Kenwood TK-3201 Batteries & Chargers Explained

Kenwood TK-3201The Kenwood TK-3201, by a long stretch, was one of the best selling “licence free” business-grade two way radios ever made. But when buying batteries there’s a big gotcha and many people buy the incorrect battery. So, what’s the gotacha?

The Kenwood TK-3201T was originally released with a KNB-29N or KNB-53N nickel-metal hydride battery or a KNB-30A Nickel-Cadmium battery; and a KSC-31 charger, which is only capable of charging a Nickel Metal Hydride or a Nickel-Cadmium battery.

Then, because the industry was moving more and more in the direction of Lithium-Ion batteries, Kenwood re-released the Kenwood TK-2301 now as the TK-2301T2 (which meant 2nd generation, not MK2). The T2 generation version was supplied with a KNB-45L lithium-ion battery. The KNB-45L battery has the same radio fitting profile as the old batteries so it will fit a TK2301. However, Kenwood was forced to change the charge profile and so needed to introduce a new charger that was lithium battery compatible.

Therefore to find the correct Kenwood TK-2301 battery, you need to check your charger model and your radio model, not just the radio itself.

New Dual-Profile Charger Released

Kenwood has released the KSC-43 charger which is able to charge both the 1st generation Ni-Cd and NiMH, and 2nd generation Li-Ion batteries as it has a dual charging profile. If you have a fleet of TK2301 and you have some with KNB-29N/KSC-31 and some with KNB-45L/KSC-35S charger, we recommend you only buy the KSC-43 charger to cover all bases.

Trivia: The Kenwood TK-2301 is a discontinued radio and was eventually replaced with the TK-3301. The TK-3301 takes the KNB-45L lithium battery and the KSC-35S charger. TK-3301 has also now been replaced with the Kenwood TK-3501. The TK-3501 takes an entirely new battery, but does fit the KSC-35S charger.

Reference Table

Radio Charger Compatible Batteries
TK-3201 PMR446 Licence Free
TK-2202 VHF Licensed
TK-3202 UHF Licensed
KSC-31 Original Batteries:

KNB-30A Ni-Cd 1100mAh
KNB-29N NiMH 1500mAh
KNB-53N NiMH 1400mAh

or Compatible Batteries:

AK-KNB29N

KSC-35/S Original Batteries

KNB-45L
KNB-63L

or Compatible Batteries:

AK-KNB45L

TK-3301 PMR446 Licence Free
TK-2302 VHF Licensed
TK-3302 UHF Licensed
TK-3501 PMR446 Licence Free
TK-2000 VHF Licensed
TK-3000 UHF Licensed
KNB-63L

 

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Motorola GP340 12-Way Charger

Motorola GP340 12-Way Charger

One of the only 12-way chargers in the UK, Radiotronics is a stockist of the Motorola GP340 12-Way charger.

Versatile (Choose your inserts)

The one shown here is our 12-way charger configured for the Motorola GP340 series radio but we can offer this charger for almost any Motorola two way radio. You can even mix-and-match and have some pods for the GP340 and other for other radios. Ideal for the migration to digital or if you have a number of mixed radios.

> View on our main website – where you will find a compatibility list of radios and batteries.

Value for Money

Sitting on the same footprint as a Motorola IMPRES 6-way charger, our 12-way GP340 charger takes up th same space yet can charger double the amount of batteries – and this 12 way is cheaper than two Motorola six way chargers.

> You can buy the Motorola GP340 12-Way Charger on our main website.

 

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Icom Programming Software Reference

Here’s a great reference guide to Icom Programming Software and Icom Programming Leads. Most of this Icom programming software and most of these Icom programming leads can be obtained from our main website.

 

Licensed Portable Radios

Model Software Serial Cable USB Cable
IC-F3262D / IC-F4262D (S/T) CS-F3160 None OPC-1862U
IC-F5062D / IC-F6062D OPC-1122 OPC-1122U
IC-F3202DEX / IC-F4202DEX CS-F3200DEX None OPC-1862U
F31G / F41G OPC-966 OPC-966U
F51 / F61 CS-F50
F3062 / F4062
F3162 / F4162 (S/T) CS-F3160
F3162D / F4162D (S/T)
M87 / M88 CS-M88
F1000 / F2000 (S/T) CS-F2000 OPC-478UC OPC-478UC

Licence Free Portable Radios

Model Software Serial Cable USB Cable
IC-F4SR CS-F4SR OPC-478 OPC-478U
IC-F22SR CS-F22SR
IC-F25SR CS-F25SR
IC-F27SR CS-F27SR
IC-F4029SDR CS-F4020SDR
IC-F29SR CS-F29SR
IC-F29DR CS-F29DR
IC-4088SR Not Required

This list is work in progress. Please feel free to help us along by emailing technical@radiotronics.co.uk with any additions you can suggest.

