Kenwood’s newest platform for NXDN and P25

While this newest member of the NXDN family has slowly rolled out in to the main stream
industry for use, it also sports the ability to be used as a P25 radio in the First Responder Industry. For Radio Shop personnel, it’s a dream come true without the “M” price tag for that batwing multiband thingie… (at $7,500 MSRP)

I had the pleasure of spending some good money on a great radio. While I said I would do a little write up on it, I will. But in the meantime, this is what I will do, Kenwood has probably a better laid out information on the NX 5000 series than I would ever get close to doing. So with that, I will point you to the following page for your reading fun.
http://nexedge.kenwood.com/nx_5000/index.html

So on that note, here is a MSRP List price breakdown for someone in HAM RADIO that
wants to get their hands on this.
Full Keypad Portable, you will need to choose what battery and charger you want to go with, plus antenna ($15 VHF/UHF standard, or $35 for the High Gain VHF KRA-25).
Base Radio $825 STD /$875 Full Key, This radio comes with Type C NXDN Trunking, and Conv. NXDN and Analog (LTR in the next update)
Front Panel Program: $300, P25Conv: $575, 4000 Channels: $420 (1024 standard)
Batteries: from $115 to $175, These will fit the standard KSC-32 charger.
KNB-LxM Smart Charger – KSC-Y32K runs at $115

Mobiles: VHF due out Jan 2015. 700/800 MHz TBD
Base: $980, options; same as above for the portables, PER RADIO!.

Remote Kits: single, dual, and triple RF DECK kits will be out 2Q 2015,
this will allow one or two head use of 1,2 or 3 RF decks. (SEE WEB LINK ABOVE)

Now for the kicker, software. (Cables by the way are the standard 16 pin Portable or
RJ-45 Mobile connectors.

KPG-D1NK – NX5000 Radio Service Software. This is listed at $155.
THIS SOFTWARE BY DEFAULT IS NARROW BAND COMPLIANT.
As of Dec 5th, I was told, the portion below 450 MHz (380-449.987500) is being petitioned
to JVCKENWOOD CORPORATE for US allowance of 20/25khz wide band use. T-Band
470-512 has already be written for wide band use. VHF IS NOT EFFECTED below 149 MHz, so 138-149 will do both WBFM and NBFM. 150-161 is NBFM.

NOW TAKE NOTE, this software is licence key controlled with the Licensed Management Client software (which there is no charge for this software). This software also validates your purchase of FPP, P25, Bluetooth, 4000 channel, ect. licenses. It will communicate to your radio, validate the serial number, validate the option key, and then program your radio. NOTICE!!! ONCE IT IS ACTIVATED, IT REMAINS WITH THAT RADIO FOREVER! There are NO TRANSFER of LICENSES from/to BER / NIB Radios, you have to order a new key. This even applies to us dealers. If the radio is bricked or “BER”
and you spent some coin for all those little goodies, well, that $2800 radio is OUT.
So keep in mind, as you add features to the radio, it makes it that much more important
to keep it operational, for a long long time… (just saying)

I am working with Kenwood to find out how to have the LMC (KPT-300LMC) setup for
ham radio users. For now, an account request form has to be filled out and sent in
to activate it for you use, and the information will be sent back to you. I will revise this
once I have more detailed information on the process.

Please contact your local dealer, they should be able to offer a decent price for your
radio enjoyment. Most of you know how to contact me already, and I will offer a quote
as well. I like to also allow other shops the same opportunity also, since I am in Florida.

bnr_nx5000

 

Cheers for now and enjoy!
Evans Mitchell
KD4EFM / WQOD582

 

NX-5300 / 5800 – KD4EFM to review it in December

Greetings and I hope you all have a safe Holiday season.

December 3rd, the due date for my NX-5300 and 5800 radios. As of right now, save your coins, you will need some of it for this beauty. With HAM FRIENDLY pricing, it’s gets deep
still when you start adding in features. We have posted LIST prices for the radios in the Yahoo group. Software, JVCKenwood has migrated to a License Management Client System. This means key piracy will get nipped in the butt. Here is a
screen shot of the program.
KPG-D1NK_photo1

KPG-D1NK_photo2
Here you have HTML export of the radio information.

This is the License Management System
KPT-300LMC_photo1

This is what they look like.

 

The Portable, you can remove the channel stop on the 16 channel switch for FULL ROLL OVER. The mobile fits the same bracket as the NX-700 / 800 series, comes with GPS, antenna ordered separately.

Remote Kits for the mobile, I posted on the yahoo group, will be forthcoming, and allows single head, 1,2 or 3 RF deck operation from a SINGLE HEAD or DUAL HEAD. Look for this to come out March – May 2015 (2nd Quarter 2015).
RF_deck_info

Enough for now. Cheers. I am waiting on the new line up of ICOM’s forthcoming, when I have that information, I will be posting about that as well.

Prices: Contact me directly please. They will not be posted on this or any other site I am on.

