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Motorola RDX Series Walkie-Talkies: Which model is right for you?

Motorola, the first name in rugged, ready to rumble two-way radios presents their roughest and toughest yet: The Motorola RDX series.

Your business puts a beat down on equipment. You run a wet, dirty construction site, farm or campground. You operate a busy warehouse, manufacturing plant, hotel, restaurant, hospital or retail store. You’re an independent contractor with employees and assistants working jobs of all stripes and sizes in plumbing, photography, catering, electricity, insert-your-business-here. To get the job done, you work hard.

You need a walkie-talkie that can take it and keep up.

Motorola’s RDX series two-way radios do all that and more. The RDX walkie-talkie runs on a metal die-cast chassis housed in a polycarbonate overmold. Made to military specifications 810 C, D, E, F and IP 54/55 for moisture, shock, vibration, dust and temperature extremes as high as 140F and lows of -22F — how shall we put this delicately — this walkie-talkie works under conditions that will kill you.

Not only are they built to last, Motorola RDX two-way radios are finely tuned for high performance with a speaker output that boasts 2000 milli-watts of power. Whether it’s the loud environment of a high volume production floor or your business’ high-energy event, your messages come through loud and clear. Always ahead of the curve in Radio Frequency technology, the Motorola RDX two-way radio brings the latest in RF specifications plus enhanced noise and magnetic field interruption reduction to your business transmissions. offers the Motorola RDX series walkie-talkie in both the UHF and VHF bands, in a variety of models with just the right set of features at the right price for your business’ budget. When you use a Motorola two-way radio, you don’t pay cell phone bills. You don’t sweat minutes, contracts or roaming. You invest once and the pay off continues for years. Motorola’s RDX walkie-talkies transmit and receive a clear, strong signal across a broad range of terrains and weather conditions. All RDX models feature both digital and analogue privacy/interference elimination codes that serve to keep your conversations uncrowded and confidential.

Not just hearty and high performance, Motorola RDX series two-way radios are dead easy to use too. Advanced Voice Activation (VOX) lets you use your radio without using your hands. Just talk in the direction of your mic and the VOX technology senses your intention to transmit and delivers your message (requires accessories, sold separately). Several models feature a programmable front panel with a back-lit display. All RDX walkie-talkies come compatible with free for download, Customer Programming Software (CPS) that allows consumers to program their radio’s features and frequencies using their own PC. With CPS, you don’t have to rely on a dealer to configure your RDX two-way radios. Of course, here at we’re always here to help!

CPS software adds even more usability to your RDX walkie-talkie! Packed full of features, CPS gives you access to business savvy functionality like Power Select to conserve battery, Manager Lock, PL/DL Defeat, Radio Reporting for profiles and cloning settings and Reverse Burst (to eliminate unwanted noise). Add in two time-out timers, three audible alert tones, autoscan, scan list, accessory and radio mic gain, battery save and scan channel delete and you’re looking at a full-featured, business ready radio.

The RDX series offers radios that work on either the UHF or VHF band. You can tell which is which by the model number: RDU is UHF, RDV for VHF. Because the Motorola RDX series handheld radios broadcast and receive on frequencies set aside for the business community, 438-470MHz for UHF and 146-174 for VHF, an FCC business license is required to use them.

Motorola’s RDX series two-way radios are compatible with Motorola XTN, CLS or Spirit radios.

Now that we’ve gone over a bit of what’s the same across the Motorola RDX series. Let’s take a look at the individual models offers and what sets them apart one from the other.

Motorola RDU2020 Two-way UHF Radio

The RDU 2020 is a sweet little handheld radio. It works on the UHF band, which is the right choice if you’re working inside, inside and outside, or you’re looking to match up with other UHF walkie-talkies you have in service. The RDU 2020 uses 2-Watts of power to broadcast and receive transmissions on its 2 channels. You’ll be able to communicate across 250,000 square feet or up to 20 floors using 89 business exclusive frequencies from 450-470MHz. To help you and your employees access a clear and uncrowded channel, the RDU 2020 provides 122 interference elimination codes (sometimes called privacy codes) that include 83 digital and 39 analogue codes. It ships with a standard issue battery, the RLN6352 lithium-ion battery, which lasts 12 hours on one full charge. An upgrade to the RLN6308 Ultra-Capacity lithium-ion battery will bring you 26 hours on a full charge when used with one of the 2-Watt model walkie-talkies.

