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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kenwood TH-D7A/E Help


Reviews Summary for Kenwood TH-D7A/E
Kenwood TH-D7A/E Reviews: 23 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $429
Description: 2m/70cm dual band handie talkie w/TNC for packet and APRS
Product is in production.
More info: http://www.kenwood.com/i/products/info/amateur.html
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KC2EEK Rating: 4/5 Apr 16, 2000 00:33 Send this review to a friend
Kenwood TH-D7A - Nice radio, IMHO!  Time owned: unknown months
Certainly a nice radio. This replaces my old Yaesu FT-50, certainly durable but the egg-shaped nature of that rig makes it a difficult carry. Sure was nice of Kenwood to include a submini stereo connector to get you started with either the TNC or GPS interface.. note to others wiring their own serial interface: the manual has the TXD and RXD lines reversed, took me a while to figure out why the TNC didn't work right :) Audio is somewhat weak compared to the FT-50, TX audio seems OK according to reports. Get a case for this one, the plastic covering the LCD is exposed to scratches and such. Overall, a great radio, and excellent to have the TNC built into everything!
73 de KC2EEK
 
VE6SZR Rating: 5/5 Nov 27, 1999 04:32 Send this review to a friend
The Kenwood D7 is without an equal.  Time owned: unknown months
I don't know what can be said about the D7 that isn't already known. This radio has no other equal that it can be compared to. Its operation as a "standard" dual band HT is simply excellent and in that alone, it is deserving of a 5 star rating. However, this HT is much much more than an average HT. With built in packet operation and APRS firmware, this radio goes where no other has gone before. Those interested in APRS can stop searching for any other radio and know that this is "the" radio for them.
 
KR4YL Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 1999 12:19 Send this review to a friend
Not just your average dual band HT!  Time owned: unknown months
While the other manufacturers continue to release dual-band (2m/70cm) radios that aren't anything to get excited about, Kenwood did something revolutionary with their TH-D7A - include a TNC built right in! Hook up a GPS to the TH-D7A and you have a tracker for APRS use. Hook up a PC to it and you have a complete packet station that does both 1200 and 9600 baud. This radio is very easy to use - the menu system is intuitive and the manual is well written. This radio is responsible for introducing APRS to many more hams all over the world. In addition it can control the Kenwood VC-H1 video system as well as remotely control some of the newer Kenwood HF rigs.
 
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