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Premium Subscriber
Mar 4, 2022
Bay Shore

Working on some APX 8000 XE radios... and am being tasked with added Call Alerts with QC-II and a Tone Set. I'm also added a tone-set onto the call alert as the automatic timeout is set to 2 minutes. However, I don't know which Alert Tone is which! Does anyone know what type of sounds the following listed Alert Tones for APX Tone Signaling sound like? Or can anyone point me in the right direction?
Tone 1
Tone 2
Tone 3
Tone 4
Tone 5
Tone 6
Tone 7
Tone 8
I suppose I could just send a radio test out 10 times, but I'm sure local FD members would not like that, nor do I really have the patience for that, so any help is appreciated.


NY/NJ Database Guy
Database Admin
Oct 4, 2007
They are the same as the Minitor V/VI tones, which can easily be found online.


Aug 5, 2023
Does the programming allow for custom alert tones similar to the Minitor 6?