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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kenwood TH-F6A Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TH-F6A
Kenwood TH-F6A Reviews: 268 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $425.00
Description: Compact triband H.T. (144/220/440) with dual receive, wideband receiver (Longwave through 1.3 Ghz), SSB/CW rcv. Bar antenna for A.M. broadcast reception. 5 watts all bands.
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W5CSM Rating: 5/5 Jul 14, 2016 13:11 Send this review to a friend
My First Radio, I still have an use  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this HT for 11 years. Intuitive to use, functions are easy to access once you are familiar with the buttonology. After all of these years, the OEM battery still provides reasonable power, all things considered. The buttons while small, are very easy to operate and markings have endured well.
IW2BSF Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2016 06:47 Send this review to a friend
VERY NICE radio !!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm a big fan of Kenwood, I had the old TH-77, TH-78 and the legendary TH-79 and now this little gem! What about a really great radio! I have buy this radio 1 years ago and work well.

One problem perhaps from a colleague complained that sometimes does not turn on or does not go on batteries, the causes can be two and are different: can 'be the 12 volt DC J1 connector exterior and' defective and does not switch and you change with $ 2 expense of replacing it, or you burn one of three internal fuses, usually one called F1, in my guide in Italian (use google translate) find patterns and how to fix it by yourself without assistance or send him to spend too much money!

My guide on the gearbox connector or fuse here in my web site:

excluding internal antenna BAR and connecting an external dipole will really make the DX beautiful in the HF bands, and 'sensitive enough. For those who are 'skeptical can see some tutorial videos on HF receiving my website here:

Best 73 de Rudy - IW2BSF
WA6KQN Rating: 4/5 Jan 24, 2016 15:28 Send this review to a friend
Sensitivity  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had the radio for many years. This is more in nature of a question than a review! My TH-F6A hates
to be anywhere near a TV, VCR, Fluorescent lighting,
computers etc. It is impossible to squelch when
exposed to this type of radiation. I just wonder if
anyone else has this problem?
Other than this annoyance, it is a great radio and
I would recommend it to anyone wanting an HT.
AA5AZ Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2015 12:25 Send this review to a friend
Works like the proverbial charm  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm not sure why anybody would have anything bad to say about this radio. Kenwood markets this radio as a good radio for starters. It was my first radio. It is also the first radio for about three of the guys I have Elmered and another four people I know personally. When I try to recommend to people a good first HT, I talk about everything from the Chinese radios all the way to the big three. They always look at the features and the price and go with the Kenwood TH-F6a and I've actually tried to talk some into an Icom just so somebody around me would have one for me to hold and see.
You won't be disappointed.
KM9Q Rating: 2/5 Jul 12, 2015 13:29 Send this review to a friend
I would not buy again  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this radio a few years ago, and did not research it very much before buying it. I will never again repeat this mistake.

This radio has two things that I find unacceptable.

1. Mic gain is not adjustable. TX is in the mid to lower range of normal FM deviation, but I like my FM deviation a little louder than this. Do we all speak at the same volume level? No. Why on earth do radio manufacturers make some models with no adjustable mic gain?

2. The alkaline battery pack available from Kenwood, last time I checked, does not allow the full 5 watts on TX. Best I remember it is about a half watt max. Hopefully some aftermarket alkaline battery pack is available. After all, during an extended power outage, alkaline batteries may be your only power source.

I only use the radio now to listen while at work sometimes.

I will never again buy any radio that does not have an adjustable mic gain.

The only positive things about this radio that I can think of is it's extended RX, the ability to monitor SSB, and the ability to TX full power on the 220 MHz band, assuming of course that you are using the rechargeable battery or cig lighter adapter, and that's about it.
WB5LFV Rating: 5/5 Mar 5, 2015 13:20 Send this review to a friend
excellent radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
this is a great little radio it has all mode receive with usb/lsb capability and from 100khz to 1300mhz so you can hear a lot of stuff on this little wonder! it also has 2,1 1/4, and 70cm transceiver. I use a sma connector with a long wire soldered on so it helps it hear the hams plus all the shortwave stations! I can assure you this gives you a lot over the $39 ht's and in a small package! this is a great buy and is the only ht ever made with this kind of receiver built in! so go buy one and see for yourself! :)
AE9C Rating: 5/5 Feb 15, 2015 10:04 Send this review to a friend
Some Cheper,, None Better  Time owned: more than 12 months
Nice size,,3 Bands,,Extended Receive,,Great Audio..Sweet !!!
W8STU Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2014 13:51 Send this review to a friend
GREAT HT  Time owned: more than 12 months

KK4MRN Rating: 5/5 Jun 18, 2014 15:07 Send this review to a friend
My first ham radio was a great decision  Time owned: more than 12 months
I got licensed in November 2012 and I bought my first ham radio in March 2013. I had many months to read about all the radios out there.

