Unpack the radio from its shipping container and check
for accessory items. If any item is missing, please contact
2. LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Federal regulations require a station license for each ra-
dio installation (mobile or base) be obtained by the equip-
ment owner. The licensee is responsible for ensuring trans-
mitter power, frequency, and deviation are within the limits
permitted by the station license.
Transmitter adjustments may be performed only by a li-
censed technician holding an FCC first, second or general
class commercial radiotelephone operator's license. There
is no license required to install or operate the radio.
3. PRE-INSTALLATION CHECKOUT
Each radio is adjusted and tested before shipment. How-
ever, it is recommended that receiver and transmitter opera-
tion be checked for proper operation before installation.
The radio should be tested complete with all cabling and
accessories as they will be connected in the final installa-
tion. Transmitter frequency, deviation, and power output
should be checked, as should receiver sensitivity, squelch
operation, and audio output. QT equipment operation
should be verified.
4. PLANNING THE INSTALLATION
Inspect the vehicle and determine how and where the
radio antenna and accessories will be mounted.
Plan cable runs for protection against pinching or crush-
ing wiring, and radio installation to prevent overheating.
The favored location for an antenna is in the center of a
large, flat conductive area, usually at the roof center. The
trunk lid is preferred, bond the trunk lid and vehicle chassis
using ground straps to ensure the lid is at chassis ground.
The universal mount bracket allows the radio to be
mounted in a variety of ways. Be sure the mounting surface
is adequate to support the radio's weight. Allow sufficient
space around the radio for air cooling. Position the radio
close enough to the vehicle operator to permit easy access
to the controls when driving.
4-4. DC Power and wiring
1. This radio may be installed in negative ground electrical
systems only. Reverse polarity will cause the cable fuse
to blow. Check the vehicle ground polarity before installa-
tion to prevent wasted time and effort.
2. Connect the positive power lead directly to the vehicle
battery positive terminal. Connecting the Positive lead to
any other positive voltage source in the vehicle is not rec-
3. The cable provided with the radio is sufficient to handle
the maximum radio current demand. If the cable must be
extended, be sure the additional wire is sufficient for the
current to be carried and length of the added lead.
5. INSTALLATION PLANNING CONTROL STATIONS
5-1. Antenna system
Control station. The antenna system selection depends
on many factors and is beyond the scope of this manual.
Your KENWOOD dealer can help you select an antenna sys-
tem that will best serve your particular needs.
5-2. Radio location
Select a convenient location for your control station radio
which is as close as practical to the antenna cable entry
point. Secondly, use your system's power supply (which
supplies the voltage and current required for your system).
Make sure sufficient air can flow around the radio and
power supply to allow adequate cooling.
This radio is designed for easy servicing. Refer to the
schematic diagrams, printed circuit board views, and align-
ment procedures contained in this manual.