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Kenwood R1000 Reviews: 39 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $Kenwood R1000
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VK5GI Rating: 5/5 Jan 19, 2013 18:20 Send this review to a friend
Good work-horse  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my first R-1000 back in the 1980s, but sold it a few years later. I bought another about ten years ago, and I still have it and probably will be buried with it! I did the MW attenuation mod which is simply cutting out a resistor and jumpering it. Simple and VERY effective. I can now hear MW stations from all over Australia.
The receiver is very rugged and built to last a lifetime. Kenwood got it right with this one. The R-1000 is still streets ahead of even the latest receivers, even though we are looking at nearly 30 year old technology. I see that prices for them are creeping up so buy one soon.
WA9LAE Rating: 5/5 Mar 3, 2012 13:34 Send this review to a friend
Simply fantastic!  Time owned: more than 12 months
OK, I'm a bit of a nut for the R-1000 as I now own five! Originally
I had only a R-5000 which is fantastic by itself. I thought, what the heck,
and bid on a R-1000 and won it.
Well, I'm hooked! Granted, it doesn't have the "bells and whistles"
of the 5000 but it's sensitivity is right up there.
Selectivity isn't bad even though there are no extra choices in filters.
Audio is very pleasant for either AM or SSB. There is no learning curve
since there are so few controls to play with! Something I really find
great is these are so easy to diagnose and repair if you have a problem.
The documentation is out there especially on the Yahoo Group. If you want a
solid, comfortable, general coverage receiver that just keeps humming along,
get a R-1000. You won't regret it!
ZL1003SWL Rating: 4/5 Jan 20, 2012 20:06 Send this review to a friend
An excelent entry level receiver  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I had this receiver for about 6 months but unfortunately had to sell it to pay some bills.
I was surprised with the quality of the construction, solid, metal frame. Very good sensitivity. Not that great selectivity. Great sound quality.
However, after a while the frequency starts shifting a little bit what is quite annoying when listening to SSB signals.
The analog frequency readout requires ongoing adjustments as it moves a little once we start moving the dial button.
Other than that, I found it to be a great receiver, maybe it was one of the top of the line in the early 1980's.
I would not recommend it to a serious DX listener, however a great receiver for an entry level.
SIERRAHOTEL Rating: 5/5 Jan 1, 2012 02:11 Send this review to a friend
Great radio, very well made.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I had a Kenwood R-2000 a long time ago, and I wasn't really happy with it, and a friend's R-1000 seemed to be better in every way. I sold the R-2000 soon, moved up to an Nrd-525, and thought about buying an R-1000 several times over the last 25 years or so, but never found one I wanted that wasn't insanely overpriced.

I recently found an R-1000, in remarkable condition, just a few light scratches on the bottom and one on the top, the front panel is perfect. Inside and out, it was spotless, and untouched, always nice to see in something you bought without trying out first. It worked like new. Alignment appears dead on, and I am very happy! Not bad at all for $200. Of course, it's not perfect by any means. I give it a five out of five for it's era and price range, it's not equal to an R-5000, or an Icom R-71A, but it's a great receiver for the money.

Pros: Solidly built. The sturdy handle can be used as a prop to angle the front panel up to the desired height. Good audio, better than many of my other, more expensive receivers. Nice tuning knob, with a finger dimple, as Kenwood should have put on all their radios! Easy SSB tuning, and SSB is done pretty well in general.

Cons: Out of the box, the 12khz (Or more) AM wide filter is insanely wide, and the narrow (6khz)is better, but still too wide, but this is a 2 minute fix. All you need to do is unplug a cable and plug it back into a jack right next to it to change the AM wide filter to the former narrow one and the new narrow one is the 3khz SSB filter. Why it comes the other way is a mystery. I made this change on mine minutes after unpacking it. As was done back then, the lights in the R-1000 are little conventional incandescent bulbs, and of course, just after I put the cover back on after switching the AM filter over, one of mine died. I replaced it with a "warm white" LED that at first was way too bright, but a little dip in the "liquid electrical tape" and some work with an Exacto knife (to remove some of the dip) made it almost a perfect match for the other ones, and so I decided to change them all out. It looks great, only the "dim" is a little too dim in a room that isn't totally dark now. No big deal. Overloads when hooked to my "big" antenna even with the attenuator on. Easily solved with my home built attenuator I had sitting in a drawer the last 10 years.

