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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Kenwood TR-7500 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TR-7500
Kenwood TR-7500 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 2m "channelized" mobile FM transceiver, 1w & 10w (adjustable).
146MHz to 148MHz (USA version), 144MHz to 146MHz (EU & Asian)
30KHz tuning rate with +15KHz switch with Optional tone board.
Manual TX offset switch, no memories.
Product is not in production.
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N4NTO Rating: 5/5 Jul 25, 2010 13:49 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Recently pulled this old rig out of the closet and set it up on 146.52 simplex, hooked it up to a 3 amp power supply, attached to an old Ringo Ranger on 15' of TV mast. My ham radio interest is rekindled! Great, simple rig! Good sensitivity, tight front end!
W2ABY Rating: 4/5 Sep 19, 2008 08:22 Send this review to a friend
Good rig!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The Kenwood TR-7500, which I purchased used at a recent hamfest for $20, works well to my honest astonishment. I usually work 146.94 in my area as a commuter net is done during weekend mornings and the report thus far is excellent audio on both ends. I'm a little disappointed thus far that I can't do repeaters on but I'm sure there has to be a mod for that. Also I wonder if there is a tone squelch tone board available for this rig? If not I figure I might just get a handheld tone burst unit or something like that to kick in such repeaters. Still I can't complain too much for something that cost a mere $20.
N3IDG Rating: 5/5 Aug 24, 2008 17:01 Send this review to a friend
tops  Time owned: more than 12 months
i got this radio at a fest for 20 bucks to use strictly for a 146.520 radio couldn't be more happy so simple only draw back is its frequency range
VA2EXE Rating: 5/5 Nov 9, 2006 12:16 Send this review to a friend
Solid rig with a tight front end!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my first mobile rig and I still have it!
The front-end is so tight, I have never heard any intermod come through.
Excellent audio with a Drake(Tempo?) DTMF microphone.
On 10watts it consumes less than 3Amps at 12Vdc.
I could safely run it on a regulated 12Vdc 3Amp power supply without bogging it down or getting too hot. (Try that with a new rig!)
The low power setting can be adjusted between 1w and 4w.
When you switch to low power, the light in the S-meter turns green.

OK, the channelized part got me confused at first but I figured it out.
It's basically a VFO that can only change frequency at a rate of 30KHz and only between 146MHz and 148MHz.
There is a +15KHz button you push to go in between steps.
The TX offset is controlled by a manual switch.

Mine had a case of bad solder joints on the board witch was later fixed. The ULI light (Un-Locked Indicator) would come on intermittently.
Also I had the "Reverse" mod done to it since I didn't have the tone board installed.

Excellent rig for a newby, backup or dedicated monitoring.

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