Are you sure the Kenwood is putting out enough power? It's not set for low power or has an issue with the final amplifier such that it's putting out much less power than it should?
I double checked the settings and yes, the radio is set to high in the KPG-49D software table. And I am swinging 22 watts out of the 25 listed on the 880. The 880H has not been checked but considering it can reach farther when simplexing I am figuring that it is doing and least that if not more.
How far away is the repeater? If the Midland is on the fringe, the Kenwood may not be able to make it, especially if the power output is a factor. -
I have tried as close as Ixonia so I would say maybe 9 miles to the repeater. Just for reference, I have no problems hitting the Armored 1 repeater with both Kenwoods and the Midland which is a fair distance farther than the Oconomowoc675 repeater.
Are you using the same antenna and coax for both radios (swapping out the radios) to make sure there isn't a problem with the antenna or coax that the Kenwood is on? -
I have tried in my car seup and the base setup. And yes, it is swap out one radio for the other. The car and base setup stays the same, I merely unplug one radio and hook the other one up.
Does the Kenwood have a transmit indicator like a red LED or tower icon on the display that activates when you key up? Making sure that transmit isn't inhibited by the programming.
Yes, the LED is red when broadcasting and green when receiving,
Lastly, can you configure the Kenwood and Midland to talk together (both TX and RX on 462.675) to make sure the Kenwood is working properly and can be heard by the Midland? Bonus if you can separate the two by a good distance to help prove the Kenwood is putting out a decent amount of power. If the finals are bad, you'll hear the Kenwood get noisy and cut out as you drive down the street (assuming you have it in a car).
Yes, I have tried all the radios against each other between my base and mobile setup. My brother and I can simplex together on every other channel. I hadn't thought about matching the frequency for transmit and receive. But is it possible to have 2 radios that are exhibiting the exact same issue? I know they are both used but what are the odds?
Thanks for the reply and the suggestions!
Wideband vs. narrowband can make a difference as well, but shouldn't be a make it or break it factor unless you're at the edge of the repeater's range.
Considering I can simplex for 10 miles and get nearly identical results between the 40 watt Midland and the 40 watt 880H I am still thinking it's something I messed up in the software program. But for the life of me I don't know what it is.