In our experience, a Motorola RDU2020 becomes a big asset to small business caterers, electricians, plumbers, photographers, event planners and entrepreneurs of all stripes…

Motorola RDU2080d Two-way UHF Radio

The RDU 2080d is basically an RDU 2020, but with a front panel programmable, back-lit display and 8 channels instead of 2. The RDU 2080d provides 2-Watts of power, 8 channels, 89 business exclusive frequencies between 450-470MHz on the UHF band and offers 122 interference elimination codes (83 digital, 39 analogue). Coverage extends as far and wide as 250,000 square feet and up to 20 floors! The programmable front panel display adds a little extra ease in usability, if you need to tweak on the fly and like to see things on a display. It comes standard with the RLN 6352 lithium-ion battery that provides 12 hours usage on one charge. Upgrade to the RLN 6308, Ultra-Capacity battery for 26 hours on one charge when used with a 2-Watt model walkie-talkie.

Businesses with more groups of employees engaged in different, unrelated tasks should look to the 2080d for the 8 channel capacity to separate out communications into individual channels. Say, if you’re running a restaurant, you’d put the wait staff on one channel, the bus staff on another, cooks on their own, valets on theirs, seating staff, prep cooks etc.. and have the manager on duty scan them all to trouble-shoot anything that goes down. Vet clinics, medical and dental offices, videographers, retailers, warehouses all love the 2080d for its broad reach, channel separation and low power usage.

Motorola RDV2020 Two-way VHF Radio

The RDV2020 is Motorola’s 2020 for businesses who run their radios mostly outdoors. VHF waves are longer and stay close to the ground, so they travel farther outdoors and are best for penetrating forested areas; the flatter the terrain, all the better. The RDV 2020 uses 2-Watts of power to operate its two-channels across 27 business exclusive VHF frequencies, 150.8 – 160MHz. 122 interference elimination codes with 83 digital and 39 analogue codes serve to bring you clear and unfettered communication. The RDV 2020 handheld radio provides a range of 220,000 sq. ft and 13 floors. Your RDV2020 will arrive with a standard lithium-ion battery that lasts for 12 hours on a full charge. Upgrade to the Ultra High Capacity battery, RLN 6308, and you’re looking at up to 26 hours on one charge when used with a 2-Watt radio.

The RDV 2020 is a great walkie-talkie for small farms, fisherfolk, hunters, car clubbers and anyone who wants to talk about their love of the great outdoors while out in it.

Motorola RDV2080d Two-way VHF Radio

Same deal. The RDV2080d is Motorola’s 2080d for businesses that use their handheld radios primarily outside and need the outdoor reach of the long VHF wave. Or, if you’ve already got some VHF band radios you want to replace or add communication compatible radios, then you’ll need to stick with VHF. It’s important to note, VHF radios will not talk to UHF radios. Ever.

2-Watts of power, 8 channel communication and a programmable front panel with back-lit display, make this radio is a keeper. The RDV 2080d operates on 27 business only frequencies and broadcasts across 220,000 sq. ft and up 13 floors. 122 privacy codes comprised of 83 digital and 39 analogue codes work for your clear and confidential communication. Buy it with a standard lithium-ion battery and you get 12 hours of usage from a single charge. Upgrade for 26 hours of potential usage from just that one charge, when used with a 2-Watt walkie-talkie.

Outdoorsy types like campground managers and campers, boating enthusiasts, hikers, motorcyclists, paintballers should think about adding an RDV 2080d walkie-talkie to their business or pleasure.

The 2-Watt RDX series two-way radios are perfect for small business or recreational users who want an affordable walkie-talkie that doesn’t require or use up a lot of power quickly. They’re simple and easy to use, requiring little training to get up and running.

Motorola RDU4100 Two-Way UHF Radio

The Motorola RDU4100 is the next step up in the RDX series. A two-way radio with 4-Watts of power pushing 10 channels that operate on UHF band business only frequencies from 438-470MHz, the 4100 gets the job done. 4-Watts gives you extra oomph that pushes your signal 350,000 sq. feet and up to 30 floors high in a building. 213 privacy codes with 84 digital privacy codes, 84 inverted digital privacy codes and 6 customizable privacy codes go that extra mile to protect your conversations and score you a clear channel in a chatty world. Your Motorola RDU4100 comes standard with the Ultra-High Capacity lithium-ion battery to offer you up to 18.5 hours usage on a single charge. The RDU4100 also features a removable, stubby antenna.

