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Cobra LI 4900WXC Owner's Manual

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Making Life Easier and Safer

Owner’s Manual

Nothing

Comes Close to a Cobra

®

TWO-WAY RADIO MODEL

LI 4900WXC

Printed in Thailand

Part No. 480-338-P

Version A

Introduction

Staying in touch with your family and friends is
convenient and easy when using your microTALK

®

radio. Some of the many uses you will discover include:

Communicating with others while hiking, biking, and working;
keeping track of family and friends at a crowded public event;
checking with travel companions in another car; talking with
neighbors; arranging meeting spots with others while
shopping at the mall.

Secure your microTALK
radio while on the go.

Carrying your microTALK radio with
you is easy when using the belt clip.

The belt clip easily attaches to your belt,
purse or backpack. Simply squeeze the
clip and place it where you prefer.

For Assistance in Canada or the U.S.A.

In this user’s manual, you should find all the information you need
to operate your microTALK

®

radio. If you require further

assistance after reading this manual, Cobra Electronics offers the
following customer assistance services:

Automated Help Desk

English. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (773) 889 3087 (phone).

Customer Assistance Operators

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday to Friday
(except holidays) (514) 683-1771, ext. 2-264 (phone).

Questions

Faxes can be received at (514) 683-5307 (fax).

Technical Assistance

English and French. www.cobra.ca (on-line: Frequently Asked
Questions).
English and Spanish. productinfo@cobra.com (e-mail).

For Assistance Outside Canada, the U.S.A. or in French

Contact Your Local Dealer

© 2007 Cobra Electronics Corporation™

6500 West Cortland Street

Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

www.cobra.com

Customer Assistance

Belt Clip

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Maximum range may vary and is based on unobstructed
line-of-sight communication under ideal conditions.

Features

• 

22 Channels

Seven shared with
FRS/GMRS, seven 
FRS only, eight 
GMRS only

• 

10 Channel NOAA All
Hazards Radio

121 Privacy Codes

(38 CTCSS codes/
83 DCS codes)

• 

Hands-Free 
Operation (VOX)

• 

VibrAlert

®

Silent Paging

• 

10 Channel 
Memory

• 

Signal 
Strength Meter

• 

Scan

Channel, privacy 
codes, memory

• 

Selectable 
Hi•Low Power 

In GMRS

• 

Backlit 
LCD Display

• 

Button Lock

• 

Call Alert 

10 selectable 
tones

• 

Speaker/
Microphone/
Charge Jack

• 

Roger Beep

Selectable on/off

• 

Battery/
Power Saver

• 

Keystroke Tones

Selectable on/off

• 

Auto Squelch

• 

Maximum Range
Extender

Belt Clip

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1. Antenna
2. External Speaker/

Microphone/Charge Jack

3. Backlit LCD Display
4.

Mode

Button

5.

Channel Up/Down

Button

6.

Hi-Low Power

Button

7. Speaker/Microphone
8.

On/Off Power

Button

9.

Lock/Enter 

Button

10.

Volume Up/Down 

Button

11.

Light/Max Range 

Button

12.

Talk

Button

13.

Call

Button

14. Wrist Strap Connector
15. Belt Clip
16. Battery Compartment
17. Battery Door Latch

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Introduction

Limited One-Year Warranty on Radio(s) & Charger

For Products Purchased in Canada

Your new Cobra GMRS radios and charger are covered by a one-year
replacement warranty. If any manufacturing defect becomes apparent in this
product within one year from the original date of purchase, it will be
replaced. Please return the GMRS radio or charger to your dealer with
original or copy of dated proof of purchase. This warranty does not cover
damages due to careless handling, negligence, accident, abuse or failure to
follow operating instructions. Alteration of this product or defacing of the
serial number cancels all obligations of this warranty. This warranty gives
you specified legal rights. Additional warranty rights may be provided by
law in some areas.

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra GMRS radios and
charger, and the component parts thereof, will be free of defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of one year from the date of first
consumer purchase. This warranty may be enforced by the first consumer
purchaser, provided that the product is utilized within the U.S.A. 
Cobra will, without charge, repair or replace, at its option, defective GMRS
radios, chargers, products or component parts upon delivery to the Cobra
Factory Service department, accompanied by proof of the date of first
consumer purchase, such as a duplicated copy of a sales receipt. 
You must pay any initial shipping charges required to ship the product for
warranty service, but the return charges will be at Cobra’s expense, if the
product is repaired or replaced under warranty. This warranty gives you
specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which may vary
from state to state.

