Motorola CP200 Series Radios

The CP200 radio has launched and re-engineered itself into the digital world with the presentation of the CP200d. The CP200d radio can easily work across both transmitting fields of analog and digital and still offer great sound and using all the past and present accessories. When working the CP200d in the digital mode this radio will easily work with Motorola’s MOTOTRBO XPR series radios. This is a very good cross over without the need to change out your entire radio supply.

CP200 Series Batteries

The CP200d radio utilizes the same batteries as the CP200, CP150, CP200XLS and quite a few others. All of the mentioned radios will interchange with the NNTN4497 lithium Ion, NNTN4851 nickel metal hydride, NNTN4970 slim lithium and the higher capacity PMNN4450 lithium. There are also other models that work with the CP200d.

CP200 Series Radio Earpiece’s

The CP200d radio also has a wide range of options for earpiece’s starting with the big ones being the PMLN6530 and RLN5318. The PMLN6530 and RLN5318 is a two wire surveillance kit with a larger PTT and Acoustical Coiled ear tube which is replaceable. The PMLN6530 has been designed specifically for the CP200d, but will work with all Motorola 2 prong connected radios. Both of the PMLN6530 and RLN5318 offers great sound quality and long day lasting comfort with the soft surgical rubber ear tube and mushroom tip. Another great add on for the ear piece is the Ear Mold which looks a bit like the shape of an ear and comes in 3 different sizes to fit both ears and small to large ear openings. These ear molds are number RLN4760, RLN4761, RLN4762, RLN4763, RLN4764, RLN4765 and usually come in skin color surgical grade rubber and also provide all day comfort.

CP200 Radio Series Speaker Mics

The most widely used speaker mic for the CP200d is the PMMN4013. The PMMN4013 comes with rotating spring action clothing clip, large PTT button, coiled cord which is stretchable to about 4 feet, direct 2 prong connection to radio and a listen only ear port for the attachment and use of the RLN4941 listen only earpiece. The PMMN4013 comes with a One Year Warranty and provides great clear sound and paired with the RLN4941 you are sure not to miss that transmission due to background noise interference.

The CP200d radio has so many great options for ear piece’s that we have to give mention. Starting with PMLN5001 D Style, PMLN4443 Over Ear Swivel and PMLN6532 C Style Swivel. These 3 styles are very convenient for use in the Restaurant, Retail, Hospitality and Sporting venues. What makes these great for these fields of work will be the main factor of not having to place the item into an ear canal from one person to another. They are also cleanable with the use of an alcohol swab to eliminate cross contamination from person to person.

CP200 Radio Series Belt Clips

The belt clip HLN8255 is the easiest and cheapest way to carry this radio or you can go for the soft Nylon Holster HLN9701. Either way you won’t break the bank. Keep in mind the belt clips are plastic and with enough force they can snap off from the mounting area on the battery. The HLN9701 Holster has a T Strap with snap that will keep the radio in place, a belt loop to carry via your belt and if you prefer, you can use the D Rings for a should strap.

We carry almost ever type of accessory you would need for the CP family of radios

Motorola CP200D Batteries

Motorola CP200D Batteries have gone through some great and somewhat failed comparisons of the batteries on the market.

The most widely used battery in todays market is the NNTN4497. This battery has been given many names over the years, like, NNTN4497A, NNTN4497AR, NNTN4497CR and the newest NNTN4497DR.


There are a multitude of look-a-likes (Aftermarket) batteries for the CP200D also available to the end user. Motorola CP200D RadioBUT, beware, these batteries come with a price, as all things do.

You can easily spend in the mid to high forty’s for the OEM with a one year warranty. Or, you can see some on the internet for as low as $15-$19 each. These lower end batteries are either Nickel Cadmium (NiCad) or Nickel Metal Hydride NiMh) which are heavy batteries and low running milliamps and have memory effect.

Memory effect simply means that the batteries have only so many life cycles available in the battery. Typically NiCad’s have about 500 and NiMh have about 1000. This is determined by the amount of times the battery is placed in and out of your charger. So with that in mind lower milliamp batteries will typically have to be placed on the charger more often, which will lead to the shortening of life expectancy.

