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Cat. No. 19-902

OWNER’S MANUAL

Please read before using this equipment.

PRS-102UHF

10-ChannelPersonal Radio Service Transceiver

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CAUTION

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RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.

DO NOT OPEN.

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF

ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE

COVER OR BACK. NO USER-SERVICE-

ABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVIC-

ING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.

This symbol is intended to alert you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that might be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock. Do not open the product’s case.

This symbol is intended to inform you that im-

!portant operating and maintenance instructions are included in the literature accompanying this

product.

ã1996 Tandy Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

RadioShack is a trademark used by Tandy Corporation.

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FEATURES

Your RadioShack PRS-10210-ChannelPersonal Radio Service Transceiver is a portable,two-wayGMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) transceiver that you can carry almost anywhere. The transceiver is compact and light, making it an ideal choice for your personal needs.

Your transceiver has the following features:

Ten Frequencies — you can set the transceiver to operate on any of these frequencies:

Channel Frequency

1462.5625 MHz

2462.5875 MHz

3462.6125 MHz

4462.6375 MHz

5462.6625 MHz

6462.6875 MHz

7462.7125 MHz

8462.5750 MHz

9462.6250 MHz

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462.6750 MHz

Note: Operation on GMRS frequencies requires a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license.

PLL (Phase-LockedLoop)-ControlledCircuitry— provides accurate and stable channel selection.

Built-InModulation Limiter Circuit— automatically adjusts for a wide variety of voice levels to ensure an understandable transmission.

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Rugged Design — built to stand up to daily use in a wide range of environments.

Battery Low and Transmit Indicator — shows the battery pack’s condition and lights when you transmit.

Supplied Battery Charger — conveniently recharges your transceiver’s supplied battery pack up to several hundred times for reduced operating costs.

Earphone Jack and External Microphone Jack — let you use an earphone or external microphone to help ensure understandable communications in noisy areas.

CTCSS (Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System) Option (not supplied) — helps reduce interference from other nearby systems operating on the same frequency.

We recommend you record your transceiver’s serial number here. The number is on the back of the transceiver.

Serial Number ____________________________

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CONTENTS

FCC Regulations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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FCC License Required . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 FCC Rules Part 95, Subpart A . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Installing and Removing the Battery Pack . . 10 Installing the Antenna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Charging the Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Checking the Battery Power . . . . . . . . . 14 Attaching and Removing the Belt Clip . . . . . 15 Connecting Audio Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Operational Hints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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CTCSS Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Why Use CTCSS? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Setting the CTCSS Tone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Optional Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

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FCC REGULATIONS

FCC LICENSE REQUIRED

Before you operate the transceiver, you must obtain your license. It is illegal to transmit without the appropriate license, which you can get by submitting a completed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 574.

You can get the latest FCC forms and instructions from several sources:

To have the forms faxed to you by the FCC, call the FCC Fax-On-Demandsystem at202-418-0177 from your fax machine and request Document 000574 for all forms and instructions, or Document 005741 for instructions only.

To have the forms mailed to you, call the FCC Forms Hotline at 800-418-FORM.

For questions concerning the license application, contact the FCC at 717-337-1212or1-800-322-1117.

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FCC RULES PART 95, SUBPART A

You must be familiar with Part 95, Subpart A of FCC Rules and Regulations before you operate your transceiver. The operation instructions in this manual conform to Part 95, but do not cover all items in Part 95.

In part, Part 95, Subpart A, states that:

You must be 18 years of age, or older, and not a representative of a foreign government to get a license.

Businesses or associations cannot qualify for a GMRS license.

A licensee can let immediate family members operate under GMRS Rules and Regulations.

Channels or channel pairs assigned to GMRS systems are available on a shared basis and will not be assigned for the exclusive use of any licensee.

As licensee, you are responsible for proper operation of all transceivers operating under your license.

You must take reasonable precautions to prevent harmful interference to others operating on the same frequency.

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You must not transmit program material of any kind used in connection with commercial broadcasting.

You must not provide a service that is normally handled by telephone or telegraph unless such broadcasts involve the safety of life or property or in emergencies such as an earthquake, hurricane, flood, or a similar disaster where normal communication channels are disrupted.

Violating any of the provisions of Part 95 can result in fines and/or confiscation of equipment.

The General Mobile Radio Service is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Any adjustments or alterations that would alter the performance of the transceiver so it no longer meets the original FCC type acceptance or would change the frequency-determiningmethod are strictly prohibited.

Replacement or substitution of crystals, transistors, ICs, regulator diodes, or any other component that is of a unique nature, with components other than those recommended, can violate the technical regulations of FCC Rules and Regulations or violate type acceptance requirements of the rules.

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Your transceiver might cause TV or radio interference even when it is operating properly. To determine whether your transceiver is causing the interference, turn off your transceiver. If the interference goes away, your transceiver is causing it. Try to eliminate the interference by:

Moving your transceiver away from the TV or radio

Contacting your local RadioShack store for help

If you cannot eliminate the interference, the FCC requires that you stop using your transceiver.

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PREPARATION

Before you use the transceiver, you must be properly licensed by the FCC. If you already have a GMRS license, you can immediately use the transceiver.

INSTALLING AND REMOVING THE BATTERY PACK

Caution: Do not remove the plastic wrap from the battery pack. Doing so can permanently damage the battery.

1.Be sure the transceiver is turned off.

2.Unlock the battery compartment cover latch on each side. (The orange tabs should be visible.) Then slide the cover down and lift it off.

