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[aprssig] D710 press release on KENWOOD USA site

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Fri Aug 3 18:47:34 UTC 2007


http://www.kenwood.co.jp/en/news/20070731.html

New Product Announcement
Kenwood announces 144/430 (440)MHz FM dual bander TM-D710 series, 
equipped with “APRS®” data communication system capable of exchanging positional information,
messages and operating frequency, enabling multi communication with all amateur radio operators around the world

Kenwood Corporation (President and CEO: Kazuo Shiohata; Head Office: Hachioji, Tokyo) will start marketing from late August a new FM mobile transceiver: the 144/430(440) MHz FM dual bander TM-D710 series, equipped with various data communication functions, including positional information based on the Global Positioning System (GPS), messages and operating frequency. The TM-D710 series features enhanced basic functions, such as 50W transmission output, 1,000 memory channels and support for the EchoLink® system*1, while also conforming to APRS® (Automatic Packet/position Reporting System)*2, an epoch-making data communication system that is becoming a standard in amateur radio around the world.

Product nameModel numberSuggested retail priceTime of release
144/440 MHz FM DUAL BANDER
 (Americas Version)TM-D710A
(Americas Version)Please ask your dealersequentially from
the end of Aug
144/430 MHz FM DUAL BANDER
(European Version)TM-D710E
(European Version)Please ask your dealersequentially from
the end of Aug



 TM-D710(European Version)



Background of product planning and overview
The global amateur radio equipment market is estimated to be worth 16 to 17 billion yen today. In the FM mobile transceiver segment, the dual band type, which was once considered a luxury model, has been gaining market share every year, accounted for about just over 50% of the amateur radio equipment market in sales value on a global basis and for almost 100% in both sales volume and sales value in Japan in the fiscal year ended March 2007.

The TM-D710 series contains the upper models of the TM-V71 series, which hit the market in June this year and has been favorably received.The TM-D710 series support EchoLink system and other functions as well as TM-V71 series. With a built-in TNC (terminal node controller) and APRS which is becoming a global standard system, the new series has made possible various types of data communication such as exchanging operating frequency data via APRS. Models in the TM-D710 series are easy to operate and view since they have large panels and large liquid crystal displays.

Kenwood aims to further enhance its presence in the field of wireless radio (communication), while providing new usage scenarios and new enjoyment to users by merging state-of-the-art technologies with its know-how and technologies in the amateur radio field.
*1. EchoLink is a trademark of Synergenics, LLC of the U.S. Its official website is http://www.echolink.org/
*2.APRS is a data communications system capable of exchanging positional information, messages in alphabetical characters and weather information. It has been used by tens of thousands of users around the world since it was developed by WB4APR (Mr. Bob Bruninga) in 1992.
APRS is a trademark of Mr. Bob Bruninga


Main features of TM-D710 series
1. Bulit-in 1,200/9,600bps TNC compliant with AX.25 protocol
2.NMEA0183 GPS port
3.APRS® ready (position / message / operation frequency etc.)
4.APRS weather station ready
5.Large separate panel makes the series easy to operate
6.Large LCD with choice of two backlight colors
7.High-power output (VHF/UHF : 50W)
8.Dual receive on same band (VxV, UxU)
9.1,000 multifunction memory channels
10.EchoLink® memory
11.EchoLink® Sysop mode for node terminal operation
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