Kenwood TM281E

Kenwood TM281E

Accessories AND Seaport


Even with its compact size, the TM-281A delivers up to 65 watts – the sort of RF power you want in the wilderness – with a choice of High/Low output. A hand microphone is also supplied as standard.

Whatever the mission, wherever you go, KENWOOD’s TM-281A is a radio you can count on. This compact transceiver delivers powerful mobile performance and such advanced features as multiple scan functions and memory names. High-quality audio is assured by the large speaker. Naturally, MIL-STD compliant toughness ensures rugged reliability. And operating ease is second to none: illuminated keys and a large LCD with adjustable backlighting make for user-friendly operation day or night.

Key Features

Frequency Coverage: 144-146 MHz TX, 136-174 MHz RX
201 Memories (100 with alpha-tagging)
65 Watts RF Output
High-Quality Front Mounted Loudspeaker
Built-In CTCSS/DCS Encoder/Decoder
Rugged, Compact Design to MIL-STD 810G
Replaces previous TM-271E model

Supplied With

D.C. Cable
Instruction Manual English
Microphone MC-59 Keypad Hand Microphone
Microphone Hanger
Mounting Bracket
Screw Set

Amateur Portable Specification

RF Output Power (approx.) – High 65 W
RF Output Power (approx.) – Low 25 W
TX Frequency Coverage – VHF 144 MHz to 146 MHz
RX Frequency Coverage – VHF 136 – 174 MHz
Transmitter Modulation Variable-Reactance modulation
Transmitter Modulation Distortion Less than 3% (300 Hz to 3 kHz)
Transmitter Maximum Frequency Deviation – Wide ± 5 kHz
Antenna Impedance – 50 Ohm Yes
Audio Output Power More than 2 W (5% Distortion)
Weight 1.13 kg (approx.)
Current Drain – RX Less than 1 A
Current Drain – TX Less than 14 A (Hi-Power), Less than 8 A (Low-Power)
Dimensions 160 mm (W) x 43 mm (H) x 126 mm (D) – excluding projections
Frequency Stability ± 2.5 ppm (-20 °C to +60 °C)
Microphone Impedance 600 Ohms
Modes – F3E FM Yes
Operating Temperature Range -20 °C to +60 °C
Power Requirement – 13.8 V DC ± 15% Yes
Receiver Circuitry Double Super Heterodyne
Receiver Intermediate Frequency – 1st IF 49.95 MHz
Receiver Intermediate Frequency – 2nd IF 450 kHz
Receiver Selectivity – Narrow More than 10 kHz at -6 dB, Less than 24 kHz at -60 dB
Receiver Selectivity – Wide More than 12 kHz at -6 dB, Less than 30 kHz at -60 dB
Receiver Sensitivity – Narrow Less than 0.22 µV at 12 dB SINAD
Receiver Sensitivity – Wide Less than 0.18 µV at 12 dB SINAD
Receiver Squelch Sensitivity Less than 0.1 µV