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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kenwood TK-2180 /3180 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TK-2180 /3180
Kenwood TK-2180 /3180 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$750
Description: Commercial Portable
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N4XTS Rating: 5/5 Dec 9, 2012 23:50 Send this review to a friend
Great quality portable. too bad ham HT's aren't built this good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned both and without regurgiating everything already stated, the TK-2180 and TK-3180 are the best analog portables ever built, eclipsing the Motorola Saber for performance without the bulk and archaic RSS.

These radios PERFORM and have some of the best sensitivity of any portable analog radio. Not to mention the receive audio is not just LOUD but CLEAR. A display you can actually READ. A housing that isn't bulky but not some tiny plastic toy. And battery life? Even with the battery saver disabled in KPG-89D, 14-18 hours of RX with some TX is not unusual.

Transmit audio is phenominal. The KPG-89D programming software is some of the most well written LMR programming software I've ever used.
These radios are fully narrowband compliant, but many are starting to show up on the surplus market as unsuspecting users are being told they must go digital.

Pick these up if you can. You'll never want to use a HAM TOY HT again once you HEAR how GOOD these radio sound.

Now Kenwood, why can't you build a HAM HT this good? These radios make ALL ham HT's of current look and feel like cheap plastic crap from China.

I'd be the first in line to buuy a "hamflash" version of these. Yes, there is a rare firmware option called "Tactical Feature Set" which allows field programming on the 2180/3180, but it is not a VFO and programming isn't exactly intuitive.

KJ4MLM Rating: 5/5 Dec 28, 2011 06:19 Send this review to a friend
Great HAM/Commercial Radio!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This radio is excellent! I own the UHF version of the TK-3180 for use on the job as a EMT and for our local UHF HAM repeater. I payed $250 dollars for this portable shipped with mic, charger, and spare battery, What a steal! The band split is 450-470 however it works flawlessly out of that range... When entering a HAM frequency The software will say "RX/TX frequency is out of range" but you click "OK" and it will accept it. I made a video showing a demonstration of programming for the TK-3180 check it out:
KD0FLC Rating: 5/5 Nov 4, 2009 12:06 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Absolutely bullet-proof.... well not literally.

I use one of these for work. It fell off of my belt, fell 25' and hit a big rock next to a stream where I was working, the battery flew off one direction and the radio landed in the water.

Pick it up, dry it off, re-assemble it, and it still works. Not just that day, it is still working 3 years later! Original batteries!

I also use it for NOAA alerts and 2 tone paging.
K9TOD Rating: 5/5 Apr 10, 2007 07:33 Send this review to a friend
Something to add to previous post  Time owned: months
I had some time to play with the fleetsync ii messaging function this weekend and it works extremely well.
To send text messages you need to hook up a computer but to send pre-programmed status messages you do not. The status messages need to be programmed in and can have alphanumeric alias for each two digit status code. You can have up to 90 in the radio I think.

Well that's just swell you're thinking, only problem is you've only got one radio that is fleetsync capable. Not a problem. I have been playing with this by RECORDING the data bursts as I send it. Very simple to do this with a computer, receiver radio and rigblaster type cable. By recording the fleetsync II data bursts from my radio and playing them back over the air, I was able to send myself text messages that scroll across the screen. The L.E.D. blinks, radio emits an alert tone and the message appears on the screen then also stores it in memory which you can easily delete. It also shows the "you've got mail" icon on the display which flashes until you view the message. So if you step away from the radio, you come back later and discover you have a message waiting.

So what I'm getting at here is... you can create your own basic one-way dispatching or messenging program by simply recording the data being transmitted over the air.

How reliable is it? Let's put it this way, on more than one recording the system I.D. cw came on in the middle and blanked out part of it and it still worked when playing it back. I even recorded in Echolink software with the record QSO feature and it worked great even with the conversion to 8bit, 8000hz recording.

From a radio or computer you can send a message to a specific radio or EVERY radio in the fleet.

Think "Packet" is not encryption! None the less it obviously was intended for purposes other than amateur use. Not up for a debate here, just want to share about this radio.

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