KJ6VU's Kenwood TH-59 1200 MHz Handi Talkie Web Page
Kenwood TH-59 1200
MHz Handi-Talkie Radio
Since these radios are not sold in the US, the manual is in Japanese!
If you don't know Kanji you will want to download the closest thing which
is an English language manual for the 2m and 440 MHz versions. While
the radios are not exactly the same, the manual will give you 90% of the
functionality of the TH-59.
the Kenwood manual in English from Kenwood's ftp site.
A handy undocumented feature of the TH-59 is the ability for one radio
to send it's memory contents to another radio and thereby "clone" itself.
For the purpose of explaination let's assume you have two radios, the radio
with the memory contents we want to keep and send to the other radio is
called the master and the radio that will be reprogrammed
is called the clone.
When cloning a radio, the target clone's memory will be completely
reprogrammed with the contents of the master. Cloning is done over
the air with the master radio automatically generating a long series of
touchtones that will the the clone how to reprogram it's memory contents.
1. Set both radios on a common
simplex frequency, like 1295.0000 MHz.
(Make sure the master is not transmitting with a repeater offset.)
2. Turn off both radios.
3. Turn on both radios holding
the [SHIFT] button while turning on the power switch.
The display will now say "Clone".
4. Tap the PTT button on the MASTER
to being cloning.
5. You will hear a long series
of touch tones.
This is the contents of the master's memory being send over the air to
the clone using touch tones.
This process takes about a minute.
6. When the tones have stopped,
the display will return to displaying a frequency.
7. Turn the radio off and back
Your newly cloned radio is ready to go!
Here are a few additional thoughts about cloning...
When turning on the radios in clone mode, DO NOT PRESS THE PTT of any
clone radios, ONLY the MASTER. Otherwise, if you press the PTT of
a clone radio, you will accidently re-program your MASTER! A big
You can clone multiple radios at the same time. You can have as
many clones listening to the master when the master is sending program
info to the clones.
9600 Baud Mode
Setting 9600 Baud mode...
Press [CALL] and [Power ON]
Rotate frequency knob to select option 15
Press [CALL] to change modes
Modes to select from...
PA R12 for 1200 baud data
PA S12 for 1200 baud data
PA R96 for 9600 baud data
PA S96 for 9600 baud data
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