Motorola CP185 Radio

Our Motorola CP185 radios include free programming and the following accessories: antenna, battery, belt clip, and charger.
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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
  • 5 programmable buttons
  • 2 year Motorola warranty

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Battery life

The CP185 radio has a max power output of 4 watts (UHF) and 5 watts (VHF) which exhausts the standard Li-Ion battery PMNN4476 in ~11 hours. There is an optional high-capacity CP185 battery, the PMNN4080, which bumps the average operating time up to ~16 hours. 

Motorola CP185 range

The baseline CP185 range using the standard UHF stubby PMAE4003 antenna and VHF whip NAD6502 antenna is:

Flat open terrain

UHF 3-4 miles

VHF 4-6 miles

Suburban areas

UHF 1-3 miles

VHF 1-3 miles

Urban areas

UHF 0.5-2 miles

VHF 0.5-1 mile

Inside buildings

UHF 17-25 floors

VHF 10-15 floors

These are averages based on the Motorola CP185 radio using standard accessories at full power. There are many factors that affect two-way radio range, and it is always best to test before you invest.

If your company is worried about coverage, you can increase the Motorola CP185 range by substituting the standard stubby UHF antenna with the PMAE4016 whip antenna.  This will give you a ~25% range bump on average. Simply add an order note at checkout requesting the $0 swap, or call in to have a member of our team assist you.

Consider upgrading to a digital radio for more coverage

If you still need additional range, we suggest looking at a Motorola digital radio.

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Digital radio benefits

Migrating from analog radio transmission to digital gives you a ~20% range bump as well as ~40% battery life bump, and static free communications. Radio Depot can always program your existing CP185 radios to work with any of the previous listed digital radios on select analog channels. 

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      CP185 Radio Specifications

      Channel Capacity16
      Programmable buttonsYes, 5 buttons
      CloningYes, with cable
      User programmable?No, requires dealer software
      DurabilityIP54 Rated | Mil spec: 810 C, 810 D, 810 E, 810 

      Performance data

      Frequency rangeUHF (435-480 MHz)
      VHF (136-174 MHz)
      Max Power output4 Watts (UHF)
      5 Watts (VHF)
      Adjustable power levelsYes
      Coverage areaProgramming Software allows adjustable power output for varying coverage
      Repeater capableYes
      Estimated battery lifeUp to 11 hours
      Up to 16 hours with hi-cap PMNN4080
      Standard batteryPMNN4476 Li-ion
      Battery size1750 mAh

      Physical specifications

      Dimensions (H x W x D)
      4.7 x 2.3 x 1.5 in.
      Weight w/battery12 oz.
      DisplayYes, monochrome
      KeypadYes, limited
      Emergency buttonNone

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