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Cobra microTALK FRS 220 Operating Instructions Manual

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Type: Operating Instructions
Category: Two-Way Radio
Pages: 14
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Th

2 Way Radio

O pe rating Instru ctions for your 

Nothing comes close to a Co b ra ™

obra Electronics Corporation

500 West Cortland Street

hicago, IL 60707

ww.cobraelectronics.com

2000 Cobra Electronics Corp.

nted in Thailand

t No. 480-306-P-001

For te c h n i cal assistance, please call our Au to m a ted Help Desk which can assist 

you by answe ring the most fre q u e n t ly asked questions about Co b ra prod u ct s.

(773) 889-3087 

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A Consumer Service Representative can be reached through this same number 

8:00 am - 8:00 pm,Monday through Friday, CST.

echnical assistance is also available on-line in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

section at www.cobraelec.com or by e-mail to productinfo@cobraelec.com

f you think you need service call 1.773.889.3087

 your product should require factory service please c all Cobra first before sending y our 

nit in. This will ensure the fastest turn-around time on your repair .”

u may be asked to send your unit to the Cobra factory. It will be necessary to furnish the follow-

g in order to have the product serviced and returned.

or Warranty Repair include some form of pr oof-of-purchase, such as a mechanical reproduction

or carbon or a sales receipt. If you send the original receipt it cannot be returned.

end the entire product.

Enclose a description of what is happening with the unit.Include a typed or clearly print name
and address of where the unit is to be returned.

ack unit securely to prevent damage in transit. If possible, use the original packing material.

hip prepaid and insured by w ay of a traceable carrier such as United Parcel Service (UPS) or First

lass Mail to avoid loss in transit to: Cobra Factory Servic e, Cobra Electronics Corporation,6500

W. Cortland St., Chicago, IL 60707.

f the unit is in war ranty, upon receipt of your unit it will either be repaired or exchanged

depending on the model. Please allow approximately 3 to 4 weeks before contacting us for 
status. If the unit is out of warranty a letter will automatically be sent informing you of the 

epair charge or replacement charge. If you have any questions, please call 1.773.889.3087 for

assistance.

You Think You Need Service

FRS 220

1

 


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Thank you for purchasing the Cobra FRS 220 
2-way Radio. Properly used, this Cobra product
will give you many years of reliable service.

Customer Support

Should you encounter any problems with the 
product or not understand its many features,
please refer to this owner’s manual. If, after 
referring to the manual, you still need help,
call Cobra Customer Service at 773.889.3087.

Our Thanks to You

A3

Cobra Customer Service

Live operators are available 
M-F 8:00 am - 8:00 pm CST
at: 773.889.3087 

Automated Technical
Assistance available 24
hours a day, seven days a
week.E-mail questions to:
p rod u ct i n fo @ co b ra e l e c. co m

Co b ra on the Wo rld Wi d e
We b : Frequently Asked
Questions (FAQ) can be
found on-line at:
www.cobraelectronics.com

Controls and Indicators

A2

6

7

1 2

1 4

1 3

3

5

1

2

8

4

Antenna

Microphone/Speaker 
Jack

On/Off Power Button

LCD Display Panel

Light/Max Range Button

Key Lock
Down/Up Volume 
Control

Speaker

Microphone

Battery Compartment

Charge Pads

Talk Button

Call Button

Channel Button

Mode Button

1

2

1 0

1 1

1 5

1 4

1 5

1 2

1 3

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.

