How to Program the Radio on a Kenwood TM-271A

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The Kenwood TM-271A is a 60-watt mobile radio transceiver with features including multiple scan functions and NOAA Weather Band and emergency alerts. The TM-271A also offers up to 200 programmable memory channels, with illuminated keys and an LCD screen with adjustable green backlighting to make tuning and programming these channels easier, even at night. Programming the radio is done using the controls located on the front panel of the main unit and the handheld microphone.

  • Configure the radio to accept either 100 channels with the Memory Name function (default setting) or 200 without Memory Name by pressing "F" and "Menu" on the main unit and turning the tuning control dial to select the "M.CH" menu. Press "Menu" again and turn the tuning control to show either 100 or 200 on the display, and press "Menu" two more times to accept and save the setting you choose.

  • Begin the process of storing a simplex or standard repeater frequency by pressing "VFO" and either turning the tuning control to a specific frequency or entering that frequency on the microphone keypad, then selecting the offset direction for the frequency by pressing "F" and "Menu" and turning the tuning control to select "SFT," pressing "Menu" again, turning the tuning control to select either "+" or "-" and pressing "Menu" once again to store it.

  • Activate the tone function and set the tone frequency for the intended memory channel (if necessary) by pressing "F" and "Call." When you see the "T" at the top of the display, press "F" and "Menu" and turn the tuning control until you see the larger "T" to indicate that menu. Press "Menu" again and turn the tuning control to select the desired frequency, and press "Menu" again to save it. Do the same to set the CTCSS frequency and DCS code if you choose by selecting the "CT" and "DCS" menus, respectively.

  • Press "F" once those settings are set to your liking. A memory channel number will appear and blink, with a triangle below the number if that channel contains data; turn the tuning control or press the "Up" or "Down" key on the microphone to select a preset number, and press "MR" on the main unit to save that preset.

  • Add an odd-split repeater frequency to the stored memory channel by turning the tuning control or pressing "Up" or "Down" on the microphone to select a transmission frequency, pressing "F" and turning the tuning control or pressing "Up" or "Down" again to select the desired memory channel, and pressing and holding "MR" for one second to save the transmission frequency in that channel.

  • Press "MR" and turn the tuning control or enter a number on the keypad to locate a stored memory channel. Name that channel by pressing "F" and "Menu" and turning the tuning control to select the "M.NAME" menu. A blinking cursor will appear; turn the tuning control to select a character (letter, number or other) and press "MR" to move to the next digit. Enter up to six digits, and press "Menu" when finished (twice if fewer than six digits).

  • Erase a stored channel by tuning to that channel and pressing and holding the "Power" button for one second to turn the transceiver off, then pressing "MR" and "Power" simultaneously. The display will ask if you wish to delete; press "MR" again to erase that channel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult your owner's manual for further operating instructions for your Kenwood transceiver.

References

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