Exclusions: This limited warranty does not apply:

1) To any product

damaged by accident; 2) In the event of misuse or abuse of the product or
as a result of unauthorized alterations or repairs; 3) If the serial number has
been altered, defaced, or removed; 4) If the owner of the product resides
outside the U.S.A.
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness
for a particular purpose are limited in duration to the length of this
warranty. Cobra shall not be liable for any incidental, consequential or other
damages; including, without limitation, damages resulting from loss of use
or cost of installation. 
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts
and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitations may not apply to you.

For Products Purchased Outside Canada or the U.S.A.

Please contact your local dealer for warranty information.

90-Day Warranty on Cobra Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries

For products purchased in the U.S.A. and Canada

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Industry Canada Notice:

Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
1) this device may not cause interference, and 
2) this device must accept any interference, including
interference that may cause undesired operation of the
device.

«IC» before the equipment certification number signifies
that the Industry Canada technical specifications were
met. It does not guarantee that the certified product will
operate to the user’s satisfaction.

Important FCC Licensing Information

This radio operates on General Mobile Radio Service
(GMRS) frequencies which require a Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) license in the U.S.A.
See page 15 for licensing and other related information.

1. Signal Strength Meter Icon
2. Call Alert and VibrAlert Icon
3. Lock Icon
4. Keystroke Tones Icon
5. DCS Icon
6. Roger Beep Icon
7. VOX Icon
8. Memory Icon
9. CTCSS Icon

10. Memory Location Number
11. Privacy Code Numbers
12. Receive/Transmit Icon
13. Hi-Low Power Icons
14. Battery Low Indicator
15. Scan Icon
16. Power Saver Icon
17. Channel Numbers

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Caring for Your microTALK Radio

Your microTALK radio will give you years of trouble-free service 
if cared for properly. Handle the radio gently. Keep the radio away
from dust. Never put the radio in water or in a damp place. 
Avoid exposure to extreme temperatures.

Rechargeable Battery Pack and
Desktop Charger 

To install or replace battery pack:
1.

Remove belt clip by releasing belt clip 
latch and sliding clip up.

2.

Pull up on the battery door latch to remove
the battery compartment cover.

3.

Insert lithium ion battery pack. Position
battery pack according to polarity markings.

4.

Replace battery compartment cover 
and belt clip.

Estimated operation time on full charge: 
10 hours.

Rechargeable battery packs must be recycled 
or disposed of properly in compliance with all
applicable laws. They may not be thrown in 
the trash. 

Certain states or municipalities require recycling
and have established collection programs. Please
contact your local waste removal authority for
instructions, or return to Cobra

®

for recycling. 

Wrap battery packs carefully and mail postage
prepaid to: Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500
West Cortland Street, Chicago, IL 60707 USA,
Attn: Battery Recycling.

Do not put battery packs into fire or
expose to high heat. They may explode.

Pull Up Latch

Remove Belt Clip

Insert Battery Pack

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For charging microTALK radio(s) in desktop
charger:
1. 

Insert radio(s) into desktop charger as shown. 

2.

Insert round connector of 120-volt adapter
into jack on back of charger.

3.

Plug 120-volt adapter into electrical outlet.

If charging light is not 

on

, check position of radio. Radio should be

upright. The charge indicator light will stay 

on

as long as the radio

is in the charging well

.

It normally takes about 15 hours to fully recharge battery pack. 
Battery pack will not be damaged if it stays in the charging well
longer than that. 

Note:

To charge a single radio, you can bypass the desktop charger

and simply insert the wall adapter’s round connector directly into
the speaker/microphone/charge jack located on the top of the radio.

Use only the supplied rechargeable batteries and charger for
recharging your Cobra microTALK radio.

Cobra recommends your radio is turned 

off

while being charged.

Turning on Your microTALK Radio

Press and hold the 

Power

button until you 

hear a series of audible tones indicating the radio
is 

on

.

Your microTALK radio is now in 

Standby 

mode, ready to receive transmissions. The radio
is always in 

Standby 

mode, except when the

Talk

Call

or 

Power

buttons are pressed.

Battery Low

When battery power is low, the 

Battery Low

icon

will blink. Your batteries should be recharged.

Auto Battery Save

Your microTALK radio has a unique circuit
designed to extend battery life. If there are 
no transmissions for 10 seconds, the radio will
automatically switch to 

Battery Save 

mode and

the 

Power Saver

icon will flash in the display.

This will not affect the radio’s ability to receive
incoming transmissions.

Communicating with Another Person

1.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button.

