Kenwood TM-281A discontinued?

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  1. W7TCT

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    I just looked at HRO's discontinued list and the 281A was listed. Also, what is with the price? I bought mine about four years ago and, IIRC, it was about $135 or so.

    It is still active on DXE but also at that higher price.

    Another victim of semiconductor availability?

    73
     
  2. W7UUU

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    HRO has them on the shelf at 4 locations:

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-011362

    Gigaparts has them in stock:

    https://www.gigaparts.com/kenwood-tm-281a.html

    DXE has them in stock:

    https://www.dxengineering.com/parts/kwd-tm-281a

    Still shows current on the Kenwood site:

    https://www.kenwood.com/usa/com/amateur/tm-281a/

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  3. W0FS

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    Maybe discontinued from HRO catalog regardless of manufacturing status.
     
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  4. WS9K

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    I had one 8 or 10 years ago, . . . it's a good rig, but getting old.
     
  5. W3WN

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  6. KC3SWL

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    DAmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmn they got really pricey. I paid just over half that about 3 years ago.
    KENWOOD TM-281A
    144 MHz 65 Watt FM Mobile Transceiver - 200 Memories - with Weather Alert
    HRO Discount Price: $209.95*
     
  7. WA9FZB

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    Might help those of us who "might" be thinking of selling theirs?
     
  8. AG6KM

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    Prices have sure gone up on amateur radio equipment since that Japanese factory burned down that makes ADC chips for many industries and from the pandemic.
     
  9. AB0R

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  10. KC3SWL

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    Went to New Castle DE HRO today to get some antenna building stuff and there were almost NO 2m mobile radios on the shelf. They said they had a few in the back but what used to be fully stocked shelves were almost empty.Some other things they had plenty of but not 2m mobiles
    Good news is my antenna project was completed and it seems to be working very well.
     

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