[amsat-bb] Kenwood TH-D74A for Satellite Work

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Mon Oct 31 00:29:11 UTC 2016

Hi Les!

I bought a TH-D74A when they became available at the Phoenix HRO
store just over a month ago. Unlike what was being said at Dayton
earlier this year, the TH-D74A is not capable of cross-band full-
duplex operation like the TH-D72 and TH-D7 HTs. With that said, the
HT has a lot going for it, like also including the 222 MHz band and an
all-mode receiver from the TH-F6A, D-Star (this appears to work very
similar to how Icom's ID-51A operates in D-Star mode), an audio
recorder, and more. Dave KB1PVH listed the link where I have been
posting my comments about this radio as I have used it on the satellites.
The packet/APRS functionality is also good, but with the ISS packet
station down and NO-84's digipeater only activated infrequently, it
may be a while before packet is available via satellite.


Twitter: @WD9EWK

On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 11:37 PM, Les Rayburn <les at highnoonfilm.com> wrote:

> I’m sure this must have come up before, but unfortunately I missed the
> discussion.
> Curious if anyone on the list has tried the new Kenwood TH-D74A for
> satellite work on the FM birds? Is the rig truly dual-band like the TH-D72A?
> 73,
> Les Rayburn, N1LF

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