Question about Motorola Talkabout FR60 (14 Channels) 2-Way Radio

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Cant talk i can receive the signal when i am right next to the other fr60 but from a far distance i can not receive and i put new batteries in and now it doesn't even make a "beep" noise.  (we are under two miles away)

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  • golfer64 Oct 12, 2008

    If I had a user manual maybe I could solve some of the problems. Anyone know where I can get a user manual for a Motorola Talkabout FR60?


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Check the aerial

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Example: I had a dead 2 meter ham radio, it was putting out 15 mW of power, just the exciter no output power transistor working, I was almost home and I could still talk to my friends, the repeater I was talking to was 15 miles away up on a mountain I could see. As soon as I went behind another mountain I could no longer see the mountain with the repeater on it and could no longer talk to my friends. 2meters is ~146 MHz not 460 MHz but they are enough similar that your experience will be the same.

If you are in the woods the range will be much shorter, because trees, branches, leaves are closer in wavelength and will tend to absorb your RF power. Out in the open, on a beach, able to see the mountain location your friend is up on, you will probably be able to talk to him/her. In the city you are essentially behind mountains all the time unless you're both on the same straight street.

Sorry, there is no definitive answer here the distance you can talk depends on the stuff between you and the other radio. I hope that helps.

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It could be battery / power issue. Two-way radios draw much more power when transmitting then receiving. If the batteries are weak the radio might work perfectly fine on receive and then cut-out when you depress the Push-To-Talk.

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It is possible that your Motorola FR60 though on the same channel/frequency have different CTCSS settings. CTSS is also known as Interference Eliminator Code or Coded squelch, Private-Line, PL, Quiet Call, Channel, Guard, etc. What needs to be done is to set both to the same code setting on the settings/menu. Turning the code/CTCSS OFF would also serve the same but allow other radios (without CTCSS) to be likewise received/heard.

If they are already on the same code setting and still no receive audio, it is possible a fault on the squelch, receive/audio circuitry or even the speaker itself which of course would require hands-on/in-shop service.

Hope that this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you need additional information.

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Hi again,

It would seem that you posted twice. Here is the link to your other post with my response.


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