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Product Features

The VX-261 is an analogue two way radio from Motorola. Built to IP55 Ingres protection the radio is not only partially protected against dust, but also safeguarded against splashes of water from all angles. Coming as standard with a Li-Ion battery, Antenna and Belt Clip a charger can be purchased as an additional extra.

Launching in Q2/2018! Want to buy this product now? You can pre order the Motorola VX-261 and it will be delivered sometime after March 2018. Alternatively, you can buy the Vertex Standard VX-261 which is exactly the same radio.

  • 16 Channels
  • 2 Programmable Buttons
  • Choice of VHF or UHF
  • IP55 Water/Dust Resistant
  • Lone Worker Alert Feature
  • Emergency Alert
  • Multiple Scan Options
  • Internal VOX (When Used with VOX Accessory)
  • MDC-1200® ANI (TX Only)
  • 2-Tone (TX & RX)
  • 5-Tone (TX & RX)
  • DTMF ANI (TX Only)

Looking for rental or hire? UK registered businesses could rent this product for as little as £1.00 per week *. Call us on 01425 533 533 or see our long term rental page for more information.
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Detailed Information

The VX-261 is an analogue two way radio from Motorola. Built to IP55 standards the radio has a limited Ingres protection against dust, whilst also being safeguarded against jets of water from all angles. Available for both UHF and VHF frequencies, the VX-261 has a 16 channel capacity allowing for sufficient use by small to medium sized businesses. Meeting military standards (MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G) means that the VX-261 is a rugged and reliable, tested in harsher working environments to ensure its durability.

Various safety features readily installed onto the VX-261 ensure the safety of users. Lone Worker signals should a radio be inactive for a pre-set period of time, a noise will be played from the users radio and if this isn’t responded to an alert will be sent out to all other operatives in the group. VOX Voice Activation allows for the radio to be used hands free, ideal for a variety of working environments this will allow the user to continue working whilst communicating.

2 Programmable keys allow for the customization of the radio to the users needs. Multiple signalling types in CTCSS and DCS are available for use, whilst the radio also has multiple scanning options. The VX-261 comes as standard with a 1380mAh Li-Ion battery, this will allow for up to 11 hours of talk time, a battery and antenna is also supplied as standard with the VX-261 whilst a charger is an additional extra.

FREE Radio ID Labels Supplied & Applied

For no extra cost, we supply labels with all of our radios.

Our labels are unique in that they have a space where you can write on them with a sharpie-type permanent marker. You can either use this space to write a radio number or apply a dymo label for example. These labels ate 100% free of charge

Don't Want FREE Radio ID Labels?

Note: If you would prefer that we did not apply these labels to your radios, you must tell us when ordering as they are non-removable.

Features Explained

Lone Worker Feature

Lone Worker is a feature found on many two way radios where it's able to send a pre-determined signal, for example a distress call or alarm, to other radios in range, Lone Worker requires some type of interaction from the radio user after a period of radio inactivity. An example of this is the radio can be set to require the radio operator to interact with his or her radio once every 30 minutes. If they fail to do so, their radio will start making an audible sound. If there is still no interaction with his or her radio within 1 further minute, a alarm will sound to other team members to tell them a team member is not responding to Lone Worker. The supervisor can then dispatch another team member to the non-reponsive team member's last known location to offer assistance.

 Lone Worker is built-in to the Motorola VX-261.

Channel Scanning

Channel scanning enables the user to monitor a number of channels and respond when a transmission comes through. The scan feature can usually be programmed to include or exclude channels from the scan. Scanning fewer channels makes the scan faster.

A common example is when there is a private channel and community channel programmed. This is usually the case for a shop which is a member of the local business crime reduction (or shop-watch / pub-watch) scheme. The radio would "scan", or alternate between, both channels. Normally, they might only use channel 1 for their own private use within the organisation. But when a transmission (or call) comes through on the local business crime reduction (or shop-watch) scheme channel becomes active. Then within a few seconds the radio would revert back to it's original channel 1.

