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Program PR860 with Unused channels to Tone

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Jun 12, 2012
I am purchasing 25 Motorola PR860's, 16 Channels.
Channels 1 & 2 will be for our local site communication.
Channels 8-16 will be for outside organizations.
Channels 3-7 will be UNASSIGNED as a buffer to minimized the chance that the local personnel will transmit on the outside channels.
I need the unassigned channels to deliver an audible tone to the speaker to alert the local personnel that they are selecting unassigned channels before they select non-local channels.
Our radio system vendor indicated that this is not possible.
Can anyone confirm?


Premium Subscriber
Dec 23, 2004
Orlando, FL
PR860 Programming

This is correct. The structure of the CPS doesn't allow for blank channels in the template.

You could program bogus (or leave the default) frequencies in the channel positions you don't want to use and set them to receive only. If someone presses the PTT on the RX only channels, they will get an error tone.

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