Kenwood TM-271A 2 Meter FM Transceiver
Reviewed by Dave Hassler, K7CCC News Editor, QST
The Kenwood TM-271A provides basic 2 meter FM mobile capability in a rugged package with just the features most amateurs need.
Adopting the axiom "Less is More," Kenwood has introduced a no-nonsense 2 meter FM transceiver that packs a big 60 W punch—the TM-271A. This radio has all the functions that the vast majority of hams are likely to need, and delivers it all in a rugged package.
I was delighted the second I opened the box, because right on top, with the instruction manuals (yes, plural—more on this below), was a CD ROM. Popping this disk into my iMac resulted in learning that the English version of the manual is available as an Adobe PDF file. Nothing else was on the disk, which is a shame, because it would have been so easy for Kenwood to include the free programming software there and not require that users download the program off the Kenwood Web site (at www.kenwood. net). Still, the ability to print out a page or two of the manual to stick in the glove box or leave out at the operating position is a welcome plus.
My Kenwood TH-F6A tri-band FM
handheld came with a manual that weighs in at 116 full-size 8 x 11 inch pages, half in English and half in Spanish. What a pleasure to see the manual cut into two separate pieces (English and Spanish) in the TM-271A box, each in a handy 51/2 x 8 inch size, at 78 pages. This easily fits in my glove box without folding, spindling or mutilating. The manual is well written, with a table of contents, index and many embedded page references, so you don't have to keep flipping to the index.
The radio is small—about 6 inches square and less than 2 inches high. It weighs 2.6 pounds. About half of the package is the cast aluminium heat sink/ chassis. I never cease to be amazed at how manufacturers today can cram so much into such small packages. Anyway,....
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