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Kenwood TK-2160/TK-3160

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pogbobo

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my 3160 continues to be my favorite hand held ...

easy to program, even easier to use ... and it's tough enough to take my abuse lol

so if you are calling ME a dummy ......... then yes :D
 
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yes, in the programming software you can enable and disable, cloning, field programming and other settings. It will be in the options menu. Just a little box you check.
 

pogbobo

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that's a neat trick ... field programming a portable radio that has absolutely no buttons (other than the PTT and 3 side function buttons) or even a display :twisted:

maybe you are confusing the 3160 with the 3180 ?

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Now I was kinda wondering how that was done myself......I have used Kenwoods before they had the buttons on the top A and B, kinda a pain in the butt to Field Program the BK is way easier. But for the price difference I am willing to learn. But any radio that I have has to be field programmable or it might as well be a brick. I can't lug a laptop up a mountain side to reprogram...lol
 

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I was totally thinking x170 portables here.

The x170, x180, x90, and 5x10 portables can be face programmed. The x180 series requires a trip to the dealer for an "upgrade".
 

kf7eup

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TK- 3160 Question

Hello I have reciently aquired the software and programming cable for the tk-3160 but i can't seem to figure out how to program it . can any one help?
 
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kf7eup, it is simple once you get the hang of it. What are you having problems with? feel free to email me with questions. my user name @yahoo.com
 
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