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How to Use Your Cobra 

M i c ro Ta l k

2 - Way Radio

1

Features of This Product

• Two-way static-free

radio with up to a 
2 mile range

• 14 channels

• SuperFlex™ antenna

• Holster belt clip

• Roger beep confirmation

tone

• Backlit LCD 

• Speaker/Microphone

jacks

Contents

Features

...........................................................................1

The FRS Story

................................................................A1

FCC Warnings
Included Accessories

Controls & Indicators

.................................................A2

Our Thanks to You

.......................................................A3

Customer Support ...................................................A3

Operating your microTALK 

Battery Installation...................................................2
Turning On..................................................................3
Illuminating the Display ........................................3
Auto Squelch.............................................................4
Maximum Range Extender/Auto Monitor......4
Select Channel..........................................................5
Auto Battery Save.....................................................6
Calling Another Party .............................................7
Talking To Another Party .......................................8
Roger Beep Confirmation Tone...........................9
Listening For Another Party .................................9
Lock Function............................................................10
microTALK Range.....................................................11
Making Life Easier And Safer...............................12
Holster/Belt Clip/Desk Stand...............................13
External Microphone/Speaker Jack...................14

Caring for Your microTALK

......................................15

microTALK Specifications

........................................16

Limited Two Year Warranty

.....................................18

Optional Accessories

.................................................19

Order Form

.....................................................................20

If You Think You Need Service

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Pull 

lock tab down

to remove battery
cover.

Insert

four “AAA”

batteries. Position
batteries according
to po l a ri ty marki n g s.

Operation

3

Operation

2

Note

Batteries not included with
microTALK 2-way radio.

Always use high quality
alkaline or NiMH batteries.

Incorrect positioning can
damage both the batteries
and the unit.

Only the Cobra NiMH bat-
tery (Part #FA-BP) pack
can be recharged.

See Accessories on page 19.
Charge ports for recharging
NiMH (Nickel Metal
Hydride) battery pack are
located on back of unit.

Note

When batteries are low or
need charging the 
indicator will blink. Replace
alkaline batteries or
recharge NiMH battery
pack.

Install Batteries

Battery
Installation

1

2

Turning On Your microTALK

Note

Whenever the unit is on 
you can receive
communications.

Turning 
On Your
microTALK

Illuminating the Display

Illuminating
the Display

1

1

Push and hold the                POWER button for
2 seconds. An audible “tone” will indicate the
unit is on,and display will illuminate for 10
seconds.

Push and release

LIGHT/MAX RANGE

button to illuminate display for ten seconds.

 


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Select

any of the 14 channels by moving the

channel button up or down.

Select Main Channel (1-14)

Turn on the microTALK 2-Way Radio.

Operation

5

Note
Selecting a CTCSS 
subchannel will allow you
to only hear conversations
on that selection. For 
example, you may be with
a group of friends. If all of
you select channel 7 and
subchannel 1, you will hear
your friends but will not
hear anybody else on 
channel 7,subchannels 2
through 38.

Select Main
Channel

Operation

4

Note

To learn more about the
range of your microTALK,
see page 10.

Range is dependent on 
battery condition and 
geographic territory.

Auto Squelch

Maximum
Range
Extender

2

1

Maximum Range Extender

Auto squelch can be temporarily removed to allow
all signals to enter (Maximum Range Ex tender).

Select CTCSS Subchannel (00-38)

Press the mode butto n . After a short delay, s m a l l
n u m bers will flash next to the channel display
LCD indicating the subc h a n n e l .

Select CTCSS
Subchannel

Auto Squelch

Your microTALK is equipped with Auto Squelch,
which automatically shuts off weak transmissions
and unwanted noise due to terrain conditions or
if you have reached your range limit.

1

Push and hold

LIGHT/MAX RANGE 

button to allow all signals to enter.

Auto Monitor

Auto Monitor

When the signal you want to hear is consistently
weak, you may place the radio in Maximum Range
mode without having to constantly hold the 
button: Press and hold the Maximum Range
Extender button for five seconds. To return to
normal operation,momentarily press the
Maximum Range Extender button again or
change channels.

1

Select subchannel number by moving the
channel button up or down.
When the desired code is displayed push the
mode button and release. An audible tone will
confirm your selection.

2

3

Note
Units must be on same
channel and subchannel to
communicate.
Note
Channels 8-12 generally are
less used and give better
results for communications
in most areas.
Note
Push and hold the channel
button for fast channel
advance.

