Do I need any special hardware to work digital modes? Or is the transceiver ready to go as is?
Just a USB 2.0 printer-style cable (A to B). Install the Kenwood driver in Windows and you're ready to go for audio and CAT control.
AB0L (Formerly N0KAI)
Kenwood TM-V71A, Kenwood TS-590S, Motorola XPR4550, TYT MD-UV380, Kenwood TH-D7A, BTECH UV-5X3, µBITX V5 QRP