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Reviews Categories | Transmitters: Commercial/Military/Marine adaptable to ham use | Kenwood TK-7102 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TK-7102
Kenwood TK-7102 Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $327.00USD
Description: Kenwood’s TK-7102/8102 VHF/UHF FM transceivers offer clear, reliable mobile communications and such features as QT/DQT signaling, phone/repeater access, and PC programming.
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KD8MSS Rating: 5/5 Nov 19, 2014 13:56 Send this review to a friend
Chirp works NOW!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Still only four channels, Still tough as nails.

You need not bum, beg, buy programing for this rig anymore. Chirp works.
VK2BEN Rating: 5/5 Jul 30, 2013 18:40 Send this review to a friend
A Hardy Performer  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this little radio deployed in a solar-powered APRS digipeater situation for over a year now.
It has been housed with batteries in an enclosure that sustains internal temperatures in the range of +5C to +50C (+40F to +130F) - never missed a beat (however, it does require a solid 12VDC power supply, which can be a challenge in some smaller, battery-operated deployments).

The VK APRS frequency is 145.175MHz, but I had no trouble programming this sub-146MHz frequency into the '7102. (I think mine is a 136-174MHz version anyway).

If you are a little short on space, this radio might help in that department as it is significantly less deep (front-to-back) than other commercial rigs such as the Vertex VX-3000/2000 series.

There are only 4 memories, so it is not the most versatile radio for hams. Also, the complete lack of VFO tuning means it really is a set-and-forget radio for a primary or secondary vehicle which only requires a basic radio link to the outside world.

Physically, the Kenwood is quite ruggedly built and is FANLESS - meaning that there is no cooling fan to fail under load.

Keep in mind, however, that this is a COMMERCIAL radio. This means that the it is not designed for long-winded overs on HIGH power settings. Land Mobile band users do NOT chat for hours like hams who engage in their local Medical Infirmity Nets. So the tiny heatsink - as failure-free as it is - will not support gasbagging (on high power).

As a digital mode/APRS radio, it is working very well indeed. The microphone input is an RJ45 connector and the mic circuitry is not overly de-emphasized or anything, which might otherwise hinder APRS operation.

KD8MSS Rating: 5/5 Oct 9, 2010 15:02 Send this review to a friend
Great little radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Tough as nails. 50W (146-174 MHz) VHF LMR that works on the upper part of the 2m Ham Band. The mike I have is made for the high noise environment as you must literally hold it to your mustache. Crystal clear audio and great signal reports when I remember to hold the mike quite close. While this is a bit annoying you never get the wind noise reports that others get with amateur mikes if the window is down.

It only has 4 channels. I set it up with two repeaters and 2 Simplex Frequencies 146.52 and a club Simplex Frequency.

Side by side with my TM271a Kenwood Ham 2m Radio they are essentially the same chassis.

An Elmer gave me this radio that he got at a pick a part junkyard for ten bucks. (Thanks WB8LAP)

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