2.

With the microphone about 2 inches 
(5 cm) from your mouth, speak in a 
normal voice.

3.

Release the 

Talk

button when you are 

finished talking and listen for a response.

You cannot receive incoming calls while 
pressing the 

Talk

button.

Both radios must be tuned to 
the same channel/privacy code 
to communicate.

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On/Off Power

Battery Low

Battery Save Mode

Talk Button

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Quick Start

1.

Press and hold the 

Power

button 

to turn 

on

your radio.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a channel.

Both radios must be tuned to the same
channel/privacy code to communicate.

3.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button while 

speaking into the microphone.

4.

When finished talking, release the 

Talk

button and listen for a response.

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2 Inches (5 cm)
from Mouth

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Using Your  Radio

Channels

With the radio 

on

, select any of the 

22 channels by pressing the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button. 

Both radios must be tuned to the 
same channel to communicate.

Channels 1 through 7 are shared by FRS and
GMRS. Channels 8 through 14 are FRS only.
Channels 15 through 22 are GMRS only.

See page 26 for FRS/GMRS frequency
allocations and compatibility charts.

Listening for a Response

Release the 

Talk

button to receive incoming

transmissions. Your microTALK radio is always
in 

Standby 

mode while the 

Talk

or 

Call

buttons are not pressed.

Call Button

To alert another person that you are calling:

Press and release the 

Call

button. 

The other person will hear a two second 
call tone. This tone is used only to establish
voice communications.

See page 24 on how to select from 
10 available call tone settings.

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Selectable High•Low Power Output

When in close proximity to another party or
during favorable conditions, you can switch 
from 

High

to 

Low Power

to extend battery life.

This feature applies to GMRS Channels 
1 through 7 and 15 through 22 only.
Channels 8 through 14 operate
exclusively on low power.

To toggle between high and low power:

Press and release the 

Hi•Low

button.

When using Channels 1 through 7 and 
15 through 22 on high power, the 

Hi

icon 

will be visible on the display.

When using those channels on low power 
and on Channels 8 through 14, the 

Low

icon 

will be visible on the display. 

To Illuminate Display

Press and release the 

Light/Max Range

button to illuminate the display for 
10 seconds.

Channel Buttons

Channel Number

Listening

Call Button

Hi-Low Button

Hi Power Icon

Low Power Icon

Light/Max Range

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Speaker/Microphone/Charge Jack

Your microTALK radio can be fitted with an external 

Speaker/Microphone

,

freeing your hands for other tasks. This same jack also serves as the
connecting point for the wall charger/adapter.

To attach a speaker/microphone:
1.

Open the speaker/microphone/charge 
tab on top of your microTALK radio.

2.

Insert the plug into the speaker/
microphone/charge jack.

To connect a wall charger/adapter:
1.

Open the speaker/microphone/charge 
tab on top of your microTALK radio.

2.

Insert the wall charger/adapter plug 
into the speaker/microphone/charge jack.

Signal Strength Meter

Your microTALK radio has a 

Signal Strength

Meter

that shows the strength of your incoming

and outgoing transmissions. The ascending bars
next to the signal strength indicate the strength
of the signal. The greater the number of bars
visible, the stronger the signal. The fewer
number of bars visible, the weaker the signal.

microTALK Range

Your range will vary depending on terrain and conditions. 

In flat, open country your radio will 
operate at maximum range. 
Buildings and foliage in the path of the 
signal can reduce the range of the radio.
Dense foliage and hilly terrain will 
further reduce the range of the radio.
On FRS channels 8 through 14, your radio
automatically switches to low power, which 
will limit the range the radio can communicate.

Remember, you can achieve maximum
range by using maximum range
extender. See page 6 for details.

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Auto Squelch/Maximum Range

Your microTALK radio is equipped with 

Auto Squelch

, which

automatically shuts 

off

weak transmissions and unwanted noise 

due to terrain and conditions. This slightly reduces the 

Maximum

Range

at which signals can be heard.

You can turn 

off 

auto squelch to allow all signals to be 

received and extend the maximum range of your radio.

To briefly turn off auto squelch:

Press the 

Light/Max Range

button 

for less than five seconds. 

If you hear two beeps, you have turned 
the maximum range extender 

on

(see below).

To turn maximum range extender on:

Press and hold the 

Light/Max Range

button

for at least five seconds until you hear 
two beeps which indicates the maximum range
extender is 

on

.

To turn maximum range extender off:

Press and release the 

Light/Max Range

button or change channels.

