The Kenwood TM-281A is a 2 meter FM mobile transceiver providing a big 65 watts of power. You get 200 multi-parameter memory channels (or 100 when used with names). This radio is capable of displaying up to 6 large alphanumeric characters. And the vivid amber display may be adjusted to 32 levels of brightness. Also, the front panel and microphone keypads are both illuminated for ease of use. Many functions can be tailored to your preference via the easy-to-use menu system. Built-in continuous CTCSS and DCS rejects unwanted signals. This radio has NOAA weather channels built-in with automatic alert tone (1050 Hz) detection. Multiple scan methods are available. Other functions include 1750 Tone Burst, power-on message, reverse function, key lock, channel display mode, busy channel lock-out and direct frequency entry. The menu allows for easy control and selection of various functions. The 281A is Narrow band FM ready. The TM-281A is tough enough for off-road assignments and meets MIL-STD 810C, D, E, F and G environmental standards for vibration and shock. Compact 6.3 x 1.69 x 4.69 inches (160x43x126mm).
The TM-281A comes with illuminated DTMF hand mic, PG-2N power cord and mounting bracket. The MCP-1A PC Memory Control Software is available as a free download at www.kenwood.net.
PRICE = RM650
The Icom IC-2300H 2 meter FM mobile features a rugged design and an easy-to-read alphanumeric display. The large informative LCD may be set to green, yellow or amber. The receiver covers 136-174 MHz and the transmitter delivers 65, 25, 10 or 5 watts of output. The improved receive IMD helps provide protection from excessively strong signals such as pager signals. And the squelch attenuator (approx 10 dB) allows you to reduce interference from strong nearby signals. A winning combination for receive performance. The front panel has an oversized tuning dial is easy to grab while on the move and the large 4-level backlit display clearly provides key information at a glance. Memory channels can be assigned names for easy recognition and easy access. The IC-2300H supports three different scan modes: Full Scan, Memory Scan, Programmed Scan and four scan resume conditions.
Other features include: 207 memories, alphanumeric notes, 3-way priority watch and independently programmable Rx/Tx and tone squelch. There is an external speaker jack on the rear panel. The IC-2300H is built rugged and has a convenient front mounted mic jack. The supplied HM-133V remote control mic controls everything in the palm of your hand. Icom's exclusive Hot Keys lets you program the features that you use the most. The bigger backlit keys allow you to operate in low light conditions. Requires 13.8 VDC at 11 amps. A mobile mounting bracket, power cord and mic hanger are also supplied. Size: 5.51 x 1.6 x 6.4 inches 2.43 lbs. (140x40x162mm 1.1 kg).
RM820 (intro price)
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