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Kenwood HMK memory channel file for Hawaii

Kenwood offers a memory control program to help you configure your Kenwood dual-band mobile radios. A sample starter file of pre-programmed memory channels for the VHF and UHF repeaters in the State of Hawaii is available.

The repeater listing on www.hawaiirepeaters.net was used as of August 6, 2011 to program in the memory channels. Also used were the VHF simplex plans for Kauai, Oahu and Maui counties.

The memories were programmed using the Kenwood MCP-2A program for the Kenwood TM-D710A/E, RC-710A/E and TM-V71A/E radios. You will need a Kenwood PG-5G or equivalent programming cable to connect your Windows PC to the Kenwood radio. The PG-5G is an RS-232C cable.

You can download the starter HMK formatted file at this link.

Memory Channels

The 1,000 memory channels available in the Kenwood TM-D710 was spread in the following fashion.

Range of Pre-programmed Memory Channels
Memory Channels
000 - 199 Available for programing local frequencies The national simplex frequency 146.52 MHz is programmed in Memory Channel 1.
200 - 249 145.10 - 145.50 MHz Repeater Subband
250 - 370 146.60 - 147.40 MHz Repeater Subbands
250 - 370 146.60 - 147.40 MHz Repeater Subbands
400 - 418 146.40 - 146.60 MHz Simplex Channels
420 - 435 147.42 - 147.57 MHz Simplex Channels
440 - 448 Oahu DEM RACES Simplex Channels http://racesinfo.aditl.com/racesmap.html
450 - 474 Kauai County Emergency Simplex Channels http://www.kauaiarc.org/2m%20pages
480 - 494 Maui County Emergency Simplex Channels http://www.kh6rs.org/repeater.html
500 - 758 UHF Repeater Subband
762 - 774 UHF Simplex Channels
800 - 806 222 MHz Simplex Channels
820 - 828 222 MHz Repeater Subband
850 - 850 1294.50 MHz Simplex Channel
900 - 902 ISS - North America Voice Doppler Splits http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
910 - 902 ISS - North America APRS (145.825 RX/145.990 TX) Doppler Splits http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
920 - 922 ISS - North America Data Simplex (145.825) Doppler Splits http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
930 - 932 ISS - Europe and Asia Voice Doppler Splits http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
940 - 932 ISS - UHF 437.55 MHz Simplex Voice Doppler Splits http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
950 - 956 ISS - UHF 437.80 MHz Crossband Repeater Voice Doppler Channels http://www.qsl.net/ah6rh/am-radio/spacecomm
970 - 970 APRS 144.390 Channel
998 - 998 APRS 144.390 Channel with 100.0 Hz Covertone
999 - 999 APRS 144.390 Channel

PM Programmable Memories

The Kenwood TM-D710 also features 5 programmable PM memories. You can save away five independent copies of your MENU memory and other configuration settings (such as APRS GPS locations, APRS beacon text messages, beacon intervals, crossband repeat options, default VFO frequency/PL/Offset, Call channels, etc) into PM memories PM1, PM2, PM3, PM4 and PM5. I use my PM memories for:

  1. Normal use
  2. Emergency mode
  3. APRS on 144.39
  4. ISS (International Space Operations)
  5. Special events

You can use the MCP-2A program to define the memories or you can do it manually on the front panel. If you use the MCP-2A program, use the change the PM memory by selecting the memory in the pull-down pick-box located just below the Menu bar. The default is "PM Off". Click on the pull-down on the right hand side of the control, and select PM1, etc to change to that PM memory.

If you're programming the radio using the front panel, you press "F", then press in the large tuning knob on the left side of the control head. That allows you access to the menus. You can change the menu settings, then press "Back" to get back to the main menu. Press the left most "ESC" button to "escape" from the menu system to the main controls of the radio. To save the settings into a new PM memory, press "F" > "P.IN" > and one of the memory buttons along the bottom of the control head.

To use the PM settings, press the "PM" on the right of the control head, then press one of the numbered memory buttons on the bottom of the control head. The radio will momentarily go through a power-up sequence and reset all the settings with the menu settings previously saved away in your PM memory.

