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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Kenwood TS790 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS790
Kenwood TS790 Reviews: 32 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $1500
Description: VHF/UHF (SHF) all mode tranceiver
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IK0YKM Rating: 5/5 Sep 26, 2008 02:04 Send this review to a friend
Big transceiver for sat  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great transceiver. My second VHF radio. Exceptional. Wonderful receiver and great sensibility in both the bands. If perhaps better advanced to the 50 watts for VHF and UHF. Beautiful and scratching modulation. The top for the traffic via satellite. I actually use for AO-15 and VO-52. He remains however the king of the VHF/UHF.
N8TJC Rating: 5/5 Aug 18, 2008 06:12 Send this review to a friend
A very good radio!  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I have owned this radio for a little over 6 months. I have not had any problems with it. I also use a Icom 746 Pro. On our weekly 2 meter side band net, I am told that the 790 sounds much better than the 746. The receiver is great and I have made contacts with it over 200 miles using a home built antenna. I am getting set up to do some satellite work with it. I will update this review after working satellites.
KA5ROW Rating: 5/5 May 2, 2008 22:07 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Radio.  Time owned: more than 12 months
This radio out performs my two previous 2 meter all mode rigs, which were a Kenwood TS-751A and the Kenwood TS-711A the receiver seems to be excellent, and as with all Kenwoods I always get good audio reports. I also have the matching SP-31 speaker and the speakers A/B switch makes it nice to switch from the Kenwood TS-570S to TS-790A. I would like to find the UT-10 1.2 gig add on just to have it. I have owned this radio for 2 years and it is in near mint condition as is with all my ham equipment.
PA3HGT Rating: 5/5 Oct 1, 2007 08:56 Send this review to a friend
The best of the best on VHF/UHF  Time owned: more than 12 months
I own this rig voor 10 years and have it complete with the 23 cm option,SP31-speaker and PS31 power-supply.
I had the rig realigned with a CMS-52 of R&S and got more sensitivity on 70 cm.This rig can be extremly sensitive on 2 and 70 when you have a proper radiocommuncationtester like a CMS and a servicedoc.
I had one fault in the 790 and was that the VCO on both bands not locking.
For 10 year rig is that for me not a problem bacause when a rig get older , the chance for a malfunction is bigger.
This rig is not being replaced for the coming 5 years because i like it very much !
When you find one in good shape like i did , you can't wrong with it.

N6KYS Rating: 5/5 Oct 1, 2007 08:27 Send this review to a friend
Neat rig!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I owned this radio back in the late 80's when the Microsats were launched and got very interested in AMSAT. It performed very nicely on the satellites, and other hams who owned the rig were quite happy with its performance on 2 meter SSB. Big radio, will take up some square footage on your desk, but well made and vey capable.
KF9Z Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2006 18:47 Send this review to a friend
Unsurpassed performance  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is just about the best radio for weak-signal work you will ever find. I have owned a couple including a very respectable Icom IC-970H with all the options. It is a close second to the Kenwood but the TS-790A has a tighter front-end and a stock CW filter not to mention the receiver! It is quiet and the selectivity is amazing. This is a bargain buy in todays used marketplace. I have seen mint units sell on eBay for under $800. There is no all-band all-mode radio made today (include HF/VHF/UHF radios) that can hold a candle to the TS-790A. If you are into SAT work it is very nice. It can be a little tricky at first but once you learn the ways of the radio it becomes second nature. You will not be dissapointed with this radio regardless of what modes you work. I wind up using the radio for FM work 80% of the time and it is great. I only wish I had more time to work CW and the birds (what is left of them).
KE9K Rating: 5/5 Dec 14, 2005 18:22 Send this review to a friend
THE BEST VHF/UHF OF THEM ALL  Time owned: more than 12 months
With a gasfet front end this receiver hears everything a mast mount preamp does.The quality of this radio is unsurpassed even in today's market. Joe ke9k
KC9CME Rating: 5/5 Jul 28, 2005 09:06 Send this review to a friend
GREAT BASE RIG  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I got my unit in a trade deal, Really wasn't looking for another rig,. WELL !!! I was wrong, What a great radio. My only regret, Is that I didnot buy one sooner. I have been looking for the optional UT-10 1.2 ghz Module, And hope to find one at a reasonable price. So if you get a chance to pick one up @ a reasonable price, DO IT. I'm glad I did.
TNX DON W9DMW @, Incase you have a ut-10 for sale !!!!!!!!!
VE2VB Rating: 5/5 Jun 19, 2005 06:19 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Satellite Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Let me tell you all. I own this radio for the past 10 years and even today after having other radios with similar functions the TS-790A outstand all the others. I mainly use it for Satellite (analogs & digitals), no birdies like it's big brother TS-2000, sensivity is great and enough output for all the available satellites.
Highly recommended. 73 Ben VE2VB
G0YLM Rating: 5/5 Apr 11, 2005 03:28 Send this review to a friend
What a radio!!  Time owned: more than 12 months
This radio out performs anything i have used on the VHF/UHF bands! Absolutely wonderful receiver, so selective and sensitive! The quality just speaks for itself..
Only downsides are that in this age some people may find a lot of modern features lacking, no CTCSS and no built in keyer and why did Kenwood not make a 6 metre module available as well as 23 cms???
If you want a truly outstanding base transceiver and don't want all the bells and whistles of the modern rigs then get your hands on one of these. Its a real diamond of a radio!
73 Linda
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