Kenwood TM-D700A

Mobile VHF/UHF Transceiver

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The advanced Kenwood TM-D700A dual bander allows you to harness APRS, GPS and SSTV technologies to provide world class communications. The new-generation mobile transceiver features a built-in TNC to offer a wide range of data communications options including simple packet operation using the AX.25 protocol. But above all the TM-D700A is fully equipped to make the most of APRS - Automatic Packet/Position Reporting System. And it can employeed as part of Kenwood’s Skycommand System II+ when used with the TS-2000 series. You will also enjoy wideband receive 118 MHz to 1.3 GHz (cellular blocked). This radio includes the MC-53DM DTMF backlit hand mic.

Terminal Interfaces: TNC AX.25 Level 2, Version 2, RS232C (9600/19200/38400/57600 bps), and GPS NMEA: RS-422 (4800 BPS), NMEA 96 RS232C (9600 BPS)

General characteristics

HAM bands
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Frequency stability
± 5 p.p.m.
Tuning steps
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Receiver

RX-range
136-524 / 800-1300 MHz (less cellular)
Modulations
AM   FM  
Sensitivity
Less than 0.16 µV (VHF/UHF)
Selectivity
-6 dB: More than 12 kHz
-40 dB: Less than 28 kHz
Filters
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Receiver system
Double Super Heterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 38.85 MHz (VHF), 45.05 (UHF)
2nd: 450 kHz (VHF), 455 kHz (UHF)
Image rejection
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Audio output
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Transmitter

TX-range
144-148 / 430-450 MHz
Modulations
FM  
RF-Output
High: 50/35 W, Medium: 10/10 W, Low: 5/5 W

Connections

Antenna
N-type
Impedance
50 Ω
Other
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Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
1 A max
TX
11.5 A max

Physical

Manufactured
Between 2000 and 200x in Singapore
Dimensions (w×h×d)
140 × 40 × 195 mm (5.51 × 1.57 × 7.68 in) Panel: 140×60×34 mm
Weight
1.40 kg (3.1 lbs)
Form factor
Mobile

Other features

Memories
200 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
APRS
Auto repeater offset
Band scope
Built-in TNC 1K2/9K6
DTMF hand mic
DX-info
Dual display
PBBS
Packet 1200/9600 TNC
Remote head
Skycommand System II
Twin RX
Accessories
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MPN
KENWOOD-TM-D000700A

Reviews & stories

An unfair review since I also own a D710

Kenwood TM-D700A, Mobile VHF/UHF Transceiver

Before buying two second hand Kenwood TM-D700 rigs, I owned its replacement, the TM-D710. I was planning on buying another TM-D710 when I found a pair of D700s for sale and figured that two rigs were better than one.

The D700 is still a great rig for general APRS and dual band use. My main dislike is that power settings are not saved in memory, but I think that is normal for Kenwood radios.

The APRS functions are a little hard to use, because you must hold the function key for 2 or 3 seconds to change the buttons to do their APRS functions, so, for example, to send an extra beacon, you have to hold function for 2 - 3 seconds, then press bcon, then hold function for 2 - 3 seconds, then press bcon again.

Don't let anything in this review stop you from buying a second hand Kenwood TM-D700 for a reasonable price. It is still one of the better ways to get onto APRS, and on the used market, considerably less expensive than the TM-D710.

Written by NE3R on Apr 4, 2009

Overall
 
Performance
Build quality
Features
User friendliness
Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2008
USD 350.00

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Kenwood TM-D700A is around:

  • USD 87.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2008 USD 350.00 Used / Good NE3R

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