How to Program a Kenwood Two-Way Radio

by Jon Stefansson - Updated September 26, 2017

Kenwood is a Japanese manufacturer of audio and portable radio equipment, based in Tokyo. The company make a range of two-way radios for use by amateurs at home or in a work environment covering a large area. A Kenwood two-way radio can be programmed to default to a particular frequency within a channel or to search for channels for a signal. This is useful for quickly finding the right frequency on your Kenwood radio in order for it to work with other handsets. You only need approximately 5 minutes for this task.

Set Default Channel Frequency

Turn the radio off and hold down the "Menu" key. Turn on the radio and release the "Menu" key after approximately 1 second.

Use the arrow keys to select a channel.

Press the "Menu" button again.

Use the arrow keys to select a frequency within the channel selected in Step 2.

Press "Menu" and repeat steps 2 through 4 for each channel you want to program. Press "PTT," "Mon" or "Cal" to exit.

Scanning for Channels

Turn the radio off and hold down the "Menu" key. Turn on the radio and release the "Menu" key after approximately 1 second.

Press either the up or down arrow until "Sc" flashes on the screen.

Press "Menu." Press either the up or down arrow until "Sc-on" flashes on the screen.

Press "Menu" then "PTT," "Mon" or "Cal" to exit.

Press and hold the up arrow until "Scan" appears on the screen. The Kenwood radio will scan and connect to compatible frequencies in range of the radio.

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