Quick guide for the KENWOOD TH-F6a version 2.
This file written by Lynn N8LXK. Corrections Etc.
can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following are the TH-F6A keys, jacks, and knobs and
a short description of what they do.
On the top of the radio are the antenna jack, two status
LEDs, and a multi-function knob set.
The antenna jack is a SMA connector, which is fragile, try
not to put large physical load on it.
The two indicator lights have many functions, see manual.
The multi-function knob's skirt is
used for the volume setting and the click part is used in
changing memories and settings.
Holding HT in hand along left side are three buttons.
Top is the PTT button
Middle is the lamp button (Turns on backlight on visual display)
MONI is the bottom button.
On the right side are three jacks. The top one is for an
external speaker. The middle is for an
external microphone. Speaker-mics plug into the top two jacks.
Note: Kenwood speaker-mics
are wired backwards from Icom's and Yeasu's. And the bottom
jack is where to plug in the
battery charger. Warning if you are using external power
to run the radio, take the battery off!
Looking at front of handheld, with keypad facing you, the
top button, beneath the visual
display, is Multi-scroll [MNU] key explanation follows. The
multi-scroll key [MNU] is used to
select menu mode by pressing it in the middle. It then selects
the last menu used. Menu
selection can also be done by turning tuning knob (default
at menu 1 Scan Resume). To do this
press the center of the [MNU] key twice. Default beep is
the low beep. Middle part of this key
is also called MNU button. Moving this key to the right [>]
is usually an OK to do something
and to the left [<] is used as an escape ESC or cancel.
It also does up or down function. ([U]
Below the Multi-scroll button is the [@] Power button. Holding
it for 1 second turns HT on.
Two high beeps indicate the HT is turning on. When the HT
is on, holding [@] Power button
down for 1 second turns the HT off. Two low beeps indicate
that the HT is turning off.
The bottom four rows are a 16-button keypad which is from
left to right
1 2 3 A (Top row)
4 5 6 B (Second row)
7 8 9 C (Third row)
* 0 # D (Fourth row)
The arrangement resembles a telephone keypad with A B C D
keys to the right
of the corresponding 3 6 9 and # keys. When PTT is held and
these keys are
depressed they generate DTMF tones which are transmitted.
When the radio beeps low it usually signifies its default
When the keys are used by themselves they do a variety of
things. I'll put the key number in ( )
(AS ON TELEPHONE DTMF KEYPAD) then [name of the key as in
the instruction manual
and printed on key]. Example (1) [LOW]
(1) [LOW] \High, Low, E-Low \ TX Power selection default
(2) [BAND] \ Band change When in A band goes 2m, 220MHz,
440MHz. When in B
band starts out at AM, HF, 6m, FM, Air Band, 2m, VHF TV,
1.25m (220), 70cm
(440), UHF TV, 23cm. The default is at 2m when in A band,
and 440 when in
(3) [A/B] \ Toggles A band and B band. A default.
(A) [F] \ Function button, hitting this key momentarily before
another key activates second function of keys. If depressed
for 1 second
activates keypad lock. Default unlocked.
(4) [INFO] \ Selects the info band frequencies which are
the ten weather
freq by default. To exit this press [MR] or [VFO], pressing
[A/B] will not
exit this function.
(5) [SQL] \ Squelch When selected, squelch can be changed
by rotating tuning
knob. Pressing (5) again after changing squelch level stores
level. If no change press ESC [<]. Pressing [MNU] or Multi-scroll
stores setting also.
(6) [BAL] \ A/B volume balance default balanced. Tuning
knob changes balance.
(B) [VFO] \ VFO selection key
(7) [TONE] \ Tone selection key. Order tone on, ctcss, dcs,
no tone default
(8) [REV] \ REVERSE flips tx and rx freqs to transmit on
freq and listen on repeater input. Default listen on repeater
(9) [MN-F] \ Memory Name to frequency toggle. When on displays
in lieu of frequencies. Default on. (VISUAL DISPLAY)
(C) [MR] \ Memory Recall
(*) [MHZ] \ Enters decimal as in 145.110 or 14.315.
(0) [FINE] \ Fine tuning when in HF mode or 0 when entering
(#) [ENT] \ Enter key
(D) [CALL] \ Call key
Second function hit (A) key momentarily then hit second key
do not hold
(A) too long or it will lock the keypad. For this group I'll
to keys by their DTMF key designations.
(A),(1) Battery level display toggle Default off (VISUAL
(A),(2) Mode FM, WFM, AM, LSB, USB, CW default FM
(A),(3) Dual/Single chooses single band operation or dual
(A)HELD for 1 second engages Key lock default unlocked (function
(A),(4) Visual scan toggle default off
(A),(5) VOX keying toggle default PTT keying
(A),(6) Priority channel monitoring toggle default off
(A),(B) Memory contents loaded into VFO
(A),(7) Tone select default 67.0 Pressing [MNU] or [>]
confirms new value
(A),(8) Offset shift Simplex Plus Minus default is Simplex
(A),(9) Memory Name enter key (VISUAL DISPLAY)
(A),(C) Memory enter key
(A),(*) Memory channel lockout key
(A),(0) Step change key
(A),(#) Alert key
(A),(D) Call freq input key
(A),(Moni) Toggles attenuator on/off default off.
(A),(Lamp) Turns display backlight lamp on (UNTIL TOGGLED
OFF) default off.
(AIDS VISUALLY-ENABLED PERSONS)
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