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INSTRUCTION MANUAL
VHF FM TRANSCEIVER
TK-190
© B62-2498-10 (K)

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  • Page 1 INSTRUCTION MANUAL VHF FM TRANSCEIVER TK-190 © B62-2498-10 (K)
  • Page 2 THANK YOU We are grateful you chose KENWOOD for your land mobile radio applications. We believe this easy-to-use transceiver will provide dependable communications to keep personnel operating at peak efficiency. KENWOOD transceivers incorporate the latest in advanced technology. As a result, we feel strongly that you will be pleased with the quality and features of this product. NOTICES TO THE USER ◆ GOVERNMENT LAW PROHIBITS THE OPERATION OF UNLICENSED RADIO TRANSMITTERS WITHIN THE TERRITORIES UNDER GOVERNMENT CONTROL. ◆ ILLEGAL OPERATION IS PUNISHABLE BY FINE OR IMPRISONMENT OR BOTH. ◆ REFER SERVICE TO QUALIFIED TECHNICIANS ONLY. ◆ DO NOT OPERATE YOUR TRANSCEIVER IN EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES (GASES, DUST, FUMES, ETC.). ◆ TURN OFF YOUR TRANSCEIVER WHILE TAKING ON FUEL, OR WHILE PARKED IN GASOLINE SERVICE STATIONS. SAFETY: It is important that the operator is aware of and understands hazards common to the operation of any transceiver. PERFORMANCE: The performance of low band portable transceiver depends on your operating practices and the environmental conditions. To obtain the best performance from your transceiver, use the transceiver only with a KRA-21 antenna. Refer to the KRA-21...
  • Page 3 One or more of the following statements may be applicable: FCC WARNING Ths equpment generates or uses rado frequency energy. Changes or modfcatons to ths equpment may cause harmful nterference unless the modfcatons are expressly approved n the nstructon manual. The user could lose the authorty to operate ths equpment f an unauthorzed change or modfcaton s made. INFORMATION TO THE DIGITAL DEVICE USER REQUIRED BY THE FCC Ths equpment has been tested and found to comply wth the lmts for a Class B dgtal devce, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These lmts are desgned to provde reasonable protecton aganst harmful nterference n a resdental nstallaton. Ths equpment generates, uses and can generate rado frequency energy and, f not nstalled and used n accordance wth the nstructons, may cause harmful nterference to rado communcatons. However, there s no guarantee that the nterference wll not occur n a partcular nstallaton. If ths equpment does cause harmful nterference to rado or televson recepton, whch can be determned by turnng the equpment off and on, the user s encouraged to try to correct the nterference by one or more of the followng measures: • Reorent or relocate the recevng antenna. •...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    CONTENTS UNPACKING AND CHECKING EQUIPMENT ......1 Supplied Accessories ..........1 PREPARATION ............2 Installing/ Removing the Optional Battery Pack ....2 Installing the Optional Antenna ......... 4 Installing the Belt Clip..........4 Installing the Cap over the Universal Connector ..... 5 Installing the Optional Speaker/ Microphone ....
  • Page 5: Unpacking And Checking Equipment

    UNPACKING AND CHECKING EQUIPMENT Note: The following unpacking instructions are for use by your KENWOOD dealer, an authorized KENWOOD service facility, or the factory. Carefully unpack the transceiver. We recommend that you identify the items listed in the following table before discarding the packing material.
  • Page 6: Preparation

    PREPARATION Installing/ Removing the Optional Battery Pack ■ Charge the battery pack before use. ◆ DO NOT RECHARGE THE BATTERY PACK IF IT IS FULLY CHARGED; YOU MAY INADVERTENTLY SHORTEN THE BATTERY PACK LIFE OR DAMAGE THE BATTERY PACK. ◆ AFTER RECHARGING THE BATTERY PACK, REMOVE IT FROM THE CHARGER.
  • Page 7 For information on Ni-Cd battery recycling in your area, call (toll free) -800-8-BATTERY (-800-8-887). KENWOOD’s involvement in this program is part of our commitment to preserve our environment and conserve our natural resources. The RBRC Recycle seal found on KENWOOD nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery packs indicates KENWOOD’s voluntary participation...
  • Page 8: Installing The Optional Antenna

    Installing the Optional Antenna ■ Screw the antenna into the connector on the top of the transceiver by holding the antenna at its base and turning it clockwise until secure. Installing the Belt Clip ■ If necessary, attach the belt clip using the two supplied  x 6 mm screws.
  • Page 9: Installing The Cap Over The Universal Connector

    Installing the Cap over the Universal Connector ■ If you are not using the optional speaker/ microphone, install the cap over the universal connector using the supplied  x 6 mm screw. Note: To keep the transceiver water resistant, you must cover the universal connector with either the cap or the speaker/ microphone connector.
  • Page 10: Getting Acquainted

    GETTING ACQUAINTED SMA male type Battery pack antenna connector release latch Display [Bottom View] [Top View] Microphone Speaker [Left Side] [Front View] [Right Side]...
  • Page 11 q TX/ BUSY/ CALL/ Battery low LED Lights red while transmitting. Lights green while receiving. Lights orange while receiving a -Tone/ DTMF call. Flashes red when the battery power is low while transmitting; replace or recharge the battery. Note: This LED can be disabled by your dealer. w Power switch/ Volume control Turn clockwise to switch the transceiver ON.
  • Page 12 u Orange Press this PF (programmable function) key to activate its programmable function {page 0}. The default function of this key is “No Function”. i Side 1 Press this PF (programmable function) key to activate its programmable function {page 0}. The default function of this key is “Monitor”.
  • Page 13: Display