Lock Feature

The 

Lock

feature locks the 

Channel

Mode

Hi•Low 

and

Power

buttons to prevent accidental operation. 

To turn the lock feature on or off:

Press and hold the 

Lock/Enter

button for 

two seconds.

A double beep sound is used to confirm your
lock

on

or 

off

request. When in 

Lock 

mode, 

the 

Lock

icon will be displayed.

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Lock Mode

Speaker/Microphone/
Charge Jack

Signal Strength

Maximum Range

Reduced Range

Reduced Range

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Mode Functions

Scrolling through Mode Functions

By scrolling through the 

Mode Functions

, you will be able to 

select or turn 

on/off

preferred features of your microTALK radio.

When scrolling through the 

Mode Functions

, your radio features 

will be displayed in the following order:

Set CTCSS Privacy Codes
Set DCS Privacy Codes
Set NOAA All Hazards Radio Channel
Set VOX On/Off 
Set VOX Sensitivity Level
Set Memory Locations
Set Channel Scan
Set CTCSS Privacy Code Scan 
Set DCS Privacy Code Scan 
Set Memory Location Scan
Set VibrAlert and/or Call Alert
Set Call Alert Tone Signal
Set Roger Beep On/Off
Set Keystroke Tones On/Off

Scroll through the mode functions using the 

Mode

button. Each press

and release of the 

Mode

button will advance to the next mode function.

Press the 

Talk

button at any point to return the radio to 

Standby

mode.

Privacy Codes

Your microTALK radio incorporates two advanced coded squelch
systems that can help to reduce interference from other users 
on any given channel. CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch
System) provides 38 privacy codes and DCS (Digitally Coded
Squelch) provides 83 privacy codes. This provides a total of 121

Privacy Codes

. Either system can be used on all channels, but both

systems cannot be used on the same channel at the same time.

To successfully communicate using a privacy code, both 
the sending and receiving radios must be tuned to the same
channel and to the same privacy code system (CTCSS or
DCS) and privacy code number. Each channel will remember
the last privacy code system and number you select.

The privacy code 00 is not a privacy code, but allows all
signals to be heard on a channel that is set to 00 on both 
the CTCSS and DCS systems.

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Set CTCSS Privacy Codes

To select a CTCSS privacy code:
1.

After selecting a channel, press the 

Mode

button until the CTCSS icon appears

and the small numbers flash on the display
(01 through 38).

NOTE

If DCS is turned 

on

at the channel

selected, the display will flash the 
CTCSS icon and “OFF.” To switch from 
DCS to CTCSS, press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button while the

display is flashing “OFF.” The display 
will then show the small numbers
flashing and you will then be able 
to proceed to step 2.

2.

Press using the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel 

Down

button to select a CTCSS privacy 

code. You can hold the 

Up

or 

Down

button for fast advance.

3.

When your desired CTCSS privacy code is
displayed, choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter the new

setting and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

c.

Do not press any buttons for 15 seconds 
to enter the new setting and return to

Standby 

mode.

Mode Button

Mode Button

Channel Buttons

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NOAA* All Hazards Radio Channels

You can use your microTALK radio to listen to 

NOAA All Hazards

Radio 

channels transmitting in your area.

To listen to All Hazards Radio channels:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

WX 

(All

Hazards Radio) icon, the currently selected All
Hazards Radio channel, and signal strength
are displayed.

2.

Use the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button

to change All Hazards Radio channels.

3. WX 

(All Hazards Radio) icon will continue to

be displayed when All Hazards Radio is 

on

.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to proceed 

to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to exit 

All

Hazards Radio 

channels mode and return

to 

Standby 

mode.

*National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Adminstration

Set DCS Privacy Codes

To select a DCS privacy code:
1.

After selecting a channel, press the 

Mode

button until the DCS icon appears and the
small numbers flash on the display
(01 through 83).

NOTE

If CTCSS is turned 

on

at the channel

selected, the display will flash the 
DCS icon and “OFF.” To switch from 
CTCSS to DCS, press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button while the

display is flashing “OFF.” The display 
will then show the small numbers
flashing and you will then be able 
to proceed to step 2.

2.

Press using the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a DCS privacy code. You can
hold the 

Up

or 

Down

button for fast advance.

3.

When your desired DCS privacy code is
displayed, choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter the new

setting and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

c.

Do not press any buttons for 15 seconds 
to enter the new setting and return to

Standby 

mode.

