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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-130V Help

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Kenwood TS-130V Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 10W HF radio
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REMOVED_W0AKR_EHAM Rating: 5/5 Jan 10, 2002 17:23 Send this review to a friend
A great and fun little ham band radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have the TS-130SE and I love it. It hears well and contrary to other opinions, performs well too. You really can't compare it to a radio of the 90's and beyond. It just isn't that technologically "advanced". I don't think it was ever produced to really compete with the QRP market.

It is small, easy to use and has one of the best Noise Blankers (Kenwood is known for their great noise blankers) I have ever used. A mobile rig ? Not in today's compact car environment. Fun to use for camping, field daying, or just plain base operating. I have the 500hz CW Filter and unfortunately, there isn't a large number of filter slots available.

If you can find one for around $300 it is worth it. The K2 QRP rig is far more expensive, in fact, many of the QRP rigs are as much as a really good used HF radio (can't figure that out).

THe 130 doesn't have dual VFO's so watch out for a used VFO-120 as a matching companion (another reason you couldn't use it mobile if you plan on trying to work a "pile up" mobile).

All in all, I like the little radio and the fact I can work the WARC bands. You set you power output and that is it. No NR functions, menus, etc., to dink with.
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
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