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Assuming you had been communicating in the past and you are now close enough for testing purposes - Can the other radio talk to you? Bad microphones are the most often probelm Either you can't transmit or the other unit can't receive. How do you know? Go to the Radio Shop. If you use a repeater service - it may be dead. Your units may need testing
Try reprogramming your radios back to a very basic mode with all the special features turned off (or set to zero), including the interference eliminator code, Qt filter (if any), and call alerts, etc. Make certain your frequency matches on both radios. The radios should communicate easily in this configuration. If not, since they are new radios, contact Motorola using the number your user guide and talk to them about warranty replacement.
This radio comes with programmed channels and tone codes programmed into it. Should it still be stock the the diagram below is what you will use. The tones programed into are there to prevent someone on the same frequency from interfering with your conversation. It's a way of isolating the frequency. These are adjusted by the A,B,C,D You will know what frequency it is by the channel indicated. As for weather or not it will communicate with a Motorola talk about the answer is no. This radio is a VHF frequency and the talk about is MURS.
Most likely your CTCSS tone codes are not turned on on the Midland radios. The CTCSS codes are also known as "Privacy Codes" or similar. They will be from 1 to 38. Your Midland manual will tell how to set the codes on the radios. The Motorolas usually show the selected tone code below the channel number. Alternately, you may be able to turn off the tone code on the Motorola radio(s) by setting it to "0" or "off". Then you will not need codes turned on on any of your radios and they should all communicate fine.
1) Programming of special features is inhibiting communications. Reprogram the radio(s) back to a basic mode with the special features, code and Qt filter (if any) turned off (zero). Then check to see if communications improves.
2) You could have a Transmit problem with the other radio. This could be caused by a bad or low battery or even a sticking PTT. Try trading the batteries with a known good radio and see if the problem changes or moves to the other radio.
3) Your radio could be failing. If you have changed the batteries to known good batteries, and tested the radio with more than one other radio, and you do not have a programming problem, you likely have a radio which is failing.
1. Is your battery indicator showing at least 2-3 bars? (Battery Note: Your rechargeable batteries may fail due to setting without use for a long period of time. They need replaced every 12-14 months usually. A good tip is to charge them once a month to keep the chemical in the battery active.)
2. Check to see your Qt noise filter is shut off. Refer to page 22 of the owners manual. It is possible you have some radios set to Y and others to N. To assure good communications you should set all of them to N.
3. With your radios set to interference code zero, place your radios one at a time in scan mode, while you transmit/talk on one individual radio. See if any of the radios receive. Do this with each radio individually to see if you are transmitting at all. NOTE: This test will determine if you have any ability to transmit. If you do not receive any sound on the 3 radios setting in scan mode, the individual radio you are testing will not transmit.
Did the radios previously work together? If so, you have one radio in need of repair.
If the radios are new to you, and you do not know if they previously worked together, it could be a simple programming problem. Take it to your local Motorola dealer to check the programming.
One simple test to see if you have one with PL and one CSQ, is to press the monitor button and see if the two radios can communicate when they are in open squelch mode. (The monitor button will be one of the side buttons near the PTT.)
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.