Mode Button

Channel Buttons

DCS Privacy Code

Mode Button

Channel Buttons

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Voice Activated Transmit (VOX)

In 

VOX 

mode, your microTALK radio can be used “hands-free,”

automatically transmitting when you speak. You can set the 

VOX

sensitivity level to fit the volume of your voice and avoid
transmissions triggered by background noise. 

To turn VOX mode on or off:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

VOX

icon

flashes on the display. The current 

on

or 

off

setting is displayed.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to turn VOX 

on

or 

off

.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter the

selected 

on

or 

off

setting and proceed

to other functions.  

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter 

the selected 

on

or 

off

setting and return 

to 

Standby 

mode. 

To set VOX sensitivity:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

VOX

icon

flashes and the current sensitivity level 
is displayed. 

The current sensitivity level is displayed
with letters “LE” and a Number 01
through 05, with Number 05 being the
most sensitive level and Number 01 
being the least sensitive level.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to change the setting.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter 

the selected setting and proceed to 
other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter 

button to 

enter the selected setting and return 
to 

Standby 

mode.

10 Memory Locations

Your microTALK radio has

10 Memory Locations

for storing 

your most frequently used channels and channel/privacy code
combinations. These 

Memory Locations

can be selected individually

or can be scanned. (See page 21 for memory location scan.)

To program a memory location:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Memory

icon and the memory location 

flash on the display.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select the memory location 
(0 through 9).

If a location has been programmed
before, its associated channel/privacy
code will be shown on the display.

3.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter 

a new memory location or edit an already
programmed memory location. The channel
numbers will flash on the display.

4.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a channel (1 through 22).

5.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button. 

The CTCSS icon and privacy code 
numbers will flash on the display.

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Channel Buttons

Memory Icon

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To recall a stored memory channel location:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Memory

icon

and the memory location number flash on the
display.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a memory location 
(0 through 9). 

If a location has been programmed
before, its associated channel/privacy
code will be shown on the display.

3.

Press the 

Talk

button to return to 

Standby

mode on the selected memory location.

A memory location can be reprogrammed
at any time it is displayed and flashing.
Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to begin.

While recalling a stored memory location, 
if you do not press any buttons for 15 seconds,
your radio will automatically return to 

Standby

mode on the channel/privacy code displayed
before you entered mode functions.

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Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a CTCSS privacy code 
(01 through 38) for the channel.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to 

switch from CTCSS to DCS. The DCS 
icon and privacy code numbers will 
flash on the display. The 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button can then be 

used to select a DCS privacy code 
(01 through 83) for the channel.

If “OFF” flashes in place of the privacy 
code numbers, a privacy code is 
already set in the opposite (CTCSS 
or DCS) system. Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to cancel 

the opposite code and select a privacy
code from the active system for the
selected channel.

7.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter 

the channel/privacy code in the selected
memory location. Radio then proceeds to
next Memory location, which will blink. 

b.

Press the 

Mode

button to 

enter the channel/privacy code in 
the selected memory location and 
proceed to other functions on the
channel/privacy code displayed 
before you entered mode functions.

c.

Press the 

Talk

button to enter the

channel/privacy code in the selected
memory location and exit mode functions.
Upon release of the 

Talk

button, the 

radio will enter 

Standby

mode on the

channel/privacy code just entered.

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Channel Scan

Your microTALK radio can automatically scan channels.

To scan channels:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Scan

icon and the channel numbers 

flash on the display.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to begin scanning channels.

The radio ignores specific privacy 
codes while scanning channels.

The 

Scan

icon will continue to be displayed 

when scan is 

on

. Your radio will continue to 

scan all channels and stop if an incoming
transmission is detected. Your radio will 
remain on that channel for 10 seconds. 

While setting channel scan, if you do not 
press any buttons for 15 seconds, your radio 
will automatically return to 

Standby 

mode on 

the channel or channel/privacy code displayed
before you entered mode functions.

To de-program a memory location:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Memory 

icon and the memory location 

flash on the display.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select the memory location 
(0 through 9).

If a location has been programmed
before, its associated channel/privacy
code will be shown on the display.

3.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button. The channel

numbers will flash on the display.

4.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select Channel 0.

5.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter 

the channel/privacy code in the selected
memory location and return to the
beginning of memory location options. 

b.

Press the 

Mode

button to 

enter the channel/privacy code in 
the selected memory location and 
proceed to other functions on the
channel/privacy code displayed 
before you entered mode functions.

While de-programming a memory location, 
if you do not press any buttons for 15 seconds,
your radio will automatically return to 

Standby

mode on the channel/privacy code displayed
before you entered mode functions.

