|I like Kenwood radios and I like Standards, so, I may be a little biased.|
I bought my 631A from a good friend sometime in 1994, it was lightly used and it went right into the car for the next two years or so. Due to how I had it mounted, the one coax pigtail developed a separation from the ouput and 220 went dead. In my rush to get back on the air, I bought an Azden 220 rig to replace it in the car (you see, I am a 220MHz FREAK). After troubleshooting and finding the problem and correcting it, the 631A was back in service, but I decided to make it the base radio, where for the next ten plus years it has served perfectly mounted on a power supply. Last year, I decided to put it back in the car, after a hiatus of 5 years from ham radio alltogether, and it is playing like it never quit. Same Diamond dual band ant I had 15 years ago, signal reports through the roof and has the ears of a bat. There is no way I could be any less pleased with my radio.
Aside from the ant connection, the only other failure was the memory battery, that was taken care of easily, and now, after over 17 years of ownership, there is one LCD giving up in the sub band memory channel indicator.
When this radio gives up the ghost, it will owe me nothing, and I will surely lament my loss, it's a great rig, even in 2011 it does all most folks need it to do.
Oh, yeah, the cross band repeat works great, just takes some getting used to, and really, who needs it?