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

Mark L. Hammond marklhammond at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 10:14:28 PST 2009

Hi Vince,

Yes, I still have a TS-790A (actually two, a "good" one and a "parts
puppy").   I would rate the 70cm receivers as about the same, but the
2M receiver on the TS-790A is better than my particular TS-2000x.

It's more HF radio than I need, since I do so very little of it...


Mark N8MH

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Vince Fiscus, KB7ADL <vlfiscus at mcn.net> wrote:
> 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
>> direction.
>> 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...
>> 73,
>> Mark N8MH
> Mark,
> 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.

Mark L. Hammond [N8MH]

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