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kenwood tk-272G vs kenwood tk-2170? What one is the best? What kenwood radio is the overall best?
 

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kenwood tk-272G vs kenwood tk-2170? What one is the best? What kenwood radio is the overall best?
Very open ended question that would be difficult to answer without a lot more information. What you want to do with it, how much you want to spend, etc.

TK2170 will give you more options.

Best overall? That really depends on your definition of "best". Probably one of the best Kenwood radios on the market right now (in the VHF Portable, like those above) would be the TK-5210. Wait a few months and take a look at the NX-5000 when it comes out.
 

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How how are the two models? I just. Want to be able to send and rec. and scan the freq that are on the radio. But want a good two radio and nothing old.
 

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How how are the two models?
Not entirely sure what you mean... They are different models, that are quite different in operation, and programming.

The TK-272g only does 32 channels. It is narrowband capable, as it is listed as being capable of 2.5KHz steps, but other than that is is a pretty basic radio. Looking at the spec sheet, it comes in 2 band splits on VHF. Although I imagine it is like any other Kenwood, it is likely forgiving out of its rated band split ie: a 150-174MHZ version will likely go down to 144, maybe even 140MHz.

I just want to be able to send and receive and scan the frequencies that are on the radio.

Well the both radios will do that.

But want a good two radio and nothing old.
The TK-272g is an older radio...


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How how are the two models?
The condition of them would depend on how they were treated. Unlikely you'll find a new TK-272, so buying one off the used market would be anyones guess.
The 2170 is a newer model, and you might be able to get a new one, or a good condition used one. A newer model on the used market is no guarantee that it would be in good condition.



I just. Want to be able to send and rec. and scan the freq that are on the radio. But want a good two radio and nothing old.
Either radio -should- be able to do this, if programmed correctly. New, out of the box, they are not programmed for anything. Buying used can be anyones guess.

Some more info would help:

Where are you located? Rules vary by country, and what might be illegal here in the USA might not be somewhere else. You really should follow the laws in the country you reside in.

Do you have a license for the service you intend to use them in?

Not sure what your level of experience is, some insight into your background would help us steer you in the right direction. The radio will need to be programmed to frequencies you are legally allowed to use. If you don't have any experience programming radios, you should probably rethink this, at least get someone local to help you. To program these radios you would need specific programming software and programming cable. The software isn't impossible to figure out, but if you haven't done it before, it is really easy to make a mistake, or worse, interfere with someone else.
 
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