- Full APRS compliance using packet communication to exchange real-time GPS position information and messages
- Compliant with digital/voice mode D-STAR digital amateur radio networks
- Built-in high performance GPS unit with Auto Clock Setting
- Wide-band and multi-mode reception
- 1.74” (240 x 180 pixel) Transflective colour TFT display
- IF Filtering for improved SSB/CW/AM reception
- High performance DSP-based audio processing & voice recording
- Compliant with Bluetooth, microSD & Micro-USB standards
- External Decode function (PC Decode 12kHz IF Output, BW:15 kHz)
- Command / Control Protocol (ARFC, PC, Smartphone)
- Data Import / Export, (Digital Repeater List, Call sign, Memory Channel)
- Four TX Power selections (5/2/0.5/0.05 W)
- Weatherproof IP54/55 standards
The Kenwood TH-D74A is showing the way to even more capable and versatile amateur digital HTs. The model shown here made its maiden appearance at the 2016 Dayton Hamvention. This triband radio operates on the 144, 220 and 440 MHz bands. Supported modes include: DV / DV Fast data / FM / NFM / WFM / AM (receive). It is equipped with a built-in TNC (1200/9600) and provides APRS® (Automatic Packet/Position Reporting System) and there is an integrated GPS! It will also support D-Star with superior audio. It is Bluetooth compliant and supports microSD and Micro-USB. Receive frequency ranges include: 136-174, 216-260, 410-470 [A] and 0.1-524 [B] MHz.
Lots of features and easy to use.
Im new to the hobby so theres lots I cant comment on yet but this radio has an enormous amount of features and lets you get on 3 bands out of the box. Again I am new, and this was my first ever radio, and I have had no problem figuring out how to program the radio just using the keypad, no need for software or computer cables. The rubber duck antenna it comes with is decent but I upgraded to a whip and gained a substatial amount of reception. I really wish kenwood a stand up charger in the box. Only one AC adapter so even if you buy an extra battery, it has to be attached to the radio to charge so you can't be using it at the same time. My one other gripe would be the 1800 mah battery. It lasts as long as they say it does but a 2500 or higher would be really nice and less cycles on the battery. Also obviosuly the price is quite high but with the amount of tech packed into the radio I think its money well spent, but i do think the details like a bigger battery an extra charger or even a case for the radios would go a long way in justifying the price for some. The positives far outweigh the negatives for this radio however. Im glad I spent the money even though Im new and still only recieving on vhf/uhf and some wideband stuff for now. But I have lots to learn about now and this radio will keep me learning for a long time I think. Also I have been dealing with Wilf Mulder over at Kenwood Canada as I had a few questions about my radio and his customer service has been outstanding. He answered all my questions, and if he couldnt answer he would get the answer and get back to me. He even showed me a picture of his TH D74 when I thought mine was malfunctioning to assure me that it was working properly. Im very happy with my TH D74.
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