Lithium batteries are not subjected to life cycles, because they have no memory effect going in and out of the charger.

Another key factor when deciding to buy a NNTN4497 battery is the country of origin for the lithium batteries. Command Tac ONLY use Lithium battery cells for the NNTN4497 batteries from Japan. Japanese lithium battery cells are the best on the market. Don’t be fooled by cheap Chinese batteries

Before making a choice based on PRICE, look for how many milliamps your getting for that low price. You want as many milliamps as you can get and you want Lithium. The higher the milliamps the longer the run time.

We offer the highest milliamp lithium batteries on the market. Our NNTN4497 replacement battery comes in at a staggering 2800 milliamps.

We have tested this battery by just letting sit on a live radio and the battery has lasted anywhere between 24-52 hours before the radio started beeping which is indicating low battery.

Motorola CP and CT Radio Series Surveillance Kits

The most widely used surveillance/earpiece kits for the CP and CT series are pieces that can work and be shared with multiple users. Those earpieces are the PMLN4443, PMLN5001, PMLN5807, PMLN6531, PMLN6532, HKLN4604 and HKLN4424. These units also come with a 1 year warranty. 


If your looking to step up to a more expensive individual personal earpiece, look no further than the RLN5318, PMLN6445, PMLN6530 and PMLN6536.  These units have the type of ear piece that is inserted into your ear opening which makes this a more personal use earpiece used more with security and surveillance scenarios. These units are typically more expensive but the PTT and sound quality are better.


The is such a wide range of earpieces that can be used for the CP and CT series radios that we will try to mention without boring you completely. Let’s look at the PMLN4443, this unit features and in-line PTT with VOX. This VOX feature allows the user to be hands free and communicate with other workers without having to remove their hands from critical applications that require control. The downside is as soon as you start speaking everyone hears the conversation. This PMLN4443 with VOX feature is easily disabled by the switch control on the PTT. The PMLN6531 is one of the newer models with the same style we call Ear Hanger and also comes with VOX.


VOX technology only works when you have the earpiece and radio that are both capable of VOX operations. Not all radios are able to operate in VOX mode. VOX has been used in Industrial and Commercial lines of work where the user is very hands on and any removal of hands from sensitive controls could put someone at risk. VOX is used widely with Crane and Heavy Equipment Operators.


Another good earpiece is the D Style PMLN5001 with Micro/Mini PTT. The PMLN5001 D Style is describing the actual look of the part that goes over the ear. It has the speaker built into the D section that lies over the ear and easy to clean for multiple users. This type of earpiece is commonly found in use with drive through fast food and restaurants.


Another favorite is the PMLN6532 which is the C Style which is easy for day long wear and usually doesn’t create ear fatigue. The PMLN6532 comes with a swivel earpiece allowing for use with either ear, in-line PTT and clothing clip. This PMLN6532 has heavy use in the retail and restaurant business sector.


There is a new comer to the earpiece market, which is a Snap Lock. The Snap Lock Earpiece is designed for the changeability of different earpiece styles while keeping the PTT and Connector to the radio the same. The different snap on earpieces is the Acoustical Tube, D-Style, C-Style, Ear Hanger and Ear Bud. Which ever is your comfort style this option makes it less expensive to switch out one style with another without breaking the bank. This Snap Lock system also allows business owners the ability to provide individual earpiece’s to employees without the worry transferring any cross contamination.


A great listen only earpiece we can’t leave out is the RLN4941 which is used in conjunction with the PMMN4013 speaker mic. The RLN4941 is a listen only and has a 3.5mm right angle plug and is used to keep conversation discreet during transmission. In very noisy environments it is too difficult to hear transmissions over the radio or speaker mic if your not using the RLN4941.


