Zero Retries 0002A - Special Issue - TM-V71A
The Kenwood TM-V71A "data" radio is currently in stock at Ham Radio Outlet
Disclaimer: I have no relationship (other than as a regular customer) with Ham Radio Outlet - HRO (or any other Amateur Radio dealer, distributor, or manufacturer). Thus I derive no financial or other benefit if you act on the information below.
Terse version - The Kenwood TM-V71A mobile radio has, at times, been reported to be out of production due to the worldwide chip shortage in 2021. As of Friday 2021-07-23, Ham Radio Outlet appears to have a reasonable supply of TM-V71As in stock. I have not talked to anyone at HRO about the status of the TM-V71A.
In my experience, the Kenwood TM-V71A mobile radio is a good choice for experimentation with data modes on 144-148 MHz and 440-450 MHz, especially faster data modes such as VARA FM or 9600 bps FSK packet radio that benefit from or require “flat audio”, such as VARA FM or 9600 bps FSK packet radio.
Flat audio is audio input and output that is not amplified or otherwise distorted to optimize for human voice, and thus more ideal for data modes. Most commonly, flat audio on a radio is available from the 6-pin MiniDIN connector that on many radios is labeled as “DATA”.
Thanks for reading!
Steve Stroh N8GNJ
Bellingham, Washington, USA
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