If you need to transmit over a broader area or you’ve got multiple groups of users who don’t need to be distracted with talk that doesn’t mean anything to them, then you’ll want to consider the 4100 for its 4-Watts of power and ten channels. Many businesses such as manufacturing plants, construction sites, hotels, and warehouses make the 4100’s Push-to-talk button their main squeeze.

Motorola RDU4160d Two-Way UHF Radio

You might call the Motorola 4160d the Papa Bear of their RDX series walkie-talkies. Each unit offers the functionality of front panel programmability with a back-lit display for ease of use. Packin’ 4-Watts and 16 channels, the 4160d brings a full court press to business radio communication. The Motorola 4160d ships with an Ultra-High Capacity battery for 18.5 hours of potential usage on just one charge. Coverage is thick and spreads over 350,000 sq. ft and up to 30 floors in a building. 213 interference elimination codes (84 digital, 84 inverted digital and 6 customizable codes) work hard to find you a clear spot to talk among its business exclusive frequencies from 438-470MHz. The RDU4160d also comes with a removable, stubby antenna.

Heavy-duty two-way radio users like the US Military, large university campuses, businesses that span multiple buildings, hotels and luxury lofts depend on the 4160d for their critical communications.

Motorola RDV5100 Two-Way VHF Radio

This is the Big Daddy of VHF for the Motorola RDX series: pumpin’ 5-Watts across 10 channels over 300,000 sq. ft and up to 18 floors! The RDV 5100 is your perfect storm when it comes to outdoor business radio communication. 27 business exclusive frequencies from 146-174MHz are yours for the asking, along with 213 privacy codes stacked on 84 digital privacy codes, 84 inverted digital privacy codes and 6 customizable privacy codes. The RDV 5100 comes standard with the Ultra-High Capacity lithium-ion battery that provides up to 18.5 hours usage on a single charge. You’ll find added flexibility in the RDV 5100’s removable, stubby antenna.

Business and recreational users who need to communicate over a large area – especially those involved in marine communications – rely on the RDV5100. Broad coverage, outdoor users such as golf courses, large farms, military, boatyards and large outdoor sites know their RDV5100 will carry their signal long range.

A Motorola RDX 4100, 4160 and 5100 two-way radio is the powerhouse choice for heavy-hitters. You get powerful multi-channel communication in a flexible, really, really hard to break industrial grade walkie-talkie.

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Tags: heavy duty radios , Motorola RDU2080d , Motorola RDV5100 , RDU2020 , RDU4100 , RDU4160d , RDV2020 , RDV2080d , RDX , Walkie-talkie

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Motorola DTR Walkie-Talkies

Get the crystal clarity, portability and data dexterity of a cellular phone — minus the minutes! With a Motorola DTR series digital two-way radio there are no flaky service tower signals, no monthly bills, no per-minute charges. Plus the DTR seers operates on the eXRS 900 Mhz band, which means there’s no FCC license required, so no fee! Communication on the job just got a whole lot cheaper!

To stay on top, competitive companies need to keep costs down and customer satisfaction up. Cost effective on-site communication is key: whether you work in manufacturing, retail or a service industry; productivity means business. Motorola’s DTR series walkie-talkies increase job site coverage by 40%*. In real time, that means your employees transmit your business goals across 325,000 sq.ft. and up to 30 floors**. Motorola’s DTR series two-way radios do the legwork, so your employees can attend to the business at hand.

Convenient Calling Features and Data Transmission

The DTR digital difference also provides cell phone/radio hybrid features like One-to-One and One-to-Many calling. Digital One-to-One calling offers the convenience of a cell phone in that each radio has an 11-digit ID that allows one radio to ‘call’ another individual radio’s 11-digit ID. The Caller ID feature shows the ID of the radio that’s calling (or the radio’s name, if you use the optional mini-keyboard to program contact names). Call Forwarding lets you forward your calls to another radio’s ID.

Digital One-to-Many calling is an old school radio transmission with a digital twist. One radio can transmit to your entire DTR series fleet. Or, depending on the model you choose, you can simultaneously communicate with between 15 and 25 customizable sub-groups (out of up to 25 programmable public groups in a potential 150 person shared/private contact list). So when Fred the Foreman needs to talk to John on the loading dock or when Jennifer the GM needs to meet with everyone from Maintenance, and only maintenance; productivity flows from just one call.

