Please tell me how I can program my Kenwood TH-F6 handheld to work a crossband repeater split.
I want to listen to my repeater on 443.725
and when I press the key I want my handheld to transmit on 145.81 MHz
I know how to store 443.725, so all I need to know how to store a transmit frequency of 145.81 so I can hit my remote base station.
Thanks in advance,
Bob Haynes WB4AKA Valrico, Florida
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The Kenwood TK-3312e is a EU version of that handheld If you truly have that model# 3312e and not a TK-2312e.
Then you don't have VHF here the specs for the posted model# you gave.
Frequency Range: 400-470 MHz
5 Watt RF Output
128 Channels/128 Zones
Built-In Voice Scrambler
QT, DQT, DTMF and 5-Tone Signalling
FleetSync Digital Signalling, PTT ID and SelCall
1) are you within range,?
2) is there an obstruction between you and the repeater?
3) do you have the proper PL tome programmed for the repeater?
4) When you press transmit, is the correct input frequency displayed?
The HT1000 is a dealer programmable unit. The DTMF keypad on the front of the unit would be nonfunctional unless you were using it in conjunction with a repeater system which allows for DTMF phone capabilities. Otherwise it is just an extra place for dust, dirt and moisture to get in the radio. If you are working as a firefighter, it is highly recommended you get a holster to cover the front of the radio to prevent moisture from getting to the component board through the keypad area. As for telling if the radio is VHF or UHF, typically the 4th digit of the model number will tell you. If it is an R it is UHF; if it is a K it is VHF. Here is a link to a reference chart: http://www.batlabs.com/visar.html#5
You will have to have a vehiclular repeater that is in another band than the mobile so if your portable hand held radios are on UHF then I would advise a VHF high band repeater set up. It will have to be a cross band setup meaning it will recieve UHF and transmit on VHF and also the opposite direction. It will have to be programmed with CTCSS or PL of some kind to avoid interference and don't forget it will need to be FCC licensed for those frequencies if it is in the Business band. Some mobile radios can be wired up through a mini controller and run that way if it is compatible.
By keeping the PTT button pushed, if you get a rapid beep and the red led is blinking, sounds like a bad battery. Batt voltage is a nominal 7.5v. anything lower than 6.25v and the low battery beep starts. A rapid beep, and no red led blinking, an error in the transmit freq.