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Kenwood's new HF/VHF/UHF Radio

from Leo, KJ6HI on May 23, 2000
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This is a description of the NEW Kenwood HF/50/144/440/1200 MHZ rig.

The bands it covers......

  • 10-160 meters 100 watts
  • 50-54 MHZ 100 watts
  • 144-148 MHZ 100 watts
  • 430-450 MHZ 50 watts
  • 1240-1300 MHZ 10 watts ALL MODES

This radio has TWO separate receivers.....


1. The main band uses IF DSP and uses all modes
2. The sub band uses AF DSP and uses AM/FM modes only


The sub band receives 118.000- 174.000, & 220- 512 MHZ.
These are some examples of what you may see in your display...

  • HF/144
  • HF/ 440
  • 1200/144
  • 1200/440
  •  50/144
  •  50/440
  • 144/144
  • 144/440
  •  440/440
  •  440/144


3. This radio is a full functioning Satellite rig using IF DSP
4. Built-in Automatic antenna tuner that covers 10-160 meters.
5. Built-in 1200/9600 baud TNC
6. Built-in Kenwood Sky Command ( HF Remote control with a TH-D7A, & TM-D700A)
7. Built-in DX Packet Cluster Monitoring 

Example when you are listening to 20 meters in the main band you have the 2 meter DX Cluster frequency in the sub band with the TNC engaged if a DX spot comes up the FREQUENCY/ UTC TIME/ AND THE DX STATIONS CALL SIGN WILL SCROLL ACROSS THE SCREEN. If you have the menu set a AUTO this information with get transferred to the main band automatically...
WOW !!!!!!!!!

8. External RX antenna connection ( for a beverage antenna )
9. Built-in Electronic Keyer
10. Large Amber LCD display has a slanted aero dynamic look, and all the front panel buttons are BACK-LIT in darkness you may see all the keys, and their functions.
11. Built-in Preamplifier
12. Built-in CW Auto Tune
13. Beat Cancel
14. 5 antenna ports
15. Direct RS-232 port on the rear panel, you do not need to buy any external interface unit to connect it to your PC, its just a snap DB-9 to DB-9 straight cable that's it...
16. You may use the Kenwood RCP software to control the rig.
17. It is a 12 volt unit and uses the same mobile bracket as the TS-430S, 440S, 140S, 680S, 690S, 450S, 570D/S

THIS RADIO COMES IN THREE CONFIGURATIONS...

1. The complete radio with the nice LCD amber display
2. The "Black Box" with no display, in this case you may use the RCP software to control the radio with your PC
3. You may also use the Black Box and connect the REMOTE DISPLAY for use in your car. It is small and compact like the Kenwood TM-D700A remote display.
4. You may also use the complete radio and use the Remote Display in your car.

The radio is NOT FCC type accepted, it does not have a model number, 
estimated price, or delivery date hopefully it may be available at the end 
of the year.....................
73

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waiting for the new kenwood 0000  
by OH0CW on May 31, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
It is a big thrill once again to wait for a new one. I like the sound of rx/tx in Kenwood transceivers, hpe the new one ts-0000 will be as good as , for excample ts-850 /450 and 870 were. The new one ts-0000 seems very exciting outside. Had I one new model for a test for a couple of weeks on my table would be my dream.. I hope Kenwood boys are doing a good work before it comes on the market.Less for the bells and whistles but more for the basic performance (front end). de OH0CW/OH0EA
 
Promising! But with unanswered questions  
by WA9PIE on May 31, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
I thought Leo did a great job creating interest and enthusiasm about this new rig. Personally, I had a pocket full of money and was looking for the best deal on an FT-847 until I saw this rig (I've always owned Kenwood gear).

As a result of seeing this rig, I decided to keep my money and wait it out (maybe next year).

However, there are a lot of unanswered questions - for example; it's a "satellite ready rig" - does that mean it does all the dopler shift stuff that the IC-821 or FT-847 can do... cross-band full duplex and all that stuff? I dunno.

