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Kenwood 2160 Problems

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Nov 29, 2009
I have Kenwood 2160 radios that I have been able to program with the KPG-82D V2.03 without any issues or problems. However, we have an older 2160 that I cannot read or write to. I took it to the dealer due to one of the side buttons needed to be replaced and had them check it for programming. They responded that they found no issues when run on program KPG-82D V1.02 I did not talk with the dealer about it at the time and thought maybe it was something to do with the broken button. Tried to program the radio when I got back and still I get a message to check "radio type" when trying to read or write to it. I would think that V2.03 should work with all 2160s but maybe that is wrong. I have looked at any list I could find on the net and nobody shows a V1.02. Does anyone know what may be the problem?

Thanks in advance,



Jan 9, 2007
hey Ken, what programming cable are you using? I had a similar situation with two 3160's ... one would read/write fine, and the other wouldnt do anything, no matter what i tried ...

turned out my knock-off cable was the problem, so I got a kenwood original/authentic cable (with the big 25(?) pin adapter, and the 9V leads) and poof, problem solved ...

just food for thought, take care
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