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

Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL vlfiscus at mcn.net
Mon Nov 30 09:01:04 PST 2009

At 11:30 AM 11/30/2009 -0500, "Mark L. Hammond" <marklhammond at gmail.com> wrote:
>Hi Tom,
>I own a TS-2000X and thanks to the AMSAT Symposium :) an IC-910.   I
>do more digital than voice, so my perspective is biased in that
>Here are some of my thoughts:
>The CAT control of the TS-2000X is amazing.  All menu options are
>available remotely via CAT.  No so with the 910.
>The TS-2000X allows adjustments of modem/TNC levels in/out of the rig,
>910 does not.
>The TS-2000X has built-in TXCO and DSP, 910 does not (yes, they are
>expen$ive options).
>The TS-2000X lets you work mode A, 910 does not.
>The TS-2000X gives me the full rated power output on both 2M and 70cm,
>the 910 does not (same antennas, feedlines, etc.)---does anybody have
>the solution to this?  Even with flat SWR the 910 cuts back output to
>about 70-75W on 2M and 40-50W on 70cm!!  Bummer
>The 910 receiver is much better on 2M than my TS-2000X, which is
>actually pretty deaf on 2M(even after doing the "resistor mod" to
>improve receive).
>The 910 does not have the AO-27/SO-50 birdy, while the TS-2000X
>does--this is my single biggest disappointment with this radio!!!!
>Tuning the TS-2000X "off frequency" by 5-7kHz above and below the real
>frequency helps a bit, but it's still a pain.
>In spite of the short comings of the TS-2000X, I don't think I'd trade
>it even up for an IC-910H with a the 1.2 gig module installed...
>Mark N8MH


Didn't you have a kenwood TS-790 too?  I use the TS-790, and a TS-440s HF 
rig and wondered how the receivers in the TS-2000 compare to the receivers 
in the TS-790 on 2m and 70cm.  I wonder if people like its HF performance, 
I would be using it on HF in place of my 22 year old TS-440.


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