Motorola CP185


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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

Model numbers


Supported system technologies

Conventional analog

Included CP185 accessories

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UHF Antenna PMAE4003
VHF Antenna NAD6502
Battery PMNN4476
Belt Clip HLN9844
Charger PMPN4172



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

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 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.

Simply add an order note at checkout requesting the $0 swap, or call in to have a member of our team assist you.

Motorola CP185 specifications

Programmable buttons5
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
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
2150 mAh w/PMNN4080

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