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Modern Equivalent to TK-250(G)

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pcaddict

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As mentioned in a previous post I am a new Reserve with the local county Sheriff Department. We use TK-250(G) radios. I am thinking about purchasing a modern equivalent Kenwood so that I can have a radio of my own and not have to worry about ruining the loaner I currently have. Could someone please point me to an appropriate model or models in the current Kenwood line that would be compatible with the Kenwood TK-250(G)? I have no experience with two way radios other than the kind you can buy at your local mega mart.

Thank you.
 

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Just remember that if something goes wrong with the county radio, they will (most likely) repair or replace it. If you buy your own radio and it goes bad, you'll have to cover the cost yourself. I dont know how involved you are, but if you think it's going to get damaged on the job, I'd keep using whatever the county provides. Just something to keep in mind!
 
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Any dealer will probably push you into a TK-2180, which really isn't a bad choice. Unfortunately, you loose the top display... but the 80 series are a fantastic radio. (they'll also support full MDC signaling as well).


If you want the top display, consider a TK-290.
 

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Just remember that if something goes wrong with the county radio, they will (most likely) repair or replace it. If you buy your own radio and it goes bad, you'll have to cover the cost yourself. I dont know how involved you are, but if you think it's going to get damaged on the job, I'd keep using whatever the county provides. Just something to keep in mind!
That is a good thought and something I hadn't considered. Thanks.
 

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Any dealer will probably push you into a TK-2180, which really isn't a bad choice. Unfortunately, you loose the top display... but the 80 series are a fantastic radio. (they'll also support full MDC signaling as well).


If you want the top display, consider a TK-290.

Thank you for the info. I will look into those two options. I don't know what MDC signalling is though. :(

Do you know what the G is in the TK-250(G)?
 

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We are issuing 390s for patrol radios, 160 channels, top display, great radio. Try the 90 series portables.
 

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VHF and UHF. The (G) suffix on a radio means it's narrowband capable.
The G suffix only appears on older radios. The 80 series, 90 series, 150 160 170 180 and 5x10 series all do both 16k0f3e and 11k2f3e.
 
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