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Is this a WLN KD-C1 test mode?

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PTT + up channel during power up causes the handset to beep and then open squelch after you release the buttons. It will continue with open squelch for a while and then switch on VOX and begin transmitting. Transmission will continue for a few seconds and then cease.This is all on whatever frequency the radio was last set for and does not seem to deviate from that frequency. The process continues until the radio is power cycled.

Thoughts?

I was looking for a way to drain the radios easily so that I could charge them up fully, per manufacturer's instructions to run them down and fully charge them twice for best battery performance. I know that I accidentally stumbled on a factory reset with the first KD-C1 purchased. I think I was pressing down all buttons while powering on the radio but I have not been able to duplicate it since. It might also have just been a glitch on the first radio.
 

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I just noticed that they seem to be alternating between FM and NFM on the current frequency every other time (or so) they transmit.

ETA: The NFM/FM TX is an artifact of the way I am scanning so please disregard.)
 
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I was looking for a way to drain the radios easily so that I could charge them up fully, per manufacturer's instructions to run them down and fully charge them twice for best battery performance.
Unnecessary, just use the radio normally until the battery dies.
 

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Unnecessary, just use the radio normally until the battery dies.
I am also aware that you can set squelch level to zero. I was trying to avoid reprogramming them and was seeking a way to lock the squelch open anyway for monitoring. However, I was primarily motivated by curiosity. By the way, you don't have to power off the radio to get it out of that mode. Pressing any buttons should do it but the volume knob does not unless you turn it off.

Any thoughts on the question I posed? In other words, is this a test mode, a glitch, or what?

Also, does anyone know what the beep setting does in programming?
 
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My WLN KD-C1 will tell me when the battery needs charging, by voice announcement

I get very good battery life, even scanning all 16 channels..
 

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My WLN KD-C1 will tell me when the battery needs charging, by voice announcement

I get very good battery life, even scanning all 16 channels..
Right, I've used this model radio before, almost daily. Any thoughts on the question I'm asking? Also do you know what the beep setting in programming does?
 

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I just had a thought... The beep setting could be for low battery announcement. I've never been around when the batteries have been that low so I've never heard the announcement. But, I'm more interested in this mode or glitch or whatever it is when the PTT + up channel are pressed at startup.

As a side note, the battery life of these radios have been impressive to me. How much power is left after the low battery announcement? Does anyone know?
 

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Very, very little. All four of mine will power down about 30 seconds after the low battery announcement.
 

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I am already aware. Any thoughts or knowlege on the topic of this thread?
You mentioned fast discharging in the post you started the thread with.

Insofar as your *other* questions, sorry... I don't have an answer. As far as I know, the beep option does nothing; but I only tried it briefly once.

AntiSquid Disclaimer: All comments are personal opinion only and may not imply actual fact.
 

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You mentioned fast discharging in the post you started the thread with.

Insofar as your *other* questions, sorry... I don't have an answer. As far as I know, the beep option does nothing; but I only tried it briefly once.
Everything after "thoughts?" in the original post was just background on how I found the mode. The title of the thread and the entire first half of the message has the question I was asking. I erroneously took for granted that readers would perceive that. No worries. Doesn't matter.

Thanks for the beep info. I don't think it does anything either.

We are loving these these radios though.
 

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Everything after "thoughts?" in the original post was just background on how I found the mode. The title of the thread and the entire first half of the message has the question I was asking. I erroneously took for granted that readers would perceive that. No worries. Doesn't matter.

Thanks for the beep info. I don't think it does anything either.

We are loving these these radios though.
Hey, it's all good :) They are good radios :)
 

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Vox on-off

Pressing the up and down channel buttons while turning the power on turns on/off the vox. The voice announcement sounds like "vol on" and "vol off" instead of saying VOX. It took me a while to figure this out and was wondering why the vox setting was sometimes on.
By the way does anyone know what the embedded message feature in the software does with these radios?
 

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Pressing the up and down channel buttons while turning the power on turns on/off the vox. The voice announcement sounds like "vol on" and "vol off" instead of saying VOX. It took me a while to figure this out and was wondering why the vox setting was sometimes on.
By the way does anyone know what the embedded message feature in the software does with these radios?
I didn't see your reply here and answered in the other thread. Thanks for the information on the VOX. It locks mine into current channel so it can't be changed (good for kids & noobs) but does not turn on VOX.
 

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I can't remember if it's been mentioned before, but powering on with the - pressed invokes scan.

EDIT: Nevermind. It's the same as I have (-) programmed to do on long press.
 
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