Kenwood TH-D74A Review Updated 2020
KENWOOD has already earned popularity and reputation with the TH-D72A handheld APRS amateur radio transceiver and now even further with the Kenwood TH-D74A. There are lots of ham radio brands and models that fit somewhere in between nothing and something, but none really hit the mark like this Kenwood amateur radio. If you are looking for a solid advanced user’s experience then this Kenwood TH-D74A review is for you.
The Kenwood TH-D74A is an amazing type of radio with tons of advanced features, unlike other handheld radios.
- Durable build, made of high-quality materials
- Simple operation in DR (D-STAR repeater) mode
- Built-in APRS allows real-time two-way data exchange
- High-performance DSP voice processing
- Tough weatherproofing meeting IEC 529 IP-54/ 55 standards
- Voice Recording (Files size up to microSD memory capacity)
- Built-in GPS and Bluetooth support
Main Features of Kenwood TH-D74A
Kenwood ham radio is packed with convenient features and the advantage of a digital transceiver. The radio is compatible with D-STAR, the amateur radio communications network that has voice mode and data mode. Both local and international communications are possible through diverse operations including simplex communications, single repeater relay communications, and inter-repeater gateway communications.
It is compatible with the APRS communication protocol, which allows real-time two-way data transmission by using packet communications. This Kenwood radio provides enjoyment of communications that make use of a variety of features, including sharing of local and GPS positional information and message exchange.
The Kenwood TH-D74A features a color transflective TFT display that offers excellent visibility in day or night. It is user friendly and has easily understandable pop up screens. It has an external Decode function (PC Decode 12kHz IF Output, BW: 15 kHz), a Command / Control Protocol, a CSV for data Import/Export, (Digital Repeater List, Call sign, Memory Channel). In addition, it has Four TX Power selections (5/2/0.5/0.05 W) and also tough Weatherproofing IP54/55 standards.
The built-in GPS enables use of external decoding software Bluetooth (SPP, HSP) and has an auto clock setting. It is compliant with Micro USB (Serial, Mass Storage Class and USB Audio).
Kenwood TH-D74A has a wide-band and multi-mode dual frequency reception with VxV, UxU, and VxU function with high performance DSP-based audio processing & voice recording. It has a setting through the digital function menu, a DV fast data mode and is equipped with IF filter for comfortable reception.
Kenwood TH-D74A mini-manual is an ideal short-form guide for setting-up and operating all the capabilities of this packed hand held transceiver. It has complete instructions for all modes of operation, including Multimode operation, IF filters, DSP equalizer, Scanning, Echo Link, APRS, D-STAR, GPS, Wireless Remote Control, TNC / KISS mode Packet, Bluetooth, microSD card backup and voice recording operations.
The mini-manual operating guide is smaller, faster and easier to use than the factory instruction manual. It is laminated for durability and water resistance, fits in a map pocket and is small enough to be kept with the radio. It is an essential operating accessory.
The Kenwood TH-D74A comes with different accessories:
- SMC-32 Speaker Microphone, SMC-34 Remote Control Speaker Microphone and KMC-45D Speaker Microphone.
- Earbud In-line PTT Headset.
- Rapid Charger and DC Cable & Power Supply
- Filtered Cigarette Lighter Cord.
- Battery Case (6AAA Alkaline Batteries)*Recommended for Low/Economic Low power mode.
- KNB-75L Li-ion Battery Pack (7.4V/ 1,800mAh) and KNB-74L Li-ion Battery Pack (7.4V/ 1,100mAh)
The Kenwood TH-D74A maybe pricey than other models of handheld ham radios on the market, but for that extra price, you are getting a radio with advanced features not found in any other radio. To match the features offered in the Kenwood TH-D74A a buyer would have to buy three separate radios. First, they would need the Kenwood TH-F6a for the all mode HF receiver and 144, 220, and 440. The Kenwood TH-D72 to gain the APRS functionality. The ICOM ID 51 for the DSTAR feature. Finally, a digital recorder plus data and audio cables to connect them all. This radio is ready to control the exciting developments in radio communications. Hope this Kenwood TH-D74A review has helped you make a decision on buying this advanced ham radio
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