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Dual-Band Handheld Transceiver TH-79A/E

The TH-79A/E handheld transceiver offers the optimum combination of operating ease and powerful performance in a compact, lightweight design. And it's clear at first glance: this slim-line FM dual-bander (2 m/70 cm) sports a dot-matrix LCD -- the first in its class -- providing alphanumeric access to a unique guide function as well as a user-friendly menu system. Other features include 80 non-volatile memory channels with ID, DTSS and page functions, and a DTMF memory function for auto-dial operation.

Features at a glance:

2 m/70 cm dual-band operation
Compact, light design
MOS FET power module
Dot-matrix LCD, guide function & menu system for easy operation
Dual receive on same band
Alphanumeric memory & alphanumeric message pager function
80 non-volatile memory channels in E2PROM
ID memory & DTMF memory

TH-79A/E in detail:

MOS FET power module
Equipped with a high-efficiency FET power module, the TH-79A/E is extraordinarily slim and lightweight. Lower voltage requirements mean improved reliability and longer operating time per charge.

2 m/70 cm dual-band operation
Despite its compact design, the TH-79A/E offers extensive dual-band functions, including full-duplex operation and the ability to simultaneously receive two frequencies even on the same band (VHF+VHF or UHF+UHF). In addition, A.B.C. (automatic band change) ensures that the transceiver will switch automatically between main and sub bands when a signal is present.

Dot-matrix LCD & menu system
Making its debut on handheld transceivers, the dot-matrix display greatly improves user-friendliness since there are no limitations on the variety of messages it can handle. In addition to frequency data, this can be used to access a menu system with full alphanumeric display of functions and settings. The operator can also scroll through a summary of current operational status.

Guide function
This transceiver can be used right out of the box. In fact, there's no need to carry the manual because of the innovative guide function -- simple operating instructions that appear in the display at the touch of a button.

80 non-volatile memory channels with ID
The TH-79A/E has 80 memory channels -- all capable of storing transmit and receive frequencies independently, thus allowing split-frequency operations (The TH-79A version also has 2 call channels). For greater convenience, an alphanumeric ID (max. 7 characters) can be recorded to identify each of the channels. Memory shift and memory clear functions further improve operating ease. And since all data is stored in non-volatile EEPROM, no back-up battery is needed.

Multiple scan modes
As well as full band and dual programmable band scans, there is MHz scan and memory scan. Carrier-operated and time-operated scan stop modes are also provided.

DTMF keypad with DTMF memory function
The built-in DTMF keypad enables direct frequency entry (in VFO mode) and direct recall of memory channels (in MR mode). It is also possible to store up to 10 different 15-digit (maximum) DTMF codes with ID for auto-dial and autopatch use.

DTSS (Dual-Tone Squelch System) with pager
DTSS opens the squelch to allow DTMF access to the receiver, while the pager function will alert the operator to an incoming call (this can be switched off automatically with the correct paging code).

Power-on call sign display
The TH-79A/E can be personalized so that the operator's own call sign (up to 7 characters) is displayed when the unit is turned on.

Other Features:

Selectable dual- and single-band operation
Built-in 1750 Hz tone (TH-79E version only)
Tone alert system with elapsed time indicator
Auto repeater offset (VHF)
Input overvoltage warning
Lock functions
3-position output power control (High, Low, Economy Low)
Auto power-off and battery save function

Dimensions (W x H x D)

56 x 129.5 x 24.5 mm (2.2 x 5.1 x 1.0 in.) with PB-32

Please note that not all features and options may be available for the model sold in your region.
Operation of DTSS, Pager, DTMF, and CTCSS is subject to local regulations.

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Updated 98/07/01 (C) 2001 KENWOOD Corporation