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Kenwood TM-281A 144 MHz Mobile 65 Watt

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Kenwood TM-281A 


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.


  • High power 65W output
  • Weather Alert
  • Large Front Speaker
  • Vivid Amber LDC display with 32-step brightness controll
  • 200 Memory channels, plus one call channel
  • 6 alphanumeric characters offers 100 memory channels
  • multiple scan functions
  • CTCSS & DCS Encoder/Decoder
  • U.S. Mil-STD 810 C/D/E/F/G


Dont Forget the RT Systems Programming Cable and Software $49.95


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  1. Great radio 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 15th May 2021

    I've purchased many of these radios over the years. I love them. Is it true these radios have been discontinued ???

  2. Easy to modify for APRS, and it works really well for voice to 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Mar 2021

    I bought one to use for APRS, there is a ham club that shows the way to put a data jack on it for linking to a APRS system. The radio works well for voice too.

  3. Great Radio 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Mar 2021

    Good working, solid radio for the money.

  4. Kenwood tm-281a 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Mar 2021

    These are good radios for years of trusting service. Very sensitive to antenna length and swr's.have started with 20 to 30 watts before trimming. So need a watt meter for best performance.

  5. Great mobile 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jun 2020

    My first mobile for Ham. I'm used to commercial mobiles and software. Easy to program with KW software and a $15 cable. Also not bad to do on front panel. Radio works great. I'm running a NMO mount with a 1/4 wave antenna, I get 20/50 out (25/65 advertised) with no reflected on my Bird meter. Would like to get that power up. Good radio though!

  6. Rock solid! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jun 2020

    I'm using this for an APRS I-gate. Radio seems well built and beefy. Menu is straight forward and easy to learn. A great value for the money.

  7. Great price! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Jun 2020

    The TM-281a arrived quickly, and was a great price! Perfect for travel or a second vehicle radio for me. I haven't fully tested it yet, but it sounds great.

  8. Simple 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th May 2020

    This is one of those radios that's so simple, it might seem imposing. But it works every time!

  9. great rig,easy to program,outstanding quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Aug 2019

    great radio,main trading service and super fast ordering and shipping!

  10. Strong Performer 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2018

    This is the third TM281 I've bought. They are reliable, easy to program, and a great all around deal. I like the forward facing speaker instead of a speaker on the bottom. The numbers and letters on the display is easy for me to see. these radios are quite rugged. I have one for the QTH, one for the truck, and gave the other one to a friend that is a new ham. I'll probably get one for the XYL too. Oh, and the programing software is FREE.

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