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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Kenwood TH-K20A Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TH-K20A
Kenwood TH-K20A Reviews: 15 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $140.00
Description: The Kenwood TH-K20A is a rugged 2 meter HT with up to 5.5
watts of power and straight-forward operation. You get 200
memories and multiple scan modes are supported. CTCSS/DCS is
included. The TH-K20A comes with KNB-63L Li-ion 1130 mAh,
KSC-35S drop in charger, SMA flexible antenna, belt clip and
three Owner's Manuals.
5.5/2.5/1 Watts RF Output, Backlit LCD, Weather Alert,
Keypad Entry, Easy Operation, Internal VOX, 200 Memories,
CTCSS/DCS, Narrow Band FM Ready.
Product is in production.
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AC4SR Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2018 19:19 Send this review to a friend
Great No-nonsense Dependable HT  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Whether you are a newbie looking for that first rig or seasoned Ham looking for something dependable and simple; this is your rig. This radio is light, rugged, and very straight forward to use. Menu is simple and easy to navigate. Audio reports are excellent and receive audio has good quality when considering the size of speaker. Stock antenna works surprisingly well. There are only 2 things I would change, but they are minor issues. One is I wish the PTT switch was recessed or required a little more pressure. It seems really easy to accidentally kerchunk a machine when removing it from your belt. The other is I am not a fan of the SMA antenna connection and never will be. That being said, this is a fantastic rig and I love it. Would absolutely recommend.
NI4JM Rating: 5/5 Feb 4, 2018 05:16 Send this review to a friend
Using for APRS  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I purchased this radio for APRS use only so my review will be based on this alone. I am using an Android device with a home brewed cable that connects directly to the radios spk and mic jack. I must say, so far so good! I have had excellent results and I am more than impressed! Honestly I didn't have super high expectations for such a simple setup. I was considering a Baofeng radio because of the necessary VOX feature needed to pull this off without a TNC or some sort of external PTT. Based on reviews, I decided to spend a little more $$ and get this little gem instead. If you are thinking of playing with aprsdroid or aprspro, this may be the way to go. The VOX is very smooth, no chugging or long delay times like the baofeng radios. You can set the VOX delay to 250ms which is perfect. Transmit audio is clean and clear like a Kenwood should be. Also, there is a commercially made cable by btech the aprs-k2 cable (found all over ebay) which is made for baofeng radios for this exact use.. the excellent thing is that Kenwood and baofeng have the same mic/spk connector and pinout! Seems a no brainer to me.. Kenwood all the way! Feel free to email me if you have questions about this setup and I'll do my best to help out. 73!
K6NIK Rating: 5/5 Jan 17, 2018 01:00 Send this review to a friend
What a funcitonal HT should be  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
It's exactly what the average ham needs for an VHF HT. Extremely easy to program, compact yet fits my hand better than most HTs, decent battery life, and Kenwood HTs always seem to have the right shape body near the SMA connector ready for a BNC adapter to make full contact(I'm look at you Yaesu Ft60R)

Running a Diamond SMA to BNC adapter and a Smiley Stubby Duck, this thing pulls in weak signal better than more expensive dual band HTs, transmits clear and clean, and doesn't break the bank. (The stock antenna is no slouch, I'm just a big fan of the Smiley products.) Out of the box bone stock it does exactly what you want a VHF HT to be.
F5TIL Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2016 12:53 Send this review to a friend
Very good compact radio.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have TH-K20E version and i'm very happy.Compact,nice audio,easy to use.This 144 Mhz FM radio is perfect.
N1OFJ Rating: 5/5 Dec 11, 2015 12:49 Send this review to a friend
Excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Excellent audio. easy to use. Outstanding selectivity and sensitivity. The supplied antenna is more than suitable. I would buy another if I needed to do so.
N4XTS Rating: 5/5 Mar 2, 2015 21:29 Send this review to a friend
Thumbs up Kenwood!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
For a no frills but full feature 2 m HT with PERFORMANCE this is the ticket. Typical Kenwood LMR quality.

