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Have a motorola Distance DPS and the Monitor button just stopped working?

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How do u unlock the motorola gp688

do you mean to remove the cover to access the battery compartment???? If so, the two slotted clips (colored black) on on both sides of the unit pop downward (if the unit is laying face up), you'll see a red colored inner piece, repeat the process with the other side and then simply slide the cover (the section between "Mic" and "Talkabout Distance DPS" down and off ---- anything other than that, I'm lost.
real simple operation!

Nov 16, 2010 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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Motorola Talk About distance dps battery tray bad. Where might i locate another b tray. THANKS! MODEL P24SRY03G2AA

Unfortunately replacement battery trays (both alkaline and rechargeable NiCd type) for the TalkABout Distance and Distance DPS have not been available for several years. We have had some success in repairing existing trays, here in the repair shop, if the damage is not too severe. As for a source, you might watch ebay for another unit for parts, or replacing your existing radio. Be certain to quiz the seller on the condition of the battery tray.

Best regards.

Nov 05, 2010 | Motorola Talkabout Distance (10 Channels)...

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Need battery tray for motorola dps radio

[This is not a solution, but a commentary on the need for a tray. Please do not rate this post, as it is meant for informational purposes only.]

This is more common that you might think. The battery trays (both 6-AA Alkaline and NiCd rechargeable-style) have not been available for a few years from Motorola. From a nationwide repair center perspective, we find some damaged trays can be repaired, and some owners find a "parts radio" from sources such as ebay.

For those of you reading this posting which have the TalkAbout Distance or Distance DPS, let this please be a reminder to take care of your trays. Once the tray is gone, the radio is not functional, nor can it be repaired.

Best wishes on your search and please post back if you do find one.

Best regards.

Aug 13, 2010 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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How to charge battery in Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS

You can obtain a wall adapter style charger for your radio at your local Motorola dealer, or online at

Sidenote: The rechargeable battery is good for about 2 to 3 years. You can tell the age of your battery by looking at the date code on the back of the battery above the stop sign. The first number is the year, the next two numbers are the week of the year. 915 would be 2009 the 15th week. (Or if very old it could be 1999 the 15th week.) A good battery, when charged will go an 8-10 hour day.

Keep both of your charge trays, replacements for these are no longer available.

Apr 12, 2009 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS Monitor Button Dead

To remove the button properly/safely, you will need a frame removal tool. This extracts the component board from the radio, and then you can get to the back side of the button assembly. This tool is available for around $5-$7 at most Motorola dealers.

Note: The monitor button is not frequently used, so if the PTT button is working properly, I would not be concerned with the monitor button. The purpose of the monitor button is for the user, when using the radio with the "interference code eliminator" turned on, to be able to check for radio traffic on the frequency before transmitting. Very seldom is anyone so polite as to check.

If you are needing to have the unit repaired, here is a link to some info:

Jan 10, 2009 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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Motorola talkabout distance dps

You can change the squelch setting with the user buttons, You could set a PL or DPL but the other radio's that you talk to will need the same setting.
Go here for the manual:

Dec 08, 2008 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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New pair of new motorola talkabout distance dps radios.

can you check the PL or DPL setting on the radio that is all stadic when you receive a call?

The radio is going into monitor mode after a call is received. This is most often a PL or DPL issue.

Dec 08, 2008 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

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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.

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