Uniden GMR2059-2CK Two-Way Radio User Manual

*Range may vary depending on environmental and/or topographical conditions.
15 GMRS / 7 FRS Channels
142 Privacy Codes
(CTCSS Tone and DCS Code)
Up to 20 Mile Range*
Internal VOX Circuitry
5 Selectable Call Tone Alerts
Backlit LCD Display
Optional Headset Accessories
Headset Jack
Roger Beep
1 Antenna
2 PTT (Push-To-Talk) Button
3 Power Boost Button
4 Monitor Key
5Menu Key
6 Channel Tone/Scan Key
7 Speaker
8 Up/Down Button
9 Headset Jack
10 Power On/Off Key
11 Call Key
12 Microphone
13 DC IN 9V
14 Battery Level Meter
15 Receive Indicator
16 boost Indicator
17 Call Indicator
18 Scan Indicator
19 Channel Indicator
20 Hi Power Indicator
21 Low Power Indicator
22 Transmit Indicator
23 Volume Setting Indicator
24 Keypad Lock Indicator
25 VOX Indicator
26 Privacy Code Indicator
27 Scramble Indicator
28 Charging Contacts
Congratulations on your purchase of the Uniden
GMR2059-2CK (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
Your package contains two GMR2059-2CK radios,
two rechargeable NiMH battery packs (#BP38), two
AC adapters (#AD-0001), two charging cradles
(#RC1202), two belt clips and this reference guide.
You can operate the unit using the rechargeable
NiMH battery pack or 4 AAA alkaline batteries
(not included).
To order the following optional accessories, visit our
web site at www.uniden.com or call 1-800-554-3988
during regular business hours.Use only Uniden
NiMH Battery Pack - #BP38
Charging Cradle - #RC1202
Headset - #HS910/HS915/ZA-133
AC Adapter - #AD-0001
DC Adapter - #DC-1002
The GMR2059-2CK 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.
Your GMR2059-2CK 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
pressing the tab at the bottom of the
compartment door, and remove the cover.
Power Boost Button for
Maximum Range
Battery Charger
Battery Level Meter
Channel Monitor
Channel Scan
Keypad Lock
DC IN 9V Jack
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.
If you use the rechargeable NiMH battery pack, two
GMR2059-2CK radios can be charged directly or by
using the supplied charging cradle.
Charge by Using the Radio
1) Connect the DC adapters plug to the radios
DC IN 9V jack and plug the other end into your
vehicle's accessory power outlet.
2) Charge the battery pack for 16 hours until the
battery indicator stops flashing.
Using the Charging Cradle
1) Connect the AC adapters plug to DC IN 9V jack
and plug the other end into an AC 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.
For charging batteries directly without the cradle,
use only the #DC-1002 Cigarette Lighter Adapter
cord, available from www.Uniden.com.
Other power cords could damage your radio.
DC IN 9V Jack of the radio is for charge only.
Be sure to install the battery before charging.
Use only the supplied battery, AC or DC adapter
or approved accessories from Uniden.
3) Install the NiMH battery pack into the battery
compartment applying the battery contacts to
the lower charge contacts.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
button.To decrease the volume, press the
2) Press and hold the key again to turn the
radio OFF.
Adjusting the Sound (Key Beeps)
Your radio emits a beep each time one of the keys
(except for the PTT and Power boost 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 142 Privacy 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 Privacy Code.
To choose a channel:
With the radio in "Normal" operating mode press
chan tone/scan key and press the or
button to increase or decrease the channel number
Note: Channels 1-7 and 15-22 have a typical range
of up to 20 miles by pressing the Power boost
button. hi is displayed when you select a GMRS
channel, and lo is displayed when you select a FRS
Choosing a Privacy Code
Each of the channels 1-22 may have any one of
the codes, OFF or 1-142 selected.Code oF (OFF)
indicates no Privacy Code selected and your radio
can receive a signal regardless of the code settings
of the transmitting radio.
1) Press chan tone/scan in channel select mode.
The privacy code indicator will flash.
2) Press the or button to increase or
decrease the code number displayed.You can
also select oF (OFF) at this stage.
3) Press chan tone/scan to exit the Menu.
Channel Scan Feature
Your GMR2059-2CK 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 and Power
boost button while the scan is paused on a
channel allows you to transmit on that channel.
To turn ON channel scan:
Press and hold the
chan tone/scan key until the
scan... icon is displayed.The channel number on
the display changes as the radio rapidly cycles
through the channels.
To turn OFF channel scan:
Press the
call, PTT, Power boost or menu key, or
press and hold the chan tone/scan key for 2
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
Note: When you press the Power boost button,
boost and icon appear on the display.The
radio will transmit Maximum power when a GMRS
channel is selected.After one minute past when
the boost transmission is established, the
transmission stops automatically, and you will hear
a boost time out error tone.
Warning! The typical range of GMRS channels can
be boosted only with NiMH batteries.When the
Power boost key is pressed while using alkaline
batteries, hi icon appears instead of boost icon and
the range is not boosted.
Monitor Mode Feature
Your GMR2059-2CK radio allows you to listen for
weak signals on the current channel at the press of
a key.
To turn ON the Monitor Mode:
For brief listening, press mon button.The
icon blinks.
Press and hold mon button for 2 seconds untill
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 GMR2059-
2CK, 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, Power boost, mon, call or
chan tone/scan key.
c.Wait 10 seconds until the unit automatically
returns to Normalmode.
Setting Scramble
Scramble feature allows you to make a private
conversation. No one listening to your conversation
can understand what you are talking about.Be sure
that your party also sets their radio to the scramble
Note: Scramble only operates on FRS channels
To set Scramble:
1) Enter the Menu.
2) Select on using
or button.
Voice Operated Transmission
Your GMR2059-2CK 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 and Power boost 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 button 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 GMR2059-2CK radio is equipped with 5
selectable call tones that are transmitted when the
call key is pressed.
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 button 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 and Power boost
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 button.
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 GMR2059-2CK radio has a unique circuit
designed to dramatically extend the life of the bat-
teries. 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 and Power boost button)
is pressed.The LCD display illuminates for 10 sec-
onds before turning OFF.
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
Battery must be installed for operation, even
from external power.
If battery Power is low, you cannot operate the
radio even using external power.Allow the
batteries to charge before using.If you try to
transmit while power is low, the radio will
automatically turn off.
Normal Normal
VOX Level Call Tone Key Lock