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How come the garmin 120 radio isn't compatible with standard Motorola walkie talkies

Switched channels and squelch codes

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I have just the opposite problem. They can't hear my rino 120 until they talk to me first. Then it's like the radio recognized the other one. I can't talk more than 5 or 10 minutes without it going crazy on me again.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014

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    eradiostore Nov 25, 2014

    Check the Motorola TalkAbout unit you are talking with to see if the qT filter is turned on. For smooth communication this quiet talk interrupt filter should be turned off when not used with other radios programmed identically. And one final thing to check would be any battery saver feature on either unit. This too can shut down communication if one radio goes to sleep.

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When programmed to the same frequency and code settings the Garin Rino 120 should match the Motorola TalkAbout line of radios. They are all using the same UHF FRS/GMRS frequencies. Here is a link to the Garmin user guide where you will find the frequency charts on pgs. 100-102: http://www.uky.edu/~jmlhot2/courses/for480/Rino120_OwnersManual.pdf
Motorola TalkAbout user guides can be found at: http://shop.giantintl.com/Manuals.asp
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Posted on Nov 21, 2014

Testimonial: "I actually have had success for two or so hours talking between the Garmin 120 and the Motorola radios, but then, for no reason, the persons on the Motorola end can here me, but I cant hear them anymore, even after changing and trying different channels and codes...? its frustrating, to say the least! Any ideas on why I can no longer hear them? fresh batteries are in Garmin, and the Motorola walkie-talkies also!"

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    Michael McConeghy Nov 22, 2014

    Could use help if anyone else has had this issue!

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    eradiostore Nov 25, 2014

    The problem is likely with the CODE used to block interference on the Garmin. Shut off the CODE (aka PL, private line, qT filter, interference eliminator code) on both units and see if you can then communicate. From your description it appears the Motorola unit has it turned off and the Garmin has it turned on.

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