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AA9RN
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« on: May 30, 2012, 03:17:44 PM »

I put this here as I thought it would get a better response. Did anybody get a price on the Kenwood TS990 price at Dayton?
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K6UJ
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 03:29:36 PM »

All I know is that when asked this question at Dayton the Kenwood rep said:
 
1. "The 990 has way too much functionality to be priced at 5K.

2. "Kenwood believes that $10k is too much for any radio"


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AA9RN
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2012, 03:51:07 PM »

Ha Ha
  Thanks Bob.Thats a range.
I thought it would be more than 5K.But not even have a price yet when asked.
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K6UJ
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 04:10:52 PM »

Yeah I think they wont announce the price early, they want us to squirm for a while,  Grin  I heard that it might be available with or without the antenna tuner.  That would be fine for me, I don't need the tuner. 

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N1UK
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 04:23:56 PM »

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I heard that it might be available with or without the antenna tuner.  That would be fine for me, I don't need the tuner

I am with you there...I don't want to pay for an internal antenna tuner. I have never used the one that is in my current rig and you can't even use it to match a linear amplifier..a waste of space really.

73 Mark N1UK
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K7KB
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 05:54:54 PM »

All I know is that when asked this question at Dayton the Kenwood rep said:
 
1. "The 990 has way too much functionality to be priced at 5K.

2. "Kenwood believes that $10k is too much for any radio"


Bob
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I think I'll just keep my good ole' FT1000 Mark V, thank-you very much Smiley

John K7KB
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W6GX
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 06:31:19 PM »

A $7000 street price seems logical to me. Kenwood won't sell a ton of these at this price. However it will create a positive halo effects on their other lower priced items.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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NU1O
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2012, 08:19:03 AM »

Yeah I think they wont announce the price early, they want us to squirm for a while,  Grin  I heard that it might be available with or without the antenna tuner.  That would be fine for me, I don't need the tuner. 

Bob
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This is going to be at least a $5,000 radio. I can understand not wanting to pay for something out of principle but the tuner makes up a relatively small portion of the total price.

73,

Chris/NU1O
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K9IUQ
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2012, 08:32:14 AM »

I am with you there...I don't want to pay for an internal antenna tuner. I have never used the one that is in my current rig and you can't even use it to match a linear amplifier..a waste of space really.

73 Mark N1UK

I am the exact opposite. I would not buy a radio without an internal antenna Tuner. Also a used rig w/o an antenna tuner is harder to sell. Kinda like being cheap and buying a car w/o AC.

Internal antenna tuners work fine for tuning out SWR on the input of a Amp. I had a Dentron MLA 2500 for 27 years and it had an untuned input. I always used the radio's internal tuner on that AMP. Worked just FB. If your tuner will not match the input of your AMP, don't blame the tuner - blame your AMP.

Stan K9IUQ
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K3STX
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2012, 11:43:47 AM »

I cannot fathom spending $7000+ on a radio. (I still cannot justify getting a K3 for $2000). I frankly think it is weird they want so much, I suspect the radio costs $400 for Kenwood to put together.

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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2012, 01:49:06 PM »

I cannot fathom spending $7000+ on a radio. (I still cannot justify getting a K3 for $2000). I frankly think it is weird they want so much, I suspect the radio costs $400 for Kenwood to put together.

paul

Me neither. I'd much rather put that kind of money into an antenna first.
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2012, 02:47:36 PM »

In April 2012 while at the Visalia, CA Int'l DX Convention, I asked the Kenwood rep there and he said he had been told it was at the $6K price point. Nice looking radio but $5K - $10K is a big chunk of change. I'll wait for the tech reviews to put it on the Christmas wish list.

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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2012, 05:45:50 PM »

I cannot fathom spending $7000+ on a radio. (I still cannot justify getting a K3 for $2000). I frankly think it is weird they want so much, I suspect the radio costs $400 for Kenwood to put together.

paul

Me neither. I'd much rather put that kind of money into an antenna first.

You guys must be living in the 1950s.  The Elecraft K3 is one of the great buys on the market.


I bought an Icom 735 for $1,000 back in 1988 when I first got my ticket.  Adjusted for inflation that radio would now cost as much as a decently loaded K3, yet it's not even in the same league as a K3.  As a general rule I think we are getting more technology for fewer dollars as compared to 20 to 30 years ago.

I would not spend 10 grand on a rig but if you aren't willing to lay out 2 grand for a new rig I think you are cheating yourself.

73,

Chris/Nu1O

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K9IUQ
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2012, 04:38:44 AM »

You guys must be living in the 1950s.  The Elecraft K3 is one of the great buys on the market.

Actually we live in the 2000's where not everyone has a job, we're taxed to death, gas prices are thru the roof, a gallon of milk costs more than a gallon of gas,health care takes a second job, etc etc etc.

Also the K-3 is hardly a great buy. At $2K it is stripped down to bare bones, and if you outfit it like a normal Jap radio it ends up costing $4500.

Stan K9IUQ
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« Reply #14 on: June 01, 2012, 05:19:19 AM »

I would not spend 10 grand on a rig but if you aren't willing to lay out 2 grand for a new rig I think you are cheating yourself.

If you spend wisely you will not handicap or cheat yourself in any way. Think TS-590s at $1500.
Now that is a great buy.

Stan K9IUQ
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