Kenwood D-Star TH-D74

Kenwood D-Star TH-D74 / Tribander / digital / APRS HT

Finally, I received this week (December 5th, 2016) my new Kenwood TH-D74.  But not only one, two!  So, I will be able to test all those fancy features like the audio EQ using both unit side by side.   Stay tune as I go though the process of discovering this amazing radio!!!  You will find all my video about this radio in the page below.


For the full brochure in PDF click on the link below.

Download the Kenwood TH-D74 PDF brochure

Kenwood TH-D74 – Review and Quick Tour (4K) – English version

Here’s my videos, all in 4K, in the review video you can see more details than if you had the radio physically in front of you!

Kenwood TH-D74 – D-Star and Analog FM audio with EQ off / on

In this video, we are testing the integrated audio parametric equalizer EQ of the Kenwood TH-D-74. In D-Star and in analog FM. Can you hear the difference?

Special thanks to my friend Martin VA2PX for his help.

Kenwood TH-D74 – How to program with the MCP-D74 free software – English version

This is a demonstration on how to program your TH-D74 radio with the free software, MCP-D74 from Kenwood.

Click below to download the software.

Kenwood TH D74 Firmware Upgrade – English version

Here’s a demonstration of the Kenwood TH-D74 firmware update procedure. If you are not comfortable with this, I recommend that you don’t do it. Even if it is a simple procedure, it can not be interrupted during the process, as this may damage the device. If in doubt, consult your authorized dealer.

For Kenwood software download, see the link below;

ARFC-D74 – Kenwood TH-D74 Frequency Control Program + Bluetooth

In this video I demonstrate how to use the Kenwood ARFC-D74 software to control the TH-D74. Also, I demontrate how to connect via Bluetooth to the radio

Part 1 – Unboxing Kenwood TH-D74 ++

This is the official publicity of the Kenwood TH-D74 D-Star Radio

Kenwood TH-D74 – Interview with Don W6GPS

Kenwood TH-D74 – This is a 40 minutes interview with Don W6GPS, showing the radio and answering questions.

This is the new D-Star radio from Kenwood, the TH-D74

This video was capture from the PC, there’s a little bit of echo, sorry about that.

Special thanks to Don Arnold W6GPS for taking the time to share with us his experience with the brand new Kenwood TH-D74 D-Star radio.

First menu review video of the  Kenwood D-Star / digital / APRS HT – From Don W6GPS

Specifications of the TH-D74

TH-D74 144 / 220 / 430 MHz Tribander

APRS : Using packet-transfer communication to exchange real-time GPS positional information and messages for APRS-compliance

Digital :  Compliant with voice / digital mode D-Star digital amateur radio networks

  • Built-in high-performance GPS unit
  • Transflective color TFT display
  • Weatherproof toughness meeting IP54/55 standards
  • Wide-band and multi-mode reception (including HF)
  • Equipped with IF filter for comfortable reception (SSB/CW)
  • High-performance DSP-based voice processing
  • Compliant with Bluetooth, microSD and Micro-USB

This is a new model TH-D74 of a new Kenwood HT doing D-Star!!!  We’ve been waiting for years, the rumors is now a reality.

May 20, 2016 (Dayton Hamvention) Tentative Leaflet


You can also watch my old video below about the prototype, as shown May 20, 2016 (Dayton Hamvention).  Some people had contacted me asking to remove the music so they can hear what the Kenwood representative his saying. Unfortunately, I was allowed to film but without the audio. Sorry about that.



Author: Pascal VA2PV