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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Kenwood TM-2570A Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TM-2570A
Kenwood TM-2570A Reviews: 3 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $500
Description: Amateur VHF transceiver, 70 watts high power output. 23 memories
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KC4YLV Rating: 4/5 Nov 14, 2015 23:29 Send this review to a friend
Powerful rig!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Picked one of these up for $20 at a hamfest, as is my style. Shined it up and ordered the replacement pots for the flaked out volume/squelch knobs. Gave it to a buddy who consistently has a wonderful signal now. 70 solid watts on 13.8, good 55 or so on 12v lead-acid batteries.

PL encoder is weird - if you're good with an Arduino you can make a clone. It's a winter project for us.

Even without one, it's a simplex/packet powerhouse. Solid 80's Kenwood design, great interface. RX sensitivity is off the charts and the audio is splendid and full. It even comes with rubber feet, to set it on a desk, like a REAL RADIO!

Well worth 30-50 bucks at a hamfest if you can power it on and sweep the knobs. If you see one for under a hundred with the tone encoder, snatch it up.
KA2EEV Rating: 5/5 Dec 19, 2014 14:36 Send this review to a friend
AWESOME RADIO!  Time owned: more than 12 months
The TM-2570A is truly a superb mono-band 2 meter transceiver. Excellent receive capability with incredible sensitivity yet still super tight to reject strong adjacent interference like nearby intermod. Also has great sounding audio on receive and transmit. This rig is an oldie but a goodie and definitely a top notch winner!
DW7EVK Rating: 5/5 Jul 12, 2014 13:51 Send this review to a friend
Best amateur recieve and sensitivity for its era  Time owned: more than 12 months
odd that no one has added this VERY GOOD model from kenwood of 80's model, nor made a review of this wonderful product. this model comes in variants of TM 2570, 2550 and 2530 which the last 2 digits of the model number is the high power output wattage.

this was my first 2 meter rig and owning it didnt made me look for something else. during its era it beats the IC-28H in all aspect except size.


- BEST receive sensitivity and filter. absolutely NO intermod even my next door neighbor(transmitting 45 watts)is transmitting. no signal read and no splat whatsoever. can copy weak and dx stations that my neighbors cant copy even using the same coax, antenna and antenna height.

- solid built! and built like a rock!

- numeric keypad on the rig that you can press for frequency direct entry.

- high power of 70 watts than can even be trimmed up to 95+

- SUPERB thermal design; very large heat sink with a thermal controlled built-in fan. NO NEED for external fan/blower. accidentally left this rig for around 7 hours continuous TX on high power without external blower or fan. it didnt blew a fuse or anything. as if nothing happen(in a tropical climate).

- very basic functions that a NEWBIE can figure out even without reading the manual.

- lamp or backlight can be turn on or of by a button.

- it scans very very FAST!

- has frequency and function LOCK button.

- can save duplex offsets(and odd offsets) more than 1 in comparison to IC-28H

- has priority channel programming that alerts you when someone is transmitting(in the prio channel) even you are on another channel or frequency on REAL TIME. its like always monitoring that prio channel all the time even youre transmitting on another frequency.


- limited frequency range even after mod. 140-149 MHZ only.

if you have one or see one for sale and dont need to go beyond or higher than 150MHZ, grab it!
i regretted i sold my 2 units of this baby back in the 1990's :(

73's from Philippines!

- guilliam

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