These 2 prong earpiece’s will work with any Motorola 2 prong accessory port. Below is a list of compatible radios. (Not All Radios Mentioned)


BPR20, BPR40, CP040, CP080, CP100, CP110, CP120, CP125, CP140, CP150, CP1600, CP1660, CP185, CP200, CP200d, CP200XLS, CP220, CP240, CP250, CP300, CP476, CP477, CLS1110, CLS1410, CT150, CT250, CT450, CT450LS, GP300, LTS2000, P1225, PR400, RDU, RDV, RMU, RMV, VL130, VL50, XU, XV, and many others

Motorola PMNN4071 Battery

The Motorola PMNN4071 Battery is used in the Motorola Mag One radios.  It is also used in the BPR40 Radio, the BPR20 Radio and the BC130 Radios.  The PMNN4071 Battery comes in different milliamps depending on which manufacturer you choose. There is the Command Tac Battery which comes in at 1600 mAh, the Empire Battery which comes in at 1400 mAh and the Motorola Brand which comes in at the 1300 mAh level.

The PMNN4071AR battery is 1600 mAh 7.5 Volts, NiMh battery and the Command Tac comes with a belt clip.  It is also know as a Mag One Battery.

Motorola Talkabout Battery

Motorola Talkabout Batteries vary widely in their amps but one thing is for sure, they all pack a punch for the size and weight.  One of the more popular batteries commonly in use is the KEBT-071-D Battery.  This battery is used in over 60 different Talkabout Radios.  We have found that the Voltages all remain the same 3.6 volt but the amperage ranges from 600 mAh to a whopping 1500mAh.  Amperage is pretty important to those who use their radios on a regular basis such as department stores, stadiums and places that need regular communication between workers.  The Motorola Original KEBT-071-D comes with the lowest amperage where the Command Tac KEBT-071-D comes with the highest amperage topping out at 1500 mAh.  The prices vary as widely as the amperage.  We found places selling these as low as 3.99 to as high as 17.99.  In testing both the Motorola Talkabout Battery and the Command Tac KEBT-071-D battery to see what the actual difference was in overall performance.  The Command Tac Battery run time was over 3 times longer than the Motorola Original with a much lower price of only $7.99.  The best value is the higher milliampere battery with the best price.  We used the people over at to provide us with some price comparisons on the KEBT-071-D battery.

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor

How to become a Successful Actor, a guide to your future in acting.

Being an actor is allot like learning to drive a car. You can watch videos and study books for months but there is nothing that can prepare you for the real thing like getting behind the wheel and hitting the open road. Now that I mangled that metaphor lets get to the important things you need to know to become a successful actor. I want to say upfront, these 5 steps take allot of time, effort and planing to make sure you become that actor you want to be. So lets  dive in. My goal was to learn acting in Orlando Florida since that is where I am located.Orlando-Acting

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor

  1.  Choose what field of acting is your passion.  Do you want to be a Screen Actor, Commercial Actor, Stage Actor, Youtube Influncer or maybe something else.
  2.  Find a successful Acting Coach.  Your acting coach can be the difference between you doing local productions or feature films.
  3.   Get your headshots done.  Your headshot is the leading part of your “Business Card”.  Making the right choice is one of the most important decisions you can make.
  4.  Get Representation.  Do you want an agent, manager, publicist or maybe a marketing manager.
  5.   Get yourself listed on all the different acting websites.  This is where you can really shine.

Now lets review each step in more detail.

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 1. Choose what field of acting you want

This is the planing stage of your future in acting.  It is important that you understand what it takes to be successful in each different genre.  While acting in general all encompass many of the same talents, there are different and distinct differences that will require different acting skills.  At this stage you will also notice that there will most likely be differences in the amount of time you are going to have to devote to your acting career.

Choosing your genre of acting

Lets say you want to follow the path of acting for TV.   You will need to find yourself a successful acting coach who can teach you how to best present yourself in both in person and on taped auditions.  They will teach you the art of how to present yourself on camera, what “eye lines” to use, how to frame your self tape, lighting, sound and more.  They will go over how to approach a casting session, how to do a slate and much more.  All of this is something you need to be a successful actor.  There is an Orlando Acting Studio that teaches acting using every sense you have so you become immersed in the character.

Maybe you want to a stage actor.  This will not only require your ability to convince a live audience but you will also have to find yourself a singing coach and a dance coach.  You will have to learn how to use your body in your performance.  Stage presence needs not only to be felt in the front row but all the way to the back of the theater.

Being a You tuber or a social influencer encompasses both the skills to be an on screen actor and many of the talents of a stage actor (maybe not the singing and dancing but showing presence is the same).

