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Difference between tk-830 and tk-830(g)

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I am pretty sure that the G indicates that it will do narrowband.
 

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I found conflicting information on this topic. I have a TK-860H, and according to the brochure from Kenwood, it is narrowband compliant. Keep in mind this is an older unit and was in service for years before I got my hands on it. My point is the G is probably just a newer model?! Again, just my observations.
 

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I found conflicting information on this topic. I have a TK-860H, and according to the brochure from Kenwood, it is narrowband compliant. Keep in mind this is an older unit and was in service for years before I got my hands on it. My point is the G is probably just a newer model?! Again, just my observations.
With this model, again, a TK-860H will not do narrowband. A TK-860HG will do narrowband. In this case two different radios with different programming software.

This is back when manufactures were gearing up for narrowband compliance. Kenwood took an existing model and updated it to narrowband capable such as the TK-830/TK-830G (latest version software required for "G" version). In the case of th TK-860, the whole radio was redesigned (ala TK-880 style). Look at the buttons, older ones are black and the Gs have white buttons. They did keep the model number though with the G suffix.
 

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Well hers the deal: first a link to the kenwood brochure in pdf format showing a model with black buttons, and specifying the wide/narrow capability. Second, I put my TK-860H with black buttons on the bench, and loaded up my programming software, and went in, selected narrowband for all my channels, and wrote it to the radio. Also, a call to my local Kenwood dealer confirms that the TK-840's, 860's, 880's are all narrowband compliant. It has nothing to do with the G model spec. So lesson- don't believe all you read on the internet. Frank KB0YYE
 

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Transition models, those that were upgraded from wide only to W/N, were given the G suffix. This is true with the 830. Any TK-X30 model without the G will not do narrowband by programming.

OK, so I checked and yes the TK-860 is programmable W/N. I eat crow. Maybe this model was always made that way and Kenwood did not add the G until they redesigned the radio. Weird.

The TK-880 has no G model. Radios of this vintage and later were all W/N from the start of production so no identifier was needed.

The TK-840 is older and the radio/software doesn't support changing the bandwidth. You could order a narrow 840, but this was determined by how the RF board was built.
 
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