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I received today two Motorola BPR40 VHF, 5 Watt channel radios. on the push talk side of the radio (left side) there are two lower buttons. When we received the radios, anyone transmitting the LED light was red of course and the receiving LED light was green. Well I was fiddling with them and now the receive LED light when receiving is a brief green and then a solid orange light, indicating .the radio is using an activated PL/DPL mode and when green the PL/DPL mode is deativated. I believe the default from the factory was green receiving. Which mode is the best? Activated or deactivated. My wife and I are using the same 8 frequencies and we do want some privacy when talking unless someone else on the same frequency breaks our squelch . I hope we dont have to send them back to the factory. After fiddling with one of them it returned back to normal receiving- green. If green is normal and we have orange , how do we get back to green without having to return the radios.
 

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First and foremost let's be clear about the fact that you have absolutely no privacy whatsoever with those radios. None, zero. There is nothing "private" about a PL/DPL, all it does is keeps the radio from breaking squelch until a matching PL/DPL is transmitting. The most basic scanners made in the last 30 years can receive all those frequencies with no problem, regardless of the PL/DPL in use.

As far as the specifics of what those two programmable buttons do on the pair of radios you have, it depends on how they were programmed. There are no less than 11 options that can be assigned to either button, including PL/DPL enable/disable. You need to contact whomever you purchased the radios from and find out what the default programming is in order for you to find out exactly what each button's function is.

Again, as far as which mode is "best", PL/DPL enabled or disabled, it makes absolutely no difference with regards to "privacy". The only benefit of having the PL/DPL enabled is that it might help prevent the squelch from breaking when nearby users transmit on the same frequency, so long as they're not using the same PL/DPL you are.
 
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