Rugged Radio: How to Get to Channels while Driving Your UTV

Getting to channels on Rugged Radio while driving your UTV is a process that can seem daunting at first; however, with a little practice, you’ll be able to do it like a pro. This article discusses getting to channels on the Radio while driving your UTV.

Press the PTT Button on the left Handlebar

Pressing the PTT (Push-To-Talk) button on the left handlebar is the first step in getting to channels on the Radio while driving your UTV. When you press and hold the PTT button, you can speak into the microphone and communicate with others on the same channel.

Releasing the PTT button will allow you to listen to others on the channel. The PTT button is on the left handlebar, just above the grip.

Use the Up and Down Buttons to Change Channels

After you have pressed the PTT button, you can use the up and down buttons on the Radio to change channels. The up and down buttons are on the right side of the Radio. Channel up by pressing the up button, and channel down by pressing–you guessed it–the down button. Holding the up or down button will help you scroll through the channels more quickly.

Use the Left and Right Buttons to Adjust the Volume

Selecting the channel is only half the battle; you need to be able to hear what is being said on the channel. To adjust the volume, use the left and right buttons on the Radio. The left button will turn the volume down, while the right will turn it up. You can hold down either button to scroll through the volume levels more quickly. The volume can be altered anytime, even while you’re not on a channel.

The Monitor Button lets you Eavesdrop on other Channels

The monitor button is located on the right side of the Radio, just below the up and down buttons. Pressing this button will allow you to listen in on other channels even if you are not currently tuned into that channel. You can use this feature if you want to listen but don’t want to change channels.

The monitor button will allow you to hear conversations, even if the volume is turned down. Clicking and holding the monitor button will lock it in so you can continue listening to the other channel even if you let go of the button. To exit this mode, press the monitor button again.

To Access more Options, Touch the Menu Button 

The menu button is located on the left side of the Radio, just below the PTT button. Pressing this button will give you access to additional features, such as changing the language, setting up a DTMF code, or checking battery performance.

The Radio may be switched off by pressing and holding the menu button for two seconds. To turn it back on, press and hold the menu button for three seconds.

Initiate a Call by using the Call Button

The call button is on the Radio’s right side, just below the monitor. Pressing this button will initiate a call to another radio on the same channel. You can use this button to answer an incoming call. For hands-free mode, click and hold the call button for two seconds. It allows you to talk without having to press the PTT button. To disable this feature, press the call button again.

The Lock Button Keeps the Keypad Secure 

The lock button is on the left side of the Radio, just below the menu button. Pressing this button will lock the keypad, so you cannot accidentally change any settings. To unlock the keypad, press and hold the lock button for two seconds.

The Bottom Line

Getting channels while driving is easy with the Radio. Some buttons are easy to access on the handlebars. Rugged radios are the best way to stay in touch while on the trails. With these tips, you can get the most out of your Radio and stay connected with other riders.


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