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Date: 09/06/21 15:17
Motorola GM 300 vs Kenwood TK-7180 vs Realistic 400 CH Pro-2006
Author: twropr

Each of these radios has great reception on the radio streams that I listen to.  Would either have better reception in my automobile than a 20-yr old Uniden 
BC-142XL?  Do they operate from battery power and accept PL-259 or Motorola plugs?  Are these all scanners?
Thanks
Andy



Date: 09/07/21 18:30
Re: Motorola GM 300 vs Kenwood TK-7180 vs Realistic 400 CH Pro-20
Author: WW

I don't know where to start on this.  Only the Pro-2006 is a scanner--it is a mobile scanner, likely with a PL-259 antenna connector.  It's been out of production for quite awhile.  The TK-2180 is a portable commercial radio that requires computer programming--it is not field programmable.  The GM-300 is a commercial mobile radio.  Again, not field programmable from the keypad.  I'm guessing that you are looking at these on the used market.  I would suggest that you do more research on this forum before you jump in a buy something that you likely can't use or won't meet your needs.  There are pages and pages of posts on this forum about what works best, etc.



Date: 09/11/21 19:37
Re: Motorola GM 300 vs Kenwood TK-7180 vs Realistic 400 CH Pro-20
Author: DirtyShirt

About five years ago I bought a used Kenwood TK-7180, the software to program it and the programming cable for a total of about $250-$300 on Ebay.  It took me about 60 minutes to figure out how to use the programming software and get it programmed.  I use it in my car powered by the "cigarette lighter" style power port.  It has a PL-259 type antenna connection.  It works great.  I'll never go back to using scanners.



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