Saturday, January 30, 2016

Red Rose Rally Find - Kenwood TM-411E

I found a bargain at the Red Rose Rally a couple of weeks back here in Manchester in the form of a Kenwood TM-411E 70cm FM transceiver. The seller let me have it for a reduced price of £30 so I snapped his hand off.

It works exactly as it should and is in great overall cosmetic condition. Produced from 1984, this is a classic little 80's looking radio in silver/grey with blue accents. It came with the original mic in great condition and also a mounting bracket although it won't be being mounted anywhere. Designed as a mobile rig it is nice and compact and features a swivel front which goes up and down for ease of use. 

It doesn't have CTCSS, just the 1750hz tone but I only got it for a bit of simplex testing and not for repeaters anyway so this isn't really an issue. It doesn't have a speaker but has an audio output on the back for a speaker.

Frequency range is 430-440MHz, 5 watts on low power and 10 watts on high. I gave it a quick test with 3 stations. The first being 8 miles away, the second 6 miles away and the third 2 miles away. Great reports from all of them too!

Thanks for reading!

73's, Lewis M3HHY.

Manchester, UK.

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