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Is there anywhere I could buy one Kenwood TK-8180-K2?

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well on ebay right now theres a seller with more than 10 for sale but he has them listed as a tk8180 k. probably not the same thing
 

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well on ebay right now theres a seller with more than 10 for sale but he has them listed as a tk8180 k. probably not the same thing
Yep. The K version covers 450-510. The K2 is the version that covers 400-450 ham band. I bought one before on ebay on K2. But now the K2 version seem all sold out. I want to check if anywhere else has it.
 

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They were only discontinued by Kenwood in late 2019. You could try calling around to some dealers and see if they have a few hiding in stock.

But, yeah, used market is hit or miss.

The K2 will do 400-470, so if you just need amateur and/or GMRS, those will work fine. The K's are 450-520.
 

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the k will program 440-450 with no issue. I use for public safety and need 490 channels but have 440 ham in also and use a quarter wave antenna.
 

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the k will program 440-450 with no issue. I use for public safety and need 490 channels but have 440 ham in also and use a quarter wave antenna.
If the K version could go down to 440-450, that would work for me
 

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If the K version could go down to 440-450, that would work for me
They usually will, however component variations can make the VCO unlock at different points. You can give it a try, but down close to 440, I'd not bet too much money on it.
 

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I'd suggest the K2. I've had issues with some 8180Ks not going below 443 without unlocking, depending on the temperature.
 

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the k will program 440-450 with no issue. I use for public safety and need 490 channels but have 440 ham in also and use a quarter wave antenna.
I got a K version to listen on 445.3. It does work, but the performance is very bad. Transmit is just OK and seemingly less bad but still poor performance..
 

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I'd suggest the K2. I've had issues with some 8180Ks not going below 443 without unlocking, depending on the temperature.
If I could find a used K2, that would be ideal. I got a K version and it's out of band performance is poor.
 

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Just set a Saved Search on eBay. They WILL come up, just takes some patience. The H-K2s are the hens teeth. Only ever saw one, wish I never sold it.
 

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Sometimes Kenwood would run out of K's while waiting for the boat to dock. We would order K2's instead if they were applicable. They are out there.
 
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