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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF+UHF models) | Kenwood TS-2000 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-2000
Kenwood TS-2000 Reviews: 495 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $2300
Description: Kenwood HF radio
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N4WGY Rating: 5/5 Jan 5, 2015 20:12 Send this review to a friend
Great Transceiver!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had and heavily operated my TS-2k for over two years. The more I operate it the more I highly respect the capabilities and well executed engineering of this incredibly agile transceiver. My specimen has been 100% reliable, the few hiccups I've experienced in using it were all operator error. The learning curve in becoming very competent and intimate with all of it's capabilities was rather steep and long, and very worth it. Would I prefer a Flex 6700?!? YES, but until that becomes a fiscal possibility for me the TS-2000 has been and continues to be just downright fun! If you get one, give yourself some time and patience to get used to all of the features and menus, there are a lot of them and it takes some practice. Cheat sheets for the menu items help a lot!
Particularly cool capabilities: Built in TNC (awesome for Winlink 2000 users), cross band repeat, built in tuner, RX only antenna port, superb Kenwood audio with mic equalization, huge display, the list goes on.
N8MJS Rating: 5/5 Oct 22, 2014 05:20 Send this review to a friend
Very happy.  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have been very satisfied with my TS-2000.
No complaints.
For most a $8000.00 radio (TS-990S) is not possible.
The cost of the TS-2000 is well worth the performance and features.
WO4V Rating: 5/5 Sep 12, 2014 18:50 Send this review to a friend
Kenwood Quality  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had 140's, 440's, 820's, 930's, 940's and most recently an 870 for 12 years. The 2000 does many things very well.The receiver is not quite the same as the 870's receiver, but it is not THAT different. In fact, the 2000 was just as sensitive as the 870's receiver in A-B tests here at my station, and maybe just a tad more noise without any EQ turned on. With the internal receive EQ turned on, I could match the sound of the 870's receiver just about perfectly. Transmitted audio with no EQ either inboard or outboard is,according to reports from hams I have talked to for years, is indistinguishable from the 870. All in all, I like this rig so much that I purchased a TS B2000 from a friend, and sold him my 870. The "B" actually has a better receiver of the two on 15, 12, and 10 meters according to A-B test here at the home station, so I am happy with both of these rigs. The features (including the DSP, which is MUCH better than my old W9GR DSP-3 outboard unit) make this a truly all-purpose rig. Nice job, Kenwood! A good purchase and a nice addition to the shack in a long line of Kenwood rigs here.

I have had a few of the "brand Y" multi-band rigs here in the shack and as mobiles, and while pretty nice rigs, just did not satisfy, so they hit the hamfest tables over the years. Not even in the same league...

I know this is the most reviewed rig on Eham, but my experience has been positive enough to prompt my review.

