[aprssig] Kenwood TH-D7AG Full Duplex?

Amir Findling K9CHP sarlabs at twcny.rr.com
Mon Apr 28 14:01:14 EDT 2008

The TH-D7AG will indeed do full duplex. I've used mine for satellite 
work quite often and it worked well, heading myself (on a headset or 
external speaker to prevent feedback) as well as the other parties on 
the satellite. You know the main shortcoming though, I hope. The battery 
you get is not the greatest and I recommend getting a spare from 
Batteries America (with the rapid charger they sell - no relations, just 
a satisfied customer). Nothing is more annoying when your battery dies 
in the middle of a satellite QSO...
Now you realize you'll also may want the programming cables, whether you 
make your own or buy them, still more money out of the kitty. The 
programming software is free though. OTOH, with the D7 you can do 
satellite/ISS APRS and it will also reflect your position on the 710, 
should you be going on a walk in the woods. So it will do much more than 
the old Icom, but at a price tag.

    * 73 de K9CHP Amir Findling, Member ARRL, WAC
    * www.K9CHP.net <http://www.k9chp.net>
    * Senior K9 Handler, Cayuga County Highland SAR
    * K9 Certification Tester, NYS Federation of SAR Teams
    * 1st Special Response Group (1SRG)

Joseph M. Durnal wrote:
> I have an Icom IC-W32A that I keep around mainly for working the FM
> satellites.  I like this rig because I can hear my transmissions on
> the 70cm downlink (more operators should do this).  Does the Kenwood
> TH-D7AG also do full duplex?  I'd like to get a D7 but as we all know,
> they aren't cheap, and considering that I just bought a 710, I think
> I'd get into a little trouble at home if bought the HT too without
> selling something else, so I'd have to sell the Icom, but I'll only do
> this if the Kenwood can replace it as my portable FM satellite
> station.
> Thanks & 73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
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