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Reviews Summary for Kenwood TH-F6A
Kenwood TH-F6A Reviews: 272 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $425.00
Description: Compact triband H.T. (144/220/440) with dual receive, wideband receiver (Longwave through 1.3 Ghz), SSB/CW rcv. Bar antenna for A.M. broadcast reception. 5 watts all bands.
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N7AY Rating: 5/5 May 7, 2017 21:42 Send this review to a friend
No Complaints  Time owned: more than 12 months
I get to listen to most of my ham buddies complain about their HT's not working right, it's this or that not working right it seems like all the time. I've owned this radio 2 years and I'm still looking for a reason to complain about it.

It's nice having access to the wide-open 1.25m band. The user interface is similar to my other Kenwood radios - that's very nice. I use it frequently as a simple audio check of what my HF rig is TXing - especially in digital modes.

Would recommend.
N2MDV Rating: 5/5 Feb 2, 2017 11:06 Send this review to a friend
It's a shack in a pocket! A multi-bander's must!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This HT is an absolutely no brainer! Tri-band full power on 2m / 222MHz / and 440MHz! The SMA tri-band duck antenna works OK, but to have it work better, get the Comet, or Diamond, tri-band antenna. Speaker is less than 1", but very loud and perky. Can load up to 400 memory channels. And having a QSO on low power 50mW can be done all day. Take this HT with you to a Hamfest with other friends with 222MHz HT's, and you'll have a band that you won't get desensed and over crowded with. Great Kenwood audio quality on RX and TX. Some have commented to me that they couldn't tell that I was on an HT. However, the "B" side on receive is where this HT is a surprise. Do you want to listen to what your stations sounds like on HF, 6M, 144.200MHz, 222.100MHz, 432.100MHz, 902.1MHz, and 1296.1MHz, in AM, FM, CW, and both SSB's? You can do it with this HT. Stuck in traffic and want to listen to truckers? Punch in 27.185MHz AM for CB CH19. Want to check out local AM and FM broadcasts? This HT does that, and has it's own built-in bar antenna for that. Put it to a wire antenna for all mode HF listening. The big minus of having an HT this wide-banded is easy front end overload and intermod suffering, even from out-of-band signals. As an HT, this is usually not a problem, but with a gain mobile and base antenna, it is. Programming is the easy Kenwood memory programming. If you have a Go-bag, this makes for the perfect Go-HT due to its versatility.
N1FDX Rating: 4/5 Sep 30, 2016 16:30 Send this review to a friend
Nice HT.....  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I've owned the F6A now for a little over a week and trying to learn and push it's limits. I bought it with the programming cable and AA battery pack. Owned 2 different Icom IC-T90A's, bought the first in 2002, sold it for IC-91a then bought another because I missed it so I am doing a bit of comparing. Maybe I should have bought the F6A instead. I was drawn to it for the extended receive with SSB and the fact that I've never had a radio with 220. The A band programmed with all HAM frequencies works as it should. The B band's extended receive and SSB is a great touch. Dual receive is usefull at times also. With the bar antenna I'm able to listen to CW on 160 at night and can even hear ARRL code practice on 80m at times. When I connect it to a full size antenna it comes to like, does suffer a bit of intermod but livable.
The reasons I only gave it a 4 is as follows, the memory group function doesn't make much sense. ( here is where I'm comparing to the T90) The groups are in increments of 50 which is OK, better if you can define there size however when you access a group you can scan within the group but if you use the tuning control the group doesn't exist, it just steps the memories in numerical order so I don' see the point of the group.
The light you have to command to operate rather than having an option that it illuminate when any function is access then times off.
The key-beep sounds when it stops while scanning, when you turn it off it's off for both the keys and scanning, don't see why I need it on scanning.
The case available in the U.S. is horrible.
All in all a nice small package with a lot of functionality and the price right now is pretty low.
AD1ET Rating: 5/5 Aug 14, 2016 08:35 Send this review to a friend
New to Kenwood  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
OK. Take the 5 stars with a grain of doubt. Brand new to me but. . .Programs with my Baofeng UV5Ra cable and CHIRP software without a hitch. Big plus. My nearest repeater is 26 miles distant but line of site. On EL power setting, 0.05 watts, it hits the repeater with the supplied rubber duck. Another big plus. Cost is now down to $250 at Hamfest. A really big plus. The B band with its full coverage of HF through 1.2 GHZ is just exceptional with SSB, CW, AM and FM. While not as inexpensive as a Baofeng, TYT, Wouxun, etc, all of which I like and most of which I own one or two of, it is still a very nice, feature rich, portable radio. I would also note that throwing out the supplied rubber duck might be a hasty thing to do. If you live in unobstructed country, the OEM antenna may be just fine. Check it out carefully before eating the antenna mushrooms and parting with lots of additional dough.
W5CSM Rating: 5/5 Jul 14, 2016 13:11 Send this review to a friend
My First Radio, I still have an use  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had this HT for 11 years. Intuitive to use, functions are easy to access once you are familiar with the buttonology. After all of these years, the OEM battery still provides reasonable power, all things considered. The buttons while small, are very easy to operate and markings have endured well.
IW2BSF Rating: 5/5 Mar 12, 2016 06:47 Send this review to a friend
VERY NICE radio !!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm a big fan of Kenwood, I had the old TH-77, TH-78 and the legendary TH-79 and now this little gem! What about a really great radio! I have buy this radio 1 years ago and work well.

