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Kenwood TH-D74A TriBand D-Star HT APRS Digital *HURRY-ONLY 1*

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 Kenwood TH-D74A Tri-Band 2M/220/440 D-Star APRS Handheld


144/220/430 MHz TRIBANDER. Triband Amateur radio packed with convenient features and the advantage of a digital transceiver with D-STAR, and APRS support. Featuring a color transflective TFT display that offers excellent visibility during the day or at night. Built-in GPS and Bluetooth support, as well as Micro USB and microSD/ SDHC. This radio is ready to harness the exciting developments in radio communications.




  • - Compatible with the APRS communication protocol, for real-time two-way data transmission using packet communications. This stand-alone device enables the enjoyment of communications through a variety of features, including sharing of local and GPS positional information, and message exchange.
  • - Other station positional information, weather station information
  • - Station list, object compatibility
  • - Messaging functionality
  • - QSY Functionality
  • - KISS mode TNC
  • - APRS menu settings
  • - Compatible with D-STAR, the amateur radio communications network that has voice mode and data mode. Both local and international communications are possible through diverse operations including simplex communications, single repeater relay communications, and inter-repeater gateway communications.
  • - DV fast data mode
  • - Simple operation in DR (D-STAR repeater) mode
  • - Setting via the digital function menu
  • - Easily updated repeater list
  • - Kenwood proprietary sound
  • - Compatible with wideband and multimode reception
  • - Built-in IF receive filter
  • - IF output mode
  • - High-performance DSP voice processing
  • - Visibility display and user-friendly operation
  • - Tough weatherproofing meeting IEC 529 IP-54/ 55 standards
  • - Easily understandable pop-up screens
  • - Dual frequency reception (VxV, UxU, and VxU functions)
  • - Micro USB (Serial, Mass Storage Class, USB Audio) to enable use of external decoding software Bluetooth (SPP, HSP) support
  • - External Decode function (PC Decode 12kHz IF output, BW: 15 kHz)
  • - Voice Recording (Files size up to microSD memory capacity)
  • - CSV Data Import / Export, (Digital Repeater List, Callsign, List_Digital)
  • - GPS Logger mode (Un-limited Number of Data stored to microSD memory)

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Product Reviews

  1. An Amazing Radio! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Jul 2019

    There is a steep learning curve to master all of the functions built into this amazing piece of technology, but once you do, it becomes easy to navigate the menu and easy to use. Download the complete manual and do your homework and you will be rewarded with an outstanding handheld radio. I have been using a TH-D72a for several years which has similar menu functions but the addition of D-Star capability and the built in general coverage receiver is a big plus. This is an expensive radio but MTC’s excellent pricing made it easier to afford.

  2. Very easy to use one you know the Menues 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Aug 2018

    One you know all the menus it is really easy to do almost anything. The free programming app works really good and is a lot easier than the dtmf.

  3. Great upgrade from D72! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jul 2018

    Being a long term user of the Kenwood D-72, I feel the D74 has great potential.

    I have multiple handheld radios. I know the D74 lacks the durability of my VX-6R, VX-8GR, or FT1D radios. That said, I planned it to be a radio to use at home, or inside the camper, not on my belt.

    It was easy to setup, I was up and running on APRS in 20 minutes.

  4. Great APRS, D-STAR, and Triband Handheld 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jul 2018

    This is my first new radio purchase this in a long time. This is an "upgrade" to my TH-D7AG and I am having a great time with it. I have been active on APRS since the '90s and D-STAR since 2006. The SWL function is less than optimal and I wish Kenwood would make the D-STAR GPS format DPRS compliant (link a TX Message to the GPS message) (reason for 4 stars instead of 5). Other than that, I am very happy with the product. I am also extremely happy with MTC's quick order fulfillment.

  5. Takes a while to learn 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2017

    Love this radio! Lots of good features. The reason I give it only 4 stars is the owners manual leaves a lot to be desired. It does not cover all the features and those it does often are only covered partially. I was able to find another manual on line which is more complete.

  6. solid, mobile, and fully loaded 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Aug 2017

    have had this product for 1 month and cannot stop looking at it; it has very attractive utilitarian aesthetic and it walks the walk too. Ir recommend buying a removable screen protector to cover the screen as i have heard it can scratch easily.
    Has nice rubber ducky on it so no pressure to immediately swap out.
    Menu is extremely intuitive and friendly, meaning the radio wont explode if you click the wrong thing, easy learning curve.
    I'd buy it again, really friendly folks at MTC too.

  7. From the best handheld to one that is even better. TH-D74 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2017

    I loved the F6 Kenwood handheld that I have had for years, but then decided that it would be fun to have even more features in a handheld. The D74 does all that the F6 did, but even better. Add APRS and D-Star and you do have it all. Blue tooth for hands free operation, and a bright color display adds even more. I think the price is worth it for this handheld.

  8. WOW!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2017

    This radio is AMAZING! Still learning all the features... Careful, as with other Kenwood talkies, the display is a scratch-magnet. Get a screen protector from your local big-box store and cit to size before your display gets all scratched up!

  9. TFT Display with wideband RX, APRS, and DSTAR and triband 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2016

    Kenwood has raised the stakes in coming out with this radio. Finally, a radio, that has a wideband receive, that is tri-band, has DSTAR, and it has APRS and a TNC. This is the only handheld on the market that has these capabilities in one radio. Also, this display is beautiful and bright, especially for those of us who are getting older eyes. I have over 10 handhelds and this just became my favorite.

  10. Best HT Kenwood has ever made 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2016

    I've only had this radio for a couple of days. But let me tell you it rocks! Kenwood finally got on the bandwagon with Icom on the DStar radios and this one just blows me away. I have been using DStar since 2007 and I personally believe this is the easiest radio to use for DStar. Oh and did I mention it does APRS too? Yes this thing is an TH-F6 (does 220mhz), a D72 (does APRS), and an Icom ID51 all rolled into the same radio. It is a lifesaver as I don't have to carry three radios around to do the same as this one. Don't wait - go out and buy this thing. And also let me add - you can't go wrong by buying from MTC Radio. Richard always takes good care of you. And no - I am not a paid advertiser for him.

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