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Author Topic: WHAT'S NEW KENWOOD? LOL  (Read 25737 times)
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« Reply #45 on: May 11, 2010, 10:09:12 AM »

I have a Yeasu FT-857D and a Kenwood TS-480; both nice radios and do what I expect from them. I was able to play with a TS-850SAT a few years back and I must say it was a nice rig, even by today's standards. I have a friend who will only buy Kenwood, and owns two TS-2000's; one for the house and the other is mobile (B2000). Unfortunately, both are on the fritz more or less. So in the unlikely case this die-hard Kenwood fan wanted to upgrade, what could he do? Well, the ad on the back of the June 2010 QST says they have a new rig, mid-range it seems, but nothing that even compares with what is already out there. HF+6 it looks like in the picture; no 2M or 440MHz. Looks nice from what little can be seen of it but it just seems a too little, too late. This is how things die; not keeping up with the competition. Fewer sales leads to less development, which means aging rig design which leads to decreased sales, which leads to...The End.
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« Reply #46 on: May 11, 2010, 05:22:48 PM »

The last HF Kenwood HF that really made me drool was the TS-520, I have owned a few Kenwood 2 meter rigs and was underimpressed with them. But that has been over 15 years ago so the new stuff might be better?  Or not?  They use Kenwood commercial radios at work, and they seem to do OK for that purpose.  But all lines have their dog radios.  Just some more than others. 
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« Reply #47 on: May 01, 2012, 11:47:20 AM »

Its that time again to answer Ric's question.

The TS-990 is coming this year. See it at Dayton.

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« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2012, 08:39:34 AM »

Back page of QST....
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« Reply #49 on: May 08, 2012, 12:16:43 PM »

Its that time again to answer Ric's question.

The TS-990 is coming this year. See it at Dayton.

Chris
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On the web at several places ..... but I don't see it on eHAM.net?Huh?

See the photo of it at QRZ.COM ..... http://forums.qrz.com/showthread.php?345295-New-Kenwood-TS-990

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« Reply #50 on: May 08, 2012, 08:44:22 PM »

See eHam's "MISC" Forum under "New Kenwood Transceiver" at ...

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,68515.15.html

Get those Credit Cards ready! Price: $5,000 to 6,000 range. OUCH!
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« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2012, 03:59:55 AM »

See eHam's "MISC" Forum under "New Kenwood Transceiver" at ...

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,68515.15.html

Get those Credit Cards ready! Price: $5,000 to 6,000 range. OUCH!

I would agree, it looks like it will run up against the Yaesu FT DX5000.  It will be tough to compete with that one.
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« Reply #52 on: May 13, 2012, 01:41:52 PM »

Anyone who doesn't recognize the TS2000 design as a fantastic job of implementing a man-machine interface probably thinks an AMC Gremlin is a real chick magnet.
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« Reply #53 on: May 13, 2012, 08:54:06 PM »

Anyone who doesn't recognize the TS2000 design as a fantastic job of implementing a man-machine interface probably thinks an AMC Gremlin is a real chick magnet.

When I first saw the TS-2000 I thought it was the ugliest radio I ever saw. However, I couldn't find anything within a $1000 of its price point that would cover 6m, 2m, 70cm, and 23cm (not to mention HF thrown in)! I'll admit to having to kind of "hold my nose" while buying it. But as I started using it, I realized there was a definite logic and purpose to the unusual layout. After a few months, I no longer thought of it as ugly, but saw it as a stroke of genius as far as the controls were laid out on and the design of the front panel. Even with the extra bands, modes, and functions, operating the TS-2K is far easier and far more intuitive than operating the Icom 706MK2G or the 746! I'm really glad I managed to get over my initial knee-jerk reaction to its appearance.
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« Reply #54 on: May 18, 2012, 05:39:01 PM »

Lots of high-res photos at www.filesanywhere.com/fs/v.aspx?v=8a7064885c667178a0a7
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« Reply #55 on: May 18, 2012, 11:36:10 PM »

A ham radio picture is worth ZERO words. Where can we have find the technical details about the transmitter and receiver.

Yaesu has released a new radio called the FT3000,  with bandscope and is supposed to have a good receiver.  It looks very good

Maybe someone will fill in the blanks about the TS990s, at first glance it looks a bit  ugly and tacky. The Icom 7700 and IC7800 seems more tasteful, however looks count for nothing. I would rather have a ugly duckling radio
with both a good receiver and transmitter than a eye candy radio that has a crap receiver and transmitter.


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« Reply #56 on: May 19, 2012, 04:17:26 PM »

A ham radio picture is worth ZERO words. Where can we have find the technical details about the transmitter and receiver.

Some of the photos include a banner that has the basic specs, which also are in the back-page ad in the latest QST.

If you want more words, go find them.
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« Reply #57 on: May 19, 2012, 06:42:48 PM »

... "Where can we have find the technical details about the transmitter and receiver."

Watching the W5KUB.Com 2012 Dayton coverage, one Kenwood Rep said
" .. SPECS to be released in 60-days .. "

BUT, when asked for pricing info, question remained unanswered.

Get those credit card balances down - OUCH!
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« Reply #58 on: May 24, 2012, 02:44:02 PM »

An update on this new rig by K4SWL noted below:

The Kenwood TS-990S: Some preliminary specs and features
Posted on May 24, 2012 by k4swl

LINK: http://qrper.com/2012/05/the-kenwood-ts-990s-some-preliminary-specs-and-features/

PRICE: Between $5-10K US, but will not exceed $10K US.

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« Reply #59 on: May 24, 2012, 03:44:15 PM »

The rig goes for FCC testing in August. Do not look for any specs until after this. They did say on sunday that it will likely be between 6 to 7k. It seems that a few new features are awaiting patents so they are not gonna tip their hand till last minute.  Also left out of the review is that the frequency display over tuning dial it not want it will look like when it ships. A more "advanced" one will be used (patent delays). As for sub receiver it has the 590's spec because it is actually the 590's complete receiver roofing filters and all. Also said there is a few more rigs in pipeline for next year.
   
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