One problem perhaps from a colleague complained that sometimes does not turn on or does not go on batteries, the causes can be two and are different: can 'be the 12 volt DC J1 connector exterior and' defective and does not switch and you change with $ 2 expense of replacing it, or you burn one of three internal fuses, usually one called F1, in my guide in Italian (use google translate) find patterns and how to fix it by yourself without assistance or send him to spend too much money!

My guide on the gearbox connector or fuse here in my web site:

excluding internal antenna BAR and connecting an external dipole will really make the DX beautiful in the HF bands, and 'sensitive enough. For those who are 'skeptical can see some tutorial videos on HF receiving my website here:

Best 73 de Rudy - IW2BSF
WA6KQN Rating: 4/5 Jan 24, 2016 15:28 Send this review to a friend
Sensitivity  Time owned: more than 12 months
Had the radio for many years. This is more in nature of a question than a review! My TH-F6A hates
to be anywhere near a TV, VCR, Fluorescent lighting,
computers etc. It is impossible to squelch when
exposed to this type of radiation. I just wonder if
anyone else has this problem?
Other than this annoyance, it is a great radio and
I would recommend it to anyone wanting an HT.
AA5AZ Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2015 12:25 Send this review to a friend
Works like the proverbial charm  Time owned: more than 12 months
I'm not sure why anybody would have anything bad to say about this radio. Kenwood markets this radio as a good radio for starters. It was my first radio. It is also the first radio for about three of the guys I have Elmered and another four people I know personally. When I try to recommend to people a good first HT, I talk about everything from the Chinese radios all the way to the big three. They always look at the features and the price and go with the Kenwood TH-F6a and I've actually tried to talk some into an Icom just so somebody around me would have one for me to hold and see.
You won't be disappointed.
KM9Q Rating: 2/5 Jul 12, 2015 13:29 Send this review to a friend
I would not buy again  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this radio a few years ago, and did not research it very much before buying it. I will never again repeat this mistake.

This radio has two things that I find unacceptable.

1. Mic gain is not adjustable. TX is in the mid to lower range of normal FM deviation, but I like my FM deviation a little louder than this. Do we all speak at the same volume level? No. Why on earth do radio manufacturers make some models with no adjustable mic gain?

2. The alkaline battery pack available from Kenwood, last time I checked, does not allow the full 5 watts on TX. Best I remember it is about a half watt max. Hopefully some aftermarket alkaline battery pack is available. After all, during an extended power outage, alkaline batteries may be your only power source.

I only use the radio now to listen while at work sometimes.

I will never again buy any radio that does not have an adjustable mic gain.

The only positive things about this radio that I can think of is it's extended RX, the ability to monitor SSB, and the ability to TX full power on the 220 MHz band, assuming of course that you are using the rechargeable battery or cig lighter adapter, and that's about it.
WB5LFV Rating: 5/5 Mar 5, 2015 13:20 Send this review to a friend
excellent radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
this is a great little radio it has all mode receive with usb/lsb capability and from 100khz to 1300mhz so you can hear a lot of stuff on this little wonder! it also has 2,1 1/4, and 70cm transceiver. I use a sma connector with a long wire soldered on so it helps it hear the hams plus all the shortwave stations! I can assure you this gives you a lot over the $39 ht's and in a small package! this is a great buy and is the only ht ever made with this kind of receiver built in! so go buy one and see for yourself! :)
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