    Display ■ “ , ( ” , ) r S “ ” e l i “ ( ” . ) l n i t f i ( , ) r y t i , ) l o i t e l i e l i e l l Note: You can invert the segmented displays (not the icons) if a PF...
  • Page 14: Programmable Auxiliary Functions

    PROGRAMMABLE AUXILIARY FUNCTIONS The toggle switch, PF keys, and Speaker/ Microphone keys can be programmed with the auxiliary functions listed below: i t c ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ ¸ l l a ¸ ¸ ¸...
  • Page 15: Function Descriptions

    This function can be selected only when the scrambler board has not been installed. This function can be selected only when the ANI board has been installed. This function can be selected only when the scrambler board has been installed. Note: If your dealer programs “Shift”...
  • Page 16 • Channel Up: Press to increase the channel by  step. Press and hold to continuously scroll through the channels. Unprogrammed channels will be skipped. Note: Your dealer can program the “Roll Over” (default) or “Dead End” feature. When Roll Over is programmed, pressing Channel Up while you are at the highest channel will cause the transceiver to select the lowest channel, and begin the increase cycle again.
  • Page 17 • Lamp: Press to turn the display backlight ON. The backlight will remain ON for  seconds. Pressing any key other than Lamp will reset the lamp timer, causing it to remain ON for  seconds from the time you pressed the new key.
  • Page 18 • Scan: Press to start the scan sequence. Press again to stop scanning. See “SCANNING” on page 7. • Scrambler: Press to turn the scrambler ON. Press again to turn it OFF. Press and hold for  seconds to enter Scrambler Code Select mode. See “Voice Scrambler”...
  • Page 19: Operating Basics

    OPERATING BASICS Switching Power ON/OFF ■ Turn the Power switch/ Volume control clockwise to switch the transceiver ON. Turn the Power switch/ Volume control counter- clockwise to switch the transceiver OFF. Adjusting the Volume ■ Rotate the Power switch/ Volume control to adjust the volume.
  • Page 20: Making A Call

    Making a Call ■ 1 Select your desired channel {page }. 2 Use the key programmed as Monitor or Squelch OFF to determine whether or not the current channel is being used. • If the channel is busy, wait until it becomes free. 3 Press and hold the PTT switch, then speak into the microphone in your normal voice.
  • Page 21: Scanning

    SCANNING If the Scan function is programmed, channels can be scanned by pressing the key programmed as Scan. Scan will monitor all channels that are added to the scan sequence. Channels added to the scan sequence have an “A” indicator on the display when the channel is selected.
  • Page 22: Priority Scan

    Priority Scan ■ A priority channel must be programmed in order for Priority Scan to operate. A “P” appears on the display when the priority channel is selected. During Scan, the transceiver automatically reverts to the priority channel when a signal is received on it, even if a signal is being received on your current channel.
  • Page 23: Revert Channel

    Revert Channel ■ The revert channel is the channel your transceiver changes to when you press the PTT switch to transmit during Scan. Your dealer can program the type of revert channel to be used by your transceiver from the following choices: •...
  • Page 24: Signalling

    SIGNALLING 2-Tone Signalling ■ Note: ◆ This transceiver is only capable of decoding -Tone signals. It cannot encode a -Tone signal. ◆ A -Tone call will be cancelled if you change the channel or turn Scan ON. -Tone Signalling is either activated or deactivated by your dealer.
  • Page 25: Dtmf Signalling

    DTMF Signalling ■ Note: A DTMF call will be cancelled if you change the channel or turn Scan ON. DTMF Signalling is either activated or deactivated by your dealer. Using this function, you will only hear calls that are intended for you to hear. When you receive a call with a DTMF code that matches the code set up in the transceiver, squelch opens and you will hear the call.
  • Page 26: Dead Beat Disable (dbd)

    Dead Beat Disable (DBD) ■ Depending on how your dealer programs your transceiver, when you receive a call containing a DBD code you may not be able to transmit. DBD is cancelled when you receive a call with a DBD reset code.
  • Page 27: Quiet Talk (qt) And Digital Quiet Talk (dqt)

    QUIET TALK (QT) AND DIGITAL QUIET TALK (DQT) QT and DQT tones are encoded tones that help to relieve you of unwanted calls. Calls that are received on your channel that do not have the proper tone will not be heard. You will only hear calls that are received if they carry the tones that match those set up in your transceiver.
  • Page 28: Auxiliary Features

    AUXILIARY FEATURES Key Lock ■ Press the key programmed as Key Lock to activate the Key Lock function. All keys other than those listed below will not perform their operations. This is a useful function to avoid accidentally pressing a key. The following keys/ switches can still be used while Key Lock is active: •...
  • Page 29: Time-out Timer (tot)

    Time-out Timer (TOT) ■ The TOT is used to automatically inhibit transmission after a specified time elapses. If the PTT switch is held down for longer than the programmed time, the transceiver will stop transmitting and a tone will sound. Release the PTT switch, then press it again to continue transmitting.
  • Page 30: Voice Scrambler

    Voice Scrambler ■ Note: You must first install the optional voice scrambler board before you can use this feature. You can use the Voice Scrambler feature to make your calls private. Your calls will only be understood by other persons who are also using the Voice Scrambler feature.
  • Page 31: Audible User Feedback Tones

    AUDIBLE USER FEEDBACK TONES The transceiver emits various tones to indicate the transceiver’s operating status: • Power ON Tone: Sounds when you turn the transceiver power ON. • Key Operation Tone: Sounds when you activate a function by pressing a key. Also sounds when you reach the lowest channel while rotating the Channel selector.

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