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Motorola xv1100 speaker low

We have had this same problem with several different xv1100 radios.With the volume turned all the way up,you can barely hear the other person talking.We have just been replacing radios that experience this problem.Is there any way we can fix this ourselves?

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The XTN radio is capable of both narrowband (12.5k) channel spacing and wideband (25k) channel spacing. If a radio is programmed to narrowband and another to wideband, one will transmit softly to the other, while the other transmits loudly back. If this were the cause of your problem, it is easy to resolve by reprogramming the radios to match one another. When in programming mode be certain when you get to the channel spacing step to choose the same word on each radio, either hi or lo.

If this does not solve your problem, you are experiencing another issue we commonly see in the repair facility. It is called low receive audio. This is repairable in most cases.

You might wonder what causes this problem. We most often see it when the end-user runs at full volume for long periods of time. Cut back the volume a little bit and you might save your radio from the repair shop.

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Not sure what could be causing it but I would like to get one on my work bench so that I could compair levels. I have two of there and this has not happened to me as of yet.

Posted on Apr 06, 2008

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You did not mention if the units are new. So we will start off by saying, if new, you can contact Motorola (Giant Intl) at 800-638-5119 for warranty instructions.

If the radio is more than one year old:
1) Check the mic hold to be certain their is no debris, tape or sticker covering the hole(s) on the transmitting radios.
2) Used canned air to clean the volume shaft area (volume potentiometer).
3) Double check your are on the same freq/code. If you were on a nearby freq. the radios could possibly talk poorly at short range.
4) Trade batteries with a known good unit and see if a good battery solves the problem.
5) Try running the radio at 3/4s volume and see if it is an improvement. Sometimes maxing out the volume can cause various problems with the radio. As a general rule, it is best to not operate for a long period of time at max volume.
6) Check your speaker area (holes) for debris. Clean with a gentle vacuum if needed. Do not poke anything through the holes, it could damage the speaker.

If none of these tips help, your radio(s) with the poor volume will need replaced. Parts and schematics were never released for this model.

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Yes. First you will need to know what is programmed in your newer RDV2020, both the frequency and PL code. Using the instructions in the XTN series user guide you can reprogram your XV1100 to match your RDV2020. If you are uncertain how your RDV2020 is programmed, contact your local Motorola dealer or the vendor who you purchased the unit from.

Here is the link to the XTN series user guide. See programming instructions beginning on page 18.

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Can u program an xv1100 to communicate wi th an xv2100


Yes. The difference between the two is wattage. XV1100 is one watt and XV2100 is two watts.

Here is a link to the user guide where you will find programming instructions beginning on page 18 http://www.giantintl.com/RadioPDFs/Outdated%20Manuals/XTN_Series_User_Manual_E.pdf

The VHF frequency chart is on pg 25, and the code chart is on pages 27-28.

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On the radio with the low volume, it is possible you are having a low receive (Rx) issue, or you have a bad volume potentiometer. It would need to be seen by a radio technician to determine the exact cause and if it can be repaired. In most cases, the flat rate repair for this style of radio is around $69 ea.

Your second radio with the transmit button (PTT) issue likely has a failing push-to-talk internal button, or a broken spacer behind the rubber plug. These would be common failure parts on this type of radio and replaced during a repair.

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Here is a link to the user guide http://www.123radios.com/manuals/xtnmanual.pdf Refer to pages 18-22 of the manual for the explanation of getting into programming mode and programming your frequency and code.

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It is likely, the Interference Eliminator Code set differently between the radios. If you can hear after you press the monitor button, this indicates one of the radios has Code shut off (zero), and the other one has it set to a number. Here is a link to the user guide http://www.giantintl.com/RadioPDFs/Outdated%20Manuals/XTN_Series_User_Manual_E.pdf Programming instructions begin on page 32.

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No. CB's operate at the 27 MHz on 22 predetermined frequencies allowed for Citizen Band radios; and your Motorola XV1100 radio is a VHF 150-170 MHz radio with a set amount of built in frequencies to choose from, designed for business use.

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