Modifications for the Kenwood TH-26


On the three above units a jumper wire controls the TX frequency coverage. By removing the jumper you will extend TX from 142-152Mhz.
By removing a diode you can extend the TX coverage to the limits of the VCO. Both the jumper wire and the diode are located on the "CONTROL UNIT".

On the TH-26AT this is just a bare jumper wire, TH-45AT ???, TH75A it is a green wire labled W1. Removing or lifting D4 on the TH-75A extends TX from 136-174Mhz and 335-512Mhz.
On the TH-26/TH-46 models this would be 136-174Mhz and 335-512Mhz respectivly.
Expanding frequency range for the TH-26E
From: Peter Elsendoorn - PB0ANS -

Hello OM/YL,

Something on expanding frequency range for Kenwood's TH26E.
To expand frequency range is very simple, you just have to remove the little piece of wire called JP1 on the schematic diagram, it is placed on the left side near the batterypack. This modification makes it possible to transmit and receive over the range of 136.000MHz to 173.995Mhz.
Further expansion is not possible, the PLL doesn't lock anymore. (expanding TX Frequency range outside 144 -146 Mhz is in some countries illegal as we all know). It is also possible to expand RX only. To enable this hardware modification is not nessecary!
Execute the following steps..
  1. Put the TH 26E into the VFO Mode
  2. Press the Call button,
  3. Keep the Call button pressed in and press the MR button also The decimal point on the display will start to blink and when the TH 26E is in the 'beep mode' it will also start to beep at a frequency of 1 Hz.
  4. Press the Call button, You will see that a frequency of 245.??? Mhz appears, (the decimals are dependent of the value witch was inserted before starting the programming...)
  5. Press the F key and load the 245.??? Mhz into the VFO..
  6. Switch your handheld transceiver off
  7. Press the REV button while turning the TH 26E on.. The Upper level of frequency is now set to 245.??? Mhz
You must adjust the VFO lowest and highest frequency according to your PLL lockingrange. My TH 26E PLL locks over a range from 144.000 Mhz to 173.995Mhz. This software modification does not damage the TH26E!
Only reception below 144.000 Mhz is not possible... You can set the TH 26E into normal mode by resetting the VFO.

I'd like to know where my message is received, and if you are succesfull modifying Your TH 26E...
Also I like to know if there are more intresting modifications on this type of tranceiver. Please let me know!
Goodluck and '73 From Hengelo The Netherlands JO32KG
Expanding frequency range for the TH-26E
From: Peter Elsendoorn - PB0ANS -
Author: Mathijs PE1NTP

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