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Cobra microTALK CXT425 Owner's Manual

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Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra

® 

English

For more information or to  
order any of our products,  
please visit our website:

www.cobra.com

A1

Making Life Easier and Safer

Owner’s Manual

Nothing Comes Close to a Cobra

® 

TWO-WAY RADIO  MODEL 

CXT425

Printed in China

Part No. 480-575-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. 

For Assistance in 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 only. 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week  

773-889-3087 (phone). 

Customer Assistance Operators 

English and Spanish. 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 773-889-3087 (phone). 

Questions 

English and Spanish. Faxes can be received at 773-622-2269 (fax). 

Technical Assistance 

English only. www.cobra.com (on-line: Frequently Asked Questions).  

English and Spanish. productinfo

@

cobra.com (e-mail).

For Assistance Outside the U.S.A. 

Contact Your Local Dealer

Belt Clip

Customer Assistance

©2009 Cobra Electronics Corporation™ 

6500 West Cortland Street 

Chicago, Illinois 60707 USA

www.cobra.com

 


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A3

Product Features

A2

Product Features

Introduction

Introduction

Backlit LCD Display

• 

 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

  Belt Clip

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2

3

8

4

5

7

6

10

11

12

9

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

2

3

4

6

9

10

12

14

15

16

11

13

5

8

13

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16

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Important FCC Licensing Information

This radio operates on General Mobile Radio Ser-
vice (GMRS) frequencies which require a Federal 
Communications Commission (FCC) license. See 
page 22 for licensing and other  
related information.

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

  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

Safety and Trademark

Acknowledgement

Safety

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  •  HighGear

®

 Accessories  •  

CobraMarine

®

 VHF Radios  •  Power Inverters  •  Accessories

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1

Operation

Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

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 

remove 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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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.

Battery Low 

When battery power is low, the Battery Low icon 

will blink. Your batteries should be recharged or 

replaced if using alkaline batteries. 

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.

Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

3

Operation

2

Using Your Radio

Operation

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.

Battery Low

Battery Save Mode

On/Off Power

Insert Radio(s)

Two Inches (5 cm) 
from Mouth

Talk Button

Quick Start

1.

  Turn the 

Power On/Off

 knob clockwise 

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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Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

5

Operation

4

Using Your Radio

Operation

Channel Number

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Channel Buttons

Hi Power Icon

Low Power Icon

Light/Max Range

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.

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.

Volume Knob

Call Button

 


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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 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.

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.

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.

Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

7

Operation

6

Using Your Radio

Operation

Light/Max Range

Lock Mode

Speaker/Microphone/
Charge Jack

Signal Strength

Mode/Lock Button

Maximum Range

Reduced Range

Reduced Range

 


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Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

9

Operation

8

Mode Functions

Operation

CTCSS Privacy Code

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Mode/Lock Button

Set CTCSS Privacy Codes 

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.

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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Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

Operation

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. 

10

Mode Functions

Operation

11

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.

VOX Icon

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Mode/Lock Button

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.

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

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Channel Buttons

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

DCS Privacy Code

      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.

Hazards Radio Icon

 


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Memory Icon

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

Operation

12

Mode Functions

Operation

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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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.

VOX Sensitivity Level

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Memory Icon

Mode/Lock Button

 


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Operation

    

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.

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.

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Mode Functions

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. 

Operation

Channel Buttons

Memory Icon

Enter/Hi-Low Button

Channel 0

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Scanning Channels

Mode/Lock Button

Channel Buttons

 


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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  

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/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.

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).

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Operation

16

Mode Functions

Operation

Scan Privacy Codes

Channel Buttons

Select Channel

Mode/Lock Button

 


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Mode 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 channel/

 

privacy code on which, during scanning, you last  

received a transmission.

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.

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.

Operation

Scanning Locations

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Call Tone Setting

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

 


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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.

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Mode Functions and 

General Specifications

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Operation

Customer Assistance Warranty

Introduction

Operation

General Specifications 

 

Roger Beep On

Keystroke Tones On

Channel Buttons

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

Mode/Lock Button

  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

     C 

E

  1  

1  

FRS/GMRS  

462.5625 

High, Med, or Low 

  2  

FRS/GMRS 

462.5875 

High, Med, or Low

  3  

FRS/GMRS  

462.6125 

High, Med, or Low 

  4  

4  

FRS/GMRS  

462.6375 

High, Med, or Low 

  5  

5  

FRS/GMRS  

462.6625 

High, Med, or Low 

  6  

6  

FRS/GMRS  

462.6875 

High, Med, or Low  

  7  

7  

FRS/GMRS  

462.7125 

High, Med, 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, Med, or Low 

  16  

8  

GMRS  

462.5750 

High, Med, or Low 

  17  

12  

GMRS  

462.6000 

High, Med, or Low 

  18  

9  

GMRS  

462.6250 

High, Med, or Low 

  19  

13  

GMRS  

462.6500 

High, Med, or Low 

  20  

10  

GMRS  

462.6750 

High, Med, or Low 

  21  

14  

GMRS  

462.7000 

High, Med, or Low 

  22  

15  

GMRS  

462.7250 

High, Med, or Low 

 


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IMPORTANT NOTICE: FCC LICENSE 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 on high power or 15 through 22, 

which comprise the GMRS channels of this radio. Serious penalties could result for 
unlicensed use of GMRS channels, in violation of FCC rules. 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.
Channel 1 through 7 on low power and channels 8 through 14 comprise the  
FRS (Family Radio Service). No license is required to operate on the FRS.

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 Commissions (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 2 inches from your face and  
speak in a normal voice, with the antenna pointed up and away.

FCC Licensing and  

Product Service Questions 

22

Customer Assistance

Product Service Questions 

If you have any questions about operation or installing your  

new Cobra product, or if you need to order replacement parts… 

Please call Cobra first! DO NOT RETURN THIS PRODUCT  

TO THE STORE! See customer assistance on page A1.

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 a copy of the original sales receipt.  

If you send the original receipt, it cannot be returned. 

2) Send the entire product. 
3)  Enclose a detailed description of the problem along with the name  

and address of where the product 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 under warranty, it will 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 the U.S.A.

Please contact your local dealer for product service information.

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Customer Assistance

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

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra microTALK  
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  
microTALK 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 the U.S.A.

Please contact your local dealer for warranty information.

90-Day Warranty on Cobra Rechargeable Batteries

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

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.

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