The Kenwood TH-D72A Data Communicator is equipped with a built-in TNC (1200/9600) and provides APRS® (Automatic Packet/Position Reporting System) and there is an integrated GPS! And the TH-D72A can employed as part of Kenwood’s Skycommand System II+ when used with the TS-2000 series. The TH-D72A also offers EchoLink® memory compatibility and a mini-USB connector for enhanced computer connectivity. Features include: 1000 alpha memory channels, 9 scan modes (VFO, Program, MHz, Memory, Memory Group, Call, Tone, CTCSS, DCS), 42 CTCSS frequencies, 104 DCS (Digital Code Squelch) codes, Cross-tone, Waypoint export, DX cluster tune, Clock (date/time), Band mask, Call channel, Monitor, Auto power-off, MHz mode, Selectable frequency step, Shift, VOX, Auto repeater offset, Automatic simplex checker, and DTMF memory (10 channels, 16 digits). New advanced innovations include:1200/9600 bps packet TNC,SkyCommand APRS Firmware, Stand-alone Digipeater, Built-in High performance GPS (with KML file support from the free MCP-4A software), GPS logging – memory for up to 5000 points of track data, EchoLink Ready, MIL-STD810 and IP54 weatherproofing, 1200/9600 bps packet communications, Kiss mode, Stand-alone Digipeater and the TH-D72A can even function as an iGate when properly connected! This transceiver is sure to make ham radio operations easier and more fun for all.
I own this HT and use it when I use the Sky Command while i'm outside. Never had a problem with it yet!
I've owned my TH-D72 for about 9 months. I absolutely love this radio. I get good audio reports for the FM, good packet reception on the digipeaters and igates, and contact the ISS digipeater with an aftermarket rubber duck antenna.
I have had the rotary encoder loosen within the radio body, which required me to partially disassemble the radio and tighten a brass fitting to prevent the encoder from wobbling within the radio body. That is the only mechanical issue I have had.
If there is a downside to the radio, it is the stock antenna. It appears to be very poorly matched for the radio, and I recommend getting an aftermarket (I use a Diamond) sma to bnc adapter to make swapping the antenna easier.
I enjoy the larger size of this HT; not only for the nice long battery life the larger battery can provide, but also for the spacing between the buttons. My large fingers wind up hitting more than one button on smaller HTs.
The menus are, for the most part, set-it-and-forget-it. MCP-4A program is free and very nice to program repeater frequencies, offsets, and tones.
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