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Author Topic: ICOM 756 Pro & Kenwood TS-2000  (Read 1908 times)
AB9EH
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« on: March 17, 2002, 05:04:44 PM »

I am looking at buying one of these rigs for my station and I am looking for some opinion:

1.  Has anybody tried the TS-B2000?  I am pretty much a computer guy so not having the front panel doesn't bother me.  Any reason not to get the black box?

2.  What can the software supplied with the 756ProII do and not do?  I have heard that you cannot do fairly simple things (like program frequencies and then download them into the rig) but I have not been able to get a straight answer from somebody that knows.

73,
Jim
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W8VKD
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2002, 04:51:59 PM »

Hi Jim,

I recently purchased a TS-B2000 and believe it is the best radio bargain out there for $1300.00.  I have never owned a 756 Pro so I can't speak about that rig but I know it has legions of followers. I can tell you that I am a computer kind of guy too and the TS-B2000 fits the bill nicely for me.  I run the ARCP 2000 software from Kenwood and it works very well.  I recently bought TRX-Manager and also run the rig with that too.  It is a great integrated package with logging, packet support, DX cluster support and etc.  There are more features to this rig than I have been able to explore in the month and a half I've owned it.  The DSP work great, good receive on HF and VHF (I haven't tried UHF yet, but spring is almost here!)  The RC-2000 remote head gives you all the features of the real front panel on the $1600 version so I say go for it.  I'm having a ball with mine.
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AB9EH
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2002, 08:45:15 AM »

Thats what I suspected.  A dealer came by my local club last week with a demo model of the IC756 ProII and damn, it is sure is pretty.  On the other hand, it is also about $1,500 more expensive and it does not let you work VHF/UHF.  If you want a station that will take you from 160 meters down to 23 cm, you would need the IC756 and the IC910H or some other rig.  

This looks like a cheap (all terms relative) way to get started building a station.
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