Kenwood ProTalk FAQ

How do I know which Kenwood radio to use?

Determine how the radio will be used: UHF is better indoors through concrete walls or floors. VHF is better outdoors through foliage or line of sight. Also, high power means a radio will have a wider coverage area.

Are Kenwood radios compatible with other business radios?

Yes! All you have to do is match the frequency and code.

Can a VHF radio talk to a UHF radio?

No! VHF and UHF frequency bands are not compatible.

Is an FCC license required?

Yes! Red Dog Radios provides FCC licensing services. Call us at 1-888-799-6216.

How far can I talk?

Talk range will vary based upon terrain, conditions, and type of radio. The best talk range condition is flat ground without obstructions; your radio will talk for many miles.

VHF & UHF Open areas
without obstructions
Steel and/or concrete
reinforced buildings
High-rise buildings
UHF 1.5 Watt Up to 5 miles Up to 225,000 sq. ft. Up to 17 floors
UHF 2 Watt Up to 6 miles Up to 250,000 sq. ft. Up to 20 floors
UHF 5 Watt Up to 7 miles Up to 370,000 sq. ft. Up to 33 floors
VHF 2 Watt Up to 6 miles Up to 220,000 sq. ft. Up to 13 floors
VHF 5 watt Up to 7 miles Up to 300,000 sq. ft. Up to 18 floors


Why are Kenwood radios so durable and rugged?

Kenwood radios are "best-in-breed" for durability and carry 2-year warranties (3 years on the ProTalk digital radios). ProTalk radios are specially designed to meet or exceed rigid Mil-Spec standards established by the US Department of Defense.

How long will the Kenwood battery last and how long does it take to recharge?


Model Charging Time Li-Ion Battery Li-Ion Battery Life Weight with Battery
PKT-23 3 Hrs. 1,430 mAh 11/15 Hrs. 3.9 oz
TK-3230 2.5 Hrs. 2,000 mAh 14/18 Hrs. 5.5 oz
TK-2400V4P/3400U4P 3 Hrs. 2,000 mAh 17/22 Hrs. 9.9 oz
3 Hrs. 2,000 mAh 17/22 Hrs. 9.9 oz
3 Hrs. 2,000 mAh 12/18 Hrs. 9.9 oz
NX-240V16P/340U16P 3 Hrs. 2,000 mAh 10/12 Hrs. 9.9 oz