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Author Topic: Kenwood tm261a - can't name channels  (Read 674 times)
KE4PLW
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« on: November 10, 2012, 05:54:14 PM »

I bought a used Kenwood 261a that seems to have some problems.  I can enter repeater info just fine (frequency, offset, tones, etc.), but when I try to assign a name to a repeater, the naming function doesn't work.  Nothing happens.

The radio can hit  nearby repeaters at high power, but can't hit repeaters only a little farther away.  (The 261a in the other car works the repeaters just fine.)   Does this sound like a problem with the radio, or perhaps with a bad SWR on the antenna?

Ev, KE4PLW, Atlanta
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 06:06:55 AM »

Naming Memories on Kenwood TM-261a
http://www.kb2ljj.com/data/kenwood/TM-261.htm

Select MR
Power OFF
Press: MN + Power ON
Press: REV button
Choose the characters with UP/DOWN. Where VFO button is cursor to left and MN button to right.

Press MHZ to save.
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Guide to KENWOOD TM-261A Transceiver
http://icanworkthisthing.com/docs/amateur_radio/single_band/KENWOOD%20TM-261A%20%20Transceiver.shtml

The TM-261A is an amateur radio two-meter mobile transceiver capable of trans-mitting up to 50 watts FM 144-148 MHz & receiving118-136 MHz normally AM & 136-174 normally FM via VFO or 62 programable channels (61 regular + Call).

TO USE VFO MODE:
Push VFO. VFO confirmed by frequency only (no channel no. or C) in display.
Enter frequency by Dial or UP/DN buttons on microphone. Standard repeater band plan offset is automatically set. To change offset from normal plan, hold MR 1 second. "+ -" appears. Use Dial or UP/DN to select transmit frequency.
To tune in 1 MHz steps, push MHz (or PF on microphone). Same cancels.
To scan frequencies, hold in VFO 1 second. Dial or UP/DN reverses direction. Any key but DTMF stops scanning. To toggle AM/FM, push MHz 1 second.

TO RECALL MEMORY:
Push MR. Memory Mode confirmed by a channel number (1-61) in display.
Select channel using Dial or Keypad or UP/DN buttons on microphone.
To scan memories, hold MR 1 second. Any key but DTMF stops scanning.
To lock out a channel from scan, select it & push F for 1 second. Use Dial or UP/DN to select “MR.L”. Push VFO to set, then F or PTT. Confirmed by *.
To select Call Channel, push C (leftmost key on microphone). Same returns.
To scan between Call and either a VFO or Memory channel, push C 1 second.

TO TRANSFER A MEMORY FREQUENCY TO VFO: Push F, then VFO.

TO ENTER A FREQUENCY IN A MEMORY CHANNEL:
Select characteristics (frequency, offset, subaudible tone, etc.) in VFO Mode.
Push F. A memory channel number will appear in Display.
Use Dial or UP/DN to select desired memory channel.
Push MR again. Memory frequency is stored & unit returns to previous mode. Any existing frequency or other data in that channel is overwritten.
To program Call Channel, select characteristics in VFO Mode, push F, then C.

TO SET & USE SUBAUDIBLE (PL) TONE:
Push F 1 sec. Use Dial or UP/DN to select TONE. Push & hold VFO & use Dial or UP/DN to select desired tone. Push F or PTT to set & return to mode.
Push TONE button to turn Tone On & off.

TO REVERSE TRANSMIT & RECEIVE FREQUENCIES: Push REV.

TO SET POWER: Push F, then MN LOW to cycle among H (No Ind), M, & L.

MICROPHONE FUNCTIONS:
On the face of the MC-58DM microphone are four controls keys: L-R,
CALL. One-touch selection of a commonly used frequency.
VFO & MR. Duplicate functions on transceiver. Reprogrammable.
PF. Duplicate MHz function on transceiver. Reprogrammable.
Beneath the control keys is the 16-key DTMF Keypad (“Touchtone Pad”).
On the top are (L-R) the UP & DOWN keys.
On the rear is the Microphone Lock key (does not lock PTT or DTMF).

IMPORTANT – READ BEFORE USING THIS GUIDE!
This guide has been prepared as a public service to provide on one page certain limited, highly general, simplified data about radio hobby equipment, primarily for persons with disabilities or challenges. This is not a complete instruction sheet or manual of the unit and no one should use any electronic or electrical equipment without first becoming thoroughly acquainted with all data in the original manual. Failure to understand data in the original manual may result in injury or death to the user and others, damage to the equipment, operation in violation of FCC and other laws and regulations, and other serious consequences. There is no warranty of this guide’s accuracy, completeness, or conformity to manufacturer’s standards. Its use is strictly at the user’s discretion and risk.

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