|Item Weight||13.1 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.3 x 1.6 x 5.5 inches|
|Item model number||TH-D72A|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required.|
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Kenwood TH-D72A 144/440 MHz Handheld Amateur Transceiver w/ 1200/9600 BPS Packet TNC, Built-in GPS, Echolink Ready, 5 Watts
- Built-in high-performance GPS receiver APRS firmware equipped as standard USB (Mini-B) port (USB PC Programming cable included) Kenwood MCP-4A PC Programming Software
- Kenwood Sky Command System II Compatible with ARRL "Travel Plus" for Repeaters Simple node access with EchoLink memory DX Cluster Tune (Packet Cluster)
- Built-in 1200/9600 bps TNC compliant with AX.25 protocol Long operating hours (high-capacity battery included) 1000 Memory Channels Stand-alone digipeater
- Enhanced operating ease and visibility MIL-STD810 & IP54 weatherproofing Weather Alert/RX (US only)
- Power-on message Cross-Tone
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Featuring the SiRFstar III high-performance GPS receiver, Kenwood's TH-D72A dual-band transceiver is compatible with APRS data communications. Offering position and weather information, the TH-D72A opens up broad new vistas of outdoor enjoyment, especially for activities like trekking.
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I bought the external speaker/mic. The buttons on it can be mapped to any function. The programming software can import from other formats. All the functions can be setup using the software and sent to the radio. You can use the same programming cable and do packet radio as well.
I have setup APRS and used it when going back and forth to work. It operates well. Some say the battery life is shortened with GPS and APRS running and beacon mode on. I think it is shortened some but not as bad as I thought. It is always a good idea to have a second battery on hand-just in case.
I would highly recommend this radio. I have used Kenwood in the past. They have been great. This one is the best by far. I may get more and set them up for APRS to keep in cars to track them if they get stolen.
Update: A note on the backup battery, for some reason Kenwood made it a touch difficult to remove and replace the battery. You will need a very small bladed screwdriver or something else thin but stout. It could be a part of the weather proofing of the radio. I will take that over a ruined radio.
Operation is a little clunky, but easy to learn. The menus and operation are almost identical to the Kenwood TM-D710GA, which I have as a mobile unit. If you are familiar with operating that radio, this is basically the handheld version of it.
Not a big fan of the belt clip. It’s solid and I trust it, but other handhelds have a lever that lets you move the clip away from the radio when putting it on a belt. This one is stiff and doesn’t have a lever.
Very pleased with the ease of use, extensive features, and performance. Highly recommended.
Now as for this Achilles heel I mentioned, the antenna mount, it is cheap, it is fragile, appears to be made of pot metal, and under any sort of duress (including attaching an antenna) it will break, and effectively render the radio useless. I've contacted Kenwood about the matter, and if the radio can be repaired with a higher quality part (even if the warranty winds up being a struggle) this will be updated to a 5 star review.