If you want to have your TM-D710 automatically update and save your most recent operating settings into the program memory, access Menu option 521 (F > "Tuning Knob" > Aux > and rotate to menu option 521) and change the "Auto PM Store" from OFF to ON. When you power off the radio, or change PM memories, the TM-D710 will automatically save your operating settings, including your VFO, selected Memory channels and TNC modes into the PM memory.

Formatted Dump of the radio configuration - HTML format

You can look at a formatted dump of your radio configurations by using the File > Export > HTML File feature of the MCP-2A program. It produces an HTML file which you can read with your web browser. You can see how the settings differ amongst the PM memory settings.


A general procedure to use the HMK file is outlined below. Note: Use the HMK file at your at your own risk. You may have pre-existing information in your Kenwood radios that would be overlayed and replaced with these memory channel assignments. You will need to inspect the file and adjust your radio or HMK file to account for the memory channel information which may be in conflict and collide. You should save and retain the pre-existing information in your radio into your computer before attempting to write and replace it with a new memory configuration.

  • If you have not yet done so, acquire a Kenwood PG-5G programming cable.
  • If you have not yet done so, download the Kenwood MCP-2A program and install it on your Windows PC.
  • Connect the PG-5G cable to your PC and your Kenwood radio. Power up the radio if you have not yet done so.
  • If you have not applied the May 2011 firmware upgrades, you probably want to do so. One suggestion is to get familiar with the radio and programming software by downloading your existing radio configuration to your PC, then upload only the frequency information for practice first (see below), then going through and uploading the three sets of firmware upgrades. Then, upload the full set of programmed information. New

  • Apply the Operation Panel firmware Update. Don't forget to plug the PG-5G cable into the back of the remote head. The [MR] button is the bottom button on the left column of buttons on the remote head. The [TNC] button is the bottom button on the right column of buttons on the remote head. New
  • Apply the Built-in TNC firmware Update. Don't forget to plug the PG-5G cable into the back of the remote head. The [VFO] button is the middle button on the left column of buttons on the remote head. The [TNC] button is the bottom button on the right column of buttons on the remote head. New
  • Apply the Main firmware Update. Don't forget to move the PG-5G cable to the back of the radio chassis. The [MR] button is the bottom button on the left column of buttons on the remote head. The [PM] button is the middle button on the right column of buttons on the remote head. New

  • Run the MCP-2A program, and configure your program. Use these menu clicks to get started. Click Setup > COM Port Setting; Setup > Callsign Setting
  • You will need to read the settings from your radio into the Kenwood MCP-2A program. In the main menu, click on: Program > Read Data from the Transceiver
  • In the main menu, click on: File > Import > HMK File
  • Note: For the TM-D710, importing the list of frequencies from the .HMK will also reset the other menu settings (APRS, AUX, Audio, etc) to factory default settings. If you want to update an existing MCP file with a handful of new frequencies, you'll need to make the changes manually in the Memory window of your MCP file definitions, not an import of the .HMK file. You may use EDIT > CUT (Control-X) and EDIT > PASTE (Control-V) to move frequency definitions from one channel number to another channel number. New
  • It is a good idea to periodically save your MCP information. Click File > Save
  • You can copy memory channel information into memory channels 000 - 199 to populate memory channels appropriate to your operating style and location.
  • You can program in other menu information. Keep in mind that the Kenwood TM-D710 has five programable memories (PM), EACH of which contains its own APRS location, APRS bulletin messages, power on settings, etc. You can switch to another PM memory by selecting on the pulldown pick list right below the main menu bar.
  • Program your radio with the updated memory information. Click Program > Write Data to the Transceiver.
  • Save away a readable dump of the radio configuration settings in your .MC2 file. Click File > Export > HTML File and save the HTML file in a directory. You can later view the HTML file in an Internet Web Browser and print a copy for your files.
  • Complete the programming of your radio by implementing the changes needed on the front panel. Press PM > 1 to select Program Memory 1. New
  • Press in the left volume knob to select Side A (the left side) of the radio. Press MR to select memory mode. Rotate the large knob on the left to select your desired memory channel for the left side of the radio (usually a VHF frequency).
  • Press in the right volume knob to select Side B (the right side) of the radio. Press MR to select memory mode. Rotate the large knob on the left to select your desired memory channel for the right side of the radio (usually a UHF frequency).
  • Press F > P.IN > 1 to set the default memory channels for Program Memory 1.
  • Do the same for PM2 through PM5.

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