antenna determines range. The higher the antenna, the further you can talk. If you are talking from on a mountain top to a valley below you can talk as far as you can see.
Increasing Range: Hold your radio perpendicular to the ground, not slanted like you would hold a phone. This problem alone could decrease your range 2/3s. Don't shout CB-style, shouting reduces talk-range. Lastly, use good batteries. This will ensure your transmit capability.
I bought these phones at a yard sale for $2.00, One phone powered up, the other did not. Of course the first thing you think is battery; right? Interestingly swapping the battery with the working ohone made no difference, the unit still would not turn on. After a close inspection, I noticed variation in the way and the shape in which the battery contactors were bent to make contact. I used a snall knife point and re-shaped the contacts into more of a vee shape, just like the ones on the working unit, I replaced the battery and the unit still did not turn on. I tried swapping batteries again and whala; the unit powered up and worked perfectly,
First check your batteries. Try the battery pack from a known good radio. If you do not have a battery problem, your issue is probably non-reversible. Sorry. This style radio is non-repairable. The repairable Talkabout units include the Distance, Distance DPS, the TA-7400 and TA-7200.