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Reviews For: Kenwood TM-733A

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held)

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Review Summary For : Kenwood TM-733A
Reviews: 34MSRP: 730
2 Meter/440 Dual Band.
Product is not in production
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VK2SID Rating: 2002-05-17
Excellent complex radio. Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just picked up the radio from ebay and probably made the right decision. The radio offers good sensitivity and selectivity and very sophisticated look and feel. The menu system, although intimidating, but offers unmatched features and flexibility. The VV, UU reception is a great advantage except that sensitivity is greatly reduced in such modes. Cross band repeat feature and ability to switch between external and internal speaker are very useful and well executed features.

On the negative side, I have noticed loud speaker thump when the squelch opens and when it beeps in either bands. I would appreciate if anyone knows of the fix for that.

Overall, a good radio with truely sophisticated user interface, a high tech look and feel. Kenwood service in Sydney is one of the finest I am aware of.
W0WT Rating: 2002-03-18
Very Reliable Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I purchased mine in Spring 1995 and until this spring used it mobile every day. I was commuting 200 miles per day (rural interstate) and some days would ragchew for the entire trip. Right now its in the shack and used every day. Extremely reliable. Also, it does have both bands monitored and displayed. I saw a clean unit at a hamfest this weekend and was very tempted to pick it up. (Asking price $300).

73 Warren (W0WT)
KC8PMM Rating: 2002-03-18
Good radio Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I bought it used and burned up the UHF board right away by dropping the antenna connector on the positive battery terminal of my base station backup power battery. Don't try that one at home. I was lucky enough to find another board and I'm back in business.

The crossband repeat function works well. Set the two frequencies, hold "F" for 1 second, and press the button furthest to the right with the symbol that looks like an "X" over it. To enable FULL crossband repeat, press the button that looks like the function key across from it to change the control to the opposite band from the PTT before enabling crossband.

I have had to disconnect the antenna to get out of crossband mode because all the buttons are "disabled" while the unit is transmitting. You could probably do it with the DTMF control, but I haven't gone that far yet.
N9ZLE Rating: 2002-01-15
Good Radio Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have owned this rig for more than 5 years now. The only disapointment I have had with it is the user interface. Too many functions per button. Press a button it does something. Press the button for one second it does somthing else. Press a button with another button something else. I fill like I'm playing twister with my fingers. If it were not for this I believe I would have enjoyed the radio more. Other wise it has been trouble free since I have had it. The Out of band mod was easy too. I never had an PL problems like others say they have had. If any one offers this radio to you take it, just make sure you get a manual, You will need it.
73s N9ZLE