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Kenwood TK 880 blank screen???

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codymw623

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I need some help with this one. I have a kenwood tk 880-1 uhf 450-490mhz. I recently programmed the radio with my county's frequencies. The radio accepts the code plug with no problem. Now here comes the tricky part. When I go to power off the radio and power it back on it gives me a blank screen with just the Amber light in the background and a small p for priority. The radio displays no text and all the radio button are disabled. The radio will no transmit either. So I rewrote the code plug and retired it again. I powered off the radio and turned it back on again and it worked fine. The radio displayed everything that was programmed into the radio. But unfortunately when I placed the radio into scan mode and power the radio off A's on the same thing happened where it just showed the Amber background light and a small scn for scan. All the buttons where disabled. Now when I go to channel 1 in group 1 and power off the radio and turn it back on it works fine. Is there anyway or can someone give me some advice as why it does this or even how to fix this. I reprogrammed the radio and for right now and it seems to be working but not sure for how long.

Thank you in advance
Cody
 

wwhitby

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Cody,

If you PM me your email address, I can send you a codeplug that I have for my 880 that works as far as scanning, displaying data on the LCD, and button functions.

Since SCN is showing up on the display while scanning, it doesn't sound like an LCD issue. It sounds like you may need to take a look at how the display is configured in the RSS. the

As far as your buttons, have you checked the key assignment feature to see what keys are assigned to which buttons? Its possible to not assign a function to a button.
 

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I had a TK880 V1 that the display would just be all yyyyyy's when changing channels and cycling the power off then on. This is this what worked for me to make the radio behave normal. Originally I had programmed with 1 group with a bunch of systems IE repeater channels and simplex channels with in a single group then I reprogrammed one channel per each group and it stopped doing the lock up thing. If your still having that problem give that a try.
 
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When you power the radio up, does it display a ver 1.5xxxx message?

If so it has passport firmware in it, some versions of that firmware has had issues with conventional programing. Would need a firmware reflash
 
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