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The Kenwood TM-281A is a 2 meter FM mobile transceiver putting out a hefty 65 watts of power. You can program up to 200 memory channels (or 100 when used with names). The display has 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 helps to filter unwanted signals .

General characteristics

HAM bands
2m 
Frequency stability
?
Tuning steps
5 / 6.25 / 10 / 12.5 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 50 / 100 kHz
Memories
200 channels in bank(s)

Receiver

RX-range
136-174 MHz
Modulations
FM   N-FM  
Sensitivity
?
Selectivity
?
Filters
?
Receiver system
Double conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 49.95 MHz
2nd: 450 kHz
Image rejection
?
Audio output
?

Transmitter

TX-range
144-148 MHz
Modulations
FM   N-FM  
RF-output
65 W max

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω
Other
-

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
?
TX
14 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
?
Weight
?
Form factor
Mobile
Manufactured
Between 2011 and 20xx in China

Other features

Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Alpha-numeric LCD display
NOAA weather alert
Illuminated controls
CTCSS / DCS
Accessories
-
RigReference ID
5519
MPN
KENWOOD-TM-000281A

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Kenwood TM-281 instruction manual PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
 
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Reviews & stories

Rating Title Submitted
Great RX receive! 3 years ago by rreh917
Great Build Quality and Performance 4 years ago by fmaxwell
Cheaper version of the TM-271A 5 years ago by Buzzard

New and second-hand prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the value of a used Kenwood TM-281A. Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Kenwood TM-281A is around:

  • USD 81.00 ~ USD 25.00

Price History Chart

These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2016 USD 95.00 Used / Good eBay
2016 USD 85.00 Used / Good eBay
2016 USD 138.00 New / Good fmaxwell
2014 USD 137.95 New / Mint Buzzard
2009 USD 80.00 Used / Good rreh917

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