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Sure, I could have posted a review on E-Ham, but rather do that here because I can include pictures and videos.
I have been looking for a new radio to use for satellite, portable and entertainment while enjoying time after a settling in to a camp site.
For my reasons, the Kenwood TH-D74 fit those needs because, as a "current on the market" hand held radio it:
This radio also is the only other non Icom radio that supports D-Star for digital voice, but at the $589 price tag this radio may push the limits for a ham grade HT and creates a high barrier to entry to new users wanting to try D-STAR.
Its the combination of everything this radio does is what makes it unique and justifies the price to me. Still, I do not know why Icom still treats D-Star as an accessory feature. They must not really believe in it. Kenwood really needed to jam a lot of stuff into this radio to sell a few at this price point.
If I wanted to carry multiple radios, I would have needed to purchase a combination of radios and other equipment to get the same functionality. Some of those to consider were the:
Add in adigital recorder plus data and audio cables, software, its gets a little complicated (and more expensive), so does this purchase make sense now? We shall see.
On with the review....