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Channel Buttons

Scanning Channels

Mode Button

Channel Buttons

Memory Icon

Lock/Enter Button

Channel 0

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Privacy Code Scan

Your microTALK radio can automatically scan the 

Privacy 

Codes

(either CTCSS 01 through 38 or DCS 01 through 83) 

within one channel. Only one set of privacy codes (CTCSS 
or DCS) can be scanned at a time.

To scan privacy codes:
1.

While in 

Standby 

mode, press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button 

to choose the channel on which you 
wish to scan privacy codes.

2.

Press the 

Mode

button until either the CTCSS

or the DCS icon appears on the display and
the 

Scan

icon and the privacy code numbers

flash on the display.

3.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to begin scanning privacy codes 
within the channel you selected.

The

Scan

icon will continue to be displayed 

when privacy code scan is 

on

. Your radio will

continue to scan privacy codes and stop as an
incoming transmission is detected. Your radio
will remain on that channel/privacy code for 
10 seconds. 

While setting privacy code scan, if you do not
press any buttons for 15 seconds, your radio 
will automatically return to 

Standby 

mode on 

the channel/privacy code that was displayed
before you entered mode functions. 

During channel scan (while receiving an incoming transmission), 
you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on 

that channel. Your radio will remain on that channel 
and return to 

Standby 

mode.

b.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to 

resume scanning channels.

If you press the 

Talk

button while scanning, but more than 

10 seconds after receiving a transmission, you will transmit 
on the channel on which you last received a transmission. 
This will return the radio to 

Standby

mode.

If you do not press any button within 10 seconds after 
receiving a scanned transmission, your radio will automatically
resume scanning channels. 

During channel scan (while not receiving a transmission), 
you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on the

channel or channel/privacy code that was displayed before
you entered mode functions or the channel on which, during
scanning, you last received a transmission. This will then
return the radio to 

Standby 

mode.

b.

Press the 

Mode

button to proceed to set privacy 

code scan on the channel that was either displayed before 
you entered mode functions or on which, during channel
scanning, you last received a transmission (see page 19 
for further details).

c.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to return to 

Standby 

mode

on the channel/privacy code that was displayed before you
entered mode functions or the channel on which, during
scanning, you last received a transmission.

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Memory Location Scan

Your microTALK radio can automatically scan up to 
10 programmed 

Memory Locations

.

If there are one or fewer memory locations 
programmed in your radio, the scan memory 
locations option will not be available. To program 
at least two memory locations, see program 
memory locations on page 13.

To scan memory locations:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Scan

icon,

Memory

icon and the memory location

number flash on the display.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to begin scanning memory locations.

The 

Scan

icon and the 

Memory

icon will

continue to be displayed when memory 
location scan is 

on

. Your radio will continue 

to scan memory locations and stop if an
incoming transmission is detected. Your 
radio will remain on that memory location 
for 10 seconds.

While setting memory location scan, if you 
do not press any buttons for 15 seconds, 
your radio will automatically return to 

Standby 

mode on the channel/privacy code

displayed before you entered mode functions.

During privacy code scan (while receiving an incoming
transmission), you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on 

that channel/privacy code. Your radio will remain on 
that channel/privacy code and return to 

Standby 

mode.

b.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to 

resume scanning privacy codes.

If you press the 

Talk

button while scanning, but more than 

10 seconds after receiving a transmission, you will transmit 
on the channel/privacy code on which you last received a
transmission. This will then return the radio to 

Standby 

mode.

If you do not press any button within 10 seconds, your 
radio will automatically resume scanning privacy codes. 

During privacy code scan (while not receiving a transmission), 
you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on 

the channel/privacy code that was displayed before you
entered mode functions or the channel/privacy code on 
which, during scanning, you last received a transmission. 
This will return the radio to 

Standby 

mode.

b.

Press the 

Mode

button to proceed to set memory location

scan (see page 21 for further details).

c.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to return to 

Standby 

mode on the channel/privacy code that was displayed 
before you entered mode functions or the channel/
privacy code on which, during scanning, you last 
received a transmission.

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VibrAlert and Call Alert

Your microTALK radio can alert you to incoming signals by
sounding an audible call tone, by vibrating silently or both. 

To change call settings:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button 

until the 

Call Setting

icon 

flashes on the display. 
The current setting (“01” 
vibrate + ring, “02” vibrate 
only or “03” ring only) 
is displayed.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to 

change the call setting.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button 

to enter the new setting 
and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

During memory location scan (while receiving an Incoming
transmission), you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on that

memory location.     

b.