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 2.  Find a successful Acting Coach.

This is an extremely important part of the success of your acting career.  Finding the right coach and mean the difference between being in production in your local theater to being recognized by your friends by strangers while you are walking down the street.  It is important that you find an instructor that can take your acting to the next level.  That means not just learning how to say lines but how to become the character you are playing.  Having tracked and studied the quality of actors that come out of different programs, I have seen that coaching means everything.  You want to do your research on the acting program, who the coaches are and where their students end up.

Choosing an acting coach

An acting coach needs to be able to teach you how to make you believe that you are that character.  Not only do you have to learn to become that character but you have to do this all while sticking to a script.  So that means you don’t just read the script.  You need to be able to see what was happening before your scene, even if it is the first scene.  You need to be able to know how to silently present the scene even though there are words.  This only happens when you have proper training.  There is a Orlando Acting Class that in my opinion is second to none.  I have tracked some of their talented students and found that several of them have gone on to do feature films, TV series, Commercials and more. offers training from successful working acting coaches who know what is needed to advance you to the level you need to be to compete in the Screen and Stage market.  So don’t be affraid to ask questions when you are choosing a coach.  Make sure they understand where you want to go with your acting future.

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 3.  Get your headshots done.

Your headshots are often the first thing an Agent, Manager, Casting Director, Director… will see.  So make sure you put your best foot so to speak forward.  Make sure that headshot is truly representative of the type of character you want to portray.  If you want to be a nerd you may want to put on a pair of oversized glasses and have your hair more slicked down.  If you wanted to play a villain you may want to dress in darker cloths with more shadows in the image (your headshot must be clear and easy to see your entire face son no shadows that obscure your face).  You get the point.  Imagine you were looking to meet someone on a dating site.  You would want someone to post their picture dressed up in a Halloween costume.  Nor would you want them to post their picture from 10 years ago.  You want to see a picture of what the person looks like today.  You want your headshot to really show off your features.  Something that really makes the eyes stand out is usually a great start.

Often times your acting coach will be able to direct you to a photographer who specializes in headshots for Acting.  Many of these photographers will be familiar with the Agents, Managers… in the area and know what style headshots they would like to see.  These range from Theatrical, commercial to Stage and more.  No matter who you choose to do your headshots, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY.


5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 4.  Get Representation.

Representation in acting can take different forms.  There are distinct advantages to both Agents and Managers.  An Agent must be licensed by the state.  This involves a lengthy process including background checks, bonds, and the ability to negotiate on behalf of their client.  A Manager does not require a

Actors Wanted

license and cannot negotiate on your behalf (yet they can help you understand negotiations).   An Agent will submit and promote you for different projects most times using their reputation to help get you more auditions.  Managers will advise you on aspects such as headshots, reels, acting classes, social media and more.  They will help get you auditions but once you have the audition their job is over.

The biggest difference is that managers offer career guidance and help you find an agent (and some do get you auditions) whereas agents do the actual contracts and negotiations on your behalf.   Both can be invaluable. Having an understanding about what each one does will help you decide what works best for you.

5 Steps to becoming a Successful Actor step 5.

Get your face out there on your own.  It is great to have an Agent or a Manager or someone to help push your career along but it is not the only way to get involved.  There are many sites that post jobs that you can apply for right online.  Sites like ActorsAccess, Front Runner Casting and BackStage all post jobs that are available at any time.  If it is posted you can apply.  Many people start their career without an agent or manager and just post on these online websites.  Many times these jobs can be low paying or no pay but even these listings are giving you experience that you can present to an agent or manager to get representation.


Acting no matter what type you want to pursue requires persistence and training.  You have to look at it like any other profession.  If you wanted to be a baseball picture, you wouldn’t expect that you would just walk out onto the pictures mound and throw a 90 mile an hour fastball.  You would need a coach, you would need to practice and you would need consistency.    Actors don’t take time off, even when they are not performing they are working at being better at acting.



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Motorola RLN4941A Listen Only Surveillance Piece.

