Kenwood TK-2180 VHF Two Way Radio

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Product Features

The Kenwood TK-2180 is a VHF analogue two way radio, this has an extra large channel capacity of 512 channels. Radio comes with both battery (NiMH) and antenna, charger is an optional extra. Built to IP55 standards, this radio has a limited ingress protection against dust and is resistant to jets of water from all angles. The UHF version of this radio is the TK-3180.

  • Dot Matrix Display (12 Character Alphanumeric Display)
  • 512 Channel Capacity
  • Enhanced Kenwood Audio
  • FleetSync Compatable
  • Lone Worker
  • Built-In VOX
  • Built-In Voice Scrambler
  • 3-Colour LED (Red, Orange, Green)
  • 5-Tone Signalling
  • Battery Saver Mode
  • 7 Programmable Keys
  • Emergency Call Function
  • Emergency Key
  • Enhanced Kenwood Audio

Looking for rental or hire? UK registered businesses could rent this product for as little as £5.00 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 TK-2180 is a VHF analogue two way radio from Kenwood. Built to IP55 standards this means that the TK-2180 has a limited Ingres protection against dust, whilst also being resistant to jets of water from all angles. MIL-STD-810 specification indicates that the radio is rugged and reliable, put through and passing a variety of different tests that the radio may be affected by when in differentiating working environments.

An internal VOX function is pre-programmed into the TK-2180, this allows for hands free communications using the radio should it be needed in specific working environments. 7 Programmable function keys allow for customization of the radio to match the users needs, making the key functions of the radio accessible at the touch of a button. Text messaging is a function of the TK-2180, short messages up to 48 characters or longer texts of up to 4096 characters can be sent to other users of the radio.

The TK-2180 has an alphanumeric display with full keypad. Coming as standard with the KNB-54N NiMH 2500mAh battery, this will allow for up to 12 hours of use, more than enough to last a full shift of talk time. A channel capacity of 512 allows for effective and efficient communications, with channels being able to be segmented between multiple departments should you be in a larger organization.

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 TK-2180.

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 TK-2180.

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 TK-2180.

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 TK-2180.

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

SKU TK2180
Included In The Box Radio, Battery, Antenna
Accessory Connector K1 - Kenwood Multipin
Display Display
Analogue or Digital Analogue
Band (VHF or UHF) VHF
Channels 512
Ingress Protection IP55
Commodity Code 8525600000 - Transceivers
Type / Group Handheld Radio
Weight 400.0000
Brand Kenwood
Model TK-2180
Manufacturer Part Number TK-2180

Kenwood TK-2180 Accessories

Here are just some of the accessories available for the Kenwood TK-2180. For the full list of accessories, pleae see our dedicated Kenwood TK-2180 accessories category.

Kenwood TK-3180 Audio Adapter
Kenwood KSC-326 Rapid Charger
Kenwood KSC-32 Single Charger

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