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Anyone with experience/testimonial/opinion on the Kenwood TK-890?

I know the features, i.e. remote mounting, and like what I see, just looking for real-world experience.  

40w might be nice for the remote places I go but have had good luck with range using 25 - 30w mobile units using repeaters from 50+ miles LOS.  Dunno how much an additional 10 - 15w will add to the experience.

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Anyone with experience/testimonial/opinion on the Kenwood TK-890?
I know the features, i.e. remote mounting, and like what I see, just looking for real-world experience.  
40w might be nice for the remote places I go but have had good luck with range using 25 - 30w mobile units using repeaters from 50+ miles LOS.  Dunno how much an additional 10 - 15w will add to the experience.
Could be the difference fromnjust making onto a repeater to full quieting.

Comparing a 30w radio to 60w radio is doubling the power worth about 1db. Hard to say if you will notice. Probably for 90% of the operation no. It's that 10% where you are almost at the noise floor and they can make you out and hear you.

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I have run a 890 (actually 690, 790 and 890) in my old truck when I was in NY for SAR work. They were great radios. All of mine were remote head. Rock solid. I probably would still use them but we switched to MDC identifiers for SAR and didn't want to cobble encoders in them. At one point my 690/890 was dual deck single head.

 

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