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CP200XLS Question

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nozzlenut83

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Recently came upon a few VHF CP200XLS radios. I don't have much experience with the Commercial Series radios. My biggest question is how does the channel line-up work? Is it a straight Ch 1 to Ch 128 forwards and backwards? Or are there Zones/Banks like the Professional Series HT1250?

Any insight before we meet with our radio shop would be appreciated.

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Recently came upon a few VHF CP200XLS radios. I don't have much experience with the Commercial Series radios. My biggest question is how does the channel line-up work? Is it a straight Ch 1 to Ch 128 forwards and backwards? Or are there Zones/Banks like the Professional Series HT1250?

Any insight before we meet with our radio shop would be appreciated.

Thanks
I manage an inventory of 20 CP200XLS radios. There's no zones. You enter your personalities in any sequence you want. If you add more later, they'll go at the end of the personality list.

But, there is a place in the CPS where you determine the channel sequence with drag and drop.

Certainly, they're a bit simpler than the Pro Series radio, and they do have an extra feature that is attractive to hams: You can program them for multiple PL's. If you have a VHF 136-162 MHz model or the UHF 438-470 Mhz model, you can program in all the normal ham repeater pairs. With the MPL feature, you should be able to connect to any analog repeater that you might encounter.
 

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Thanks for the help. 128 channels just seemed like a lot of knob turning to get around. That's why I wanted to sit down and figure out a channel sequence that would be easiest and most useful. Fortunately only about 20 channels are going in these radios.

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Thanks for the help. 128 channels just seemed like a lot of knob turning to get around. That's why I wanted to sit down and figure out a channel sequence that would be easiest and most useful. Fortunately only about 20 channels are going in these radios.

Thanks much
Right now, I have 35 frequencies in our radios. I grouped the most common channels close to our primary which is in position #1. Unlike older radios, there's no stop on the rotary knob so you can think of the channels as being arranged in a circle. For us, channel 35 is right next to channel 1. In fact, I aliased all the channels with their name rather than a number so folks don't have to remember what channel number is what operational channel. So you can place your most commonly used channels on either side of your primary. That also makes the Up/Down buttons on the front panel even more functional. I hope that makes sense.
 
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