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Premium Subscriber
Dec 2, 2007
Kalispell, Montana
Hello Again

I am also wondering if their is a way that you can program these radio to tone out. or another words if i could program it to send out tones like dispatch does. and how do i do that.


Apr 19, 2005
This radio should transmit the 2-tones, but unless it has the decode board, it will not decode them.

As for sending them, You will need to program one of the buttons to be a 'call' button. Then on the left side of the programming window, scroll down to the 2-tone 'tx code' area. duoble click on that, and enter the 1st tone you want to transmit, and how long you want it to be, and then the 2nd tone.
Now write it to the radio, and go to a channel you can test it on, and press the call button.

The 2-tones will transmit on any channel the radio in set on.
If you are say, a volly firefighter, and you leave your radio on your fireband, and that button gets pressed, you will probably not be a firefighter long after that.

The newer Icom radios, you can set a channel to transmit a certain tone, and it wont transmit on any other channel except that one.

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