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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kenwood TH-K20A Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TH-K20A
Kenwood TH-K20A Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $140.00
Description: The Kenwood TH-K20A is a rugged 2 meter HT with up to 5.5
watts of power and straight-forward operation. You get 200
memories and multiple scan modes are supported. CTCSS/DCS is
included. The TH-K20A comes with KNB-63L Li-ion 1130 mAh,
KSC-35S drop in charger, SMA flexible antenna, belt clip and
three Owner's Manuals.
5.5/2.5/1 Watts RF Output, Backlit LCD, Weather Alert,
Keypad Entry, Easy Operation, Internal VOX, 200 Memories,
CTCSS/DCS, Narrow Band FM Ready.
Product is in production.
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VE7RJZ Rating: 5/5 Jun 27, 2012 16:49 Send this review to a friend
My new favorite radio!!!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you had read my previous post on this radio, you would have noticed that I don't like radios that use Time-Operated (TO) resume on scan.
I received an email from Kenwood today with a new version of the firmware for the TH-K20A that updates it from version 1.00 to version 1.18. Kudos to the people at Kenwood getting this fixed, apparently they read the reviews on too! The new version of firmware has resolved my issue with the scan resume on this radio and I am happy to report that I now give this radio a rating of 5 or maybe even 5+.
Thanks to for providing this venue to review and rate products and thanks to Kenwood for providing excellent support for the products they manufacture!
WB2NWR Rating: 5/5 Apr 9, 2012 06:25 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Finally, back to basics. Simple but capable. Nice not to need a "Nifty" manual.
K3KTK Rating: 5/5 Apr 1, 2012 22:39 Send this review to a friend
Sweet little radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is lighter and smaller than the TH-2K (it's a tiny bit taller though). I got it for the Lithium battery, and have not been disappointed. It charges in 3 hours and the included cradle can charge a radio or a lone battery if you have two... meaning you can use the radio while the second battery charges.

It's lighter (advantage?) which I like, but does not feel as sturdy as the TH-2K or the VX-150. I like lighter.

Stock antenna is actually pretty good and low SWR. Has a "pager" function and 200 memories with or without names (versus 50 w/names on the TH-K2). Has a bit more power, plus many buttons like tone and freq step are single push now. It also has a programmable button for things like WX channels (10 now), or Channel Names/Freq or Pri Scan. On the down side, it has no Auto Simplex checker... just manual (easily accessible by one button). Also, the display is in the middle of the unit, not near the top as in the TH-K2.
Speaker seems similar and is fine. Love the unit overall. Not a heavy unit and the battery lasts forever and charges super fast.
N7KFD Rating: 5/5 Mar 6, 2012 05:03 Send this review to a friend
Great Little HT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a 2 Meter only HT with the bells and whistles you would expect in a single band HT. It comes with a Lithium-Ion battery that will easily last all day with the radio set to 2.5 watts output (The maximum output is 5.5 watts). The stock antenna is comparable to some Diamond Antennas I've owned and would almost venture to say it's better than the Diamonds (although I have no proof of that). In usual Kenwood fashion the radio is extremely user friendly and the manual is almost not even necessary. On that note they not only included a paper manual they included several, each language getting it's own book. The display is easy to read and the back lit keys are great in low light. The display light is the perfect color so reading the screen in low or no light is very easy on the eyes. The audio quality is very good. Receive signals are easy to understand and solicited audio reports were favorable. There is really only so much you can say about a 2 Meter only HT but Kenwood did a good job with this one, I'll be keeping mine for a while.
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