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Author Topic: Kenwood TS-2000 vs Yaesu FT-950  (Read 22579 times)

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« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2011, 03:07:08 PM »

  The lack of new radios from Kenwood was due to fulfilling a govt contract and the success of their two way radio business, some things take a back seat. It would be good to see new rigs from them and I applaud the USB connection on the 590 as it is a step in the right direction. They should reproduce the 870 with upgraded DSP and provide sockets for a "rock collection" as well. Keep the audio section wide (the 590 only goes 2.8k wide, I suspect there may be a way to go more but the secret isn't out yet.) If they do this, I believe they will have a winner come this spring. They should get rid of those cheesy plastic shafts on their pots and knobbery. I always like the feel of the older radios with the metal shafts. The plastic ones float around in your hand and are crappy.

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« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2011, 07:41:11 PM »

Actually there is more than government radios here. Kenwood disbanded its Amateur Radio Engineering division shortly after TS-2000 was designed and built. The TS-480 was not only Kenwood's re-entry into HF ham radio but as first radio of its type designed by Kenwood's Land Mobile radio division. Basically they started with a clean slate and recycled none of the accessories used on last generation radios (ie speech syn, TCXO etc) and because technology has improved these new devices built to new standards are cheaper to build too. The crystal filters are of new design too and have steeper skirts. Since I live near Dayton I go to Hamfest every year and actually met engineer that designed TS-570 around 1999 (just before they did away with them) as they used to attend Hamfest but now it is just sales reps. At recent one I queried them about why they do not offer like a TS-2000 mark 2 and was told that Kenwood corp in Japan does not believe in 'Marks" and only all new radios. Personally I think 2000 is ripe for a makeover and using modern technology it could be a much better rig too. Time will tell.   

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