73, Dave
N4ZBO Rating: 5/5 Jul 3, 2014 21:08 Send this review to a friend
good  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have wanted one of these for quite some time like I have heard it all good things come to them who wate....
well my wate is over I have had this rig for a month now and could not be happier I heard the receve on 2meter was low but mine seems to work well with no real lose in the receve and with 2 meter pre amp it sounds good..
now mine got all the new filters in it the owner had that done just be for he sold it to me.
the rest of the h/f receve is the same as with rest of the rigs out there I am sure there are some who will say otherwise but each to there own liking on what sounds good.if you have a chance to get one grab it you like it...
AF5IU Rating: 5/5 May 31, 2014 19:20 Send this review to a friend
Outstanding radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is my first HF rig. I purchased it during August 2013. With my G5RV and ham sticks, I have covered well over 100 countries including Antarctica. Please see my QRZ page for more details. I have heard that this radio is just mediocre, deaf, and just a plain Swiss Army knife. Well, it is a Swiss Army knife and it does everything well. I have been given many compliments by hams overseas. Many could not believe that all I had was a TS-2000 and a G5RV on 100 watts. Just this month I was told by a ham in Slovenia that I sounded like I was using a Yagi. I know that hams are known to just give you a "59" no matter what, but I believed him when he said I was a "59". I have flabbergasted hams on much more expensive rigs. I just tried out two brand new TS-590s and they went back where they came from. I did not pay a restocking fee either. Go read my review on the TS-590. If you DO ever have problems with your Kenwood product, beware of the ONE support guy in California who takes 99.9% of Kenwood USA amateur radio calls. Kenwood support is almost non-existent. You are better off calling the place where you bought it, or talk with another ham operator because you will get better assistance. The ONLY thing that this ONE support person is right about is that the TS-2000 is a "WOW" radio. This radio also has a very nice PEAK HOLD meter for SSB and the TS-590S does not.
KC7NYI Rating: 5/5 May 16, 2014 15:37 Send this review to a friend
great  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
got my third today. been 7 years. forgot how nice it is. traded my icom 7100, just too small for my 80 year old hands and eyes. Kenwood is easy to operate. glad i came back.. wanted a radio for hf and two meters at same time. it does a great job. got more than 100 qsl cards from oscar 14 and 27 long ago. did enjoy sat. work
K8BZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 26, 2014 06:45 Send this review to a friend
Top of the line receiver  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I submitted a review about a year ago after having the TS-2000 for a short period of time. I used the rig primarily for VHF packet and satellite work and used an IC-7600 for my main interests of DXing. In the recent DXpeditions to XZ1J, VK9/K7CO and current expitions to T6DD and TX6G, I "just for fun" decided to see how the TS-2000's receiver stacked up against the IC-7600. I tuned both receivers to very weak stations working a pile up in these expiditions and when I could barely hear them above the noise floor of the IC-7600, to the point where it would be hard to determin if they were working me, they were 100% readable on the TS-2000 with vertually no detectable noise. To say the least I was surprised, and more accurately shocked when the Icom's price is $2,000 over the cost of the TS-2000. The same antenna was used for the receive test and I only had to switch an antenna switch to quickly put the tribander on the other rig. If this is tipical of the performance of the two receivers, the TS-2000 far outshines the IC-7600 for weak signal CW.
K4GNO Rating: 5/5 Mar 9, 2014 17:27 Send this review to a friend
Great Flexibility  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've owned the TS-2000 for over nine years and love the flexibility that it brings to my shack. I've been an active ham for 59 years and have had many fine rigs. I can hear anything I can work and find the receiver to be more than adequate. I have a triplexer for 6, 2, and 440 and worked with a 130' OCF I can cover a wide range of frequencies. It's a keeper!
KM3F Rating: 4/5 Jan 22, 2014 23:45 Send this review to a friend
Big bang for the cost  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
While not an owner very long, I want to comment on some items others see as a minus.
1.The de-sense from close by signals.
If the Hi cut is out to 5k it will be a normal invitation to de-sense the receive. Dial it back to 2.8 or less as needed and the de-sense is no longer a factor. Use the controls as needed.
I can eliminate side band splash as close as 1.5 kc by hi cutting below 2000 without loss of good intelligibility. I think this is pretty good performance.
2. S meter seems to lack an indication of sensitivity. A check of actual sensitivity specs shows it not any wost than most other makes for RX sensitivity. The RX comes very close to the Collins standard for S9 sensitivity. Other makes are fudging this calibration to make their RX look more sensitive from an S meter point of view when they likely are not actually any better..
This is a result of no 'standard' being used.
3. The Beat cancel, manual beat control and noise reductions work very well for my use on AM and SSB.
4. With the Memory control program there are useful tricks to add operating performance to AM Rx when SSB operation is close by..
Example set up AM in memory so you can Rx in SSB and have full use of the filtering but still Tx in AM or as cross 'mode' operation. The beat note is handled by RIT shifting. Again, use the controls.
Bottom line is to use the control functions the radio has and not expect to just move a VFO and have everything perfect without any other efforts.
N0FPE Rating: 4/5 Jan 20, 2014 05:08 Send this review to a friend
Not bad  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned both a TS-2000 and a TS-2000X. Both rig preformed great. No problems, no trips back to kenwood for filters etc. The looks of the radio are fine by me. If I was to get a good deal on another one would I buy it? YES.

Now having said that. I now have a 756ProII and had a chance to compare the ProII and the 2000 side by side. The TS-2000 receiver was just not as good in any way. Things the Icom could hear were not even a tickle on the 2000.
Using both hooked to my Signalink and looking at the waterfall the Icom was hearing signals that the 2000 didn't even trace a hint of.
This is not to say the 2000 has a bad receiver, it is just not as hot as the Icom. IMHO

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