Kenwood has been around since 1946. In 1960 the firm was renamed “Trio Corporation”, and in 1963 saw the foundation of the first overseas office of Trio, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Innovation at the company was very significant during this period. Trio built oscilloscopes, such as the popular 10 MHz CS-1562A. In 1961, the brand Kenwood was created in Los Angeles, USA, as an American-sounding name for them.
The brand recognition of Kenwood would surpass that of Trio’s, and in 1981, Trio decided on using the Kenwood name worldwide and renamed itself “Kenwood Corporation” in 1986.
Kenwood has offered distinct lines of HF, VHF/UHF, and portable amateur radio models, not to mention some with built-in Digital data modes (APRS, built on AX.25 Packet) & the modems needed to send & receive these.
Kenwood’s top of the line TS-2000 transceivers offer solid performance in a very compact package, and have built-in Digital data modes (APRS, built on AX.25 Packet), as do the mobile TM-D710A (which replaced the earlier TM-D700A) and handheld TH-D7 series.