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Reviews For: Kenwood TS-711A

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held)

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Review Summary For : Kenwood TS-711A
Reviews: 26MSRP:
25 Watt 2 meter all mode base station (circa 1984)
Product is not in production
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SP1EK Rating: 2004-08-04
Great RiG Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I use TS 711A since three months and all what can I say that It has excellent selectivity and sensitivity. Have also gotten excellent transmit audio reports.No problem with making DX.Only one missing is use narrow CW filters.

Bart SP1EK
N9LBW Rating: 2004-02-01
Excellent VHF All Mode Radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I just purchased a TS-711A used. It has excellent selectivity and sensitivity. Have also gotten excellent transmit audio reports. This is going to be another Kenwood classic.
CT1DDW Rating: 2003-12-17
Still Good after all those years! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have a unit buyed in the States by my old friend CT1WW SK, even with problems on the final stage (interm. power level), i dont sell and its still runing very well in QSOs FM-SSB and sporadic E season. Some years a go we maded a upgrade with signal generator and its peaking up on all 144-145 MHz, superb audio quality, intermodulation as well, solid and stable operation. The PA module and the power supply worms a litlle but the fan starts nicely, even a used gear its still working great after all the years.
EI2IV Rating: 2003-04-02
Excellent Radio Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Just got my hands on a very clean TS-711E (European Version) at a great price at a radio rally (Hamfest).I use it on ssb with a homebrew 8 element "Quagi" antenna. The front end performance of the TS-711 is excellent. TX audio reports are excellent using the fist mike and the Kenwood MC-85 desk microphone. This is a great radio I recommend you buy one if you see a clean unit. The TS-711 is equal to or better than the preformance of most current rigs on 2 meters!

KG4VTQ Rating: 2002-11-04
Entirely excellent 2m base Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I'm amazed there aren't a string of positive reviews about the TS-711A because it's by far the most satisfying 2m transceiver I've had the opportunity to use. It's an all-mode unit with variable output from 2-25watts. It has an on-board PSU but can also be connected to 1 12volt supply. Somehow I can't imagine using it mobile, but I know some owners have done exactly that.

I had one when I was first licenced and it performed faultlessly, plucking weak contacts out of the air and getting first rate reports on air. It's very easy to use and the only complaint I have is that the tone baord, needed to open a large number of 2m repeaters, is an optional extra not a standard component. Boards can be obtained from an independent manufacturer in NJ, but it shouldn't be necessary to pay extra.

My lastest 711 is just as good as my first, and I can't imagine there being a better dedicated 2m base rig than this.
W0KDX Rating: 2001-05-01
Excellent Base Radio !! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have a TS-711 with the tone board installed. For VHF, I find the TS-711 to be excellent. It has a very sensitive receiver front end and with the many "base" type features, it is a really good bargain today, if you can find one!

I find the making of the main VFO into a step dial a bit annoying. Seems awfully hard to tune in that mode.

The adjustable power is nice too, just right for driving an amplifier, yet being able to hit a repeater without an amp. 10 watt finals always eluded me for some reason. Couldn't understand the expense in a radio and then give it only 10 watts out. The 711 runs 25 which is just right. (They don't call it an "H" version either like ICOM does with 50 watt radios today which by all means, isn't high power for VHF work!).