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Motorola MOTOTRBO Desktop Microphone

Motorola RMN5050A MicrophoneMotorola have announced a new desktop / base microphone compatible with all DM3/4 series mobile two way radios.

This microphone sits neatly on a desk allowing easy push to talk with a single finger. The microphone has mic-gain which allows you to adjust the volume of the microphone on the back of the unit.

Fitted with a standard MOTOTRBO connection, the Motorola RMN5050A microphone is compatible with all MOTOTRBO DP3 and DP4 series mobile radios.

By using the RMN5050 microphone with extension leads PMKN4033A (10ft) and PMKN4034A (20ft) with an external speaker (for example the RSN4002A), you can easily mount the radio totally out of sight and just have the microphone and speaker on your desk.

Order Code: RMN5050A

Compatible Radios: DM3400, DM3600, DM4400, DM4600 (and the GPS/Bluetooth 01 versions)

> You can buy the RMN5050A Microphone from our main website.

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Motorola DP1400 Analogue Vs. DP1400 Digital

Motorola DP1400How confusing is this… The Motorola DP1400 is available in two different flavours – Analogue Only and Digital Version.

So what’s the difference?

The Motorola DP1400 analogue version is a digital radio with the digital chip disabled by default. To make the digital chip work, you need to purchase a “digital mode activation licence key” from Motorola. The digital version of the Motorola DP1400 is, put simply, the same radio with with the digital mode activation licence key pre-installed, and hence the digital chip switched on.

Note: All Motorola digital radios will also work in analogue mode for backward compatibility.

Below is the list of models available from the factory as standard.

DP1400 Model Table

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.

Model Code Digital/Analogue Band Frequency
Analogue Models
MDH01JDC9JC2AN Analogue Only VHF 136-174MHz
MDH01QDC9JC2AN Analogue Only UHF 403-470MHz
Digital Models
MDH01JDC9JA2AN Digital / Analogue Hybrid VHF 136-174MHz
MDH01QDC9JA2AN Digital / Analogue Hybrid UHF 403-470MHz

As you can see from this Model Table, you can buy the DP1400 as an analogue-only radio or as a digital radio as standard.

How Can An Analogue DP1400 be Upgraded to Digital?

This is easy to do. You’ll need to buy HKVN4204Adigital mode activation licence key“, one per radio, which you can buy from Radiotronics. You can either buy a programming lead and CPS software and install the licence yourself, or ask our in-house engineer to do it for you (fee applies). However, this is the pricey option – as it can cost up to £70 per radio for theHKVN4204A licence key. It’s cheaper to buy the Motorola DP1400 as a digital radio in the first place.

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.

Should I Buy An Analogue Only DP1400?

This depends. If you already have a number of CP040 or GP340 radios which you want your new DP1400 radios to work with and you have no interest in migrating to digital, then there’s no need to have digital radios.

However, if you will want to migrate to digital any time soon we recommend the digital version. The price difference between the Motorola DP1400 Analogue Only and Motorola DP1400 Digital Version is not as much as the HKVN4204A upgrade licence key.

> You can buy the Motorola DP1400 from our main website.

 

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DP4400 Wideband VHF Whip Antenna

Motorola have announced a new VHF wideband antenna for the MOTOTRBO DP4000 range of two way radios. Spanning the whole VHF spectrum, ranging from 136-174MHz, this antenna is ideal for professional and HAM radio use.

Motorola PMAD4147A

Order Code: PMAD4147A

Specifications

  • Type: Whip
  • Frequency Band: VHF
  • Frequency Range: 136-174MHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Colour Code: Green
  • Length (cm): 20

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PMR446 Frequencies

PMR446 is the EU band for licence free low power two way radio use.

There are 8 frequencies  allocated for analogue radios, 16 frequencies for dPMR digital radios and 8 frequencies allocated for DMR digital radios.

Licence Free channels are only to be used on licence free certified radios. These usually have a fixed antenna but only put out 500mW (0.5W) of power.

We have two sections on our website for licence free two way radios:

> Licence Free Two Way Radios (Business Grade)
> Licence Free Walkie Talkies (Leisure Grade)

It is illegal to program and use high power business radios on PMR446 channels unless you can find a way to restrict their power to 500mW. There is currently no high power business radio that can be restricted to less than 1W – therefore no professional grade high power business radios that can be legally programmed to operate on PMR446 channels.

PMR446 Analogue Channels

There are 8 allocated PMR446 analogue licence free channels. They are to be used with 12.5 kHz spacing when programming your radio.

If your radio supports CTCSS or DCS codes, you can utilise CTCSS or DCS codes to reduce the chances of interference. Using CTCSS / DCS codes do not stop other radios user from hearing you, but they will stop you from hearing unwanted interference and other radio users who do not have the same CTCSS or DCS code. CTCSS and DCS are not privacy, they’re just useful for blocking out interference.

