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

Alan Cresswell alancresswell at xtra.co.nz
Mon Nov 30 12:59:17 PST 2009

Hi tom,

I also have reasonably late production models of both the TS-2000x and the
IC-910.  I have two independent Az/El tracking arrays so I am able to
compare the two rigs side by side on any given pass.  I can not detect any
difference in sensitivity between the two on either band.  The TS-2000 has
an advantage under marginal conditions because of the DSP.  I presume the
IC-910 would do as well if the DSP was added. Apart from the points listed
below the 2000 has a +/- 10kHz RIT range against the +/- 1kHz on the 910.
Useful where stations don’t have Doppler correction - I run out of range on
the 910.
Also from my point of view the 2000 has a full range of DTMF tones and tone
memories which I use on a daily basis.  For me however the CAT control is by
far the deciding factor.  The only front panel control I use is the Power
On.  Everything else happens when I select a satellite on my display.  The
910 is much more limited in this respect.
The 438MHz birdie is a nuisance but as we do not have AO-27 in this part of
the world and I can work AO-07 mode A on the 2000 it is swings and
roundabouts.  Both great satellite rigs so in the end I guess it comes down
to a decision based on your particular type of operation.


-----Original Message-----
From: amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org [mailto:amsat-bb-bounces at amsat.org] On
Behalf Of Mark L. Hammond
Sent: Monday, 30 November 2009 16:30
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org; k0tw at cox.net
Subject: [amsat-bb] Re: Icom 910H vs Kenwood TS2000

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

> Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2009 06:02:24 -0700
> From: "Tom" <k0tw at cox.net>
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  Icom 910H vs Kenwood TS2000
> To: <amsat-bb at amsat.org>
> Message-ID: <A3C3147B82D84BB49AE0E4EB26ADF21A at K0TWHOME>
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> 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
> 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, K?TW

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