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Yet Another TK-2180 Pager Set Up Question

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Oct 28, 2012
Sunnyvale. CA
Hello All,

So I have a couple of TK-2180's One feature I'd like to try out is getting it to act like a pager. I have read the forums, found and read the Function Reference, The Field Programing Reference, Service Manual, User's Manual, and even the help section in the programming software. From everything I have read it appears I'm doing the right things in the right order and yet when I test, neither radio will go into alert mode. I must be missing something and I hope someone here can point me in the right direction.

A couple of notes: 1) My department uses both DTMF and 2-Tone. The recently moved the 2-Tone from the standard 1 second, 3 second to a 1 second, 1 second format. The DTMF was sped up. My testing has included both formats. 2) My test method is to generate the appropriate tones (DTMF and/or 2-Tone) using my computer. I just hold a HT to the speaker of the computer and play the tone as a mp3 (In case you are wondering I'm using low power on the output so it doesn't interfere with our normal radio traffic). This test does work as I can set off my pager using this method. We actually tested this method to punch out the stations in case the dispatch center went down and it works (albeit is is hella ghetto).

So, with all that said, anyone have any ideas?
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