Hi all! I’m new to the world of handheld radios and this is my first post.
A while ago I bought a pair of Kenwood TK-3230-K radios, which I’ve used for a few work projects. They’ve been no problem to work with, program and use, and I’ve been very happy with them. The problem started when I decided to take the kids snowboarding. In order to keep tabs on both kids, I needed another radio. So, not knowing anything, I assumed I could just go on eBay and buy a used TK-3230. No problem, right?
My new (to me) radio arrived in good condition, and seemed to be functioning as advertised. But it would’nt communicate with my other handsets and, try as I might, I couldn’t get it to go into programming mode, or factory reset, or clone mode, or do anything other than flip through channels 1 - 6. I tried everything. Watching online videos, reading the Kenwood manual, everything. Eventually, assuming it was just broken, I sent it back and ordered another one from a different person. Amazingly, the second radio has the SAME EXACT issues.
Surprisingly there seems to be very little information online about this. After more research I’ve deduced there are “business” and “consumer” versions of the TK-3230. When you buy the business model, you have to buy an FCC license and the set you buy are programmed to ONLY work with each other. When you buy the consumer version, you can do whatever you want.
Question is this: is there a way to force business and consumer models to communicate, or should I just return the 2nd used copy I have?
Thanks in advance for your help!