Battery

Compartment

Cover

Cover

Latch

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3.With the battery label facing up, align the battery pack and radio’s battery contacts. Apply slight pressure to the bottom of the battery pack and press it into the compartment, as shown.

4.Slide the battery cover back into place and lock it with the latches.

To remove the battery pack, unlock the compartment and remove the cover. Then turn the transceiver face down and gently tap the battery pack into your palm.

INSTALLING THE ANTENNA

To install the antenna, place the threaded end of the antenna over the antenna connector on top of the tranceiver and screw it into place.

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CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK

You must charge the battery pack with the supplied battery charger or with an optional charger (see “Optional Accessories” on Page 24) before you use the tranciever for the first time and whenever the battery becomes low.

Follow these steps to charge the battery pack using the supplied charger.

1.If the transceiver is on, turn VOL•OFF counterclockwise to turn it off.

2.Lift the protective cover away from the accessory jacks.

3.Plug the charger into the small (lower) jack, then connect the charger to a standard AC outlet. The charger’s charge indicator lights.

Charger

Charge

Indicator

Note: Charging takes about 10 hours.

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Cautions:

Do not operate the transceiver while you charge the battery pack. Using the battery charger mutes the transceiver’s speaker.

To ensure a full charge, do not charge the battery pack in an area where the temperature is above 95°F. To prevent permanent battery power loss, do not charge the battery at temperatures below 43°F.

Use only the supplied or recommended chargers to recharge the transceiver’s battery pack. Using any other charger could permanently damage your transceiver or the battery pack.

A fully charged battery will last about 8 hours in the PRS-102.

Important: This transceiver uses a rechargeablenickel-cadmiumbattery pack. At the end of the battery pack’s useful life, it must be recycled or disposed of properly. Contact your local, county, or state hazardous waste management authorities for information on recycling or disposal programs in your area. Some options that might be available are: municipal curbside collection,drop-offboxes at retailers, recycling collection centers, andmail-backprograms.

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Checking the Battery Power

1.Rotate VOL•OFF clockwise to turn on the transceiver.

2.Press the push-to-talkbutton on the left side of the transceiver. If the indicator next to the antenna lights red, there is sufficient battery power for transmission. If the indicator does not light, you need to recharge the battery pack.

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VOL • OFF

Battery Low/Transmit

Top View

Indicator

 

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ATTACHING AND REMOVING THE BELT CLIP

To attach the belt clip, align it with the rails on the back of the transceiver and slide the clip down until it snaps into place.

To remove the belt clip, lift the release tab away from the radio. While holding the tab, slide the belt clip up off the mounting rails.

Release

Tab

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CONNECTING AUDIO

ACCESSORIES

You can order a wide variety of audio accessories for your transceiver from your local RadioShack store. See “Optional Accessories” on Page 24.

Follow these steps to connect an audio accessory.

Protective

Cover

Audio

Accessory

Jacks

1.Turn off the transceiver.

2.Lift the protective cover away from the accessory jacks.

3.If the accessory has two plugs, align the smaller plug with the small jack and the larger plug with the large jack and plug them in. If the accessory has a single plug, plug it into the matching jack.

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OPERATION

1.Turn VOL•OFF clockwise to turn on the transceiver, then rotate the channel knob to select the desired channel.

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VOL • OFF

2.Press the transceiver’s monitor button, below the push-to-talkbutton. While you hold the monitor button, adjust the volume to a comfortable level.

Push-to-Talk

Button

Monitor

Button

3.To transmit, press and hold the push-to-talkbutton, then hold your transceiver about 3 inches from your mouth and speak clearly in a normal tone of voice. The indicator next to the antenna lights red when you hold down thepush-to-talkbutton.

4.When you finish speaking, release the push-to-talk button to hear a response.

5.To turn off the transceiver, turn VOL•OFF counterclockwise.

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OPERATIONAL HINTS

Your transceiver’s range varies depending on factors such as position, terrain, and battery condition. Range can best be described as line of sight. The fewer obstructions you have between two tranceivers, the better range you can expect. Buildings absorb transmitted signals and, if they contain metal, might completely block the signals. Trees and heavy cloud formations have a similar effect, though not as severe. If you are near a lake or the ocean, you might get excellent range.

To ensure maximum range, operate the transceiver with the battery pack fully charged. As the voltage decreases, the range decreases.

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CTCSS OPTION

WHY USE CTCSS?

CTCSS (Continuous Tone-CodedSquelch System) is available as an optionaladd-onto your transceiver. When CTCSS is turned on, the transceiver transmits a selected tone with your transmission. This tone is too low for you to hear, but other transceivers can detect it. If CTCSS is turned on and set to the same tone on the receiving transceiver, it only receives transmissions that include the tone. This way, CTCSS can help keep you from hearing other users on the same frequency.

For example, if two different groups operate transceivers in the same area on the same frequency but use a different CTCSS tone, they only hear their own broadcasts.

Note: CTCSS does not make your conversations private. Other users can still hear your transmissions if they use the same frequency.

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SETTING THE CTCSS TONE

Notes:

If you are a part of a talk group, be sure all of the radios in the talk group use the same tone.

You must install the CTCSS option before you can set the CTCSS tone.

1.Turn off the radio.

2.Unlock the battery compartment cover latch on each side. (The orange tabs should be visible.) Then slide the cover down and lift it off.

Battery

Compartment

Cover

Cover

Latch

3.Remove the battery pack and tray. This exposes the bank of CTCSS switches.

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