The convenience of the Motorola DTR series data storage and transmission features lets you scroll through lists of your most frequently used ID’s and groups and your most recent calls. When discretion or a rush requires, you can send individuals or groups an SMS text message using preset options like “I’ll call you back in 5 minutes”. Or you can create, store and send your own messages using an optional mini-keyboard. Data cloning via cloning cable programs all of your radios with just the minimal effort of attaching the cable.
With digital, it makes no difference if you’re on the fringe or the forefront of your walkie-talkie’s range. All of your communications come through loud and clear. They’re also private.

Evade Eavesdroppers

Motorola DTR series two-way radios use a snoop-proof technology called the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS). Co-invented by one of the great Hollywood beauties of the 1940’s actress Heddy Lamarr, FHSS was first patented during World War II as a countermeasure to protect radar, beacons, navigation and communications from enemy discovery. FHSS now boasts years of service in military communications for its low probability of intercept and anti-jam features. Low power usage and ability to share crowded bandwidth without producing interference pushed FHSS into commercial markets.

FHSS protects your privacy by mixing your information with pseudo noise codes in a low power transmission over a bandwidth that is likely a 100 times wider than that needed for your information stream. Spreading signal across such a wide band renders the signal indistinguishable to wannabe listeners from other RF noise (Gaussian Noise, in technical terms). To further foil eavesdroppers, both your information and the pseudo noise codes hop from frequency to frequency. Except for about a 1 in 10 billion chance, only the designated receiver and transmitter know or can decode this sequence and reassemble your information. The odds are always in your favor when you use a offers two great models: Motorola DTR series radio to discuss confidential matters like the transfer of last night’s register or the arrival of a shipment or a VIP.

Motorola’s DTR Series offers two great models: DTR 410 and DTR 550. Both share the common attributes of the Motorola DTR series such as digital data, privacy and clarity meet military standards for durability and reliability (US Military Specficiations 810 C, D, E, F). Both operate for approximately 14.5 hours using the standard battery on the same 3-hour charge. Neither requires an FCC license. Their differences lie in range, price and a few user-friendly features.

DTR 410, the lower priced model, may be programmed using Motorola’s free for download software that supports front panel programming. The DTR 410,may be monitored or disabled remotely and transmits and receives data and time updates over the air. It reaches members of its potential 100 unit (private/group) contact list over a range of 300,000 sq.ft. and up to 25 floors*. Up to 10 of its potential 25 public groups may scan the same channel at once. While the DTR 410, does offer private calling, it doesn’t support private groups.

DTR 550 supports private calling, 10 private groups and 20 public groups in its 150 unit contact list. Up to 5 groups may scan a channel simultaneously. The DTR 550 may be monitored, disabled or receive date and time updates remotely, but does not initiate remote controlling. The DTR 550 carries a range of 325,000 sq. ft. and up to 30 floors*.

Accessories Make Your Radio, Yours

Both models in Motorola’s Digital Two-Way Radio series offer a host of features and accessories to make your business run leaner, faster and smarter. Your employees will love the way they can wear their radios in sync with the way they work using a full range of diversely configured accessories like ear pieces with in-line mics, shoulder mics, clip-on mics; headsets and earbuds. Clip ‘em to a belt, holster ‘em cowboy style or just shove ‘em in a bag they’re always at the ready. Audio and vibration alerts for calls, alarms and reminders signal when there’s business at hand. Employees can charge them at their desks or managers can drop them all in a multi-unit charger that helps clone and keep track of each radio.

You can’t beat the performance of the digital difference for the trifecta of privacy, clarity and performance. For a full listing of attributes, bells and whistles on the DTR 410 and DTR 550 and great prices with free shipping check out’s business radio offerings.

Tags: corporate radios , DTR , Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum , Motorola , Two-way radio , Walkie-talkie

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Lights! (Radio!) Camera! Action!

Nothing hustles like shooting on location! From the trailers to the lighting truck, to make-up, wardrobe and props to the set, it’s a non-stop flow of people and STUFF. “We can’t be out of gaffers tape!” “Vinny was wearing the gold tie clip in the bar scene, right?” Her majesty wants more Perrier with lime. And when you need another 10 feet of cable: you need another ten feet of cable.

Time to radio for help using a Motorola handheld radio! Because when it comes to the lines of communication between all the different departments that do, carrier pigeon ain’t gonna cut it. Film and television production is all about making things happen — Now! On screen, it’s magic. On location and on a budget, it must run like clockwork.