Many hams suggested that I get a radio that has at least 2 bands, such as, 2m/70cm. Plus, I wanted a wide-receiver that could receive other ham bands, shortwave broadcast, AM broadcast, FM broadcast, etc.

I cut a 66 foot hook up wire and strung it around my bedroom. I was able to hear people talking on various HF bands. I played with the various modes and the bands.

Very fun.

The radio is tough - I have dropped it so many times - including on the hard concrete. The worse thing that happens is the battery pops off. You just pop it back on.

The downside is that you get no warning your power is low unless you keep checking the power.

By yourself another antenna like a Diamond or Comet antenna which performs much better than the rubber duck. Or build yourself an Ed Fong J-Pole antenna for 2m/440.

By the way, the 222 band is alive. I have made many contacts on a 224.42 repeater where i live.

I do not have another HT to compare against, but I can say that this radio is a very good radio that I still use.
WA2CLP Rating: 5/5 Nov 30, 2013 15:56 Send this review to a friend
Great Little Radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought this little radio Oct 29th and have been enjoying it ever since.

I had looked at the various radios and decided on the TH-F6 simply because it has an all mode general coverage receiver, 220 Mhz and it's a Kenwood.

My first signal report on this radio simply put was, "Nice Audio!"
There are a number of repeaters on 220 and other hams are glad to find someone new to talk to on an under utilized band. Also there is a local IRLP node on that band that welcomes new activity. After all it wasn't so long ago that we were giving away part of 220 Mhz to Unite Parcel: Did they ever use it??

If you want this radio I would recommend buying the soft case SC-15. You won't have any worries about scratching up the display with the case on. (Doorways & other tight places) The case has a nice sturdy belt clip that's not going to break anytime soon. I'm currenly planning to buy an extra OEM battery, a couple of dc cables and either a speaker Mic or headset. I had 30 days to purchase an extended warranty which I now have.

As for antennas I have 3 Smiley mono band Super Sticks and they work great: I mean really great when fully extended. Just don't bend them because they are not as flexible at the base as they appear. The stock antenna is fine for "around town" and seems to favor 440 Mhz. I really enjoy tuning around 450 to 476 Mhz with the F6A as there is a lot of police activity around the region to listen to. (Weekend Entertainment). Warning! The 2 meter Super Stick is heavy and looks like a fishing rod but it works fantastic!! ++

One nice feature of the TH-F6A is 'Visual Scan.' If you're looking for new stations you can see them on the display Up & down the dial as you tune around. You also can scan for PL tone on receive as well.

As for the general coverage recevier: Don't expect to hear anything on the stock antenna. There is a feature to disable the internal loop below 10 Mhz and switch to the SMA and When I touched the rubber duck to my 4 to 1 balun coils, 75 meters came alive with clean audio & accurate readout on LSB. Stations were loud and CW is FB too using the "fine" tuning feature. (Nice!)

The interal loop works great but only on AM broadcast. I could just barely hear code practice on it from W1AW at 1.8025 Mhz so I plan to get an 18" adapter cable to go from SO-239 to SMA. In this way I'll be able to connect the F6A to my wire antennas. This radio is so much fun I can hardly put it down!

Oh Yeah. What don't I like about this radio? The volume control is on the bottom of the tuning dial. As you tune, the volume sometimes gets changed. Also you apparently can not program a separate PL tone for transmit & recive. There are 1 or 2 machines in the area that have that setup for whatever reason. Also it gets some intermod but only a fraction of what my old Radio Shack Scanner gets so it's not really an issue with the Kenwood.

There's a lot to learn about this radio. My plan has been to become familiar with the features and then get the software cable. I will buy the acc's at my leisure...

I would deinetly recommend this radio to any looking for an HT.
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