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Owner’s Manual

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TWO-WAY RADIO MODEL 

PR4800WXC

Printed in China

Part No. 480-431-P

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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. 

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

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© 2008 Cobra Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street

Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

www.cobra.com

 


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22 Channels

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

121 Privacy Codes

(38 CTCSS codes/

83 DCS codes)

10 Channel NOAA 
All Hazards Radio

Hands-Free 
Operation (VOX)

10 Channel Memory

Signal Strength 
Meter

Scan

Channels, 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

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1. Antenna
2. External Speaker/

Microphone/Charge Jack

3.

On/Off Volume

Knob

4. Backlit LCD Display
5.

Channel Up

Button

6.

Channel Down

Button

7.

Mode/Lock

Button

8. Speaker/Microphone

9.

Call 

Button

10.

Light/Max Range

Button

11.

Talk 

Button

12.

Enter/Hi-Low Power

Button

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

1. Signal Strength Meter Icon
2. Lock Icon
3. Keystroke Tones Icon
4. Roger Beep Icon
5. VOX Icon
6. NOAA All Hazards Radio

Icon

7. DCS/CTCSS Icons
8. Scan Icon

9. Memory Icon

10. Memory Location

Number

11. Privacy Code Numbers
12. Hi-Low Power Icons
13. Receive/Transmit Icons
14. Battery Low Indicator
15. Power Saver Icon
16. Channel Numbers

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

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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 22 for
licensing and other related information.

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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 Batteries and
Desktop Charger

To install or replace batteries:

1.

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

2.

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

3.

Insert batteries according to 
polarity markings.

4.

Replace battery compartment cover 
and belt clip.

Estimated operation time on full charge: 
12 hours.

These rechargeable batteries 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 batteries carefully and mail postage prepaid to: 
Cobra Electronics Corporation, 6500 West Cortland Street, 
Chicago, IL 60707 USA, Attn: Battery Recycling.

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

Remove Belt Clip

Pull Up Lock Latch

Insert Batteries

 


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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, even after the batteries are fully charged.

It normally takes about 15 hours to fully recharge batteries. 
Batteries will not be damaged if they stay 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.

Non-rechargeable alkaline batteries can also be used in your radio.

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Quick Start

1.

Rotate the 

On/Off Volume

knob 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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Turning on Your microTALK Radio

Rotate the 

On/Off Volume

knob clockwise to turn

on

your radio and adjust the volume. A series 

of tones will indicate 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 

Mode/Lock

buttons are pressed.

When battery power is low, the 

Battery Low

icon

will blink. Your batteries should be recharged or
replaced if using alkaline batteries. 

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.

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.

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Battery Low

Auto Battery Save

Signal Strength Meter

Two Inches (5 cm)
from Mouth

Talk Button

On/Off Power

Battery Low

Battery Save Mode

Signal Strength

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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Channel Number

Listening

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 21 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.

Volume

Rotate the 

On/Off Volume

knob.

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 19 on how to select from 
10 available call tone settings.

Volume Knob

Call Button

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Enter/Hi-Low Button

Hi Power Icon

Low Power Icon

Light/Max Range

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 the 

Enter/Hi•Low

button for 

two seconds. 

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.

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.

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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/Lock

and 

Enter/Hi•Low

Power

buttons to prevent accidental operation. 

To turn the lock feature on or off:

Press and hold the 

Mode/Lock

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.

Dual Function Buttons

Two of the buttons on the microTALK radio have 

Dual Functions

;

Mode/Lock

• Press and release the button to scroll to the next mode function.

• Press and hold the button for two seconds or more to turn the

lock function 

on

or 

off.

Enter/Hi•Low Power

• Press and release the button to enter settings in 

Function

mode.

• Press and release to toggle between high and low power

transmission in 

Standby

mode.

Light/Max Range

Lock Mode

Mode/Lock Button

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Reduced Range

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 a 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.

Earbud Microphone

1.

Plug earbud microphone into radio.

2.

Place earbud in ear.

