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TK 353 Flashing Prog on LCD

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SCPD

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I just purchased a few TK 353 radios on ebay and one of them is flashing "PROG" when the radio is turned on, I've tried holding down the light button and C to get it in program mode but it wont change to PC. Is this radio bricked or is there a way to get it out of the mode it is in? I have the programming software and cable but with it in the current mode I can't get the pc to see the radio. Any suggestions? Anybody know how to fix this?
 

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Not a lot of experience with those older radios but there are three things that would come up in the display with a custom power on. "PC" for user programming (as you mentioned), "C" for clone mode (radio to radio) and "PROG" for firmware programming (don't hold me to this).

I bet your firmware is corrupt so the radio is coming straight into that mode asking for a refresh please. It won't do anything without correct firmware.
 

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Thanks for the answers guys. Now would anybody be able to tell me where I can get firmware to fix this?
 

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Thanks for the answers guys. Now would anybody be able to tell me where I can get firmware to fix this?
last I checked it was on the Kenwood dealer site in the support area.
you should perform the hardware modification to prevent it from happening again. apparently the early versions of the radio was very easy to corrupt in a low battery condition (like transmitting past the point of battery exhaustion where the radio resets)
 
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