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Viking VP 400 battery saver setting option? changed via programming?

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Feb 3, 2006
Imperial County
a Viking VP 400 - not programmed. Unit has a freshly recharged battery. Unit powers on, displays self test. Unit displays - I believe - the firmware version. Unit then displays 'unprogrammed' and generates the courtesy tone, to remind the user that the unit is not programmed.

unit does allow user to increase the volume - test the speaker with the courtesy 'unprogrammed' tone.

so, what happens next is the question ...

If the user of the radio unit decides to turn the volume down, but, not off ...

the radio behaves in an odd manner. Is this function of what the radio does/how it functions controlled ?

Is this setting or function accessible via programming - and available to be altered/changed/enabled/disabled ?


oh, for your cosideration, it's my first EF Johnson / Kenwood transceiver --- not looking for ridicule/critique/ or negative reactions. please offer words and not just a reaction


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Jul 14, 2002
unprog radios will have a set non-volume changing tone. nature of the beast.

Once you program it, then all will be well.
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