> Read more: CTCSS Article on Wikipedia
> Read more: DCS Article on Wikipedia

PMR Channel Frequency (MHz)
1 446.00625
2 446.01875
3 446.03125
4 446.04375
5 446.05625
6 446.06875
7 446.08125
8 446.09375

dPMR446 Digital Channels

These channels are for use with dPMR radios such as the Icom IC-F29DR and Kenwood TK-3401D.

dPMR446 Channel Frequency (MHz)
1 446.103125
2 446.109375
3 446.115625
4 446.121875
5 446.128125
6 446.134375
7 446.140625
8 446.146875
9 446.153125
10 446.159375
11 446.165625
12 446.171875
13 446.178125
14 446.184375
15 446.190625
16 446.196875

DMR Channels

The following channels are for use on DMR radios. If your radio supports dual time slot, you can also use TDMA to create two voice channels per frequency.

> Read more: TDMA Article on Wikipedia

DMR Tier I channel Frequency (MHz)
1 446.10625
2 446.11875
3 446.13125
4 446.14375
5 446.15625
6 446.16875
7 446.18125
8 446.19375

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Motorola GP340Ex (ATEX) Battery & Charger Guide

Motorola GP340ExThe Motorola GP340Ex is a different radio to the standard Motorola GP340. GP340Ex is an ATEX-rated two way radio which can be used in potentially hazardous areas such as gas plants.

The picture we show here is of the latest iteration of the GP340Ex which is blue. The predecessor was black. There is a difference. The black version must be used in an ATEX-rated leather case and sling. This is not the case for the blue version.

Most ATEX radios are restricted in output power and have special ATEX-rated batteries and the GP340-Ex is no different.

Current Motorola GP340Ex Battery

There is only one battery for the GP340-Ex. The order code is NNTN5510DR.

Previous GP340Ex Batteries

Previous iterations of this battery are NNTN5510AR, NNTN5510BR and NNTN5510CR. However, the NNTN5510DR is a direct replacement for all of these previous batteries.

Motorola GP340Ex Chargers

Whilst the Motorola GP340Ex has it’s own battery, it does share the same chargers.

Current Single GP340Ex Chargers

These are the GP340 single chargers that are currently available. If you have a charger other than the ones in this table, see the discontinued section of our main GP340 batteries & charger article for the correct replacement.

> You can buy Motorola GP340Ex chargers from our main website.

Region Non-IMPRES Model IMPRES Model Old Power Cord New Power Cord
Base Only MDHTN9000C WPLN4183A-EU None None
Europe PMLN5196B PMLN5188B EPNN9286B PS000037A01
UK PMLN5195B PMLN5188B EPNN9287B PS000037A02

Current 6-Way GP340 IMPRES Chargers

These are the GP340Ex 6-way chargers that are currently available. If you have a 6-way GP340 charger other than the ones in this table, see the discontinued section of our main GP340 batteries & charger article for the correct replacement.

> You can buy Motorola GP340Ex chargers from our main website.

Region Non-Display Model Display Model Power Cord
Base Only WPLN4197 WPLN4198 None
USA WPLN4187 WPLN4192 3087791G01
Europe WPLN4189 WPLN4194 3087791G04
UK WPLN4188 WPLN4193 3087791G07
Australia/New Zealand WPLN4190 WPLN4195 3087791G10
Argentina WPLN4191 WPLN4196 3087791G13
US WPLN4205 WPLN4204 3087791G01
Korea WPLN4146 WPLN4145 3087791G16

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Motorola P145/P165/P185 Programming

Motorola P100 CPSAre you looking to program your Motorola P145, Motorola P165 or Motorola P185 series radio? Radiotronics offers everything you need to do just that.

What you need

Compatible Operating System

The GMVN5534 P100 Programming Software (CPS) requires Windows XP or Windows 7. We cannot say for sure that it will or won’t work on Windows 8 or 10 as it has not been tested. If you find it works on Windows 8 or Windows 10, please email us at sales@radiotronics.co.uk and let us know.

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Motorola CP040 Discontinued

Motorola CP040Motorola have announced the cancellation of the popular Motorola CP040 in favour of the recently released Motorola DP1400. The cancellation notice also includes some lesser known radios from the CP Commercial Series: CP040, CP140, CP160, CP180.

The announcement follows Motorola’s release of the DP1400 in September last year where Motorola positioned the DP1400 as the replacement for the CP040.

Motorola have said that all orders for CP Commercial Series must be made before 10th November 2014.

Originally the CP040 was to be discontinued in February 2015, however, this has been brought forward. Motorola says:

In February, Motorola issued an Intention to Cancel Notification for Commercial Series radios. Due to higher than expected global demand, there is a risk that stock may deplete prior to the previously issued last order date, hence the last order date is being brought forward from February 2015 to November 2014.

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