[amsat-bb] Re: Icom 910H vs Kenwood TS2000

w4upd updwrb at bristor-assoc.com
Mon Nov 30 06:02:10 PST 2009

Although I have owned Kenwood equipment (and still have the TS711/811 
pair) I purchased an Icom IC-910 and have been very happy with it. I 
have a few friends with the TS2000 and although it is a nice rig, I 
found the IC-910 to be more sensitive to weak signals related to 
satellites and have at times received the signals without using my 
preamp. The TS2000 also have some birdies in the satellite frequencies 
that can be annoying and this problem has not nor do they plan on fixing.

If you do not have a rig yet and wish a unit that covers HF/VHF/UHF than 
this may be the unit. Frankly, I don't like having all my eggs in one 
basket in the event the rig fails, you lose it all. You can get other 
rigs cheaper that cover HF/VHF/UHF that are not satellite rigs at 
affordable prices and still get the Icom IC-910 which is what I did. 
Also, if you want to add 1.2Ghz it is less than a 5 minute project on 
the IC-910. The TS2000 is a bit more time consuming and difficult.

Just my two cents.

Reid, W4UPD

Tom wrote:
> I plan to purchase a new home transceiver in the next few months and I've
> narrowed my choices between a 910H and a TS2000. Thinking only of satellite
> operation (ignoring the HF capability of the TS2000), is there a general
> preference in the Amsat community of one over the other? Reasons?
> Thanks for your opinions.
> Tom, KØTW

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