Evans Mitchell
KD4EFM

First NJ NXDN Repeater on the air and on the WW network

The N2WNS repeater system, Boonton, NJ, has been upgraded to the first NXDN amateur repeater in NJ. Located in northeast Morris County on 449.775, the N2WNS repeater system covers most of eastern Morris County, parts of Essex and Union counties towards NYC. The repeater will leverage “Mixed Mode” narrowband (11K0) analog and very narrow (4K0) NXDN. In digital mode, the system will be connected to the WW NXDN network using a TG of 65000 on RAN 1. In analog mode, the system will continue to provide IRLP connectivity via node 4437 and Echolink connectivity via node 753534. Local digital access will be on RAN 62 and analog access will continue to be on PL 151.4. The N2WNS repeater will continue to provide weather alerts via NOAA issued warnings. Questions can be directed to Bill, N2WNS via n2wns.radio (*at*) gmail.com

Californication? Yes. NX-5000 Multi Mode Kenwood, COMING SOON!

I had a nice chat with a California member of Kenwood, they are gearing up to get their rPi setup with their NXR-800, and get it installed and brought online soon!

I will post when it comes up and where to look for it.

Interested in joining the network with your ICOM or Kenwood NXDN repeater?
Your at the right place.

Search through the archive and posts to learn more.
I will be working on the HOW TO guide in the next few weeks and hope to have it
posted for both the ICOM’ers and Kenwood people.

October is the release of the 700/800MHz NX-5000. Lots of talk on Radio Reference
on this! The VHF and UHF will follow in December / January. And I will have HAM
Friendly pricing available as soon as I get the details. WARNING! It will not be cheap,
but you will get you monies worth for it.

Cheers!

Evans Mitchell
KD4EFM

NXDN User ID List

The link to the user ID list is available to view publicly. If you need access to add or change you information, please contact KD4EFM at kd4efm1 at gmail. You will be added to the share list and will be able to add your information. A database will be
forthcoming to simplify things, but for now, the Google Doc is there so you can create
or modify your USER LIST on your radio if need be.

Thanks,
Evans Mitchell
KD4EFM

 

NXREF Status: Active Connections report 8-29-14

The following list is active on the network as of 8-29-14 at 9AM ET

ICOM – 11
W7QO, NI4CE, KI4SWY, AE7OD, KC1JET, KC9GMX, N1OTY, KB1ISZ, VA3YYZ

KENWOOD – 11
K4GFD-2, KJ4OVA, KD4EFM, W7QO, N5QZ, K1IFF, WX7Y, K1IFF-1, K4GFD-2, WB9HKE, KF4I

(Reflector connections are 2 W7QO would be duplicated, they create the bridge)

Evans Mitchell
KD4EFM

NXDN in CT

 

More NXDN in CT

 K1KGQ/R is now full time operational VNFM NXDN, RAN 1, on 449.775 in Torrington CT.  Joel is working on connecting up to the WW network, likely before the fall of this year.

Also, we are working on setting up another UHF site in northeastern CT, one in western RI (if it doesn’t bug PAVE PAWS), and another in the south-central part of the state.

Cliff, k1iff

NXREF status

Alan is working on a bug that he has been working over for a little bit. At this moment, the network is running well and I am happy to report that NXDN to pop-up in Sioux City, NE
and possibly 2 sites to come join the fun from LONG BEACH, CA.!! (within ear shot of Kenwood California)

 

NXREF Installation manual
Evans will be working on a install manual for both KWD and ICOM in a simple pdf that will
be downloaded from NXDNINFO.COM. You will still need to contact one of the admins for
the NXREF master ip, but the manual is geared for repeater programming and setting up the Raspberry Pi.

Talkgroup Filtering
This is on the drawing board, and will be forthcoming. We do not have a set date, as beta testing needs to be done first.

73′s

NXDNINFO.COM Admins

KF4I – Palm Coast, Florida to come online

Thom Scott, KF4I, in Palm coast will be replacing 443.3000 with a mixed mode Kenwood NXDN NXR-810 shortly. Today (11/16/13) KD4EFM and KF4I installed
and brought online the Raspberry Pi that will be part of the NXREF system, and
fine-tuned it for temp operation at his home QTH. Once the network is installed and
made operational at the repeater site, the repeater will be moved and replacing the
existing 443.3000. Details on that will come later.

443.30000
RAN 1 / PL 107.2
WBFM Analog
VNFM NXDN.

Palm_Coast

This will allow coverage from Saint Augustine down into Dayton Beach using the World Wide NXDN network. From Orland, KJ4OVA covers up to the northern end of I-4 at I-95.

Welcome aboard Thom!

 

NXDN on trial in Torrington CT

From Cliff, K1IFF

I have an NXR810 on the air, mixed mode (WFM) and VN digital in Torrington CT.  It’s at K1KGQ’s site as a trial. 

Joel is thinking seriously about getting his own NXR and some mobiles.  After only 5 days, he is VERY impressed.

Anyone in the area, give it a try.  It’s on 449.775 (-), PL is 141.3, RAN1.  No internet connection yet at the site.