Modifications for the Kenwood TR-2600

Extended frequency TR-2600A

Here is some info on the kenwood model tr-2600a handie - talkie....

If you want to be able to transmit on the extended freq area then do the following mod....
  1. Remove the front cover of the radio
  2. Locate the ic chip in the lower right hand corner.
  3. Find the 2 diodes number d32 and d33 (they should be the top two on the right side of the ic chip, also they have ben cut beforenand (re-soldered)
  4. Un-solder the two diodes (breaking their connection).
  5. Replace the front ctver.
  6. Re-install the battery and turn the unit on, then push the reset button on the back.
The tr-2600a should now be reprogramed and it should also transmit anywhere it will recieve...

I forgot to add that d32 and d33 on the recieve board (but that is what is under the front cover).

Jim - KD0PJ
TR-2600A PLL Unlock Troubleshooting

The owners manual for the TR-2600A lists the lithium battery as a possible cause of the display showing UL. You may wish to check the battery, but realistically on a new radio this is probably not the reason for the unlock condition.

If the radio showl UL when first turned on you should perform the following test. This will help you to isolate the symptom:
  1. With the radio turned OFF, press and hold the 5 key, and then turn on the radio. Release the 5 key. If the display shows a frequency indication you may have a pad X2 on the TX unit.
  2. If there is no frequency display other than UL then proceed with step II.
  3. You may also wish to check crystal X1 the Reference oscillator (10.240 MHz at pin 16 or 17 of IC1.)
There are several other points to check.
  1. Check trimmer capacitors TC , TC5 and TC6. If you press on the trimmer and the UL dissappears replace the trimmer.
  2. Check pin number 18 of IC1, it should be 5.4 - 6 vdc.
    a. If the voltage is over 6.5vdc replace Q17, Q18, and IC1.
    b. If the voltage is less than 5vdc replace Q17 and Q18.
  3. Check the CLK signal at the flex pc board connector, and pin 10 of IC1.
    a. The CLK signal should be aprox 4 - 4.4 vdc.
    Pin 10 should be aprx. 0 - .2 vdc.
    b. If pin 10 is high check Q16, and for cold soldering on the flexible pc board between the keyboard and the RX unit.
  4. Check the alignment of the PLL section, as given in the Service manual.
  5. Press the RESET pushbutton on the back of the radio.
Time required for this modification is 1/2 hour or less.
How to fix TR-2600 keypad

I have a TR-2600, and a few years ago the keypad failed. The symptom was that buttons in one column of the pad did not work. I opened the radio up hoping to find a loose wire that I could re-attach--no such luck.

The "keypad" is a PC board mounted directly behind the buttons. There are several diodes (and little else) on the board. I checked the diode closest to the affected buttons, and it had failed. Once it was replaced with a garden-variety switching diode, the radio worked fine. So, a new keypad may not be necessary. I hope this helps.

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