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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Kenwood TM-541A Help

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AH6RH  Rating: 5/5 Nov 25, 2002 00:02  Send this review to a friend!
Right on!  Time owned: more than 12 months
The rig is sensitive and resistant to intermod. It's compact, light weight with a large heat sink in the back to dissipate heat.

It has only ten memory channels, and the microphone PTT switch is stiff -- requiring quite a bit finger pressure to key compared to the usual microswitches. However, it's still very adequate on the finger.

Combine it with a loop yagi (36 inches of boom length with a gain of 14 dB!), WIMO panel antenna or other directional antenna, and it makes an outstanding rig for simplex and passive repeater use. It's especially practical for emergency communications with outstanding coverage in metro areas bouncing off of man-made and natural objects. As presented at the Dayton 2002 forum, I routinely use the compact and portable setup for line-of-sight DX'ing well over 100 miles, and passive repeater applications with S9 sigs well over 150 miles. Just make sure you watch where you point the antenna!

I concur that it's a fine rig for 1296 MHz FM, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one. 
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