L3Harris Offers Cleaning Guidelines for Radios and Accessories
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | Comments

L3Harris Technologies released cleaning guidelines for all its mobile radios and control heads, portable radios and radio accessories.

To remove dust and dirt, the company said to clean using a damp, clean cloth, warm water and mild detergent soap or Simple Green. Follow by wiping with a warm water damp, clean cloth. Wipe dry with a clean cloth. Remove the battery and wipe the battery and radio contacts using a soft dry cloth to remove dirt or grease. This will ensure efficient power transfer from the battery to the radio.

Remove any accessories and clean the UDC contacts using a clean, dry cloth. When the UDC is not in use, cover the connector with the protective dust cap to prevent the buildup of dust or water particles. If the radio is used in a harsh environment, such as driving rain or salt fog, it may be necessary to periodically dry and clean the battery and radio contacts with a soft dry cloth or soft-bristle non-metallic brush.

For more rigorous cleaning, L3Harris recommended using Calla 1452, isopropyl alcohol or diluted bleach (1:10 bleach-to-water ratio). In addition, the XL portable line has been tested with the following disinfectants that will not degrade the radio with normal usage: Enviro-Tru-1453 and T36 Disinfex (Viralex).

Do not use chemical cleaners, sprays, denatured alcohol (ethanol) or petroleum-based products because they may damage the radio housing.

Apply the cleaning solution to a clean damp cloth and clean the radio. Do not spray cleaning solution directly on the radio, control head or accessory. To clean the radio in the speaker and microphone areas, carefully wipe these areas but prevent the cleaning solution from entering the speaker or microphone openings. Wipe off the radio with a clean, damp cloth using mild warm soapy water. Follow up by wiping off the radio with a clean, damp cloth using warm water only. Wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Motorola Solutions also offered radio cleaning procedures earlier this week.

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