[aprssig] "Best" Mobile APRS Radio & TNC
William N. Powell
billpwl1 at verizon.net
Thu Aug 23 19:27:56 CDT 2007
> At 11:56 AM 8/20/2007, you wrote:
> >I recently had the control head of my Kenwood D700 stolen from my car;
> >main unit was left behind. (Some advice: Don't leave your car
> unlocked! Ham
> >radio control heads look like GPS or Satellite Radio units to thieves.)
> >So I need a replacement setup for my D700. I think I have several
> >so I'm looking for opinions:
> >1. Find a replacement D700 control head, but that's not likely.
> >2. Get a new or used D700
> >3. Get a new TM-D710 when they come out
> >4. Get a non-TNC radio and a separate TNC, such as the Tiny Tracker or
> >Money isn't really an issue -- I'm willing to pay for a new D710.
> >(For a GPS, I'd probably continue using my Garmin GPS 18.)
> >What would you do?
> >Ralph KC2RLM
> I think you will have difficulty buying a replacement control head.
> Seems Kenwood doesn't sell them for _any_ of their products. I asked the
> folks in the booth at Dayton about this and all I got was some lame
> excuses. They just don't sell them as a spare part. I had to part out
> (2) TM-741s because I could not buy replacement control heads. This
> policy has kept me from buying Kenwood products again. I hope you have
> better luck.
Sorry this response came so late, I mail server problems after I compsed
the original reply....
I find that interesting because I bought a Kenwood replacement car
stereo with a removable faceplate and the radio came with a security
certificate that upon presentation to Kenwood would allow you to
purchase a replacement faceplate should the original get damaged, lost
or stolen. Without said certificate, Kenwood assumes the radio is
stolen and will not replace the faceplate under any circumstances.
I realize that the consumer car stereo market is a whole 'nuther
universe from ham radio. But it seems a reasonable policy since I am
sure their margins on the ham radio equipment is much better than
consumer car audio because of the lower volume.
But there I go expecting corporate decisions to make sense in either a
profit or customer loyalty sense.
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