I have a set of Motorolla Talkabouts That are my father in laws and he would like to know how to use them. I can't make it work without a manual. Could you help? My Model # is P14SPA03P2AA. The Date of the back says Dec/18/1998.
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Here is a link to the user guide. First you should check the programming and be certain the frequency, code and Qt filter (if any) match one another. For simple operation turn off (zero) the code and Qt filter.
Here is a link to a list of older TalkAbout user manuals. Use the pulldown menu to look at various models. In general, most of them program similarly by using the menu button to select the feature and the PTT button to lock in the change. http://www.giantintl.com/motorolafrsold.htm
You most likely will need to program your radios to match one another. Pay special attention to the interference eliminator code and the the Qt filter (if any). Both radios must match perfectly to communicate.
I have not looked up the T5420 user guide, however, on most Motorola TalkAbouts you hold in the minus (-) button while turning the radio on. Post back if this doesn't work, and we'll find the manual for you.
Any of the FRS radios on the market should be able to communicate with your TalkAbouts. Most have the typical 14 or so FRS frequencies installed. Your T5410 has an interference eliminator, when set to anything other than zero, it will block out other users on your frequency. If you use this option, you will need to chose radios with this feature. Some of the cheaper off-brands do not offer it.
What you have described is typical of the radios not being on the same frequency and/or code. If you know how to put your radios in programming mode, set all the frequencies and codes to the same number, then they will work together. If you still have the owners manual it will describe this process. Usually with a TalkAbout radio it consists of holding in the PTT while turning the radio on.
As you are probably aware, the radio will have approx. 14 frequencies installed. You can usually select these easily from the front panel. The second number you see in the corner of the screen when you turn on the radio is the "code". This is an interference eliminator. All of your radios need to be set to the same code to work correctly together. If you find one or more of your radios does not have "code", simply set those that have "code" to zero.