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Author Topic: Just bought Kenwood 990, should I keep my old Kenwood SM-230 scope?  (Read 2538 times)
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« on: March 13, 2013, 09:42:23 AM »

I just purchased a Kenwood 990 and I'm loving it! It's an amazing radio that has a built in bandscope as well as modulation. I am thinking of selling my SM-230 scope that i've owned for the better part of 20 years. Is there any reason to keep it to do any testing etc. on the new kenwood or sell it. In the past I only used the scope for monitoring bandwidth on my kenwood 950. I am not overly tech savvy so any input would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 10:18:25 AM »

Congrates on 990. Nice rig. I would sell scope as it should still fetch a good price if it still works well. It is of a completely different generation than what you have now.
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« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 11:27:51 AM »

I have a 950SDX and the 230 monitor.

The only thing I used the monitor for was transmit. The panadaptor function of it just never worked very well.

IF you want a killer panadaptor, I'd sell the 230, and get one of the LP-PAN units from TelePost.

Jim
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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 08:11:39 AM »

I can’t imagine what the band scope/ monitor would add to the function ability of the TS-990. Keep your ALC on transmit where it needs to be and you are done.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 08:57:40 AM »

Thanks all for the input. I am going to sell the 230 as well as the 950sd. BTW, I can't say enough about the 990. If you get a chance to try it out do so.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 09:25:04 AM »

I'm waiting for HRO to have one on display.

I was going to buy an FTdx5000, then Kenwood made to announcement the the 990 was coming out, so I held off.

I think I'll wait for a product review in QST before making my final decision, and that gives me a time to get the piggy bank filled up for either one.

Jim
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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2013, 10:02:50 AM »

I'm waiting for HRO to have one on display.

I was going to buy an FTdx5000, then Kenwood made to announcement the the 990 was coming out, so I held off.

I think I'll wait for a product review in QST before making my final decision, and that gives me a time to get the piggy bank filled up for either one.

Jim

Jim,

I work at HRO Delaware on Saturdays, and we are awaiting a display from Kenwood. They wanted to fill backorders first, as people reserved them.  Kenwood will then allow a display model. My guess is the next 2 weeks or early April.
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« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2013, 10:19:15 AM »

Thanks, Vince.

My local store is in Anaheim, just a short drive.

The last time I was there they had just set up an FTdx-3000, and I had a lot of fun playing with it.

This will probably be be my last, new HF rig, so I'm being a little picky!

Jim
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« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2013, 11:08:03 AM »

Anaheim will almost certainly get a display before we will.
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2013, 12:14:34 PM »

Yeah, one of the "advantages" to lining in the L.A. area is we seem to get the newest Tech Toys pretty quickly!
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 11:38:40 PM »

You gotta 990?!?!?   Must be nice!!!  Where's mine?Huh    LOL
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« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2013, 05:31:01 PM »

I'm waiting for HRO to have one on display.

I was going to buy an FTdx5000, then Kenwood made to announcement the the 990 was coming out, so I held off.

I think I'll wait for a product review in QST before making my final decision, and that gives me a time to get the piggy bank filled up for either one.

Jim

Don't know if you need any feedback, but I can't say enough good things about my FTDX5000 D.  Plus it has remarkably good speakers.
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« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2013, 06:42:37 PM »

Feedback is always welcome!

I really enjoyed using the 5000MP they have set up at the local HRO.

BUT....I must admit to having a soft spot for Kenwoods. When I got back into Amateur Radio, the first HF rig I bought was a TS-430. Then I got my hands on a TS-850, and was astounded at how nice the receiver was.

That was followed by a TS-950SD, and then a 950SDX, which I still have.

As other people have said, the "Kenwood sound" is something tangible, and it just plays well with me.

But I also admit that I *really* like the FTdx-5000. I had a 1000MP, and did NOT like the way the audio sounded, which I when I regretted selling my TS-850, and vowed to get a 950SDX after I'd played with one a friend has.

I'll swing by HRO soon to see if they have a 990 set up, and give all the knobs a spin!
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