Question about BellSouth 2231TE (22 Channels) 2-Way Radio

1 Answer

Neither Radio Transmits or Recieves

I'm about to move and wanted to use the rados for the long trip because of bad cell phone reception on the highway, however neither radio will transmit or recieve anything. The radios still make noise when the buttons are pressed but I'm having no luck getting them to transmit out or recieve. I'll press the PTT but the other radio won't recieve. It's the same with the other radio too. Also - on one radio there is a little red light that comes on (I'm assuming to let me know the microphone is active) but it only applies to one radio and not the other. Are these radios worthless? Or am I overlooking something entirely obvious?

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 123 Answers
Re: Neither Radio Transmits or Recieves

Have you checked that both radios are in the same Channel and the same Squelch Code? are the batteries ok? any rust in the battery contacts? Some FRS radios gets a Malfuntion, and the syntom is like that, check this first

Posted on Jan 19, 2007

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Motorola. Transmits, but why can't it receive?

Two issues come to mind:
1) The radio has a different private line (PL) code than the other radios.
2) The radio needs repair. Possibly a bad speaker, or other problem. Try plugging an audio device into the radio and see if you can hear then. If so, you have a bad speaker.

Best regards.

Jan 25, 2016 | Two-Way Radios

1 Answer

I can't transmit on my rs82 radio although the station can receive

Simrad RS82. Ok, can you switch to 1 watt and see if it transmits on low power? If it does, check all wiring and your power source (battery or power supply) for enough voltage. Marine radios often get corrosion on connections. Later, check your external antenna and connectors. Of course, you can never transmit on the pre programmed weather channels.

Oct 01, 2015 | Two-Way Radios

1 Answer

How to change bands. The radio won't go below 220.00MHz. I want to go to Hit my repeater at 147.120MHz ? HELP

your repeater transmits at 147.120,your radio transmits on a different frequency to the reapeater otherwise you would repeat right from the radio,you need to program your radio and repeater together,try a baofung radio and vertex 100 repeater,i have them and they work good,the radio is 30 bucks on ebay

Jul 13, 2015 | Universal Professional TYT TH-9000 VHF...

1 Answer

Flashing red light on radio where it thinks its recieving. Transmits fine but does not recieve.

Three things come to mind:
1) The radio is receiving, hence the light, but you may have a different PL code than the other radio and it is muting the transmission. Check your programming to be certain both radios are programmed alike. The red light indicates activity on your frequency.
2) Your radio may have a problem with the receive side of the radio or a bad speaker.
3) The transmitting radio may have a problem with transmit. This can be a sign of a bad battery. Swap batteries and see if the problem moves to the other radio. If so, replace the battery. (It takes more energy to transmit than to receive, so loss of transmit is common with a bad battery.)
Best regards.

Apr 15, 2013 | Motorola CP200 Two Way Radio

1 Answer

My BPR40 transmits to one radio but can't respond ?

Check your PL/DPL settings among the radios. You may not have them programmed the same as one another. PL (aka private line) blocks out other users who do not have the same code as one another. Your radio which receives could be set with no PL code and it receives and hears every thing, so it would hear the other two, but not talk to them if they have a PL code setting.

Another way to check this is typically the dealer who programmed them will have the side button directly under the PTT programmed for Monitor. If you press this button a short press you should temporarily go into "open squelch" and you would be able to hear everything on your frequency. Try pressing this button on one of your "two" radios and see if they can hear the "one" radio. If so, you know it is a programming issue. (provided the button is programmed to Monitor). If pressing the Monitor button does not allow temporary communication, you have another issue.

If the green light on the radio seems to come on and stay on continuously, the radio is in need of repair. (Average flat rate repair on tehese BPR40s are around $79 currently at many repair centers.)

Best regards.

Jan 14, 2013 | Motorola Mag One BPR40 Two Way Radio

1 Answer

When i try to talk on another motorola spirit mu21cv it makes a cracking/static sound and it transmits what im saying but i have to have it very loud for it to work and even then it makes a very loud...

Two things come to mind. First, you may have a bad battery. It is typical for a bad battery to cause the radio to have static, or poor transmit. Second, you may not have the radios set to the same frequency as one another, or one is on a narrowband frequency, and the other is wideband. (Depending on the age of the two units.)

Try switching the batteries between a working radio and the staticy radio. See if the problem moves to the other radio. If so, replace your batteries.

Check your programming, if you don't know how, contact your local Motorola dealer or give us a call (google our name). We can walk you through programming over the phone.

Lastly, if all these suggestions fail, your radio may be in need of repair. Flat rate repair is currently around $69 ea.

Best regards.

Oct 18, 2010 | Motorola MU21CV (1 Channel) 2-Way Radio

1 Answer

Scratchy Transmission

The first thing which comes to mind is a bad battery pack. You might try switching the batteries between the two units and see if the problem moves to the other unit.

Secondly, if you only have two radios, it could be the opposite radio has poor receive. You could have a damaged or defective speaker in the receiving unit.

Third, check the speaker grill and mic holes on both units to see they are clear of debris.

If all these items check out, you may need to eventually replace the defective radio. However, to determine which one is defective by trying them with a known good radio.

Jan 13, 2009 | Motorola Talkabout T6210 (14 Channels)...

1 Answer

Motorola Talkabout T5400

Hello, There is not compability issue, sounds like you have a mic problem because you hear the Roger Beep and that means that the transmition and Reception cicle is working if you could test an audio accesorie would be great. There is another possibility if one of the radios is out of frequency you could experiment the same symtoms.

Apr 16, 2007 | Motorola Talkabout T5400 (14 Channels)...

Not finding what you are looking for?
BellSouth 2231TE (22 Channels) 2-Way Radio Logo

Related Topics:

145 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top BellSouth Two-Way Radios Experts

Cindy Wells

Level 3 Expert

4722 Answers


Level 3 Expert

3287 Answers


Level 3 Expert

3018 Answers

Are you a BellSouth Two-Way Radio Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides