Kenwood NX-220E3 VHF Digital Two Way Radio

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Product Features

The NX-220E3 is a VHF digital two way radio from Kenwood. Built to MIL-STD-810, this is a rugged and reliable radio that can combat some of the harshest working conditions. The NX220E3 has safety features pre-installed such as Man Down and Lone Worker, the UHF version of this radio is the NX320E3.

  • VHF (136-174MHz)
  • NXDN Digital Air Interface
  • AMBE+2 Vocoder for Natural Sounding Digital Voice
  • Digital Conventional/Trunking Modes
  • Multi-Site Digital Trunking
  • Multi-Site IP Network Compatible
  • Includes Radio-To-Radio Mode (No Repeater Needed)
  • IP55 Ingress Protection
  • MIL-STD-810 C/D/E/F/G
  • Lone Worker
  • Man Down
  • Battery Saver Mode
  • Emergency Call Function
  • Emergency Key
  • Low Battery Warning

Looking for rental or hire? UK registered businesses could rent this product for as little as £4.00 per week *. Call us on 01425 533 533 or see our long term rental page for more information.
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Detailed Information

Authorised Dealer

We are a fully authorised worldwide dealer of Kenwood radio products. All products are supplied with a full warranty. Ensure your purchases are supplied by am authorised dealer. All products are supplied from the UK, and shipped registered and insured courier.

The NX-220E3 is a digital two way radio from Kenwood. Part of the NEXEDGE range, the NX-220E3 is built to IP55 standards meaning that it has a limited ingress protection against dust whilst also being safeguarded against jets of water. The NX-220E3 has passed MIL-STD-810 (C/D/E/F/G) certification, showing its ruggedness and reliability in some of the harshest possible working conditions.

Operating in both NXDN Digital Conventional and FM Analogue Modes, the NX-220E3 can even use both signalling types whilst on the same channel (Autosenses Received Mode). A 64 channel capacity is present allowing for ample communications between workers, with signalling types CTCSS, DCS and NXDN all featured on the radio. Other features included on the NX-220E3 are a calling alert, dual-mode scanning and an emergency advanced motion detection function.

The NX-220E3 comes as standard with a 1480mAh KNB-55L Li-Ion battery, this will allow for up to 8.5 hours of talk time but can be extended with a battery saver mode feature. Additional safety features coming as standard include Lone Worker, this will monitor inactivity with a distress signal being sent if no movement is detected within a set time period. Man Down is a similar feature, whereby if a radio is laid on its side for a pre-set period of time then an alert will be sounded.

Kenwood NX-220E3 is a VHF radio. If you require the UHF version, please select the UHF option when ordering or see the Kenwood NX-320E3 UHF radio.

Features Explained

Digital Basic Privacy

Basic Privacy uses a fixed "key" which is set when the radio is programmed, of which there are 255 possible "keys". Whilst this level of privacy is technically basic encryption, it's nevertheless relatively insecure. Comparable to analogue 'inversion' scrambling, it will prevent the 'casual' listener from hearing anything, but does not guarantee against eavesdropping.

 Basic Digital Privacy is built-in to the Kenwood NX-220E3.

Voice Activation (VOX)

Voice activation, commonly refered to as VOX, allows the user to initiate the radio to transmit, simply by using their voice. Some radios only allow VOX capability via an external audio accessory such as an earpiece or headset which is VOX-enabled or has a VOX button.

Activating Voice Activation or VOX

There are two possible ways of enabling voice activation (VOX). The first is that we can program a VOX-enable / VOX disable button on the radio. The other option is that we supply an audio accessory, an earpiece or headset, that has a VOX button. Contact us for more information about this.

Programming May Be Required

There may be programming required to activate VOX on your radio. In any event, please talk to our knowledgeable staff and we will be able to offer advice on VOX activation.

 VOX Voice Activation is built-in to the Kenwood NX-220E3.

Channel Scanning

Channel scanning enables the user to monitor a number of channels and respond when a transmission comes through. The scan feature can usually be programmed to include or exclude channels from the scan. Scanning fewer channels makes the scan faster.

A common example is when there is a private channel and community channel programmed. This is usually the case for a shop which is a member of the local business crime reduction (or shop-watch / pub-watch) scheme. The radio would "scan", or alternate between, both channels. Normally, they might only use channel 1 for their own private use within the organisation. But when a transmission (or call) comes through on the local business crime reduction (or shop-watch) scheme channel becomes active. Then within a few seconds the radio would revert back to it's original channel 1.

Digital hybrid radios can usually scan either or both digital and analogue channels simultaneously. This allows for an extremely flexible scan facility where the user can monitor many channels across both analogue and digital modes.

 Channel Scanning is built-in to the Kenwood NX-220E3.

