Yesterday, the new HT (handy talkie) ham radio I ordered the day before arrived at my home. I chose two-day shipping, but the radio made it here the next day, thank you, FedEx! It took me all of about thirty minutes to program the radio after a quick review of the user manual. Each manufacturer does things differently when designing and manufacturing, but there are always a few similarities between these radios.
Once programmed, it just needed a couple or so hours to top off the battery. You always need to charge the battery on a new rig before you put it through its paces the first time. So far, really good. I’ve compared it directly to the very similar Yaesu hand-held radio I purchased a few weeks ago. They are almost identical in received-signal sensitivity, the Kenwood barely edging the Yaesu out in that department.
That said, there are several differences in the method used to program the rig, and the buttons on the front panel are arranged very differently and have different meanings than do the Yaesu rig. Are you lost yet? I’m not surprised as this is fairly technical stuff to learn, but I have forty years of experience with many types of radio equipment from CB’s to all kinds of ham, or Amateur radios. Why we use the term Ham is still a mystery to me!
Visit the Kenwood Amateur Radio site.
Visit the Yaesu Amateur Radio site.
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