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How to turn off the annoying "roger" beep on Motorola radios

October 1st, 2008 Chris

Motorola Radios

I love Motorola radios and use them on most of my bird hunts. They are small, light and work clearly over a long distance. My hunting companions and I usually go to a good spot and then make a plan to meet at lunch and each hunt our separate part of the country with our dogs. With the radios, we can keep in contact throughout the day.

My biggest frustration with the radios is that annoying “roger” beep when you let up on the PTT button. Not only does it make that annoyingly loud beep at my radio, but it broadcasts it to everyone on my channel regardless what they have their radio set to.  I can’t imagine why motorola would design such an annoying feature into a radio. It finally came to a head when I was hunting with my sister on her trophy muzzleloader elk tag this last week. (An awesome hunt, BTW.) No matter how low I turned my radio that maddening beep was loud enough to wake the whole aspen hillside. That was enough incentive to push me to figure out the solution; it was easy, but not intuitive.

To turn off the “roger” beep (a.k.a. courtesy tone) on the Motorola walkie talkie, simply turn off the radio, hold the “+” button (channel up button) down as you turn the radio back on.

When I finally got the “roger” beep turned off, I felt like Fiona on the Shrek movie after she kicked Robin Hood’s  %@# and said,  “Man, that was annoying.”  (youtube link) One funny movie.


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  1. Mike
    March 19th, 2009 at 14:52 | #1

    Thanks a lot, I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this forever

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