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Kenwood TK-3101 Information

Changing Channel Banks

The 3101 has two banks of 15 channels, A and B. Normally, the radio uses bank A, but it can be switched using the following procedure:

  1. Turn the radio off.
  2. Hold the PTT and Monitor buttons.
  3. Turn the radio on.
  4. Wait for the status LED to light.
  5. Release the PTT and Monitor buttons.
  6. Click the PTT button once to enter bank selection mode.
    • IDEA! The radio will respond with two beeps in a low-high sequence
  7. Click the PTT button to change banks, repeatedly if needed.
    • IDEA! The radio will respond with one beep to indicate bank A, two to indicate bank B.
  8. Press the Monitor button to save the change and exit bank selection mode.
    • IDEA! The radio will respond with two beeps in a high-low sequence.
  9. Turn the radio off.

Next time the radio is turned on, the bank selected will be used.

Programming Information member Blrfl has a standing offer to program site members' 3101s free as long as return postage is provided. The radios can be programmed any of three ways:

Two-Bank - Two banks of 15 channels. Bank A contains the factory programming with no PL tones. Bank B contains a subset of channels from the Motorola Talkabout Hybrid layout with the same randomly-assigned CTCSS tones as in the KenwoodTK350StandardLoad except that channel 4 is the ST-Owners channel from channel 16 in that arrangement. The channels and CTCSS tones match up with those found on inexpensive bubble-pack radios according to the table below. (Programming Details)

TK Channel Talkabout Channel Talkabout Privacy Code
1 1 23
2 2 27
3 3 38
4 4 25
5 5 05
6 6 26
7 7 11
8 15 02
9 16 24
10 17 09
11 18 18
12 19 33
13 20 01
14 21 12
15 22 31
(See RadioReference for information on channel layouts.)

Factory - The programming that would have been in the radio it was in when it was manufactured. (Programming Details)

Custom - Any combination of frequencies and CTCSS tones.

Shipping Instructions

The box used to ship radios for programming should contain the following:

  • Radio(s) to be programmed
  • One fully-charged battery detached from the radio
    • ALERT! Wrap the battery in paper to prevent shorting.
  • One antenna

Contact Blrfl at for the shipping address.

-- MarkFeit - 30 May 2010
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2banks.txttxt 2banks.txt manage 4 K 30 May 2010 - 18:07 MarkFeit Two-Bank Programming Details
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tk3101-svc.pdfpdf tk3101-svc.pdf manage 5 MB 30 May 2010 - 18:05 MarkFeit TK3101 Service Manual (T and E Versions)
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Topic revision: r3 - 07 Jun 2010, MarkFeit
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