 


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Operation

6

Operation

7

Calling Another Party

To alert another party that you wish to
communicate:

Turn on

your microTALK 2-way radio. An audi-

ble “tone” will indicate the unit is on.

Select

a channel 

by 

p u s h i n g

t h e

CHANNEL butto n
up or down.

Calling
Another 
Party

1

2

B a t t e ry Low

No te
When batte ry ca p a c i ty is at
the 1/4 level it is
re commended that yo u
re p l a ce alkaline batte ries or
re c h a rge your NiMH (Nicke l
Metal Hyd ride) batte ry pack.

Only the Cobra NiMH
battery (Part #FA-BP) 
pack can be recharged.

No te

NiMH re c h a rgeable batte ry
pack (Item #FA-BP) and 
d e s k top charger (Item #FA-
CR) are not included with this
u n i t. See Ac ce s s o ries Se ct i o n
on page 19.

Battery Low

When in normal use the icon may begin flashing.
This is a warning to you that the batteries are
getting low.

Replace alkaline batteries as soon as possible
and/or recharge NiMH battery pack.

Auto Battery Save

Your FRS 220 has a unique circuit designed to
extend battery life. If there are no transmissions or
receptions within 10 seconds, the unit will 
automatically switch to battery save mode and 

will be shown in the display.

Auto Battery
S a v e

No te

The Au to Ba t te ry Save Ci rc u i t
d oes not affe ct the unit’s 
a b i l i ty to re ce i ve inco m i n g
t ra n s m i s s i o n s.

 


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Operation

9

Operation

8

Roger Beep
Confirmation
Tone

Listening For Another Party

When finished talking:

Listening For
Another Party

Release

TALK button to receive incoming 

transmissions.

Your microTALK is always in listening mode
when the     TALK button is not pressed.

Adjust volume by pushing
DOWN/UP buttons.

1

Note

While the       TALK button 
is depressed you cannot 
receive incoming calls.

Your listener will hear an 
audible tone when you 

release

the      TALK button.

This alerts the other party
t h at you are finished talki n g
and it’s OK for them to be g i n
t a l ki n g.

Roger Beep Confirmation Tone

2

No te
Your incoming “Ca l l ”s i g n a l
l evel is dependent on yo u r
unit volume setting.

Talking To
Another Party

Push and release 

CALL button. The unit you

are calling will hear a two second ringing tone.

3

Talking To Another Party

Push and hold 

TALK button.

1

The TX indicator will

be displayed.

2

Hold mic about 
2 inches from
mouth. Speak in a
normal voice.

3

Release        

TALK 

button and listen
for response.

4

Note

While the       TALK button 
is depressed you cannot 
receive incoming calls.

 


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Operation

11

Note

Call button, Range 
Extender button and Talk
button do not lock and are
fully operational while the
unit is locked.

The unit cannot lock while
in function mode.

Lock Function

The purpose of the LOCK function is to lock most
buttons to avoid accidental operation.
To engage the LOCK function:

Lock Function

Operation

10

microTALK Range

Your micro TALK Radio has a range of up to 2 miles.
This effective range can be shortened under 
some conditions.

Note

To achieve maximum 
range the auto squelch 
can be overridden. Refer to
Maximum Range Extender
section on page 4.

microTALK
Range

1. Under flat, open

conditions you 
will experience
the microTALK’s
maximum range.

2. Range can be

reduced by
buildings and
foliage in the 
path of the signal.

3. Range will be

further reduced by
dense foliage and
hilly terrain.

Push and hold Lock     button until
flashes. Channel up/down, Mode and Power
buttons are now locked.

To “unlock” push and hold Lock      button 
until     disappears.

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2

 


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Making Life Easier and Safer

5. Checking on travel-

ing companions in
another car.

6. Agree on a meeting

spot after an event.

