Kenwood TH-D74A Review Updated 2021
KENWOOD has earned its reputation with the TH-D72A and now it takes it even further with the Kenwood TH-D74A. There are many ham radio brands and models that are good enough, but there are very few if any that can compare to this Kenwood radio. Especially if you are an advanced user then Kenwood TH-D74A might be the best option for you.
So let’s start with our Kenwood TH-D74A review.
The Kenwood TH-D74A is a special type of radio full of advanced features, that you don’t find on 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
This Kenwood has the advantage of a digital transceiver with many convenient features. First, it is compatible with D-STAR, this is an amateur radio communications network with voice and data mode. It utilizes operations including simplex, single repeater relay, and inter-repeater gateway communications both for local and international communications
It is compatible with the APRS communication protocol, which allows real-time two-way data transmission by using packet communications. Some of the other features are the sharing of GPS and local positional information plus message exchange.
The Kenwood TH-D74A features a color transflective TFT display that offers excellent visibility in day or night. It is quite user friendly with 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. Also it is compatible with Micro USB
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 includes IF filter for comfortable reception, a setting through the digital function menu, and a DV fast data mode.
Kenwood TH-D74A comes with a short user manual which is very helpful for setting up and operating this radio. It provides detailed instructions for all modes of operation like Scanning, DSP equalizer, IF filters, Multimode operation, Echo Link, GPS, D-STAR, APRS, Echo Link, TNC / KISS mode Packet, Wireless Remote Control, microSD card backup, Bluetooth and voice recording operations.
The mini-manual operating guide is durable and water resistance and it’s small enough to fit in a pocket. So you can have it together with the radio all the time.
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 special features that are not found in any other radio. Actually, you would need to buy 3 different radios if you wanted to have all these features otherwise.
To give you an idea it combines the features of the Kenwood TH-F6a (all mode HF receiver and 144, 220, and 440), the Kenwood TH-D72 (APRS functionality), and the ICOM ID 51 (DSTAR feature). On top of these, a digital recorder with extra data and audio cables to connect them all. So with Kenwood TH-D74A you might actually save money and space. Hope this Kenwood TH-D74A review has helped you make a decision on buying this advanced ham radio
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