Uniden GMR1038-2 Two-Way Radio User Manual

*Range may vary depending on environmental and/or topographical conditions.
15 GMRS / 7 FRS Channels
99 Sub Codes
(CTCSS Tone and DCS Code)
Up to 10 Mile Range*
Internal VOX Circuitry
5 Selectable Call Tone Alerts
Backlit LCD Display
Optional Headset Accessories
Headset Jack
1 Antenna
2 PTT (Push-To-Talk) Button
3 Monitor Button
4 Scan Key
5Menu Key
6 Channel Tone Key
7 Speaker
8 Up/Down Button
9 Headset Jack
10 On/Off Key
11 Call Key
12 Microphone
13 Battery Level Meter
14 Receive Indicator
15 Call Indicator
16 Scan Indicator
17 Channel Indicator
18 Hi Power Indicator
19 Low Power Indicator
20 Transmit Indicator
21 Volume Setting Indicator
22 Keypad Lock Indicator
23 VOX Indicator
24 Sub Code Indicator
25 Charging Contacts
Congratulations on your purchase of the Uniden
GMR1038 Series (General Mobile Radio Service)
radio.This lightweight, palm-sized, radio is a
state-of-the-art device, equipped with many
valuable features.Use it at sporting events, to stay
in contact with family and friends, hiking, skiing,
outdoors, or in a neighborhood watch for vital
Depending on the model configuration, your
package should include:
Two GMR1038 Radios with Belt Clips
Two GMR1038 Radios with Belt Clips
One Dual Charging Cradle (#RC1032)
Two Rechargeable Batteries (BP40)
One AC Adapter (AD-0001)
To order the following optional accessories, visit our
web site @www.uniden.com or call 1-800-554-3988,
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.CST.Use only Uniden
accessories. Use only Uniden accessories.
NiMH Battery Pack - #BP40
Charging Cradle - #RC1032
Headset - #HS910/HS915
AC Adapter (AD-0001)
The GMR1038 radio operates on the General
Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) frequencies when
using Channels 1-7 and channels 15-22.You
must have a GMRS license issued by the Federal
Communications Commission to legally use
these channels. For licensing information and
application forms, visit the FCC online at:
www.fcc.gov/wtb/uls or call the FCC hotline at
1-800-418-3676. If you have any questions, you
can contact the FCC direct at 1-888-225-5322.
No license is required for operation on channels
8-14 or operation on any channel in Canada.
Each GMR1038 radio uses a supplied NiMH
battery pack or 4 AAA alkaline batteries (not
To install the NiMH battery pack:
1) Make sure your radio is OFF.
2) Remove the battery compartment door by
Roger Beep
Battery Charger
Battery Level Meter
Channel Monitor
Channel Scan
Keypad Lock
This unit has a battery level meter on the display to
indicate the status of the batteries.When the
battery in the unit is low, the battery level meter
icon flashes.Recharge the NiMH battery
pack immediately or if you are using the alkaline
batteries, you must replace the alkaline batteries in
order to continue using the radio.
Warning! To avoid the risk of personal injury or
property damage from fire or electrical shock, only
use the Uniden accessories specifically designated
for this product.
You can use a charging cradle to recharge the BP40
batteries in your GMR1038.
GMR1038-2CK includes charging cradle.Follow
these instructions to recharge the radios in a
charging cradle.
Make sure to turn the radio OFF before placing
the radio in the charging cradle. Otherwise the
battery level meter icon won’t indicate properly.
1) Connect the AC adapter (# AD-0001) to DC IN
9V jack and to a standard 120V AC wall outlet.
2) Set the charging cradle on the desk or tabletop,
and place the radio in the charging cradle with
the keypad facing forward.
3) Make sure that the LED illuminates.Charge the
battery pack for 16 hours and remove the radio
from the charging cradle after charge.
Note: The charge indicator LEDs will remain on as
long as the radios are left in the charger.
Use only the supplied battery and AC adapter or
approved accessories from Uniden.
Charge time may vary depending on the battery
life remaining.
Do not recharge alkaline batteries.Doing so can
create a safety hazard or damage the radio.
For fastest charging, turn off the radio before
pressing the tab at the bottom of the
compartment door, and remove the cover.
3) Install the NiMH battery pack into the battery
compartment.Be certain to follow the
instructions written on the label on the battery
pack.Installing the battery pack incorrectly will
prevent the unit from operating.
4) Replace the battery compartment door.
In order to get the most out of your new radio, read
this reference guide completely before attempting to
operate the unit.
Turning the Radio On and Adjusting the Volume
1) Press and hold the key to turn the radio ON,
and increase the speaker volume by pressing the
key.To decrease the volume, press the key.
2) Press and hold the key again to turn the radio
Adjusting the Sound (Key Beeps)
Your radio emits a beep each time one of the keys
(except for the PTT button and call key) is pressed.
To turn this sound OFF, press and hold the call key
while turning ON the radio.Repeat this step to turn
the sound ON.
Choosing a Channel
Your radio has 22 channels and 99 Sub codes you
can use to talk to others.In order to speak to
someone, each of you must be set to the same
channel and Sub code.
To choose a channel:
With the radio in "Normal" operating mode press the
chan tone key and press the or key to
increase or decrease the channel number displayed.
Note: Channels 1-7 have an typical range of up to
10 miles. Channels 8-14 have an typical range of up
to 5 miles. Channels 15-22 have an typical range of
up to 10 miles.You can know which GMRS or FRS
channel is active by the icon.hi icon is displayed
while scanning GMRS channels, and the lo icon is
displayed while scanning FRS channels.