Where it really shines is the RX audio, LOUD and CLEAR. The display is easy to read. Keypad is spaced well, and like others have said, you don't even need to read the manual especially if you've used Kenwood rigs of the last 20-25 years.

Kenwood also gives away the programming software for FREE and uses the same Kenwood/Baofeng/Wouxun cables available for $15.

They actually include a decent lithium ion battery and drop in rapid charger in the kit. I like the nice spring belt clip, and the HT is sized just perfect, not a brick but not so tiny you can't use it.

Scan speed is FAST! And one of the first "big three" ham HT's that do split tone (different CTCSS/DCS on TX and RX).

The HT is built to last. Sure, you can buy a cheap "wallkie talkie on chip" China HT for less, but you won't get the PERFORMANCE, QUALITY, EASE OF USE and WELL WRITTEN MANUAL from those guys.

You get what you pay for. You can't get steak and ale for a pizza and beer price, this HT is the Ruth's Chris of ham HT's at a Longhorn price point.

AI6IG Rating: 5/5 Jan 24, 2015 11:16 Send this review to a friend
Nice Little HT  Time owned: more than 12 months
Nice HT, easy to set up and program without constantly having to refer to the manual. Now that battery eliminators are available through ebay and extra batts at different sizes are available at reasonable prices, this is a near perfect, light, and very capable 2 meter HT for day-to-day use.
W8MPX Rating: 5/5 Jan 11, 2015 13:45 Send this review to a friend
best reception 2 meter  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
This radio have the best ears with the original antenna don't worry buying another antenna you will wasting your money I have a kenwood D72 and bought a diamond antenna 50 dollars the TH-K20A will beat the d72 on reception with the factory antenna. The radio is plug and play, the audio is loud , if you only want a simple 2 meter with good ears and good audio this is the one my 2 cents 73'
VE2LAM Rating: 5/5 Oct 19, 2013 18:17 Send this review to a friend
Basic but user friendly like none other!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have had other Kenwood portables like the TH-F6A, TH-26, TH-28, TH-22, TH-K2AT, TH-D72A, and this TH-K20A stands very well against any of its predecessors. It stands very well against its actual competitors also (and one of its recent brother, the 72A). What I like about this radio?
Lithium-ion battery, cradle charger, charges in 3 hours, excellent tonal quality of received audio, plenty of volume, =>analog<= volume (no "notches" that gives volume staircase-style increments), no more "thump" in earphone when signal drops, very efficient antenna --no need to replace it with an after-market one--, the screen is in center and a bit recessed so less prone to scratches, keys a bit bigger than on the K2AT, nice back-lighting, lightweight, and it is slimmer and narrower than what Internet pictures shows.
it has a *very* direct-friendly-intuitive functions and programming interface. In fact I've not encountered this level of ease of use on *any* of the 70+ portables I had these past 25 years. Like said in another review here, most used functions have been brought up closer to the user, up front on the keypad rather than recessed in sub-sub-menus. Configuring repeater tones or CTCSS is a breeze, or even Tone search, out of other functions!
This is definitely a "grab-and-go" radio, and you can even leave the user manual behind you, being confident that even without touching the radio for 6 months you'll be able to program whatever you want in it, the user interface is a real winner.
Downsides are: no on-screen battery voltage / level, no memory banks / groups, plastic belt clip that is cheaper than the metal ones we had on the TH-22 / K2AT (and TH-D72A), a bit short battery life and, what else? ?.. i can't find other things! And remember, this is a ~150$ radio!
Kenwood: you've done a *very* nice job!
K4JFR Rating: 5/5 Aug 20, 2012 12:28 Send this review to a friend
Good simple 2m radio that works.  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Don't expect to be amazed by its features. It is a simple to use 2m radio. Easy to program (free download from Kenwood), charges the Li-ion battery quickly and just works. Feels solid in my hand but compact and light. Audio is loud enough and the display is easy to read.

I have used many different HTs through the years, both LMR and amateur. I own a VX8R, Wouxun, Kenwood, etc. This is a fine radio, especially for the price.
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