Holster/Belt Clip/Desk Stand

Your micro TALK Radio comes with a custom 
molded plastic holste r. Its unique dual-funct i o n
design enables it to act as a handy desktop sto ra g e
u n i t, as well as easily attaching to your belt for 
maximum co nve n i e n ce and po rt a b i l i ty.

Holster-
Belt Clip and
Desk Stand

1. Desk Stand

2. Belt Clip

Making Life Easier and Safer

microTALK 2-Way Radio Can Make Life
Easier and Safer

As you be come familiar with your micro TALK Ra d i o
you will find many of your own uses for the unit.
Some suggestions include:

microTALK 
2-Way Radio
Can Make 
Life Easier
and Safer

1. Talking with fellow

hikers.

2. Keeping track 

of the kids in a 
shopping mall.

3. Communicating

between basement
and first, second or
third floor.

4. Talking to a 

neighbor or a
friend.

12

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15

Caring for Your 

microTAL  

Radio

Caring for Your microTALK Radio

The microTALK 2 Way Radio will give you years 
of service if cared for properly.

Here are some suggestions:

Caring 
for Your
microTALK
Radio

Note

Modifying or tampering 
with the radio’s internal 
components can cause 
malfunction and will 
invalidate the warranty.
If your radio is not perform-
ing as it should, please call
Cobra at 773.889.3087.
Do not return the unit to
the retailer.

1. Handle unit gently.

2. Keep away

from dust.

3. Never place the 

unit in water or in 
a moist place.

4. Avoid exposure

to extreme 
temperatures.

14

Note

External microphone/
speaker is not included with
the unit. See Accessories on
page 19 for available units.

External Microphone/Speaker Jack

Your microTALK 2-Way Radio can be fitted with 
an external microphone/speaker, (not included)
freeing your hands for other tasks.

To attach the external microphone/speaker:

External
Microphone/
Speaker Jack

Open Spkr/Mic tab on top of unit.

1

Insert plug into the Mic/Spkr jack.

2

E x t e rnal Microphone/ 
Speaker Jack

 


