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Kenwood TK-2180 handheld

Kenwood TK-7180 mobiles

Radio Pocket Reference

Kenwood TK-7180 Portables

Programmed with 5 preset Zones:

  1. Templeton Zones (22 Channels)
  2. Local Government Zone (59 Channels)
  3. CALFIRE Statewide Zone (152 Channels)
  4. USFS Forest Nets Zone (19 mountain tops)
  5. Alert mode (Country Dispatch only)

Note: Look in the purple box for a complete list of frequencies

Programming TAC Zones:

  1. Clear all frequencies when responding on a out of county assignment (see step 7)
  2. Using C> go to Zone where channel exists
  3. Using the channel selector switch locate channel desired in TAC Group
  4. Depress and hold <B key until a single beep is heard
  5. To add additional frequencies repeat steps 1-3
  6. You must return to TAC Frequency when done
  7. To clear frequencies in the TAC Zone hold <B down until two beeps are heard. This must be done for each frequency in the TAC Zone
  • By depressing the top orange  button and the PTT switch, the radio will be put into Talk Around mode which eliminates repeated frequencies.
  • The button above the PTT switch when depressed and held until a single beep is heard will lock you onto the desired frequency
  • Depressing the button below the PTT switch will activate the background light.

Default TAC field programmable list:

  1. SLC (Dispatch)
  2. XSL CMD 4 (County Command 4)
  3. River CMD (River Command)
  4. Calcord
  5. TEMP Fire
  6. Local 12
  7. VFIRE 22
  8. VFIRE 23
  9. CDF TAC 2
  10. CDF TAC 3
  11. CDF TAC 7
  12. CDF TAC 8
  13. ATA FIRE (Atascadero Fire)
  14. PASO CMD (Paso Robles Fire Command)
  15. TCSD

Differences in command and tactical frequencies

What are PL Tones:

A PL Tone (Private Line Tone or Private Line Code) is a sub-frequency that filters out other radio user’s transmissions on the same frequency in the area.

Differences between Simplex and Duplex:

Simplex – Communication in one direction only, e.g. TV or radio broadcasts.

A duplex communication system is a point-to-point system composed of two connected parties or devices that can communicate with one another in both directions. There are two types of duplex communication systems: full-duplex and half-duplex.

Differences between Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF):

The terms Very High Frequency (VHF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) describe distinct parts of the electromagnetic waveband used for radio and television broadcasts. The main difference between them is that UHF operates on much higher frequencies than VHF.


More information can be found in the SOP:

Radio Procedures – Article 17

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