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Cobra microTALK PR3550WX Owner's Manual

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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  •  Power Inverters  •  Accessories

For more information or to 

order any of our products, 

please visit our website:

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Making Life Easier and Safer

Owner’s Manual

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TWO-WAY RADIO MODEL 

PR 3550 WX

Printed in Philippines

Part No. 480-166-P

Version B

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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. Simply squeeze the 
clip and place it where you prefer.

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, 7 days a week 773-889-3087 (phone). 

Customer Assistance Operators

English and Spanish. 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CT, 
Monday through Friday (except holidays) 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

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© 2005 Cobra

®

Electronics Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street

Chicago, Illinois 60707 U.S.A.

www.cobra.com

Update Range Changes to 
10 miles, 16 km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Battery 

Compartment

Battery Door

Latch

Belt Clip

Wrist Strap

Connector

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Product Features

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Backlit LCD 
Display

Speaker/
Microphone

Mode/Lock

Button

On/Off
Volume 

Knob

Antenna

Call 

Button

Enter/
Hi•Low Power

Button

Channel Up 

Button

Channel Down 

Button

External Speaker/
Microphone/Charge Jack

Light/

Max Range

Button

Talk

Button

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Important FCC Licensing Information

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

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

Features

• 

Two-Way Radio 

With up to an 10 mile 
(16 km) range

• 

22 Channels

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

38 Privacy Codes

10 Channel NOAA 
All Hazards Radio

• 

Hands-Free 
Operation (VOX)

• 

VibrAlert

®

Silent Paging

• 

10 Channel Memory

• 

Signal 
Strength Meter

• 

Scan

Channel, privacy 
code, 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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Receive/

Transmit Icon

Hi•Low 

Power Icon

Lock Icon

Keystroke Tones Icon

Call Alert and

VibrAlert

®

Icon

Roger Beep Icon

Vox Icon

Scan Icon

NOAA All
Hazards
Radio Icon

Signal Strength

Meter Icon

Battery Level

Indicator

Channel Numbers

Power Saver Icon

CTCSS Privacy 
Code Numbers

Memory
Icon

Memory
Location
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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.

Batteries

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 four AAA batteries. (Always use high
quality alkaline batteries.) Position batteries 
according to polarity markings.

4.

Replace battery compartment cover 
and belt clip.

Contact your local Cobra dealer or Cobra 
directly for optional battery pack and wall
charger accessories.

Insert Batteries

Pull Up Latch

Remove Belt Clip

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The Basics to Get You Started

Your microTALK

®

radio is easy to use. 

To get started, simply:

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

To turn on your radio:

1.

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

Your microTALK

®

radio has a battery level meter

that shows when battery power is decreasing.
The greater the number of bars visible, the
stronger the battery level. When the battery 
level is low, the last bar and “bALo” will flash
indicating your batteries should be replaced or, 
if using rechargeable batteries, recharged. 

Auto Battery Save

Your microTALK

®

radio has a unique circuit

designed to extend battery life. If there are 
no transmissions for 10 seconds, the radio will
automatically switch to 

Battery Save 

mode and

the 

Power Saver

icon will flash in the display.

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

Communicating with Another Person

To talk to another person:

1.

Press and hold the 

Talk

button.

2.

With the microphone about two inches 
(five 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.

Channels

To select a channel:

1.

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

When you are finished talking:

1.

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.

On/Off Power

Battery Low

Battery Save Mode

Talk Button

Channel Buttons

Channel Number

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Two Inches  (five
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Volume

To adjust the volume:

1.

Rotate the 

On/Off Volume

knob.

Call Button

To alert another person that you are calling:

1.

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:

1.

Press and hold 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. 

Display Illumination

To illuminate your display:

1.

Press and release the 

Light/Max Range

button to illuminate the display for 
10 seconds.

Low Power Icon

Hi Power Icon

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Enter/Hi•Low Button

Auto Squelch/Maximum Range

Your microTALK

®

radio is equipped with 

Auto Squelch

, which

automatically shuts 

off

weak transmissions and unwanted noise 

due to terrain and conditions. This slightly reduces the 

Maximum

Range

at which signals can be heard.

You can turn 

off 

auto squelch to allow all signals to be 

received and extend the maximum range of your radio.

To briefly turn off auto squelch:

1.

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:

1.

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:

1.

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:

1.

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.