And here's a really significant question (Leo, if you're reading this; some comment would be really cool). That is - I've found that having a single ACC2 jack for input from either a TNC or sound card is quite limiting. I want to connect a sound card AND a TNC and use either without swapping cables. So, can we please get some jacks for connecting sound cards for some of the newer digital modes that use a sound card?

All-in-all - it's appears that it will be a fantastic rig. What other rig gives this much functionality and band selections in a single box (the 706 isn't a satellite rig)? I wonder why 220 is absent.

Aw heck, I'll buy one anyway. Just be kind to my wallet (oh yeah, the 706 isn't that bad afterall).

Mike, WA9PIE
 
Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by K2WO on June 2, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
I hate to be a naysayer, but how can we be talking about the features/performance of a radio that doesn,t even exist? This is pure "vaporware" and I find it appalling that Kenwood would step so low as to try and make a big "splash" at Dayton this year about a radio that only exists in the minds of a project manager in Japan. I listened to the Kenwood "announcement" of this new radio at Dayton this year. The best part was during the Q&A portion of the description of the radio when the moderator stated up front: "Don't ask me when the rig will be available or how much it will cost......I have no answer to those questions". Amazing! As far as I am concerned, Kenwood should be ashamed of themselves for engaging in this behavior.

Just my $.02 worth.
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by AD6GO on June 3, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Only vaporware in your mind. Here's the hardware that does exist. It's not a link. You'll have to cut and paste in your browser.

http://members.home.net/sgiron/kenwood.jpg
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by AD6GO on June 3, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Here's a link to take a look at the rig.

http://members.home.net/sgiron/kenwood.jpg
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by K2WO on June 3, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Just for the record, I'm very pleased that Kenwood has plans for such a radio, and I'm sure that when(maybe "if") it is available, it will be a fine radio. My issue has to do with how they are going about this. Believe me, I saw "the radio" in Dayton and I read the information sheet that you referred me to. Unfortunately, an OPERATING version of the rig does NOT exist. The "radio" at Dayton was there so that anxious hams could see it and photograph it, but trust me, it was NOT an operational version of the radio. It was under glass and was never actually used for demos, etc.

IMHO this is still "vaporware" and my only issue is that they are out pre-announcing a radio that doesn't exist (nor is there ANY estimate from KW about when it actually be available). I'm sure that this preannouncement has something to do with the fact that they have nothing currently available to compete with multi-band rigs already available from other manufacturers.

All that being said, I have nothing against KW and I would just as hard on Yaesu, ICOM, Alinco, etc., if they engaged in such questionable marketing techniques.
 
new kenwood  
Anonymous post on June 3, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
what about 220 Mhz for north america?
 
Box o' Rice  
by K0RS on June 5, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Oh Boy, another one-box-sorta-does-it-all in mediocre fashion. Where's Kenwood's contest calibre HF radio in response to the Icom 775 or FT 1000 MP?
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by K6ST on June 7, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the jpg picture and datasheet on the new kenwood announcement. It was the first look see I have had. I appreciate you posting the photo.

I too think that the vaporware concept is upon this rig again. It has come and gone over the years. Unfortunately Yaesu really hit it with an 18 month delivery on the ft100 from when it was first announced at Dayton in 1998.

Is it my imagination of does this new kenwood look like similar to the yaesu ft 847?

