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Two motorola T9580 radios were donated to my organisation late last year, but to date we are still not able to use them because no one understands its mode of operation, can you help me out?

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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

The simplest way to start fresh is to reset the radio by removing the batteries for an extended period of time. Thereafter,charge for at least 4 hours, power them on and the trick is to make sure both radios' display are identical, big & small numbers. Press the PTT (on the left side) to transmit and adjust the volume control for receiving/audio level.

Good luck and thank you for using FixYa.

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