Your radio will remain on that memory location and return to

Standby 

mode. Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button

to resume scanning memory locations.

c.

After 10 seconds of inactivity, unit starts scan again.

If you press the 

Talk

button while scanning, but more than 

10 seconds after receiving a transmission, you will transmit on 
the memory location on which, during scanning, you last received 
a transmission. 

If you do not press any button within 10 seconds, your radio 
will automatically resume scanning memory locations. 

During memory location scan (while not receiving a
transmission), you can choose from the following:

a.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button to communicate on the

channel/privacy code that was displayed before you entered
mode functions or memory location on which, during
scanning, you last received a transmission. 

b.

Press the 

Mode

button to proceed to other functions.

c.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to return to 

Standby 

mode

on the channel/privacy code that was displayed before you
entered mode functions or the memory location on which,
during scanning, you last received a transmission.

To reduce the number of memory locations being scanned, 
you may de-program any unwanted locations. (See page 16 
to de-program a memory location.)

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10 Call Tone Settings

You can choose from 10 different call tone settings to transmit 
a unique call alert. 

To change a call tone setting:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

letter “C” and the current call tone number 
(01 through 10) is displayed.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to hear the other call tone settings.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter the new

setting and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

Roger Beep Confirmation Tone

Roger Beep

is an audible tone that your listener will hear when 

you release the 

Talk

button. This alerts the other party that you 

are finished talking and it is OK for them to speak.

To turn roger beep on or off:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Roger Beep

icon flashes on the display. 

The current 

on

or 

off

setting is displayed.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select roger beep 

on

or 

off

.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter 

the new setting and proceed to other
functions.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

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Keystroke Tones  On

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Call Tone  Setting

Roger Beep On

Keystroke Tones

With 

Keystroke Tones

turned 

on

, your radio will sound 

beeps each time you press a button or change a setting.

To change keystroke tones:
1.

Press the 

Mode

button until the 

Keystroke

Tones

icon flashes on the display. The

current 

on

or 

off

setting is displayed.

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to turn keystroke tones 

on

or 

off

.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode

button to enter the new

setting and return to 

Standby

mode.

b.

Press the 

Lock/Enter

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby

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General Specifications

General Specifications

FRS/GMRS Frequency 
Allocation and Compatibility

Important:

Please note that Cobra GMRS models with 15 Channels 

may designate different channel numbers for the same frequency.
For example, a Cobra 15 Channel GMRS model would need to be 
tuned to Channel 11 in order to communicate with a 22 Channel 
GMRS tuned to Channel 15. Please refer to the chart below for 
channel/ frequency number compatibility.

A = Channel No. for 22 Channel FRS/GMRS Models
B = Channel No. for 15 Channel GMRS Models
C = Type of Radio Service
D = Frequency in MHz
E = Power Output

A

B

C

D

E

FRS/GMRS 

462.5625

High or Low 

2

FRS/GMRS

462.5875

High or Low

3

FRS/GMRS 

462.6125

High or Low 

FRS/GMRS 

462.6375

High or Low 

FRS/GMRS 

462.6625

High or Low 

FRS/GMRS 

462.6875

High or Low  

FRS/GMRS 

462.7125

High or Low 

FRS 467.5625

Low 

9 FRS 

467.5875

Low

10 FRS

467.6125

Low 

11 FRS 

467.6375

Low

12 FRS 

467.6625

Low

13 FRS 

467.6875

Low 

14 FRS 

467.7125

Low

15 

11 

GMRS 

462.5500

High or Low 

16 

GMRS 

462.5750

High or Low 

17 

12 

GMRS 

462.6000

High or Low 

18 

GMRS 

462.6250

High or Low 

19 

13 

GMRS 

462.6500

High or Low 

20 

10 

GMRS 

462.6750

High or Low 

21 

14 

GMRS 

462.7000

High or Low 

22 

15 

GMRS 

462.7250

High or Low 

LICENSING

For Products Used in Canada

Industry Canada Notice

Operation is subject to the following two conditions: 1) this device
may not cause interference, and 2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.

«IC» before the equipment certification number signifies that the
Industry Canada technical specifications were met. It does not
guarantee that the certified product will operate to the user’s
satisfaction.

For Products Used in the U.S.A.

FCC Licensing Required

This two-way radio operates on GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service)
frequencies which require an FCC (Federal Communications
Commission) license. A user must be licensed prior to operating on
channels 1 through 7 or 15 through 22, which comprise the GMRS
channels of this radio. Serious penalties could result for unlicensed
use of GMRS channels; operation of this radio is subject to additional
rules specified in 47 C.F.R. Part 95.