This one is a keeper. I have bought several 30-40 year old receivers lately, and this one is the best of them all, both in condition and performance.
CX6AV Rating: 5/5 Dec 21, 2011 06:06 Send this review to a friend
Excellent !!!!  Time owned: months
Its my better friend, super simple operation, not need user manual, incredible sensitivity in all bands, also in MW (obviously connecting a wire antenna in MW jack).
I love the sound due this wide filter in AM , the broadcastings sound amazing.
I love the slow AGC, but if you wish to more fast could modify cutting a simple capacitor.
Best components of best Japan made years...
Excellent and exact Analog dial.
I upgrade the smeter and analog dial bulbs for a Ultrabright leds with a simple operation.
Cons:only the NB isnīt adjustable, but i live in country side and donīt need NB....
Regards from Uruguay, 73s.
N6NH Rating: 5/5 Jan 15, 2009 00:04 Send this review to a friend
Excellent RX, Simple, a Beginner's Friend  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just purchased a used R-1000 and I am amazed at its performance, excellent audio, stability for its era, and ease of use. This radio is now commissioned to introduce my Jr. high students to radio communications/Ham radio, and wow does it work great for them! Broadcasts sound golden, Ham SSB sounds like the ops are standing in the room, and CW is warm and crisp...all sounding like a fine Kenwood should. The tuning is touchy as mentioned and requires care to get it right with SSB or CW.

The best part...the front panel has "record out". This feature serves as an excellent line output with a constant sound level independent of volume "AF" control. Connect to a computer sound card "line input", download free software and adjust; and watch PSK31, CW, and SSTV come absolutely alive for beginner and experienced alike!

This receiver is a treasure and built to last many years to come...

I'll put up pictures of students using it on my classroom web page at

73, Rick AE6RS

KC8HQX Rating: 5/5 Nov 10, 2008 19:56 Send this review to a friend
Clearly best of breed for it's era  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased an R-1000 several years off of of eBay once I decided to upgrade to a "real" communications receiver. I performed the obligatory switch checkup and backlight replacement, but this radio has otherwise been rock solid.

I can't add much that hasn't said before other than I'll probably take it to my grave. Built like a tank, great selectivity, stable and FANTASTIC audio. The WIDE AM filter is often too wide, but when you get a clean signal from a top notch broadcaster like Radio Netherlands or the Vatican, that huge filter bandwidth sounds incredible. Use a good pair of headphones or connect a quality full range speaker and you're really in for a treat.

If you ever have the chance to buy one, don't hesitate. I'm not sure which has been more faithful, my dog or the R-1000.

WA3A Rating: 5/5 Oct 14, 2008 15:05 Send this review to a friend
Excellent RX!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Bought mine on ebay for $200. They usually go for less. This one had the 12volt mod. It is a very good general coverage rx. Ive been a ham for 35 years and was worried that I would be disappointed with the ssb reception of the R-1000.
I was not! I also liked the sound of the narrow AM filter which others have not. The sensitivity is excellent and the selectivity is good. The tuning rate is almost too fast for ssb but its very usable. The audio from the internal speaker is very good.
KD5JCE Rating: 5/5 Sep 28, 2008 16:58 Send this review to a friend
Best Buy  Time owned: more than 12 months
Can't add a whole lot more to the previous reviews. I studied what was available in the $200 to $300 range and finally decided on the R-1000. What a joy to use. I have a Cobra 144' antenna up 60 feet on one end and 35 feet on the other, picks up stations from all over the world. Most of the time I have to dial in 20 to 40 db of RF attenuation, this is one sensitive receiver. And the selectivity is amazing for a radio over 20 years old, with no digital filtering. No memories or programming to fiddle with, just turn it on and start listening. Best electronic purchase I ever made. This is a keeper.
DXTUNER Rating: 5/5 May 20, 2008 00:11 Send this review to a friend
One solid performing machine  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is my first time owning an R-1000, having recently purchased it on Ebay for less than $200. My 5/5 rating isn't to say the R-1000 outperforms any of the techier new desktops, but rather reflects my astonishment that a 25-year old model has held-up so well after so much previous use. Not only that, it fulfills most of my stringent expectations for HF Dx. I am impressed.

Sensitivity on SW is easily up-to-par. With just a short indoor antenna I receive Volmets from Europe. However, being accustomed to newer model units with installed DSP, it took me a few days to get used to the band noise (which, at times, can bury a weak utility station). Yet the R-1000 has an asset the newer hi-tech models don't have: It's big, heavy and solid -- it does not feel like a plastic toy. Accordingly, its audio is really rich & full. Headphones are not needed. Just notch-up the volume a bit & the entire room is full of tone!

Limitations: Digital readout only to 1 kHz. But its actually easy to fine-tune with the main dial. Also, USB voice Txs are received 1.9 MHz above the listed frequency. For example, I get 3455 kHz NY ATC at about 3456.9. Its as though this particular model was made for receiving USB RTTY & Fax instead of USB voice. Or something. However, AM & LSB are dead-on.

Sure, the R-1000 has some very minor limitations when compared to today's $700 models, but this is one very solid machine that consistently delivers. No cheapo model here. Probably the best $175-$300 radio purchase that one can possibly make on Ebay.

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