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Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:44:30 am »
A ham friend of mine asked me to look into the issues with this old Kenwood radio. He got it off Ebay 2 years ago and it's never worked correctly: it had no audio output and would not access the local repeater which requires a tone to get into (it supposedly had a tone board inside set to the correct tone 110.9 Hz).

When I opened it up I quickly found that the speaker had a broken wire, when jumpered it worked and the radio had OK audio, although the speaker really needed to be replaced so I ordered a new one.

The tone board which somebody put in years ago simply did not function, so he agreed to order a new one from Communications Specialists. I wired the new board in a better way than the old one and set the deviation and after a good TX alignment it got into the repeater just fine. The microphone is extremely small and almost looks like a toy. Speaking of which I had to cut back and re-wire both ends due to very bad strain damage over the years. Amazingly the backlight bulb was still working.

I also aligned the RX and proceeded to give it a good cleaning. The chip date codes are 1976. It's interesting how they made the individual LED digit boards in that era. Anyway it's working well and returned to the owner and he's happy.  :clap:
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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2018, 09:35:50 pm »
Great pictures, glad to see it running again-  Thanks

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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 01:02:57 pm »
Wow, very nice job you did there. I can't help but to notice that the Kenwood TR-7400A look so similar to the Icom IC-255A, except for the second large knob, but everything else looks similar  ::)
BTW, nice Yaesu rig you got there, I have a FT-2900 myself and its built for lifetime  ;)
 

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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2018, 12:34:01 pm »
Wow, very nice job you did there. I can't help but to notice that the Kenwood TR-7400A look so similar to the Icom IC-255A, except for the second large knob, but everything else looks similar  ::)

Thanks! It's an interesting vintage VHF radio. They designed some things seemingly "backwards" back then. For example to add +5 kHz to the frequency you don't push the button in, you release the button. Same for the high / low power. For high power you release the power button, for low power you push it in. Just the opposite of the way my mind thinks.

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BTW, nice Yaesu rig you got there, I have a FT-2900 myself and its built for lifetime  ;)

There are two Yaesu rigs there  - an FT-891 for HF and an FTM100D for VHF which does the digital C4FM. Those are in my living room "mini-shack".

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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2018, 12:44:34 pm »
xrunner, do you do a few of these RT repairs ?
Have you seen Defpom's channel....there's a few early on that are quite interesting.
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheDefpom/videos

This one fixing the digital tuning I thought was pretty cool:
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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2018, 01:17:20 am »
xrunner, do you do a few of these RT repairs ?
Have you seen Defpom's channel....there's a few early on that are quite interesting.

Defpom sounds familiar I may have run across that channel before - I'll check it out tonight thanks.
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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2018, 02:26:39 pm »
The TR7400 had a real front end, with band pass filtering.  Great radio for congested RF areas with no intermod problems the modern wide-band radios have today.
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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2018, 02:43:43 am »
I happen to have the exact same radio which my Father purchased for me when I was 15yr old ( a new 2M operator ). 

xrunner, Would you be open to repeating the same operation of a ‘tune up’ with the addition of the CTCSS Unit.  Largely been used to speak over simplex with modern disability to TX over local repeaters in Aiken SC.
 

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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2019, 07:47:58 am »
Defpom sounds familiar I may have run across that channel before - I'll check it out tonight thanks.

I was just browsing around and found this thread... you might also know my name from my radiomods.co.nz site which I have had online since 1997.

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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2019, 02:49:28 pm »
I was just browsing around and found this thread... you might also know my name from my radiomods.co.nz site which I have had online since 1997.

Hello! I do know your name. I watched several of your videos on the hp 8904A Multifunction Synthesizer. I got one a while back and wanted to add options and your video helped me do that - thanks!  :)
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Re: Kenwood TR-7400A 2 Meter Vintage Radio Repair
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2019, 03:13:18 pm »
Good job and thanks for the photos!
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