Licensed users will be issued a call sign by the FCC, which should be
used for station identification when operating this radio. GMRS users
should also cooperate by engaging in permissible transmissions only,
avoiding channel interference with other GMRS users, and being
prudent with the length of their transmission time.

For licensing information and application forms, please call the FCC
Hotline at 800-418-FORM. Request form #159 and form #605.
Questions regarding the license application should be directed to the
FCC at 888-CALL-FCC. Additional information is available on the FCC’s
website at www.fcc.gov.

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This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject 
to the following two conditions: 1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and 2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.

FCC Warnings: Replacement or substitution of transistors, regular diodes or
other parts of a unique nature, with parts other than those recommended by
Cobra may cause a violation of the technical regulations of part 95 of the FCC
rules, or violation of type acceptance requirements of part 2 of the rules.

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Nothing 

comes close to a Cobra

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Product Service

If you have any questions about operation or installing your new
Cobra product, or if you are missing parts… 

Please call Cobra first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT TO THE
STORE! See customer assistance on page A1.

For Products Purchased in Canada

If your product should require factory service, please call AVS Technologies
Inc. at 514-683-1771 ext. 2-264 before sending your radio. For out of
warranty service, ship this product prepaid to: AVS Technologies Inc., 2100
Trans Canada Hwy S., Montreal, Quebec, H9P 2N4, www.cobra.ca. We
reserve the right to repair or replace the radio with an equivalent product.
Please include the following information: Date of Purchase, Model Number,
Dealer Purchased From, Dealer Address, Dealer Phone Number.

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

If your product should require factory service, please call Cobra first before
sending your radio. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your
repair. You may be asked to send your radio to the Cobra factory. It will be
necessary to furnish the following to have the product serviced and returned.

1) For warranty repair include some form or proof-of purchase, such as a

mechanical reproduction or carbon of a sales receipt. 
If you send the original receipt, it cannot be returned. 

2) Send the entire product. 

3) Enclose a description of what is happening with the radio. Include a

typed or clearly printed name and address of where the radio is to be
returned. 

4) Pack radio securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the

original packing material. 

5) Ship prepaid and insured by way of a traceable carrier such as United

Parcel Service (UPS) or Priority Mail to avoid loss in transit to Cobra
Factory Service, Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland
Street, Chicago, Illinois 60707 U.S.A. 

6) If the radio is in warranty, upon receipt of your radio, it will either be

repaired or exchanged depending on the model. 

Please allow approximately three to four weeks before contacting Cobra for
status. If the radio is out of warranty, a letter will automatically be sent
informing you of the repair charge or replacement charge. If you have any
questions, please call 773-889-3087 for assistance.

For Products Purchased Outside Canada or the U.S.A.

Please contact your local dealer for product service information.

Safety Information for microTALK

®

Radios

Your wireless handheld portable transceiver contains a low power
transmitter. When the talk button is pushed, it sends out radio
frequency (RF) signals. The device is authorized to operate at a duty
factor not to exceed 50%. In August 1996, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) adopted RF exposure guidelines
with safety levels for handheld wireless devices.

Important:

FCC RF Exposure Requirements: For body-worn operation, this radio
has been tested and meets the FCC RF exposure guidelines when used
with Cobra accessories supplied or designated for this product. Use of
other accessories may not ensure compliance with FCC RF exposure
guidelines. Use only the supplied antenna. Unauthorized antennas,
modifications, or attachments could damage the transmitter and may
violate FCC regulations.

Normal Position:

Hold the transmitter approximately five cm (two inches) from your face
and speak in a normal voice, with the antenna pointed up and away.

Trademark Acknowledgement

Cobra

®

, microTALK

®

, Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra

®

, VibrAlert

®

and the snake design are registered trademarks of Cobra Electronics
Corporation, USA. Cobra Electronics Corporation™ is a trademark 
of Cobra Electronics Corporation, USA.

The Cobra line of quality products includes

CB Radios  •  microTALK

®

Radios  •  Radar/Laser Detectors  •  

Safety Alert

®

Traffic Warning Systems  •  Handheld GPS Receivers  •

Mobile GPS Navigation Systems  •  HighGear

®

Accessories  •

CobraMarine

®

VHF Radios  •  Marine Chartplotters • 

Power Inverters  •  Accessories

Safety and Trademark
Acknowledgement

Intro

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Intro

Operation

Customer
Assistance

Warranty

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Secondary Icons

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