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"No System" error updating TK-8180 firmware

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Database Admin
Sep 17, 2006
Northeastern NC
Hi, I am trying to update my firmware on a Kenwood TK-8180-K running KPG-89D v 1.61. When I turn on the power to the radio holding the S key the radio goes in program mode. I am running the 115k baud rate on the radio and windows 10 laptop. I run fpro program and select the firmware file. It appears to run as the fpro shows the hourglass like its uploading and the radio PG icon flashes. After the laptop says it finished the radio gives the NO SYSTEM error. When I cycle the power on the radio it still reports the v1. 06 firmware and not the 1.22 I am trying to load. Thanks for any advice.

Regards, Richard


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Jul 27, 2005
LATA 722
Allow me to rephrase that….

Are you able to read the contents of the radio with KPG-89D?

Firmware 1.22 is the latest version for a non-MPT radio. KPG-89D 1.61 was the last release, so you should be OK there.

I haven't see the "no system" error before. If it's not updating the firmware, there's something going on. Not sure what. Maybe one of the other Kenwood guys on here has experienced this.


Mar 14, 2004
Doesn't sound like that firmware upgrade is taking, and old firmware is powering back up. I saw NO SYSTEM once when I was trying to get a SJ radio to flash back to normalcy with a recent firmware. I figured it was something with the old radio personality.
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