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Author Topic: NEW Kenwood HF/6 rig at Dayton!  (Read 3087 times)
KC8CXZ
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« on: April 04, 2010, 06:51:48 AM »

Heard that Kenwood will be showing a new HF/6 transceiver at Dayton!  Does anyone have any more info, i.e. pics, price range, when it goes for sale, etc.?  Thanks!
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010, 07:02:35 AM »

Are you going to buy one?

It isn't just Kenwood who has something new to show at Dayton. That's one of the reasons folks attend, as it is the place to spotlight new gear, no matter who made it.
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K6AER
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 08:37:17 AM »

The new radio looks like a TS-570 with more polishing and upgraded DSP.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 08:41:53 AM »

Good!  They got away from the 'shack in a box' mentality.  Not that the TS2000 isn't a nice radio, but they've been due for a while to come out with a plain HF rig.
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N5XO
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 09:04:46 AM »

Where are you seeing photo's of it, and any idea what the new model is going to be called.

It is about time Kenwood got off it's rump and started coming out with something besides mobil rigs.

They used to be a leader, and have fallen a great deal behind.
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KS2G
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2010, 02:04:02 PM »

See:
http://www.eham.net/forums/Misc/10181
Includes link to YouTube video (that has been around for several months) of a mock-up of the rig (not an actual prototype radio) that Kenwood showed-off in Japan.
73,
Mel - KS2G
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W8KQE
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2010, 03:53:23 PM »

http://onjapan.net/2009/hamfair/img_3643.jpg
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N5XO
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2010, 04:23:27 PM »

Unless there is some amazing surprise that is built in, or has been added since those photo's, I'm not impressed at all.

It looks like a surface redesign of a the 570 which was a nice entry level radio for HF/6 but nothing to get excited over.

Kenwood is dying in the HF market, my TS 2000 is very long in tooth and hell I do not even use it on HF anymore and have not in over 4 years.
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010, 05:56:35 AM »

Information that has been posted previously on the web regarding this new radio indicates that Kenwood aimed its features/performance level to be comparable to that of the Elecraft K3.  If that indeed turns out to be the case it will likely be in a completely different category than the TS-570 and could be a major player in the mid to upper end rig market (depending upon its price point).
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N7WS
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010, 05:38:39 PM »

WB9QVR wrote:

"Information that has been posted previously on the web regarding this new radio indicates that Kenwood aimed its features/performance level to be comparable to that of the Elecraft K3. If that indeed turns out to be the case it will likely be in a completely different category than the TS-570 and could be a major player in the mid to upper end rig market (depending upon its price point)."

I have a TS-870 that I bought new 11 years ago sitting next to a K3 that I've had for about a year.  In some ways the '870 is still superior to the K3 and IMHO if Kenwood's new entry solves just two or three issues that the '870 has, I'll have an '870 and a K3 for sale.
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K1JHS
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 06:57:45 AM »

That picture above makes it look like a new Elewood.

Decent looking unit for any rate. Hope Kenwood really gets their act together. I love my 830S and my 140S is a good utilitarian rig.
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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2010, 03:44:53 PM »

A day late and a Dollar short.

 I think Kenwood has waited too long to introduce a new HF rig. The damage is done. Unless Kenwood gets very aggressive with new HF rigs like they were in the 80’s and 90’S they will never regain the lost ground. I like Kenwood, I have owned them for the last 25+ years.
TS-530, TS-830, TS-430, TS-570, TS-790  Two years ago I bought a Icom 756 Pro and I like it, and I am now thinking about getting a Icom 7600. I never would have strayed from Kenwood if they had not have gone so long without something new and got rid of that god awful ugly TS-2000.  If they have a new rig I will look at it, but with reservation.
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K9FON
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2010, 06:57:17 PM »

When i was looking for a starter HF rig back in 2004, I considered the TS 2000 and the Icom 746. Well, I wound up with the 746 because the face of the TS 2000 looks too much like the front of an automobile. Its just too ugly! Kenwood has really slipped behind Icom and Yaesu as these companys are always coming out with new and interesting HF rigs all the time. All Kenwood has now are 2 meter HTs and mobile rigs. Boring!!!! But I guess if you are a no code tech that's cool, but for the HF guys thats not too good.
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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2010, 07:02:56 PM »

http://onjapan.net/2009/hamfair/img_3643.jpg  
 
Your kidding me!! That's the new hf rig they are coming out with?Huh Ill keep my old TS 450s I have, for now. I'm not that impressed. I was expecting a high end rig compared to some of the new Icoms and Yaesu rigs.
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2010, 10:28:24 AM »

http://onjapan.net/2009/hamfair/img_3643.jpg  
  
Your kidding me!! That's the new hf rig they are coming out with?Huh Ill keep my old TS 450s I have, for now. I'm not that impressed. I was expecting a high end rig compared to some of the new Icoms and Yaesu rigs.

You can judge a receiver's performance just by looking at a picture of it?  You're good!  :-)
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