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The Motorola CP185 radio is a 16 channel handheld unit that is ideal for educational institutions, retail, and hospitality businesses. The CP185 transmits using analog UHF or VHF frequencies, and can be programmed to work with other Motorola, Icom, and Kenwood analog radios.
The Motorola CP185 includes a monochrome display, so your channels can be named to help cut down on employee confusion. There are 5 dealer programmable buttons that can be set to features such as: backlight ON/OFF toggle, keypad lock, power level, monitor, volume set, and more.
Motorola CP185 radio highlights
- Analog only transmissions
- 16 channels
- Monochrome display
- UHF (435-480 MHz) or VHF (136-174 MHz*) frequency bands
- 4 Watts (UHF) or 5 Watts (VHF) max power output
- 11 hours battery life and up to 16 with hi-cap battery
- 5 programmable buttons
- 2 year Motorola warranty
Supported system technologiesConventional analog
Included CP185 accessories
Shop all CP185 radio accessories
- CP185 specification sheet (PDF file)
- CP185 radio manual (PDF file)
- CP185 product brochure (PDF file)
This radio model only supports frequencies that are evenly divisible by 5.0 kHz or 6.25 kHz. Frequencies in the VHF band in the U.S. have been assigned by the FCC with channel centers every 7.5 kHZ, which means that some of these frequencies are not evenly divisible by 5.0 kHz or 6.25 kHz. In order for a radio to be able to synthesize frequencies that are not evenly divisible by 5.0 kHz or 6.25 kHz, it requires a more sophisticated synthesizer and hardware than the one offered with this model.
Consider upgrading to a digital radio for more coverage
If you still need additional range, we suggest looking at a Motorola digital radio.
Digital radios give you a ~20% range bump as well as ~40% battery life bump, and static free audio.
Recommended digital alternatives
Radio Depot can program existing CP185 radios to work with any of the above digital radios on analog channels.
Free Motorola CP185 radio programming with purchase
Motorola CP185 radio range
|Flat open terrain||
UHF 3-4 miles
VHF 4-6 miles
UHF 1-3 miles
VHF 1-3 miles
UHF 0.5-2 miles
VHF 0.5-1 mile
UHF 17-25 floors
VHF 10-15 floors
These are estimates based on the CP185 radio using standard accessories at full power, many factors affect range.
You can increase the Motorola CP185 range by substituting the standard stubby UHF antenna with the PMAE4016 whip antenna.
Motorola CP185 specifications
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||4.7 x 2.3 x 1.5 in.|
|Weight w/battery||12 oz.|
|Durability||IP54 Rated | Mil spec: 810 C, 810 D, 810 E, 810|
|Frequency range||UHF (435-480 MHz)|
VHF (136-174 MHz)
|Max Power output||4 Watts (UHF)|
5 Watts (VHF)
|Adjustable power levels||Yes|
|Coverage area||Programming Software allows adjustable power output for varying coverage|
|Estimated battery life||Up to 11 hours|
Up to 16 hours with hi-cap PMNN4080
|Standard battery||PMNN4476 Li-ion|
|Battery size||1750 mAh|
2150 mAh w/PMNN4080