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Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS Monitor Button Dead

Have not used these in two years brought out of storage today and function tested them. On one the monitor button was working and now it does not. Checked transmit and receive is fine but no Squelch...when monitor button is pushed. Tryed changing batteries to no avail. Any suggestions or a known reliable repair place?

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  • ammoguy Jan 10, 2009

    Further info: Compared two units. The monitor button does not have a positive click feel when you push it. Possibly sticking. Can any one tell me how to dis-assemble this so I can free/inspect the button underneath?

  • ammoguy Jan 11, 2009

    Thank you. For the info. I was able to just now get a look through the empty battery compartment to look at the problem. The rubber button was dislocated next to the main white plastic button. It was wedged not allowing it to reseat. I carefully relocated the rubber back on top of white button and functioned it for 5 min with no further problems. Wonder why this happened...Never happened before. I did need to get it fixed due to th PL was enabled, and without it functioning it would not allow for changing of privacy channels.

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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: http://www.eradiostore.com/cart/images/repair_request.pdf

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    eradiostore Jan 12, 2009

    Glad you were able to fix the problem. You are correct. To set the PL you would need this button to function. Best regards.

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