Lone Worker Feature

Lone Worker is a feature found on many two way radios where it's able to send a pre-determined signal, for example a distress call or alarm, to other radios in range, Lone Worker requires some type of interaction from the radio user after a period of radio inactivity. An example of this is the radio can be set to require the radio operator to interact with his or her radio once every 30 minutes. If they fail to do so, their radio will start making an audible sound. If there is still no interaction with his or her radio within 1 further minute, a alarm will sound to other team members to tell them a team member is not responding to Lone Worker. The supervisor can then dispatch another team member to the non-reponsive team member's last known location to offer assistance.

 Lone Worker is built-in to the Kenwood NX-220E3.

Man-down Feature

Man Down provides remote monitoring of workers by detecting if their radio is upright, or if the radio is on it's side assumes there may be a problem. Radios which support Man Down are fitted with an accelerometer (or similar device) which allows them to detect the orientation of the radio. If somebody slips or falls, they are likely to be on their side, Man Down will automatically detect this, activate and transmit an alert to call for help from a supervisor or other team members. This works is almost the same way as your smart phone which knows if you have it positioned portrait mode or landscape mode. See this video below to see how the a works.

Man Down Demonstration Video

The Accelerometer Science

The science which allows man-down to work is almost the same way as your smart phone which knows if you have it positioned portrait mode or landscape mode. See this video below to see how the a works.

 Man Down is built-in to the Kenwood NX-220E3.

Kenwood NX-220/NX-320 Digital Mode Version Option

The NX-220E3 is available as a NEXEDGE or dPMR version depending on which system you need to use them on. Both versions support analogue mode and 5-tone signalling. As standard, Kenwood supply the NX-220E3 as the NEXEDGE version. Please select the correct version when ordering.

ModelDisplayKeypadBandDigtial Mode
 VHF Models
NX-220E3 dPMR dPMR
NX-220E2 Yes 4-Key NEXEDGE
NX-220E2 dPMR dPMR
NX-220E 12-Key NEXEDGE
UHF Models
NX-320E3 dPMR dPMR
NX-320E2 Yes 4-Key NEXEDGE
NX-320E2 dPMR dPMR
NX-320E 12-Key NEXEDGE

Ofcom Licence Options

All licensed radios require a licence issued by Ofcom. Radiotronics can facilitate that and make the application on your behalf. Below are the licence options.

Ofcom Licence Options
Simple UK Simple Site Suppliers Light Technically Assigned
Security / Construction Hospitality / Bars etc. Hire Companies Large Buildings
£75 for 5 years £75 for 5 years £75 for 5 years From £100/yr
3 shared assigned channels that can be used anywhere in the UK. Any of our handheld two way radios can be programmed to SImple UK. Up to 15 shared channels that can only be used at your premises. Any of our handheld two way radios can be programmed to SImple Site. Up to 15 shared channels that can be used for rental companies anywhere in the UK. Unique channels technically assigned only to you. Used for repeater based systems.
A note on licensed frequencies. The Ofcom licence you hold or buy denotes the frequency your radios will operate on. If you already have some radios and you would like your new radios programmed the work together, please select technically assigned, and email us your ofcom licence details to If in doubt, please call us on 01425 533 533.

Technical Information

Included In The Box Radio, Battery, Antenna, Belt Clip
Accessory Connector KA - Kenwood 2-Pin
Display Non-display
Analogue or Digital Digital
Band (VHF or UHF) VHF
Channels 64
Signalling Type NXDN
MPT1327 Yes (Optional Extra)
Ingress Protection IP54
Type / Group Handheld Radio
Weight 205.0000
Brand Kenwood
Model NX-220E3
Manufacturer Part Number NX-220E3

Kenwood NX-220E3 Accessories

Here are just some of the accessories available for the Kenwood NX-220E3. For the full list of accessories, pleae see our dedicated Kenwood NX-220E3 accessories category.

Kenwood KMC-21 Remote Speaker Microphone
Radiotronics KA-186 Kenwood Covert Tube Earpiece
Radiotronics KA-340 D-Shape Kenwood Compatible Earpiece
Kenwood KNB-55L Li-Ion Battery
Kenwood KNB-57L Li-Ion Battery
Kenwood KNB-55L Compatible 1800mAh Lithium Battery
Kenwood KSC-25 Rapid Charger
Kenwood KSC-256 Rapd Charger
Kenwood KSC-43 Single Charger
Kenwood KBH-12 Belt Clip
Motorola / Hyera / Icom / Kenwood Two Way Radio Shipping Case
Water Resistant Black 235x180x106mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 235x180x156mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 336x300x148mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 464x366x176mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 555x428x211mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 574x361x225mm Two Way Radio Carry Case
Water Resistant Black 594x473x215mm Two Way Radio Carry Case


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