Why Is The Motorola CP200D So Popular Within The Construction Industry?

CP200D Radio

It's rough, and it's tough, drop it, kick it, step on it and yet, press the button, and it still connects. Construction is a tough and rugged industry, and so is the Motorola CP200D Portable Radio, the toughest commercial radio that Motorola makes.

Since 2017 when the Motorola Radio CP200D replaced the icon model CP200, it has been the go-to two-way radio of the construction industry. With the predecessor's ruggedness and toughness, the Motorola CP200D has continued the legacy created years before by Motorola Solutions. The CP200D is a staple of construction tools worldwide.

With so many features and characteristics, it is not hard to imagine why the Construction Industry loves this Motorola Radio. It has been so dependable for so many years, that just like the workers of the industry, it is hard not to notice the similarity in the toughness and ruggedness that the industry has come to admire from the Motorola CP200D Radio.

The Motorola CP200D comes with the following Motorola Radio features, in case you did not know.

CP200D Radio features

Analog/Digital - Get all the benefits of digital in your Motorola Two-way radio, including better voice quality, better range, and better battery life—but keep the compatibility with your existing Motorola Radio fleet. With analog and digital capability, you have the freedom to move to the latest Motorola Radio technology at your own pace. All of this is essential to the construction industry.

Transmit Interrupt Capability (decode only) - Enables a construction supervisor to interrupt a Motorola CP200D user to deliver critical communication when and where it's needed.

Dual Capacity Direct Mode - Utilize the power of the 2-slot TDMA DMR standard to double the capacity of your 12.5 kHz channel—without the need for a Motorola repeater.

Analog only - Purchase analog capability now on your Motorola CP200D and transition to digital capability when you're ready. This does not mean that your radio is not digital technology capable, it simply means that your radio has the digital portion turned off. The reason people choose this option is that it lowers the cost of the radio and when it comes to construction nothing is more important than staying in budget. All you will need in the future if you choose to turn on your digital technology on your Motorola Radio is a simple software upgrade – Part# HKVN4223.

Compatible with Radio Management Suite -Program your Motorola Radios quickly and efficiently, with the Radio Management tool. Radios can be programmed in batches to a standardized template, giving error-free results and optimized performance.

IP54 Rated - The Motorola CP200D is dust-proof and splash-proof, so you can work with confidence in challenging environments such as construction.

Channel spacing (kHz) - This Motorola Radio can be programmed with 12.5 kHz or 25 kHz banding depending on your FCC License.

Performance Characteristics

Frequency range - Like most Motorola Radios, the CP200D comes with the option of VHF (136-174 MHz) or UHF (403-470 MHz). Construction workers prefer the UHF range since they are using the radios within the confines of concrete and steel, two elements that hinder the transmission of the VHF range.

Repeater capable - This Motorola Radio is repeater capable. This is typical in the underground construction phases.

Estimated battery life - The estimated life of the standard battery of the Motorola CP200D is 14.5 hours when using analog technology or 18.5 hours when using digital technology. This is more than enough for an industry such a construction.

Don’t forget to read our article - Ten Commandments of Extending Your Crew's Two-Way Radio Batteries. A great source for learning how to extend your Motorola Radio’s battery life and keep saving money long after you purchase the Motorola CP200D radio.

Standard battery chemistry type - The standard battery chemistry of the Motorola CP200D stock battery – NNTN4497 - is lithium-Ion. To find out more about the different chemistry types, please read our article - Top 5 FAQs Batteries.

4 or 5 Watt - Yes, this Motorola Radio has the capability of having the power set up to 4 Watts if using UHF frequencies or 5 Watts if using VHF frequencies.

1 Watt - The Motorola CP200D Radio also has the capability of being lowered to 1 Watt

CP200D with PMMN4013

The Motorola CP200D with the Remote Microphone PMMN4013

Physical Characteristics

Weight (with standard battery) - The Motorola CP200D Radio weighs approximately 14.3 oz with the standard Motorola CP200D battery. This weight is nothing compared to the other tools that most construction workers have to carry around daily.

Dimensions H x W x D (with standard battery) -This Motorola Radio measures 5.0 x 2.4 x 1.7 (inches) with the standard NNTN4497 battery. Big enough to sustain the everyday construction environment but still small enough to fit on your tool belt.

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