Cut to a shot of the crew of Law and Order Criminal Intent in Manhattan using their Motorola two-way radios while filming the episode, “Icarus”, (May 9, 2011). Each person I asked said, “Every crew member uses one.” Every crew member includes folks from props, camera scenic, art direction, grips, electrical, set scenic, editors, unit management, sound, stunt coordination, wardrobe, hair and make-up, directors and probably the hardest working people in show business: the production assistants.

Turning scripts into tape means all of these departments need to talk to one another. To make two-way radio communication work for your production company: assign each department its own dedicated channel/privacy code and issue every person on-set a list of pre-programmed channel and privacy code settings for every department. Walkie-talkies on a shoot means you keep rolling, saving time and money. You can further slim signal-to-noise by designating a special channel/privacy code for private conversations that don’t involve the larger groups. Duplicating radio settings across all units is easy using a cloning cable or multi-unit charger with cloning capabilities.

Law and Order Criminal Intent’s Paul from Set Scenic explains how they’ve used Motorola radios to produce award winning television for over ten years, “We have 16 channels and we use all of them. All shooting information is broadcast on channel 1. When discussion needs to go private we take it to channel 2. We all get a list of departments and their channels (plus privacy codes).”

Paul customizes his radio experience with accessories that accommodate his role on the set. He swears by his surveillance clip mic and earpiece, “I use my hands so much and I swear a lot, so I run the wires down the back. I hear better with the earpiece in my ear”. Some crew members, like wardrobe, keep it old school with their radios shoved in their bag or clipped to their belt for easy access. Others clip a speaker/mic to their shoulder like uniformed police officers on and off the show. Shoulder mics keep hands free and allow easy push-to-talk with a speaker right where it counts in the loud environment of the Manhattan streets — next to the ear. For editors and production assistants it’s the earbud clip mic , make-up prefers the headset boom mic, pretty much everyone tailors their accessory choices to their duties and wears ‘em like their favorite old sweatshirt. offers a diverse array of two-way radio accessories , so your crew can make choices that work for them.

On the road, Dennis, a Teamster who drives one of the big rigs for Universal Networks LLC, says “All the transportation issues are routed through walkie-talkies.” Motorola radios help the Law and Order Criminal Intent convoy keep on trucking’ using push-to-talk communication to re-route around traffic snarls, know what to haul and when to stop for bathroom breaks and crispy creme. The transportation crew communicates on their own channel; so their chatter doesn’t distract the rest of the company, yet drivers are readily reached by anyone when needed.
Frank Roth, personal driver and 10-year friend of actor Vincent “Vinny” D’Onofrio aka. ‘Detective Bobby Goren’, jokes that if it weren’t for their Motorolas, “We’d be hollering’ down the street, ‘Quiet on the set!’ with the old Rudy Valley megaphones.” He’s not kiddin’. The block at 8th street and 45th that day was alive with the sound of Push-to-Talk, as crew members shuffled production equipment between several different sets.

“5 minutes for Mr. D’Onofrio!” Whether you’re working with big name talent hounded by star-struck groupies and gossip mongers or you just prefer confidential communication, Motorola business radios protect your privacy with features like channels and privacy codes or the virtually impenetrable Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (privacy features depend on the model you purchase).

So which model should you buy? Well, that depends on your needs and your budget.

The basics start with band. Exclusively outdoor operations should stick exclusively to the VHF band. VHF waves perform best over long distances outside. If you think you’ll be working indoors or a mix of in and out, UHF band or digital radios are hands down your best bets. If you’ve already got some UHF radios knocking around that you’d like to keep in service, then you’ll want to choose a compatible UHF radio.

Digital radios took the market by storm a few years ago and have continued to gain popularity. Motorola DTR 410 and its big brother the DTR 550 offer the crystal clear quality and feature-rich usability of today’s digital technology without the budget drain of cell phone bills. Potential access to over 10 billion sub-channels with the digital’s Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum means you won’t have to worry about the tabloid’s eavesdropping on your radio communications. Also, digital radios don’t require an FCC license! For more on power, range, available features and the ins and outs of choosing the best business radio for your film and television production company, check out’s comprehensive two-way radio guide .

Clipped to a belt, shoved in a cluttered bag, hooked right on your shoulder – handheld or hands free – Motorola radios make communication among different departments on set smooth, easy and instant across broad distances over all kinds of terrain. Just Push to Talk!

To see real life photos of the shoot check out the set on’s flickr page!

Tags: business radios , Law and Order Criminal Intent , tv production , Two-way radio , Walkie Talkies

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