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MY PERSONAL TIPS AND TRICKS CHEAT SHEET FOR THE KENWOOD TMG-707A. This is a "cheat sheet" to help you get started with your TMG-707A. First, get the radio to talk. Install the VS3 chip. Reprogram the dimmer button to make the lady talk when you press it. Since you need to use the menus, and the radio isn't talking yet, I'd recommend sighted help. If you wish to use the microphone to enter frequencies andsubaudible tones, reprogram the programmable function button to act as an enter button.

Here is a description of the radio.
I have adapted it from the CNIB's abridged manual of the radio. The vertical row of five buttons on the left side of the radio beginning with the top corner moving toward you are:

1 - call
2 - VFO
3 - memory recall button
4 - tuning control knob
5 - Mhz button (small round button on top of the tuning control knob).

To the left of the tuning control knob is a jack covered with around plastic plug. This jack is used for communicating data between the radio and a computer. To use the jack, remove the plastic plug.
Front panel buttons on the bottom edge of the radio from left to right are: 1 - F function
2 - tone
3 - reverse
4 - low
5 - band
6 - dimmer
Labels after Pressing F are:F Off, TSET, SHIFT, STEP and a non understood symbol. Labels after Pressing PROGRAMMABLE MEMORY are:1, 2, 3, 4, and Programmable Memory Off. The vertical row of four buttons on the right side of the radiofrom bottom to top are: volume control squelch menu button programmable memory button. The on/off button is on the top right corner of the radio. The mike jack is in the lower right corner of the radio. The antenna connector is on the right corner on the rear panel. The power supply connector is on the left hand corner in the rear panel. The earphone jack is to the right of the power supply connector. You can also use an external speaker with this jack.

Microphone buttons. With the keypad facing you, the buttons from left to right are: top: up downtop row above the keypad: 1 - call
2 - V F O
3 - memory recall
4 - programmable function.

First row of keypad: 1 2 3 a
Second row: 4, 5, 6 b
Third row:7, 8, 9 c
Fourth row:star, 0, pound d.
Left side: push-to-talk.

Switch on back of mike is lock. Pushing it to the left locks the mike and pushing it to the right unlocks it. Tuning a frequency.
There are three different ways to tune frequencies: 1. Using the tuning knob. Pres V F O. Press the band button andthe voice will read the frequency

and band you are on. Keep pressing band until you find the band you want to use. You may use the

        tuning control to locate a frequency.  Turn the knob several times then push the "voice" button to 
        hear the frequency.

2. Using the up/down buttons on the mike. Press V F O. Press the band button to get to the band you want.

Press and hold down the up or down buttons on the mike. Stop and press the "voice" button to hear

the frequency.
3. Using the mike. Press V F O. Press the band button to get tothe band you want. Press the "enter"

button. Using the keypad, dial the frequency you want. If you make a mistake, press the "enter" button

        until you hear the lady say, "enter" and start over. To enter a 2 meter frequency, enter the five digits 
        after the 1. For example, to enter 146.730, dial 46730.  To enter a 440 meter frequency, dial the first 
        seven digits.  For example, to enter441.375 dial 44137.Note:  If you are already in the V F O mode and
        you are already on the band you want, you don't need to press these buttons.Beeps This radio has many beeps. 
        The low beep usually means you are at the default setting.  For example, pressing f once you hear a high beep 
        and pressing it again you hear a low beep, the default setting, which is the off position.   

Here is a list of the front buttons and their beeps: 1 - F - high/on low/off
2 - Tone - high/subaudible tone on; high/ctcss on; low/off 3 - Reverse - high/on; low/off.
4 - Low - first high/medium power; second high/low power; low/high power, (default) 5 - Band; first high 440; second high 18; low

Notice that the tone button and the power button have three different settings. The two high tones sound the same, so remember how many times you pressed the tone button. When you take more than 10 seconds to carry out an operation, you will hear a low beep, indicating you are at the same place you started from. Turning on the subaudible tones Repeaters may require you to turn on a subaudible tone in order to transmit on them here's how to do it:

  1. Enter the frequency of the repeater.
  2. Press the tone button once. You will hear a high beep.
  3. Press F Then press the tone button second fron the left. At this point, use the voice to tell you which frequency is chosen..
  4. Enter the tone using the tuning knob, the mike up/down or the mike keypad. To enter a tone using the mike keypad, press enter,and the two-digit number from 1 to 38.
  5. Press the "ok" button, the fourth button from the left on the bottom edge of the radio. All of these actions must be taken as quickly as possible without pausing too long. If there's too much

    of a pause, you'll hear alow beep, indicating you are at the original state and must start again. The default subaudible tone is 88.5. You will hear high tones when you use the tuning knob or mike up/down, even when you reach the default tone, so listen frequently to the voice. As long as you are pressing something, the radio will not return to the original state. When you enter the subaudible tone using the keypad on the mike, the voice will not confirm the numbers, but you will hear a beep every time you press a digit. Note: If you have already turned on the tone and have a subaudible tone entered into the V F O, the tone will remain on and the frequency will not change until you enter a new frequency. For example, if you entered 146.730 and you turned on a tone and it happened to be 88.5, and then you decided to enter 147.18, the tone will still be at 88.5. If 147.18 uses that tone, then you don'tneed to enter it again but if it uses a different tone, you will need to enter the new frequency but you will not have to turn onthe subaudible tone because it's already on. Storing a frequency in memory Suppose you have all your data programmed: the frequency, the subaudible tone and offset.. The radio was automatically set up the right offsets for most of the repeaters. You are ready to store the frequency in memory. Here are some tips:1. Press memory recall and voice. Listen to know if you are on the last memory you have programmed. Stay on that memory channel.

  6. Press V F O. Now you're back on the frequency you want to store in memory.
  7. Press the f key. You know, even though you can't see the icon,that you are on the last memory channel you have stored. Click the tuning knob one turn to the right and you will be on a blank channel.

    The lady will not tell you what channel you're on.

  8. Press memory recall to save the frequency into the blank channel. Press memory recall again and listen to the lady say the channel number and the frequency. If everything went well, you should have

    programmed your frequency into the blank channel. Note: it isn't possible to find blank channels while you are tuning around the memories. You can only read the channels you have already programmed. That's why the extra steps I mentioned are necessary. When you tune around the memory channels, you will hear a low tone when you have reached channel 1. Jumping around the memory channels using the mike keypad You have three ways to jump from one memory channel to another:tuning knob, mike up/down and mike keypad. To jump from memory 1to memory 7, you can use the first two methods but they may be tedious. To use the mike keypad, press the enter key then press 00 7. The radio will jump to memory channel 7. To jump to channel 41, press enter,0 4 1. Tip: press three digits to enter a memory channel; press two digits to enter a subaudible tone. Setting the offset direction the radio usually sets the minus and plus for most repeaters automatically but there are a few oddballs.

Here is how to change the plus to a minus: 1. Enter 147.000. The radio shows a plus offset. 2. Press f then shift, the third button from the left on the bottom edge of the radio. The off set

will be minus. The rotation of the shift button is plus, minus simplex. To change from minus to plus,

you would press the shift key twice.

This "cheat sheet" barely scratches the surface and I am learning new things all the time. If you have any questions, please email me.

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