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I need assistance on how to use the GMRS Camo 2 way radio. I have lost the instructions!

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I don't know what model radios you have, but just in case, here's a link to the manual for the 2231.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3783989/Bellsouth-2231-frs-gmrs-radio-instructions

Bill B.
San Antonio

Posted on May 16, 2009

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