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The Kenwood TM-281A is a 2 meter FM mobile transceiver providing a big 65 watts of power. You get 200 memory channels (or 100 when used with names). This radio is capable of displaying up to 6 large alphanumeric characters. This radio has NOAA weather built in with alert tone. Also, the front panel and microphone keypads are both illuminated for ease of use. Built in continuous CTCSS and DCS rejects unwanted signals. The menu allows for easy control and selection of various functions. The 281A is Narrow band FM ready.
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Posted by LARRY HAWKINS on 4th Nov 2016
SO HAPPY WITH THIS NEW KENWOOD , DON'T NEED ANYTHING BUT ANTENNA AN POWER , A LITTLE PROGRAMMING AND WORKING GOOD
Posted by Robert Vawter on 12th Feb 2016
Kenwood's great sound and very good output of 65 watts! Channels are easy to program into the unit. I don't have the programming cable and software. Don't guess I will bother with spending the money. I'm using a little Tram mag mount antenna and I can easily talk 30-40 miles. Just depends upon where I am mobile, of course.
Posted by Gordon on 19th Aug 2015
Kenwood is known for quality and this radio is no exception. I am sure I will get many years of service out of this rig.
Posted by Gene on 23rd Feb 2015
I have bought a few of these Kenwood for friend and myself. Everone who has one is real satisfied with them . One thing is the eassyand the front speaker makes listing a lot better.
Posted by KC0RRS on 15th Jan 2015
I purchased mine to use while my TS-2000 rig goes off for an overhaul (or burial - TBD). I intended to program it using the programming cable for all my other Kenwood radios, but NO. It seems they figured out how to sucker you into a very inexpensive radio which requires an outlandishly expensive programming cable (half the cost of the radio itself!). So, I resolved to program the radio from the radio directly. It took me 75 minutes to figure out how to program the "enter" key. Really? They couldn't include a hardware "enter" key? The menu branch for setting repeater tones is far removed from all the other settings, so programming repeaters is tedious, at best. Since mine sits on a tabletop, it takes two hands and 6-7 keystrokes just to change power output, and unlike a competing brand I used years ago, does not remember power settings with memory. Changing frequencies in VFO requires a keypress on the rig, and then keypresses on the mic. You cannot do it all from the mic. Go figure. Speaking of the mic, they just had to change the mic so I can't use the TS-2000/TM-D700 mic hook. Why? On the positive side, I do get great signal reports, even when dxing simplex. Plus, unlike another brand, Kenwood will stand behind their warranty, should that be necessary. It is why I now only buy Kenwoods.
Posted by Michael Kinney on 29th Dec 2014
After getting burned by some Chinese models I decided to try Kenwood. The 281 Mobile Transceiver is a real winner! I am now in the market for a hand held and you can bet it will be another Kenwood!
Posted by Marlin Adams on 15th Dec 2014
I always been a Kenwood fan and this radio is not a disappointment.
Posted by mark. on 8th Oct 2014
i had this radio only for a few days and still learning to use it,and program it.
however it seems to have a nice sound and fairly easy to program.
the radio feels rather solid and the mike feels solid and thick which fits my hand well.
i will up date this review in 2 or 3 months.
Posted by KF5ZSM on 28th Jul 2014
Seems like a good radio. I checked reviews and prices from several different places and decided that this radio, and MTC was the best quality for the best price. I wouldn't hesitate to buy again, or refer a friend.
Posted by ttomcat758 on 25th Jul 2014
This is the 3rd one I have purchased I have one in my camper and one in my truck. This one is going in the grandsons vehicle. I haven't had any problem with them at all. I like the easy programing and the small size also the front mounted speaker.
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