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C.RECEIVER 

UNIT 

NOMINAL

1. SENSITIVITY

FOR 12dB SINAD

dBm

-119

FOR CALL SIGNAL DETECTION

dBm

-121

2.MAX. AUDIO OUTPUT @ 10% THD

mW

150

3. MAX S/N RATIO @ 1mV RF INPUT

dB

45

4. SQUELCH

a) SENSITIVITY

dBm

-121

b) ATTACK TIME

mS

120

c) CLOSING TIME

mS

200

5. AUDIO FREQUENCY RESP.

@ 300 HZ

dB

-15

@ 2500 HZ

dB

-10

6. SIGNAL DISPLACEMENT BW

+/- KHZ

5

7. ADJACENT CH.REJECTION

dB

60

8. INTERMODULATION REJECTION

dB

65

9. SPURIOUS RESPONSE REJECTION

dB

65

D. TRANSMITTER

UNIT 

NOMINAL

1. EFFECTIVE RADIATED POWER

mW 

500

2. CARRIER FREQ.STABILIT Y

Hz

+/-500

3. MODULATION LIMITING

kHz

2.5

4. CARRIER ATTACK TIME

mS

30

5. AUDIO FREQUENCY RESPONSE

@ 300 HZ

dB

-10

@ 2500 HZ

dB

4

6. AUDIO DISTORTION

%

3

7. HUM NOISE

dB

38

8. TRANSIENT FREQ.BEHAVIOR

a) TX ON

mS

30

b) TX OFF

mS

5

E. POWER SUPPLY

1. BATTERY LIFE (1:1:18 RATIO)

HR

24

2. BATTERY

V

4.2-6.0

microTALK

Specifications

17

microTALK

Specifications

16

I.GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

A. FREQUENCIES

CHANNEL ASSIGNMENT

Channel

Channel

FRS

Frequency

FRS

Frequency

Channel

in MHz

Channel

in MHz

1

462.5625

8

467.5625

2

462.5875

9

467.5875

3

462.6125

10

467.6125

4

462.6375

11

467.6375

5

462.6625

12

467.6625

6

462.6875

13

467.6875

7

462.7125

14

467.7125

B. SUBCHANNEL ASSIGNMENTS

CTCSS

CTCSS

Channel

Frequency

Channel

Frequency

01

67.0 Hz

21

136.5 Hz

02

71.9 Hz

22

141.3 Hz

03

74.4 Hz

23

146.2 Hz

04

77.0 Hz

24

151.4 Hz

05

79.7 Hz

25

156.7 Hz

06

82.5 Hz

26

162.2 Hz

07

85.4 Hz

27

167.9 Hz

08

88.5 Hz

28

173.8 Hz

09

91.5 Hz

29

179.9 Hz

10

94.8 Hz

30

186.2 Hz

11

97.4 Hz

31

192.8 Hz

12

100.0 Hz

32

203.5 Hz

13

103.5 Hz

33

210.7 Hz

14

107.2 Hz

34

218.1 Hz

15

110.9 Hz

35

225.7 Hz

16

114.8 Hz

36

233.6 Hz

17

118.8 Hz

37

241.8 Hz

18

123.0 Hz

38

250.3 Hz

19

127.3 Hz

20

131.8 Hz

Frequency
Ranges

 


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Optional Accessories

You Can Find These Fine Accessories At Your Local Cobra Dealer

If you wish, you can order directly from Cobra.

Order by phone

Call 1.773.889.3087 (Press 1 from the main menu) 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F CST. )

Order by mail or fax

Please fill out order form on next page, and mail/fax directly to Cobra.

Order over the Web

www.cobraelectronics.com

Ear Bud Mic with PTT

Co m p a ct earbud and micro-
phone with Pu s h - to - Talk switc h .
M A-EBM   

$29.95 

Lapel Speaker/Microphone

Remote microphone/speaker
with Push-to-Talk switch.
M A- S M

$ 2 4 . 9 5

Replacement Holster

FA-HR1                           $4.95

2 Port Desktop Charger

Charges two microTALK radios
or two NiMH battery packs.
FA- C R

$ 1 9 . 9 5

NiMH Rechargeable Battery
Pack

High performance Nickel
Metal Hydride battery pack for
multiple charging.
FA-BP

$ 2 9 . 9 5

Vox/Headset Mic

VOX (Voice Operated
Transmitter) headset and
microphone allows
hands-free operation.
MA-VOX                               $49.95

Limited Two Year Warranty

18

COBRA ELECTRONICS CORPORATION

warrants that its

COBRA FRS Radios, and the component parts thereof, will
be free of defects in wor kmanship and materials for period
of two (2) years from the da te 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 FRS radios, products or component parts upon
delivery to the COBRA factory Service Department, accom-
panied 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.

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 alter-
ations 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 war ranty.
COBRA shall not be liable for any incidental, consequen-
tial or other damages;including, without limitation,
damages resulting from loss of use or cost of installat i o n .

Some states do not allow limitations on how long an
implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the e xclusion
or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above limitations may not apply to you.

Cobra Electronics
Corporation

6500 West Cortland Street
Chicago, Illinois 60707

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Accessory Order Form

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Illinois residents add 7%
Cook Co.residents add .75% (7.75% total)
Chicago residents add 1% (8.75% total)

Indiana residents add 5%
Michigan residents add 4 % 
Ohio residents add 6%
Wisconsin residents add 5%

Prices subject to change without notice.

M A - E B M Ear Bud Mic with PTT

$ 2 9 . 9 5

M A - VOX Vox Headset Mi c

$ 4 9 . 9 5

MA-SM

Lapel Speaker/ Microphone 

$24.95

FA - H R 1

Replacement Holster

$ 4 . 9 5

FA - C R

Ch a rg e r

$ 1 9 . 9 5

FA - B P

Bat te ry

$ 2 9 . 9 5

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