The Motorola RLN4941A single wire listen only ear piece is the first choice for many people who want discrete communication.  The RLN4941 has a clear ear tube that helps to keep the unit virtually undetectable.  There are several options including mushroom tips, small medium and large ear molds that are available. This gives you the ability to choose what is the most comfortable for long wear.  There is also several replacement brands available but only one brand that we have tested held up to the quality of the Motorola Original RLN4941.   Command Tac RLN4941 out lasted the Motorola Original in our field testing.  We have also found that the Command Tac RLN4941A comes with an extra ear tube included at about a third of the cost.

Motorola PMLN6129A 2 Wire Surveillance Piece

Motorola has long been known for making outstanding surveillance pieces.  The PMLN6129A is just another notch in their belt giving them the leading edge.  Along came Command Tac who has decided to out do the Motorola Original with its own version of the PMLN6129A.   It is known as the CTLN6129A.  It comes in at around half the cost of the Motorola Original, we don’t expect that to last long.  As the demand goes up for the Command Tack PMLN6129A you are most likely going to see the price rise also.  The nice thing about this surveillance piece is it has its own PTT with a direct connect to your radio.  This makes the use of a speaker mic obsolete.  It also comes with a clear coiled ear tube which can be worn discretely if you would like.  As with all Command Tac products you are going to see their quality meets or exceeds the Motorola OEM versions.  This is going to create real competition in the market.

Motorola NNTN4497 Battery for the CP150, CP200 and CP200D Radios

The Motorola NNTN4497 the favorite battery used by owners of the CP150, CP200 and CP200D Radio owners.  The original NNTN4497 has been revised over the years yielding new part numbers for each new improvement.  The original battery known as the NNTN4497AR which was 1800 mAh, then came the NNTN4497AR which featured 1950 mAh.  The newest version  NNTN4497CR Battery which comes with a whopping 2190 mAh.  But if you want even more talk time you can find the replacement battery for your CP150 Radio or your CP200 Radio or CP200 Radio you could choose the Command Tac heavy duty battery which carries an astonishing 2500 mAh.  All of these Batteries come with the standard 1 year warranty but for my money the Command Tac is by far the best buy.  The CP200D is the latest version of the CP200 Series Radios and the Command Tac will provide the longest talk time on the market.  You can see the Command Tac NNTN4497 battery here.

Motorola APX 6000 Two Way Radio

Motorola APX 6000, the Power House of radios

The Motorola APX 6000 Two Way radio is one of the most powerful portable radios on the planet. From the day it was APX 6000 Radio with Displayintroduced,the Motorola APX 6000 has performed reliably in some of the most challenging conditions. To this day, the Motorola APX 6000 is being used by emergency units and security servicemen for daily activities or emergency situations.

Despite having earned such status, Motorola never stopped improving the device. In fact, the new versions are updated to support newer forms of technology such as Bluetooth connectivity, Adaptive Audio Engine, and WiFI.

If you want to know more about the Motorola APX 6000, then you have come to the right place. This article is going to highlight the most important features of this legendary portable radio.

Single Band Operation

The APX 6000 performs beautifully well in single band operation. Some of its single band operation features include:

* Wide Range Of Frequency Bands – The Motorola APX 6000 is able to operate in UHF range 1, Range 2 Bands and 7/800 Mhz. With such a wide range of frequency, you’ll have a lot of communications options within your hands.

* Wide Range Of Modes and Protocols – The Motorola APX 6000’s modes and protocols include direct, repeater, clear or secure, SmartZone/Smartnet, Trunked or Conventional, Digital P25, QCII and Andalog MDC-1200.

Built For High Performance

No matter the kind of mission, you can always rely on the Motorola APX 6000 for your communication needs. Below are some of the vital features that make Motorola APX 6000 a good choice for critical or routine missions.

* Aggressive Shape – The Motorola APX 6000 comes with the iconic T-shape design. This allows the user to easily grip on the unit even with slippery or wet hands. And, thanks to its T-shaped design, the chances of the unit slipping through the hands is minimized.

* Display – The Motorola APX 6000 features a display on the top of the radio. It’s very easy to have a quick glance at the screen and acquire the necessary information.

* Smart Lighting – This portable radio features 3 simple color codes for critical radio events such as private pages, calls, out of range, low battery and emergency.

