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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | DZ Sienna HF Transceiver Help

Reviews Summary for DZ Sienna HF Transceiver
DZ Sienna HF Transceiver Reviews: 12 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $899
Description: The DZ Sienna is an expandable, configurable, modular HF transceiver kit and/or general coverage receiver (0.5 to 30 mHz). The Sienna includes many state of the art features and options such as high stability oscillators, INRAD and Collins filters, QSK, auto-tuner, QRP or 100 watt transmitter, computer control and/or front panel. While a kit, there is a "built-for-you" purchase option. The Sienna is a modern analog, not DSP design. Specifications include a low noise floor and excellent filtering. There is an optional, well laid out front panel with analog meters and smooth tuning knobs. The basic receiver with no front panel is $899 (computer control required). The full transceiver with most options, factory "assembly support", and an internal PC is in the range of $4,000. Configured as a basic HF transceiver kit with front panel, approximately $2,000. There is Heathkit theme throughout DZ and Sienna to include the assembly manual and the shape of the DZ logo.
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WD0DXD Rating: 5/5 Apr 11, 2010 09:04 Send this review to a friend
Great Transceiver!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I purchased this last fall. In all I spent about 40 hours getting it running.

It spanned over 6 months only because I got busy at times with other things.

The manual is top notch. The quality of the components are exceptional and you can't beat the Tech support.

I love the menu system of the Front Panel. I like that a lot of the main functions are just a push button, not a menu item.

I like the fact that when I get the embeded PC I will just be able to unhook a few connections and take it camping or to field day. Last year we had a couple of guys tell us that they spent over an hour getting their rigs hooked back up, with all the PC connections and such.

Great kit designed by an excellent engineer.

You can watch my build at,21.0.html.

W6VHK Rating: 5/5 Jan 31, 2010 16:18 Send this review to a friend
DZKIT / Sienna  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Sienna caught my interest a few years ago when I saw it on the internet and when they became available late last year I purchased one.

Due to financial restrictions I had to start with the "basic" receiver with no front panel ( computer control only ).

Within a week of ordering the kit arrived at my front door. I got to work on it right away and it took me around a week of working a few hours a night to finish it.

Final alignment took around an hour, and after downloading HRD ( Ham Radio Deluxe ) off the net for free, I was ready to go.

I was surprised at how well this radio sounds, Even though I only had the stock filters.

A few weeks later I purchased the front panel kit. ( around 4-5 hours build time) and the transmitter kit ( around 10 hours build time).

It was a very easy straightforward kit to build, Nothing really hard about it. The manual is easy to understand, and it all worked first time!

I might add that this is a very high quality kit. From the knobs and meters to the chassis sheet metal and cabinet it is very impressive

In the near future I plan on adding the computer and the 100 watt amp / tuner as well as a few more filters.

All in all I am very pleased and it is now the main radio in my shack. If you want a fun kit to build ( and a cool radio when you are done) get one, I don't think you will be disappointed.
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