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Posted: 6/30/2012 4:19:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/3/2012 2:15:58 PM EDT by SCWolverine]
Main Trading Company in TX has the Kenwood TM-281 on sale through today for $139 shipped.

I bought mine a few months ago for $149 shipped.  Either way a deal.

YMMV, no interest, just passing on savings.  Cross posted in Ham Forum.

One could legally use this radio for local 2 meter repeater/simplex comms with a minimum of the Technician Class Amateur Radio Licenses.

link
Link Posted: 6/30/2012 1:49:03 PM EDT
Looks like they make up for the radio's low price on the programming cable...
Link Posted: 6/30/2012 2:28:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Skibane:
Looks like they make up for the radio's low price on the programming cable...



amazon sells a programming cable for KENWOOD  $25 shipped

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003DBIS2A/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M2T1_SC_dp_1

"Chirp" is free programming software....of you can use kenwoods freeware



$139 shipped is a good price

I just bought one for about $150 shipped from R & L electronics
Link Posted: 6/30/2012 4:53:18 PM EDT
$25 is good for cable! thx for link. that said its a breeze to program.

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Link Posted: 6/30/2012 7:19:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SCWolverine:
$25 is good for cable! thx for link. that said its a breeze to program.

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I use CHIRP freeware
Its fast and easy to load up a bunch of freqs

Ive got a bunch of cheap valley cables from amazon and they all work well
Link Posted: 7/1/2012 4:29:27 PM EDT
Too bad I missed this deal.  Does anyone know if they run specials like this often?
Link Posted: 7/2/2012 3:21:32 AM EDT
Originally Posted By dawg69:
Too bad I missed this deal.  Does anyone know if they run specials like this often?


I've seen them lower a few Black Fridays ago...I checked the price this am, it's up to $144 with free shipping...$5 more than the sale, and $5 less than I paid a few weeks back-still a good deal (YMMV)

Link Posted: 7/2/2012 6:06:19 AM EDT
That's still a pretty good deal.  I may have to pull the trigger on one.  Thanks for the heads up.
Link Posted: 7/3/2012 1:31:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/4/2012 7:56:13 AM EDT by SCWolverine]
Originally Posted By dawg69:
That's still a pretty good deal.  I may have to pull the trigger on one.  Thanks for the heads up.


Now offering an ARFCOMM discount LINKED HERE

Link Posted: 7/4/2012 6:45:32 AM EDT
That radio is $140 at Ham City.
Link Posted: 7/4/2012 6:59:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Mainsail:
That radio is $140 at Ham City.


competition is a good thing.  

R & L has them for $139.95 also. ( plus shipping)

http://store.rlham.com/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=69422


Link Posted: 7/4/2012 7:56:59 AM EDT
Gotta love Free Mkt Economics It's back to $139 Shipped with ARFCOM Coupon
Originally Posted By SCWolverine:
Originally Posted By dawg69:
That's still a pretty good deal.  I may have to pull the trigger on one.  Thanks for the heads up.


Now offering an ARFCOMM discount LINKED HERE



Link Posted: 7/4/2012 9:59:06 AM EDT
I'm going to be pulling the trigger on the Kenwood radio pretty soon, along with the 8' Diamond antenna.  I just need to source a mil antenna bracket for the M1009.

The reason I like HamCity is I can get everything at one site, and they will mod the radio before they ship it for $40.  Cheap insurance against doing it myself.


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