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Kenwood programming TK-8160

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Jan 31, 2017
Hey guys, new to all this. Ive got 2 Kenwood TK-8160 X2 UHFs and im trying to program them to work with normal cb radios in Australia with KPG-99D (e) programming software. Ive put some of the frequencies in and i tested it out with a handheld cb and all im getting is a green light coming up and no audio when im talking into the handheld. Theres an 3.5mm headphone port in the back of it and it works with beeps but still no voice. I dont have the mics for it yet as i was hoping i could make sure it all works with cb before buying them. I have no idea where to go from here so im hoping someone could help me out.


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Jul 27, 2005
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It sounds to me like you have the QT or DQT decode set incorrectly on the receive side. This is the coded squelch function that will not allow the audio to pass unless the coded squelch setting on the TK-8160 matches what is being sent by the transmitting radio.
If this is set incorrectly, then it will do exactly as you are stating, the green LED will light to indicate the radio is receiving, but it will not pass the audio to the speaker.

As a test, you can set the QT/DQT decode to "None" and that should allow all received audio to pass to the speaker.

If that doesn't work, we'd need to look at some other things, but it's a common enough problem if you are not experienced in using the programming software.
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