Question about Motorola FV200AA GMRS/FRS 2-Way Radio Walkie Talkie with 5 mile Range

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Unit won't stop changing channels

My kids have a pair of these walkie-talkies and one of them has developed a quirk. When you turn it on, it starts changing channels, and it won't stop until you turn it off -- unless it notices something happening on some channel, when it will stop there ... almost like a police scanner ... but it won't stay there, or give you control: as soon as you press a button, it starts scanning again.

I thought of taking out the batteries and seeing whether the unit would reset itself when new batteries were installed -- but it's rechargeable. And there doesn't appear to be any other way to reset it.

Any ideas? Thanks for your help.

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  • periculum Aug 07, 2008

    Hi! Thanks for this; we're getting there.

    The radio doesn't have a Z key, just four buttons (menu / plus / minus / musical note) on the front, and a push-to-talk button on the side.

    We don't have the manual anymore, unfortunately. That was the first thing I looked for. I have also tried Google, looking for [Motorola FV200AA "user manual"] and variations on that theme. Didn't find any user manuals but I did find you!

    (I think it's an FV200AA because it matches pictures I've seen on the net, labeled as such; but there's no model number visible on the unit, so I guess I could be wrong -- but I hope not!)

    It seems to me that scan mode must be activated / deactivated by a combination of keys (in the absence of a Z button, how else could it be done?) and I have pressed keys in every possible combination (there really aren't too many) ... none of which made any difference.

    So now I guess it boils down to whether anyone can find a manual.

    Thanks again for your very kind assistance.

  • periculum Aug 07, 2008

    The search for a manual can be over now. I ran the radio until its batteries were empty, then recharged it, and when I turned it on again -- poof! -- it did a reset and now it's back in normal mode.

    Thanks again and best wishes



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Thanks everyone, I was going CRAZY
my kids have the other ones (2) at the park
I don't know what I would have done
Thanks from alaska

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Your radio will recall the last setting you were on when you shut the radio off. So when you turn it on again, it will be in the same mode.

Your radio is stuck in scan mode, either by being programmed by the user that way, or by the button being stuck. Most-likely it is from someone playing with the unit and turning on scan. On some Motorola models scan is depicted by a little button with a Z on it. If this is the case press the Z button and then turn the radio off. When you turn it back on you should be good to go.

Otherwise, Get out your owners manual and look for directions on shutting off scan, or resetting the radio to the factory default settings. If you do not have the manual, do a quick google search for your radio model and the words "user manual". If you don't find one, post here again, and some of us will try to locate one for you.

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