I have several Kenwood TK 3101 2-way radios that we use with our Autocoms for bike-to-bike communication. I just bought some Kenwood battery eliminators, a fake battery back that has a 12v cigarette lighter plug, and uses bike power to power the radios instead of the batteries. What I intend to do is wire the battery eliminators into the Autocom 2-way radio lead - it has 12v power along with the talk and listen wires - but I understand that the Kenwood TK 3101 has two transmit power settings, 0.5 watt and 2 watt. I downloaded the manual for the radios, but it doesn't say anything about how to change the transmit power setting. It does address setting sub-channels for privacy, but we don't use them.
TK 3101s are no longer produced by Kenwood, but they're abundant, rugged and reasonably priced. It seems lots of car race teams use them, too. The internet says that you can program the radios with a PC, some software (KPG 48D) and a serial cable (KPG 22). I assume the programming not only addresses setting channel frequencies but the output power, too.
Does anyone know anything about these radios? I don't know if the Autocoms ( Logic E11s) can handle the power requirements for 2 watts, and I don't know what ours are set for and I don't know how to find out, and I sure as *&$& don't want to burn out the Autocoms. Can't find anything on the internet, and Kenwood's tech department puts you on hold for eons.
Does anyone have any experience with this issue? Can someone point me to someone else who knows, or some website? Thanx