Choosing a Sub Code
Each of the channels 1-22 may have any one of
the codes, OFF or 1-99 selected.Code oF (OFF)
indicates no Sub code selected and your radio can
receive a signal regardless of the code settings of
the transmitting radio.
1) Press chan tone in channel select mode.
The subcode indicator will flash.
2) Press the or key to increase or decrease
the code number displayed.You can also select
oF (OFF) at this stage.
3) Exit the Menu.
Channel Scan Feature
Your GMR1038 radio has a channel scan feature
that allows you to easily scan all 22 channels.When
an active channel is detected, the radio pauses on
that channel until the channel is clear.Then after a 2
second delay, the radio continues scanning.
Pressing the PTT button while the scan is paused
on a channel allows you to transmit on that channel.
To turn ON channel scan:
Press the
scan key until the scan... icon is
displayed.The channel number on the display
changes as the radio rapidly cycles through the
To turn OFF channel scan:
Press the
call, PTT, menu or scan key.
Talking on Your Radio
To talk to others using the radio:
1) Press and hold the
PTT button and speak in a
clear, normal voice about 2-3 inches away from
the microphone.While you are transmitting, the
icon appears on the display.To avoid cutting
off the first part of your transmission, pause
slightly after pressing the PTT button before you
start talking.
2) When you have finished speaking, release the
PTT button.You can now receive incoming calls.
While receiving, the icon appears on the
Monitor Mode Feature
Your GMR1038 radio allows you to listen for weak
signals on the current channel at the press of a
To turn ON the Monitor Mode:
For brief listening, press mon button.The
icon blinks.
Press and hold mon button for 2 seconds until
two beeps sound for continuous listening.The
receiver circuit stays open, letting both the noise
and weak signals to be heard.
To turn OFF Monitor Mode:
mon button to return to "Normal" mode,
and the icon stops blinking and disappears.
Navigating through the Menu
To access the advanced features of the GMR1038,
your radio has a Menu function.
1) To enter the Menu, press the menu key.
2) Additional presses of the menu key advances
you through the Menu until exiting to "Normal"
operating mode.
3) Other methods of exiting the Menu function are:
a.Press and hold the key again.
b.Press the PTT, mon, call, scan or chan tone
c.Wait 10 seconds until the unit automatically
returns to Normalmode.
Voice Operated Transmission
Your GMR1038 radio is equipped with a user
selectable Voice Operated Transmitter (VOX) that
can be used for automatic voice transmissions.The
VOX feature is designed to be used with a headset
with a microphone.Transmission is initiated by
speaking into the remote microphone instead of
pushing the PTT button.
To select the VOX level:
1) Enter the Menu.Advance through the Menu until
vox icon appears on the display.The current
level (OFF, 1-5) will be indicated. Level oF (OFF)
disables VOX, while levels 1-5 set the sensitivity
of the VOX circuit.
2) Press either the or key to the desired VOX
sensitivity level. Use level 1 for increased
sensitivity to voice in normally quiet
environments, and use a higher level to reduce
undesired activation in very noisy environments.
Transmitting a Call Tone
Your GMR1038 radio is equipped with 5 selectable
call tones that are transmitted when the call key is
To select a call tone:
1) Enter the Menu.Advance through the Menu until
call icon is shown on the display.The current
call tone number (1-5) is indicated.
2) Press the or key to increase or decrease
the number to the desired call tone.Each tone
will be heard through the speaker.
To transmit the selected call tone, press the call
key.The selected tone will automatically be
transmitted for a fixed length of time.Call Tone will
be cancelled when the PTT button is pressed.
Key Lock
To lock the keypad:
1) Enter the Menu.Advance through the Menu until
the icon appears on the display.The current
Key Lock status
oF (OFF) blinks on the display.
2) To switch the Key Lock mode from oF (OFF) to
on, press the key.
3) To confirm the setting, press the menu key.
The radio returns to the "Normal" mode.
Note: If you exit the setting mode before confirming
your selection by pressing the menu key, the Key
Lock setting will be set to oF (OFF).
To unlock the keypad:
1) Press and hold the key to turn the radio OFF.
2) Press and hold the key again to turn the
radio ON.The keypad is unlocked.
Automatic Power Save Feature
Your GMR1038 radio has a unique circuit designed to
dramatically extend the life of the
batteries. If there is no transmission nor an incoming
call within 3 seconds, your radio switches to the
Power Save mode.The radio is still able to receive
transmissions in this mode.
LCD Backlight
The LCD Backlight automatically turns ON when any
key (except the PTT button) is pressed.The LCD
display illuminates for 10 seconds before turning OFF.
Roger Beep
Roger Beep is a BEEP that is sent to notify the end of
transmission (both PTT and VOX transmission).
Roger Beep can be heard through the speaker when
both Roger beep and Key Beep are set to ON.When
Roger beep is set to ON and Key Beep OFF, Roger
Beep will not be heard from the speaker but it will be
transmitted to your party.When Roger Beep is set to
OFF, Roger Beep neither be herad nor transmitted.
To turn ON Roger Beep:
Press and hold the
key while turning ON the radio.
To turn OFF Roger Beep:
Press and hold the
key while turning ON the radio.
Normal NormalVOX Level Call Tone Key Lock
OFF, 1-5