* Voice Announcement – The Motorola APX 6000 is able to provide the user with audible confirmation for various functions like control lock, encryption, emergency, direct mode and scan.

Built For Toughness

In most cases, portable radios are used in some of the toughest working environment. Hence, you will need something that is rugged enough to withstand the rigors of the work environment. With Motorola APX 6000’s build, it’s one of the toughest portable radios in the planet. Here are a few tough features of the Motorola APX 6000.

* Tough Endoskeleton – It’s not only the exterior shell of the Motorola APX 6000 that’s tough. On the inside, there’s another layer of aluminum alloy endoskeleton. This protects the internal parts of the radio from moisture or water instruction.

* IP68 Rating – This radio is tested and officially rated to be resistant up to two meters of water.

* Tempered Glass – The display of the Motorola APX 6000 is protected by a tempered glass. It’s tough enough to resist most impacts and scratches.

* Dual Latch Battery – The design of the Motorola APX 6000’s ensures that the battery is latched securely to the body. This avoids the battery from ejecting off, powering down and resetting in instances of drops.

Security Features

If the work environment requires the need for secure communications, then Motorola APX 6000 can handle itself pretty nicely. Below are a few of the many security features of Motorola APX 6000.

* Multi-encryption Algorithms – The Motorola APX 6000 features hardware encryption algorithm like ADP, DES and AES with 128 keys. This allows the user or users to secure sensitive information for possible eavesdroppers and scanners.

* OTAR – This stands for over-the-air re-key. It’s another feature to ensure the security of communication and it’ allows the changing of encryptions keys to be executed over the air. It’s a great feature for increasing efficiency.

* P25 Radio Authentication – Motorola APX 6000 comes with an authentication system and this ensures that only the authorized personnel are able to use the system.

Adaptive Audio Engine

The primary purpose of a portable radio is to send and receive audio messages. This is the reason why Motorola spent a great deal of effort to make messages clearer for the user of Motorola APX 6000. Here are a few key points of the Motorola APX 6000’s Adaptive Audio Engine

* Dual Sided Operation – The Motorola APX 6000 uses beam forming technology in its system. With this feature, you will be able to talk to either side of the radio, and the receiver will be able to receive your audio messages clearly.

* Noise Suppression – This portable radio has a built in an audio algorithm engine with the sole purpose of canceling out noises in the environment. Again, this is to ensure high audio quality.

* Speaker Equalization – The Motorola APX 6000 has a great way of equalizing the audio output. If you choose the lower volumes, the speakers can auto-adjust to place a higher priority on talker authenticity. If you choose the higher volumes, the Motorola APX 6000 optimizes the audio to prioritize speech intelligibility.

* Gain Control – Motorola APX 6000 features an adaptive gain control system. Like most audio system, the more gain you have, the louder the audio gets. This is not always a good thing as distortions are also amplified. With Motorola APX 6000 adaptive gain control engine, the system will automatically set the right amount of gain to minimize the distortion.

* Windporting – This portable radio also comes with an Adaptive windporting. Without the windporting features, the wind may cause an unwelcome sound in the audio quality. With the Adaptive windporting of Motorola APX 6000, the system automatically cancels out the wind noise.

* IMPRES Smart Energy System offer the radio user to receive the maximum life from the battery by removing the surprise of “low battery alerts.” IMPRES chargers have the ability to inform you specifically how much power is within an IMPRES battery before you connect it to a radio and precisely when an IMPRES battery has come to the end of its support life.

Motorola World

Another advantage of using Motorola APX 6000 is that you will be able to tap into the Motorola’s world of high-quality and latest accessories. From chargers, to add-on batteries, there’s a world of Motorola APX 6000 radio accessories you can add to increase the functionality of this portable radio.

There’s nothing much to say about the Motorola APX 6000. After all, it’s one of the highly used portable radio systems in the world. It’s been used from ambulance units to military personnel. It’s already been tested in the field and through time.

The APX 6000 Radio comes offers a variety of different accessories to take your radio to the next level such as the PMLN6129 2 Wire Surveillance Kit.  This kit connects directly to the radio and has a push to talk that allows you to wear a discrete earpiece.