Thanks,

Barry
 
Interesting but we'll have to wait and see...  
by WA4RX on June 7, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
This sure looks like a winner but only time will tell. My biggest concern is intermod issues with all the bands in one box. I hope Kenwood considers all the features hams are looking for today. I really wish some of the newer radios would follow ICOM's lead and have a built in scope. I admit it..I'm spoiled by today's technology. After using the spectrum scopes in the 756 and 781, I really can't be without it.
Is it me or is this new Kenwood protype bent inward like one of those ergonomic keyboards? Seems if that's the case a good name would be the Kenwood 1000 Stealth since it looks like a stealth fighter.
Also, to Kenwood: Please don't forget other necessities:

Auto doppler shift on satellite.
Voice AND CW memorizer.
VOX (WHY did you forgo this, Yaesu, in the 847? WHY??)
While we're harping on the 847, a built in SWR meter (what a mistake, Yaesu!)
Real DSP.
Compatible computer rig control software.
No extra filter options.
Built in power supply (though it looks doubtful from the picture)
Auto tuner
Multiple female coax outlets for each and every band.
A real S meter and (for the techie) bar graph (like in the PRO)

In other words, fuse the 756pro, 1000MP or MK V, 781, 870 and 847 in one complete box and make the price reachable to the ham population--rather than having to apply for a home equity loan just to play with it.

Ok, Kenwood, get to the drawing board and concoct a REAL radio. You did pretty well with the 940SAT..Your stereo systmes and car audio products are certainly up to par. Now it's time to let those 950SDX wounds heal and get back in the game. We're all waiting for you!
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by K2XT on June 14, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
K2WO - You are too kind to Kenwood. You must be a true gentleman. No, Kenwood pulled a dirty trick on the rest of their competitors by pre-announcing this rig. I am disgusted with them for doing this. Their intent was to do just what we saw in the 2nd post in this thread - to get customers to put off buying from suppliers with real radios in production. What a dirty trick.
I am proud to say that I have only owned one Kenwood in my 35 years as a ham - the 741 triband FM rig several years ago. The reason is the horror stories I heard from hams regarding the terrible support from Kenwood.
I currently own Yaesu rigs, an FT847 (a great satellite rig), an FT1000MP (the best HF rig ever made till the Mark V came out!). I also love Icom rigs and have owned many.
One of the reasons I go to Dayton is to see new rigs. This year I was very happy to see the new FT1000MP Mark V IN PRODUCTION AND SHIPPING ! I want one and I will have one, but I will continue to boycott Kenwood, especially after what I saw in Dayton this year.
 
RE: Kenwood's "New" Radio  
by K2XT on June 14, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
K2WO - You are too kind to Kenwood. You must be a true gentleman. Kenwood pulled a dirty trick on the rest of their competitors by pre-announcing this rig. I am disgusted with them for doing this. Their intent was to do just what we saw in the 2nd post in this thread - to get customers to put off buying from suppliers with real radios in production. What a dirty trick.
I am proud to say that I have only owned one Kenwood in my 35 years as a ham - the 741 triband FM rig several years ago. The reason is the horror stories I heard from hams regarding the terrible support from Kenwood.
I currently own Yaesu rigs, an FT847 (a great satellite rig), an FT1000MP (the best HF rig ever made till the Mark V came out!). I also love Icom rigs and have owned many.
One of the reasons I go to Dayton is to see new rigs. This year I was very happy to see the new FT1000MP Mark V IN PRODUCTION AND SHIPPING ! I want one and I will have one, but I will continue to boycott Kenwood, especially after what I saw in Dayton this year.
The radio in Dayton was under a plexiglass cover. Probably an empty box.
 
RE: Kenwood's  
by KJ6HI on December 19, 2000 Mail this to a friend!
This message is in reply to the gentleman that saw the NEW TS-2000 at Dayton 2000 under its plastic cover. The TS-2000 was not vapor wear, it was about 85% completed. I noticed you would be boycotting Kenwood. If your memory serves you right you may remember that Yaesu introduced the FT-100 prototype at Dayton some time ago, and the actual radio did not appear on the market for about 13 months. As I stated a Dayton the radio would be available at the end of the year, and we should be shipping TS-2000's very very soon. If you would like to hear one I have been operating one in the Kenwood Club Station on 28.480 USB between the times of 19:00 to 20:00 UTC time for the last week. The club call is W6DJY............73
 
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