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Author Topic: TH-D7A(G) being discontinued?  (Read 593 times)
W4TCJ
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« on: May 21, 2008, 12:12:20 PM »

I just talked with GigaParts and HRO. Both told me that the TH-D7A(G) has also been discontinued. Does anyone know what the replacement will be?

Our local HazMat/Decon team just purchased a few D7/G's... and were considering more. However, both GigaParts and HRO said they have only a few in stock due to the model being discontinued. The Kenwood website shows the D7/G as a current offering -- with nothing new in the dual band HT range.

I personally have a TH-F6A -- and love it. BUT, I think the team wanted the D7/G because of the extended capabilities of D*Star and TNC, etc.

Any rumors or news, feel free to post. THANKS!
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KG4RUL
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2008, 12:26:57 PM »

I am curious about what D-STAR capabilities the TH-D7A(G) has?
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W4TCJ
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2008, 12:40:48 PM »

That's what I get when I allow someone else to explain the question to me -- without checking it out myself.

I just researched your question and find NOTHING that the TH-D7A(G) can do with D*Star. FWIW, it may be my mistake all the way around. I remember the HazMat/Decon team leader also mentioning APRS. Maybe I confused the two -- the HT's for APRS and the TM-D710A doing something along the lines of what D*Star does.

Not sure -- but THANKS for the question.
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2008, 05:48:07 PM »

You were probably thinking of APRS (and the integral TNC) -- Icom's the only one I'm aware of selling D-star gear, at least in Noeth America.

OTOH Universal-Radio's web page says:

Kenwood USA had indicated that the TH-D7AG is temporarily not available. They are expecting more in shortly and indicate that they will honor existing back-ordres [sic]. We expect to be able to fill our existing back orders, but we are not accepting new orders at this time.  [04/23/08].

Perhaps Kenwood had a glitch in production or sourcing a part?
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 11:24:22 AM »

The TH-D7A is getting a bit long in the tooth these days.
I got mine in 1999, so it's probably been around for 10
years or so.  That's a very long time these for a modern
HT to be in commercial production. Technology changes,
competition and parts availability generally force a
product to be discontinued before it gets that old.
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NE3R
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2008, 08:07:15 AM »

The (G) model is updated from the original 1999 version.  

The trouble is parts, some components aren't made anymore - since it is a good seller - it should be worth their time to redesign, the big question is if it will be a minor revision or a major update.

Whatever they do I hope the build in a GPS Smiley

73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
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K0JFM
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« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2008, 05:32:39 AM »

Probably preparing a new design that is compliant with Europe's green manufacturing specs, can't remember what its called, just like they did with the D700/D710.
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W3RPM
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008, 05:06:23 AM »

RoHS - Reduction of Hazardous Substances

Lead, Mercury, and other heavy metals, ChloroFluoroCarbons, etc.
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2009, 01:45:30 PM »

New replacement will be out at Dayton 2010 along with a new Kenwood HF Radio!
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2009, 05:45:16 AM »

Have they considered the Yaesu VX-8 with the GPS unit as a replacement?  At least it is in new production now.  

73s,
john W3JKS/AAT3BF/AAM3EDE/AAA9SL
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