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Frequently Asked Questions

Should we purchase UHF, VHF, or Digital? 

UHF radios will perform well both indoors and outdoors. VHF radios are best for outdoor use. Digital radios perform best indoors. 

How many watts do you need? 

Wattage determines the strength of your radio signal with UHF & VHF radios. The larger the jobsite, the more watts you should purchase. 

How many channels do you need? 

Channels are used to segregatte work teams within the jobsite. Each work group can have their own channel to minimize disruptions in other departments. Digital radios provide the added benefit of allowing each worker to have an individual channel as well as a channel for their workgroup. 

How far will the radios communicate? 

Motorola Business Radios are jobsite radios and are designed to provide complete coverage of your jobsite. Motorola Business Radios are not designed to provide communication away from the jobsite but may work a mile or so away from the site. 

What is the warranty? 

All Motorola Business Radios come with a one year, no hassle replacement warranty for one year from the date you purchase your radios. Contact your Dealer or Motorola at 800-448-6686 for assitance. 

How many radios can be utilized on one jobsite? 

You may use as many as you like. We recommend using an additional channel for every 10 employees. 

Do RDX, CLS, XTN, & ZX radios communicate with other brands of radios? 

Yes, provided the other radios are programmed to the same frequencies and codes. 

Is an FCC License required? 

Yes on certain models. The RDX, CLS, XTN, and AX require an FCC license. Go to and request document 000610 for more information. 

What are the advantages of Digital Radios? 

The Motorola DTR410 allows for group communication, individual communication, and the clarity of a digital signal. The DTR offers crystal clear communciation, is very lightweight, and offers privacy not available on analog radios. 

Is the DTR410 compatible with other radios? 

No. The DTR is only compatible with other Motorola DTR series radios. 

Are the chargers compatible from one radio series to another? 

No. Due to different battery chemistries, sizes, and charge times each radio requires its own charging system.