• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Kenwood TK716H VHF Apartment Setup

Status
Not open for further replies.

2492

Member
Joined
Mar 23, 2014
Messages
11
Hello All,
I'm going to be moving into an apartment soon, and needed some help on Xmitting/Receiving. I was wanting to get the Astron ss-10/12/or18, specific for the 7160 and put a 1/4wave magnet mount ontop of the radio/power supply. I wont be able to put an antenna outside the apartment. Any Idea's or Suggestions?
 

MTS2000des

Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2008
Messages
2,985
Location
Cobb County, GA Stadium Crime Zone
NEVER EVER put an antenna on top of a power supply! EVER. First, you risk damaging the power supply from RF, second, you risk damaging the radio with a high SWR, third, you'll get crap performance on both TX and RX.

There are plenty of antenna options that are MUCH MUCH better for RF safety, radio and power supply preservation, and TX/RX performance.

A roll-up J-Pole can be tacked into a window and AWAY from you and your radio (other side of the room is ideal). Keep in mind, your 7160H on high power is rated at 50 watts. That is ALOT of RF near field to you, it may also interfere with your stereo, TV, cable modems, PC's and anything else within a few feet of the antenna. It would be ideal to put the antenna OUTSIDE on your patio if possible, closest to the balcony.
Or even put a small vertical in a planter and run the feedline through a window. If anyone asks, it's a TV antenna, and it isn't mounted to their building. Or just take it inside when they come over.

I strongly recommend placing the antenna outside if possible, "intennas" are a compromise and you will minimize interference to and from other devices. There are many noise sources on VHF spectrum in the typical residential environment these days. Getting the antenna outside and away from those sources makes for better RX and minimizes the chance of your TX interfering with something else.
 
Last edited:

mmckenna

I ♥ Ø
Joined
Jul 27, 2005
Messages
11,033
Location
SNCZCA01DS0
Indoor transmitting antennas in an apartment would likely mess up your neighbors electronics also. If you really don't have any other options, you need to get the antenna on a suitable ground plane. That could be on a file cabinet, a cooking sheet, etc. Still, it would be a good idea to keep the power turned down.

You'd really do a lot better by figuring out a way to get something outside. If you have a balcony, do like MTS suggested above.

For the power supply, a 12 amp supply would probably work fine, but it wouldn't hurt to have one slightly larger than what you need. If there isn't a big price difference, go with the larger one. You never know when you might want to add more radios. The additional capacity might come in handy.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top