20 Most Recent Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10 Channels) 2-Way Radio Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, the battery trays for this Sport 10X radio, Sport 7X and the later model TalkAbout Distance DPS are no longer available. In our repair facility we often get requests for these battery trays, and as a dealer we have not been able to get them for several years. Your best option is finding a used parts radio somewhere like ebay. In some instances the original tray can be fixed if you still have it.
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Motorola... | Answered on Mar 27, 2015

It is best to contact Motorola Solutions. Http://portal.motorolasolutions .com Mark Motorola Mobility Support

Motorola... | Answered on Aug 19, 2014

When facing the front of the radio you will find the push-to-talk (PTT)/monitor buttosn on the left side, and on the right side you will find a rubber flat which opens up from the bottom, and under the flap you will find the 2.5mm and 3.5mm jack. The bottom jack is the charge jack. OR you can also use a drop-in style charge with this radio (note there are charge contacts on the bottom of the radio.) All of this is with the thought you you have the HNN9044 or HNN9056 rechargeable NiCD battery installed

If your radio only has alkaline batteries they cannot be recharged in the radio (even if a rechargeable kind). Alkaline would require an external charger specifically made for the alkaline batteries.

Here is a link to the user guide: http://www.giantintl.com/RadioPDFs/Outdated%20Manuals/DistanceDPS_User_Manual_E.pdf

Motorola... | Answered on Sep 18, 2012

Your PL is not programmed correctly between the radios. To program, hold in the PTT button while turning on the radio, it will announce the CODE. Use the PTT to walk thru the numbers and select the same number on each radio. Press the MONITOR button when you have chosen the number you want from the menu.

Following pressing the MONITOR button your radio will announce whether it is set to narrowband (12.5) or wideband (25). This setting needs to be the same on all radios also. It would be preferable to choose 12.5, as all radio users are required to change to narrowband by Jan 2013.

If reprogramming the PL does not solve the problem, you have a radio needing repair. The currently flat rate repair is around $69 for this style unit.

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Motorola... | Answered on Mar 08, 2011

The wall chargers are available at any Motorola dealer, part number HTN8232, for about $6 ea.

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Motorola... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010

do you mean to remove the cover to access the battery compartment???? If so, the two slotted clips (colored black) on on both sides of the unit pop downward (if the unit is laying face up), you'll see a red colored inner piece, repeat the process with the other side and then simply slide the cover (the section between "Mic" and "Talkabout Distance DPS" down and off ---- anything other than that, I'm lost.
real simple operation!

Motorola... | Answered on Nov 19, 2010

Ebay! They sell them all the time!

Motorola... | Answered on Nov 19, 2010

It is possible you have your PL code set differently between the two radios.

Instructions: Hold the PTT in while turning the radio on, listen for the code to be announced, use the PTT if needed to change the setting, then press the monitor button to lock in the setting. It will then announce whether it is 12.5 or 25k channel spacing. Use the PTT to change the setting if needed. Then press the monitor again to lock it in.

If you need more assistance give us a call. (google our name)

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Motorola... | Answered on Oct 18, 2010

[This is not a solution, but a commentary on the need for a tray. Please do not rate this post, as it is meant for informational purposes only.]

This is more common that you might think. The battery trays (both 6-AA Alkaline and NiCd rechargeable-style) have not been available for a few years from Motorola. From a nationwide repair center perspective, we find some damaged trays can be repaired, and some owners find a "parts radio" from sources such as ebay.

For those of you reading this posting which have the TalkAbout Distance or Distance DPS, let this please be a reminder to take care of your trays. Once the tray is gone, the radio is not functional, nor can it be repaired.

Best wishes on your search and please post back if you do find one.

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Motorola... | Answered on Aug 14, 2010

You can obtain a wall adapter style charger for your radio at your local Motorola dealer, or online at http://www.eradiostore.com/cart/index.php?target=products&mode=search&subcats=Y&type=extended&avail=Y&pshort=Y&pfull=Y&pname=Y&epcode=Y&q=htn8232

Sidenote: The rechargeable battery is good for about 2 to 3 years. You can tell the age of your battery by looking at the date code on the back of the battery above the stop sign. The first number is the year, the next two numbers are the week of the year. 915 would be 2009 the 15th week. (Or if very old it could be 1999 the 15th week.) A good battery, when charged will go an 8-10 hour day.

Keep both of your charge trays, replacements for these are no longer available.

Motorola... | Answered on Aug 08, 2010

There is a kit available which contains the antenna, mag mount, coax, and connector. OR if you already have your antenna, mag mount and coax, the connector alone is available. You should be able to get these from your local Motorola dealer.

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Motorola... | Answered on Mar 02, 2010

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I tested it last weekend in Vermont, 1.72 miles, 60 feet elevation differential, through woods. First unit inside a wood frame dweling. Second unit was inside a steel frame building, wood sheathed. Communications was faultlessly clear.

Motorola... | Answered on Mar 02, 2010

The wall charger for the TalkAbout Distance DPS is still available. Click on this link: Talkabout Distance Charger

Motorola... | Answered on Nov 18, 2009

You can change the squelch setting with the user buttons, You could set a PL or DPL but the other radio's that you talk to will need the same setting.
Go here for the manual:

Motorola... | Answered on Aug 24, 2009


TalkAbout Distance Charging & Battery Options

The Motorola TalkAbout Distance and Distance DPS radios have a rechargeable NiCd battery pack (HNN9056 and/or HNN9044). Use of this battery pack is the best method for powering the radio. This type of battery pack has a 18-24 month life expectancy. You can determine the age of your battery from the date code on the back of the battery above the stop sign. The first digit is the year and the next two are the week of the year. Ex: 919 would read 2009 the 19th week.

The DPS model came with both a NiCd battery tray and an Alkaline battery tray. While the NiCd battery pack is the best option for fully powering your radio, along with being the most economical option, in a pinch or when charging is not available the 6 Alkaline batteries will power the radio for up to 18 hours. Note: Replacement battery trays are no longer available, it is advisable to keep both trays. If one fails, you will have the other as a backup.

The TalkAbout Distance is a repairable radio. The consumer replaceable parts are the NiCd battery pack, belt clip, antenna and charger.

on May 06, 2009 | Motorola Talkabout Distance DPS (10...

To remove the button properly/safely, you will need a frame removal tool. This extracts the component board from the radio, and then you can get to the back side of the button assembly. This tool is available for around $5-$7 at most Motorola dealers.

Note: The monitor button is not frequently used, so if the PTT button is working properly, I would not be concerned with the monitor button. The purpose of the monitor button is for the user, when using the radio with the "interference code eliminator" turned on, to be able to check for radio traffic on the frequency before transmitting. Very seldom is anyone so polite as to check.

If you are needing to have the unit repaired, here is a link to some info: http://www.eradiostore.com/cart/images/repair_request.pdf

Motorola... | Answered on Feb 12, 2009

Double post some how...

Motorola... | Answered on Jan 11, 2009

can you check the PL or DPL setting on the radio that is all stadic when you receive a call?

The radio is going into monitor mode after a call is received. This is most often a PL or DPL issue.

Motorola... | Answered on Dec 10, 2008

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