Light/Max Range

Light/Max Range

Mode/Lock Button

Lock Mode

Volume Knob

Call Button

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Range

Your microTALK

®

radio has a range of up to 10 miles (16 km). 

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 5 for details.

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 Privacy Codes
Set NOAA All Hazards Radio Channel
Set VOX On/Off 
Set VOX Sensitivity Level
Set Memory Locations
Set Channel Scan
Set Privacy Code Scan 
Set Memory Location Scan
Set VibrAlert

®

and/or Call Alert

Set Call Alert
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.

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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.

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

between high and low power transmission.

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 
an optional 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.

Mode/Lock Button

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Signal Strength

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Mode Functions

CTCSS Privacy Codes

CTCSS

(Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System) is an advanced

tone coding system allowing you to select one of 38 privacy codes
to reduce interference from other users on the channel.

If you are using a privacy code, both radios must 
be tuned to the same channel and privacy code to
communicate. Each channel will remember the 
last privacy code you selected.

To select a 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.

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 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.

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Mode/Lock Button

Channel Buttons

Privacy Code

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 

Weather

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

2.

Use the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to change All Hazards Radio channels.

3. Weather

(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.

*National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

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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 17 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 privacy

code numbers will flash on the display.

6.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to select a privacy code (00 to 38).

7.

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.

c.

Press the 

Talk

button to enter the channel/privacy code in 

the selected memory location and return to 

Standby 

mode

on the selected memory location.

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Mode/Lock Button

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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. 

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.

VOX Sensitivity Level

Mode/Lock Button

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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.

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

Standby

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

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Memory Icon

Mode/Lock Button

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Channel 0

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While setting 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.

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.

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.

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Mode Functions

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

(01 through 38) within one channel.

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 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. 

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Mode/Lock Button

Select Channel

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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.

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

Scanning Channels

Mode/Lock Button

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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 11.

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 return to 

Standby 

mode.

b.

Press the 

Channel Up

or 

Channel Down

button to resume

scanning memory locations.

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Scanning Locations

Mode/Lock Button

Channel Buttons

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 17 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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VibrAlert

®

and Call Alert

Your microTALK

®

radio can alert you to incoming signals by

sounding an audible call tone, by vibrating silently or both. 

To change call settings:

1.

Press the 

Mode/Lock

button until the 

Call Setting

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

2.

Press the 

Channel Up

or

Channel Down

button to

change the call setting.

3.

Choose one of the following:

a.

Press the 

Mode/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.

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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Call Tone  Setting

Channel Buttons

Mode/Lock Button

VibrAlert

®

+ Ring

VibrAlert

®

Only

Ring Only

Channel Buttons

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. This will 
then return the radio to 

Standby 

mode.

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 13 
to de-program a memory location.)

 


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General Specifications

General Specifications

FRS/GMRS Frequency 
Allocation and Compatibility

Important:

Please note that Cobra GMRS models with 15 Channels may

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

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

A

B

C

D

1 1 FRS/GMRS 

462.5625 

2 2

FRS/GMRS

462.5875 

3

FRS/GMRS 

462.6125 

FRS/GMRS 

462.6375 

5 5 FRS/GMRS 

462.6625 

6 6 FRS/GMRS 

462.6875 

FRS/GMRS 

462.7125 

FRS 467.5625 

FRS 

467.5875

10 FRS

467.6125 

11 FRS 

467.6375

12 FRS 

467.6625

13 FRS 

467.6875 

14 

FRS 

467.7125

15 11 GMRS  462.5500 

16 8 GMRS  462.5750 

17 12 GMRS  462.6000 

18 9 GMRS  462.6250 

19 13 GMRS  462.6500 

20 

10 

GMRS 462.6750 

21 

14 GMRS  462.7000 

22 15 GMRS  462.7250 

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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.

Mode/Lock Button

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Product Service Questions

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

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

For Products Purchased in 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 of 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 the U.S.A.

Please contact your local dealer for product service information.

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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 two inches from your face and 

speak in a normal voice, with the antenna pointed up and away.

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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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Limited One-Year Warranty

For Products Purchased in the U.S.A.

Cobra Electronics Corporation warrants that its Cobra microTALK

radios, 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, 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.

Trademark Acknowledgement

Cobra

®

, microTALK

®

, Nothing comes close to a Cobra

®

, VibrAlert

®

and the snake design are registered trademarks of Cobra Electronics

Corporation, U.S.A. Cobra Electronics Corporation™ is a trademark 

of Cobra Electronics Corporation, U.S.A.