Question about Kenwood ProTalk XLS TK-3131 (15 Channels) 2-Way Radio
I have a protalk xls that will receive audio but will not transmit. When I attempt to transmit a message, it does a beep and the screen displays in a similar way to when it is just turned on.
I have already read the manual and reset it- any other ideas would be appreicated.
It could be a low battery. Does the screen go completely blank when you attempt to transmit? Two way radios draw a lot more power when transmitting then when receiving so a low battery might cause the radio to cut out when you press the Push-to-Talk and then the radios might appear to turn back on when you release the PTT. If this behavior persists even after charging the battery then the battery or charger (or both) might be defective.
If the battery isn't the issue then the radio could be programmed incorrectly. Does the problem occur on all channels or just one? The Kenwood ProTalk requires dealer programming with a software kit to set the frequencies for each channel. A channel that is programmed for an out of bounds frequencies would generate an error when the PTT is pressed. You might need to have the programming checked out by your local Kenwood Two-Way radio shop.
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Posted on Jun 23, 2008
Agent Ken is right, 2-ways do use a lot of power just to transmit. But the battery isn't the only problem, nor is the programming, it is the manufacturer. Kenwood makes respectable 2-way radios, but I've never been a fan of them, if you want powerful transmit and better range, I'd recommend you use Midland 2-ways. They're much more reliable and way more powerful. As an expert in radio communications, I'd have to say that Midland is you ticket to a better radio.
Posted on Jul 08, 2008
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