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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-950SDX Help

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Kenwood TS-950SDX Reviews: 58 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $4599.95
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W6ACT Rating: 5/5 Aug 18, 2019 11:53 Send this review to a friend
Still one of the best  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this radio for about 7 years now and it has been just the best rig I have ever owned.Just a rock solid radio. I run PowerSDR software with a softrock SDR receiver via IF output and I have full SDR receive, it's just wonderful. Transmit audio has been opened up via menu option, and WOW it transmits at 6.7KC wide broadcast audio with no modifications. I picked up this rig for $1200. The new comparable radio's cost 3 times as much and do not perform like this rig. I will take this rig over the TS-990 any day. I will never sell this radio. If you find one for a good price get it you will not be disappointed.
N8DXB Rating: 5/5 Jul 15, 2017 20:47 Send this review to a friend
Best HF Radio Kenwood Made  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned many Kenwood and Yaesu HF radios since I got into the hobby back in 1978 and after using a TS-850sat since I purchased it new decided to find a late model TS-950SDX. And after finally finding one, and using it for over 5 years, I know it is a keeper. It has great sounding transmit and receive audio. It is a very quiet receiver and also has great selectivity and sensitivity. The TS-950SDX is definitely a cut above the TS-850sat, which at the time I thought was a great radio. This radio is equal to or better than today’s high end radios without all of the menus.
WR0F Rating: 5/5 Nov 26, 2016 21:18 Send this review to a friend
Owned 1 week   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I own a Kenwood TS 990S but always wanted to get a TS 950SDX .I found one recently on ebay and outbid the other bidders. Lucky me I got a keeper .
Kenwood was light years ahead when they made this radio. What a receiver on weak signal and I get great audio reports with my Kenwood MC90 desk mic or my Heil 781 boom setup.
This one will be in my station for a very long time.
ON8SV Rating: 5/5 Jun 16, 2016 11:49 Send this review to a friend
FB  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Find one in excellent shape,the best rig i ever had(Ts830,Ts690,Ft990,Ft1000mp mark V,Ft2000)
with a good antenna the world is yours...
it's a keeper.
73's enjoy our hobby
EA4AZZ Rating: 5/5 Sep 13, 2013 06:39 Send this review to a friend
solid as a rock  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought my 950sdx 18 years ago.
18 years of dx dx and more dx.
Works like the first day and never had a problem.
The receiver is like new ones.
20 years ago was world first in DSP procesing and Mosfet PA unit.
Now the 990 have the same mrf150 PA unit.
I don´t need band scope.I don,t need a 990.
PA3HGT Rating: 5/5 May 25, 2013 01:21 Send this review to a friend
Good old rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
After i owned a few modern rigs like the IC7800,IC7700,TS590 i bought an 1992 TS950SDX because i had such rig in my "pirate-time". I always regretted that i sold the rig but now i own a nice one , complete with SM230 stationmonitor,MC90 desktopmike and SP950 speaker.
This rig can compete with the modern ones easy and i have to confess that i worked more DXCC with the 950 than with the others i owned.
TX audio sounds like a charm with the MC90 and i get always the compliments.
When the MC90 is too expensive, a MC60 will do the job.I tried the Heil PR781 but the MC90 sounds better, more bandwidth response.
Notch is not so good but i am spoiled with the notch of my previous Icoms.
The original voicekeyer DRU2 in the 950sdx is also not good in quality but the dx-station can hear you.It performs a little below average and that's it.
Setting the menu is a 1-time operation and a little "confusing" because you have 2 several menu's.
Refer your manual when you change settings.
Don't use the Inrad-roofingfilter when you use it with the SM230 because a proper modification is not at hand,you can look up at my website : (dutch written,google translator available).
Contacted Inrad about this but their suggestion was not working.
When you use the roofingfilter without the SM230: do it.
The 950SDX is easier to operate in split then the other rigs.Strange but true.
For the rest is the TS950SDX a good workhorse to begin with.
I use this rig with a Acom 2000a directly connected and works very good.
When you can buy a decent 950SDX , do it.
The 950 is getting old and luckily there is a successor after many years with the TS990.

LY1H Rating: 5/5 May 10, 2013 22:55 Send this review to a friend
workhorse  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
These tranceivers are getting rare and almost impossible to find in EU - as soon as one appeared on ebay I didnt hesitate to strike a deal. I worked all around the globe with simple G5RV dippole in first month, still finding out new features - this is like a whole laboratory in a box
ON4KBZ Rating: 5/5 Aug 4, 2011 04:33 Send this review to a friend
kenwood ts 950sdx  Time owned: more than 12 months
I would like to make a comment on this transceiver that I have owned during 3 years; reception WAS perfect
transmission perfect 150watts out on ssb
transmission and on all bands ;
The only defect that increased every day was a shift ¨of reception frequency tha shifted more and more widely from the fundamental in reception but not in transmission ; the result was
that during a QSO you didn't hear your correspondent anymore because your frequency of reception was shifted while the frequecy indication did not change ; repair was not easy but finally corrected the defect on the control digital board ON4KBZ
SV8FMV Rating: 5/5 Jun 20, 2011 00:57 Send this review to a friend
The number one transceiver  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Nothig better to TS-950SDX.
WA1RKT Rating: 5/5 Feb 26, 2011 07:42 Send this review to a friend
Great radio for living with contesters  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought a TS-950SDX from an ad in and immediately started having problems, traced to the infamous bad solder joint issues on the PLL board. By pure luck I found another PLL board on ebay, bought it and put it in and the radio has been flawless since. Haven't had a chance to really shake it down but so far it's the best radio I've owned.

I say "great radio for living with contesters" because I am on a couple of 20-meter SSB traffic nets and the contesters on contest weekends make our lives absolutely miserable when we're trying to pass traffic, mostly to and from Haiti where the rebuilding effort following the earthquake has made little or no measurable progress, and the cholera epidemic results in priority traffic to the US on an almost daily basis. I do find that the TS-950SDX is better than any other radio I've owned in trying to filter out the contesters who don't care that the frequency is already in use.

Yesterday I bought another TS-950SDX from a local ham. This one has the INRAD roofing filter mod and I found out something... the roofing filter mod KILLS the bandscope function of the SM-230. The roofing filter is prior to the pickoff point for the bandscope so it makes sense that it would do this. So, now I need to decide whether I want the roofing filter more than I want the bandscope capability. For the record the bandscope has only limited capability anyway.

INRAD suggests I modify the 950SDX to change the point at which the bandscope pickoff point is located. Have any of you done that?
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