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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Kenwood TS-130V Help


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Kenwood TS-130V Reviews: 12 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
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WA4PQD Rating: 4/5 Dec 9, 2000 13:32 Send this review to a friend
Good to Go.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Similar to TS-130S/SE -- See those reviews. Different PA and LPF. Mine looks like a rental unit judging from the way the cabinet looks. But inside it is very clean. It puts out about 12-15W CW and the RX excellent. Narrow filters are a great addition. Easy to work on. I added filters and replaced the S-meter and freq readout dial lamps w/o making the rig look like it was having open heart surgery. The manual states it draws 700ma on rx, same as the S/SE unit but I've not verified that. Seems like a reasonable "QRP" rig. Nice size and weight and definately rugged. But I understand they kinda rare/difficult to find. If you are looking for a 'true' QRP (5w) there are alternatives (elecraft and others) that are more of a power miser. Or consider the S/SE model (around 300USD on the used market) and operate a lower power. They weigh 20% more at 12 lbs (5.6Kg). Overall a nice litte rig w/ a fine rx, options like external VFO (vfo-120) and CW filters. Built-in cw side-tone and has a 'spinner knob'. I just like it -- nice piece of usable art history from the past.
 
AK2A Rating: 5/5 Apr 22, 2000 11:21 Send this review to a friend
Great Qrp Rig  Time owned: unknown months
This radio is the qrp sleeper of all times. There is nothing not to like and I would pit it against a K2 at any time. If you are a QRP op, and you come accross one of these little gems, dont hesitate, they dont make them any more. Anyone with questions may e-mail me at ak2a@aol.com
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