Digital hybrid radios can usually scan either or both digital and analogue channels simultaneously. This allows for an extremely flexible scan facility where the user can monitor many channels across both analogue and digital modes.

 Channel Scanning is built-in to the Motorola VX-261.

Voice Activation (VOX)

Voice activation, commonly refered to as VOX, allows the user to initiate the radio to transmit, simply by using their voice. Some radios only allow VOX capability via an external audio accessory such as an earpiece or headset which is VOX-enabled or has a VOX button.

Activating Voice Activation or VOX

There are two possible ways of enabling voice activation (VOX). The first is that we can program a VOX-enable / VOX disable button on the radio. The other option is that we supply an audio accessory, an earpiece or headset, that has a VOX button. Contact us for more information about this.

Programming May Be Required

There may be programming required to activate VOX on your radio. In any event, please talk to our knowledgeable staff and we will be able to offer advice on VOX activation.

 Voice Activation (VOX) is built-in to the Motorola VX-261, but a VOX-enabled audio accessory, such as an earpiece or headset, may be required.

Ofcom Licence Options

All licensed radios require a licence issued by Ofcom. Radiotronics can facilitate that and make the application on your behalf. Below are the licence options.

Ofcom Licence Options
Simple UK Simple Site Suppliers Light Technically Assigned
Security / Construction Hospitality / Bars etc. Hire Companies Large Buildings
£75 for 5 years £75 for 5 years £75 for 5 years From £100/yr
3 shared assigned channels that can be used anywhere in the UK. Any of our handheld two way radios can be programmed to SImple UK. Up to 15 shared channels that can only be used at your premises. Any of our handheld two way radios can be programmed to SImple Site. Up to 15 shared channels that can be used for rental companies anywhere in the UK. Unique channels technically assigned only to you. Used for repeater based systems.
A note on licensed frequencies. The Ofcom licence you hold or buy denotes the frequency your radios will operate on. If you already have some radios and you would like your new radios programmed the work together, please select technically assigned, and email us your ofcom licence details to If in doubt, please call us on 01425 533 533.

Technical Information

Included In The Box 1x VX-261 Radio, Antenna, Belt Clip
Accessory Connector Y3 - Vertex VX351
Display Non-display
Analogue or Digital Analogue
Band (VHF or UHF) UHF, VHF
Channels 16
Signalling Type CTCSS, DCS
Voice Activated Yes
Lone Worker Yes (Built In)
Ingress Protection IP55
Commodity Code 8525600000 - Transceivers
Type / Group Handheld Radio
Weight 281.0000
Brand Motorola
Model VX-261
Manufacturer Part Number VX-261

Motorola VX-261 Accessories

Here are just some of the accessories available for the Motorola VX-261. For the full list of accessories, pleae see our dedicated Motorola VX-261 accessories category.

Vertex Standard CD-58 Charger Pod Only
Vertex Standard VAC-UNI (CD-58 + PA55U) UK Charger Package
Vertex Standard VAC-6058 6-Way Charger
Radiotronics Universal Rack Charger Platform
Vertex Standard MH-101A4B Covert Acoustic Tube Earpiece
Vertex Standard FNB-V136-UNI 1200mAh NiMH Battery
Vertex Standard FNB-V133LI-UNI 1380mAh Li-Ion Battery
Vertex Standard FNB-V134LI-UNI 2300mAh Li-Ion Battery
Motorola VX-261 & VX-264 (UHF & VHF) EMEA Service Manual
Motorola FIF-12 Programming USB Interface Box
Motorola CT-106 DIN to Jack Programming Cable
Motorola CE-150 VX-261 & VX-264 Programming Software
Vertex Standard ST-101 EVX-S24 VX-261 EVX-261 Lanyard


Below is a list of downloads for the Motorola VX-261. If you would like further information on the Motorola VX-261 please call 01425 533 533.