How to Program a Motorola Talkabout

by Andrew Tennyson
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Talkabout is a series of handheld, battery-powered two-way radios developed by Motorola. Talkabout radios give you a measure of control over their programming so that you can customize your transmission experience. You can set the Talkabout's transmission channel, change the tone that plays to signal a call and enable or disable noise filtering.

Set Transmission Manually

Step 1

Press the "Menu" button.

Step 2

Press the "-" or "+" buttons to scroll through the available channels.

Press the "PPT" button to set the currently selected channel for transmission.

Set Call Tones

Step 1

Press the "Menu" button three times to display the current call tone.

Step 2

Press the "-" or "+" buttons to scroll through available tones. The Talkabout T5000 has five available call tones, while the T5500 and T5550 have 10. Select "0" as the call tone to disable the call tone feature.

Press the "Menu" or "PPT" button to set the selected tone as the radio's call tone.

Turn Noise Filtering On and Off

Step 1

Press the "Menu" button until "QT" displays on the Talkabout's screen.

Step 2

Press the "-" or "+" buttons until "Y" displays on the screen to enable noise filtering or until "-" displays to disable it.

Press the "Menu" button to save your setting.


  • Information in this article applies to Motorola Talkabout models T5000, T5500 and T5550. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


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About the Author

Andrew Tennyson has been writing about culture, technology, health and a variety of other subjects since 2003. He has been published in The Gazette, DTR and ZCom. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Master of Fine Arts in writing.

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