3.

Clip microphone onto clothing 3 inches (7.6 cm)
to 6 inches (15.2 cm) from your mouth.

4.

Push to talk.

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.

Maximum Range

Reduced Range

Speaker/Microphone/
Charge Jack

Placed in Ear

Clipped to Clothing

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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 Call Tones
Set Roger Beep On/Off
Set Keystroke Tones On/Off

Scroll through the mode functions using the 

Mode/Lock

button. 

Each press and release of the 

Mode/Lock

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/Lock

button until the small 

numbers next to the channel number 
flash on the display.

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 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/Lock

button to enter the new setting and

proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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.

CTCSS Privacy Code

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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/Lock

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/Lock

button to enter the

selected 

on

or 

off

setting and proceed to

other functions.  

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

button to enter 

the selected 

on

or 

off

setting and return 

to 

Standby 

mode. 

To set VOX sensitivity:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

button until the 

VOX

icon flashes and the current sensitivity level 
is displayed. 

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Set DCS Privacy Codes

To select a DCS privacy code:

1.

After selecting a channel, press the 

Mode/Lock

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

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/Lock

button to enter the

new setting and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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.

DCS Privacy Code

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

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/Lock

button until the

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.

Mode/Lock Button

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.

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Hazards Radio Icon

VOX Icon

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

3.

The

All Hazards Radio

icon will continue to 

be displayed when 

All Hazards Radio

is

on

.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

button to proceed 

to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi-Low

button to exit 

All Hazards Radio

channel mode and 

return to 

Standby 

mode.

c. 

Press 

Talk

button to exit and start on 

last used transmitting channel.

*National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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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/Lock

button to enter 

the selected setting and proceed to 
other functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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 18 for memory location scan.)

To program a memory location:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

button. The CTCSS

icon and privacy code numbers will flash on
the display.

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6.

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

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/Lock

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.

To recall a stored memory channel location:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

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.

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Memory Icon

Channel Buttons

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Mode/Lock Button

Mode/Lock Button

Channel Buttons

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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.

Channel Scan

Your microTALK radio can automatically scan channels.

To scan channels:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

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.

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.

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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. Press the

Enter/Hi•Low

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.

To de-program a memory location:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

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 

Enter/Hi•Low

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/Lock

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.

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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 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/Lock

button to proceed to set memory

location scan (see page 18 for further details).

c.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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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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/Lock

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 below for
further details).

c.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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.

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/Lock

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.

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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. This will return the radio to 

Standby 

mode.

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/Lock

button to proceed to other functions.

c.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

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 14
to de-program a memory location.)

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/Lock

button to enter the

new setting and proceed to other functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

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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 12.

To scan memory locations:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

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 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. Your radio will remain on that memory
location and after 10 seconds of no activity, radio will start
memory location scan again.

b.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to resume

scanning memory locations.

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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

1

1

FRS/GMRS 

462.5625

High or Low 

2

2

FRS/GMRS

462.5875

High or Low

3

3

FRS/GMRS 

462.6125

High or Low 

4

4

FRS/GMRS 

462.6375

High or Low 

5

5

FRS/GMRS 

462.6625

High or Low 

6

6

FRS/GMRS 

462.6875

High or Low  

7

7

FRS/GMRS 

462.7125

High or Low 

8

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 

8

GMRS 

462.5750

High or Low 

17 

12 

GMRS 

462.6000

High or Low 

18 

9

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 

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/Lock

button to enter 

the new setting and proceed to other
functions.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby 

mode.

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/Lock

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/Lock

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby

mode.

b.

Press the 

Enter/Hi•Low

button to enter the

new setting and return to 

Standby

mode.

Roger Beep On

Keystroke Tones On

Channel Buttons

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Product Service Questions 

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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.

Product Service

For any questions about operating or installing this new Cobra product,

or if parts are missing…

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.

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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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Safety Information for microTALK

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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

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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 Rechargeable Batteries and Earbud Microphones.

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

 


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