KENWOOD Corporation
VHF/UHF FM Dual Bander
Data Communicator

Just as the Internet has ushered in a new era of computing, APRS® has added a new dimension to radio communications. And you can experience it all with KENWOOD's new TM-D700A/E.

One of the greatest pleasures of exploration is being able to communicate each new discovery. And KENWOOD's TM-D700A/E Data Communicator allows you to do just that. This FM dual-band mobile transceiver harnesses APRS®, GPS and SSTV technologies to provide world-class communications for the Great Outdoors.

As smart as KENWOOD's new TM-D700A/E is -- with its extra-large amber & black display (reversible) -- it is even smarter inside. This new-generation mobile transceiver features a built-in TNC to offer a wide range of data communications options, including simple packet operation using the AX.25 protocol. You can even send and receive SSTV images (using KENWOOD's VC-H1). But above all the TM-D700A/E is fully equipped to make the most of APRS® -- the Automatic Packet/Position Reporting System.

Features at a glance:

KISS Mode (TM-D700E only)
Built-in 1200/9600bps TNC compliant with AX.25 protocol

Full Dual-band operation: VHF x VHF/ VHF x UHF/ UHF x UHF

Remote panel (extension cable and panel holder supplied) with extra-large (188 x 54 dots) backlit LCD & multifunction key display (reversible)
D-sub 9-pin terminal (for PCs)
GPS input terminal (NMEA-0183)
9600bps PC-based packet communications for chat, BBS

TM-D700A/E in detail:

KENWOOD Skycommand System (KSS) II*
Thanks to KENWOOD Skycommand System (KSS) II, you can be mobile and yet enjoy full access to the HF transceiver back home in your shack. All you need to do is hook up the Transporter (a TH-D7A or TM-D700A, for example) to your TS-570D/S(G) or TS-870S HF transceiver. You can then use your TM-D700A as the Commander, transmitting control signals to the Transporter, which also relays your voice to the HF radio. In return, HF signals are transmitted back to the Commander.

This system allows you to transmit and receive HF signals, set frequencies (with LCD confirmation), switch memory channels, and much more -- all from your mobile transceiver. KENWOOD Skycommand II enables full-duplex operation with access to such HF functions as XIT/RXT, mode switching (USB, FM, etc.), split-frequency operations on/off, memory shift, and frequency step selection. In addition, once every 10 minutes, the Transporter (TH-D7A) will send out its pre-programmed call sign via CW.

*TM-D700A North American model only.

APRS® (Automatic Packet/Position Reporting System)
The TM-D700A/E has everything you need to explore the exciting possibilities of APRS® -- and you don't even have to own a computer. If you know your current position, you can manually input latitude and longitude data for transmission to other members of your group or to anyone using APRS®. Of course, a GPS unit will effectively do this for you, and ensure accuracy. When you receive a friend's coordinates, you can display latitude/longitude, direction and distance on your own Data Communicator. Like all of the best ideas, in both conception and execution APRS® is beautiful in its simplicity.

APRS® Features:

Positional/directional data
With an NMEA-0183 compatible GPS receiver you can transmit your exact position for automatic calculation of distance, current speed and heading. Any of the last 4 digits can be masked for variable "position ambiguity" if you wish to limit accuracy. You can also limit your own APRS® reception from a maximum range of 2,500 miles to just 10 miles.

When you need to focus, this function allows you to control what data you receive. Choose all calls, special (events), or alternate net (group code).

Versatile messaging
Transmission of position data can be accompanied by position comments (15 selectable settings), 5 programmable status texts (up to 28 characters), icons, and bulletins. For added messaging flexibility, individual alpha messages (up to 64 characters) can also be sent. Internal memory can store up to 16 transmitted/received messages.

Station list
Received APRS® data can be stored in up to 40 memory channels for listing on the LCD display. You can pick any one to see full details of a station's status (fixed, moving, weather, etc.), as well as its position and heading.

Grid square locator

TX interval (0.2/0.5/1/2/3/5/10/20/30 min.)

Packet path selection with Digipeat

Weather station & Power Height Gain (PHG) data reception

Digipeat function capability

Auto Message Reply

Audible APRS® message receive (call sign) notification (requires VS-3)

Waypoint position data output

TM-D700A/E + VC-H1 (Visual Communicator)
The KENWOOD VC-H1 Visual Communicator, which combines an image-scan converter and CCD camera in a compact battery-operated unit, makes it easy to receive and transmit color pictures -- whether a majestic mountain panorama or just a self-portrait. Simply connect the VC-H1 to your TM-D700A/E to start sending and receiving color images over the air.

Image memory (VC-H1)
Up to 10 pictures can be stored in memory. This allows you to compare and pick the best shot to send. You can also store incoming pictures and protect them from unintentional deletion.
Fast FM mode (VC-H1)
This high-speed transmission mode lets you send an image in 14 seconds (approx.)
SSTV transmission mode selection (VC-H1)
You can select either Robot 36 or Fast FM mode.
Simultaneous reception of voice & image transmissions (VC-H1)

Other Features:

Wide-band receive: 118~524MHz, 800~1300MHz (excluding cellular blocked + frequencies)*

Key operation announcement with optional VS-3 voice synthesizer Individual characters of call signs are announced one at a time upon reception of an APRS transmission; in addition, messages beginning with a % mark are also announced.
Dual receive on same band for voice & data (two frequencies simultaneously)
Advanced Intercept Point (VHF band)
200 memory channels with 8-character memory name input
2 call channel memory capacity
Programmable memory (PM) available for selection/storage of 5 operation profiles
Up to 10 programmable memory scan banks
Built-in CTCSS (38 EIA-standard subtone frequencies) and 1750Hz tone burst

DCS (Digital Code Squelch) with 104 selectable codes

DX cluster monitoring (using built-in TNC)
DTMF memory (10 channels, 16 digits)
DTMF remote control*
Cross-band & fixed-band repeater operation*
10-channel program scan
DCS code scan, TONE, CTCSS scan
AM/FM switch*
Visual band scope (Visual Scan)
Mute function
MCP memory control
The transceiver can be connected to a PC with appropriate software for control of memory settings (MCP).
MCP Software Free download (1.08MB)

*TM-D700A North American model only.

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Body: projections not included
5.51 x 1.58 x 7.68 inch (140 x 40 x 195 mm)

Panel: projections not included
5.51 x 2.36 x 1.31 inch (140 x 60 x 33.3 mm)

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

Instruction manuals in the following languages can be downloaded in PDF format:
Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish

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Updated 2002/10/29 (C) 2001 KENWOOD Corporation