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Discussion in 'Discussions, Opinions & Editorials' started by M0WBK, Dec 2, 2012.

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  1. M0WBK

    M0WBK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why is it every k3 owner slags of 590s.You go through the forums and all you see is this.I wonder is it because they are a little worried that these radios just might be as good as the K3 and alike.I have sat in front of a k3 590 and ft950 in my shack and k3 and 590 walked all over Yaesu's offering but not a lot between k3 and 590.
  2. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Which Yaesu were you comparing? I would be interested to know.
  3. M0WBK

    M0WBK Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT950 as it says in post.
  4. KD6VM

    KD6VM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry about that - it just didn't sink in when I first read your post.
  5. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, the 590 has reduced selectively on the WARC bands, 10, and 6 meters (not sure about 15 meters) due to it's unique conversion scheme. I have compared a K3 and 590 on CW and SSB on 20 meters with above average antennas. I did not transmit, only read the mail and concentrated on weak stations nearby strong ones. Also what pileups were available at the time (only small and moderate sized). I could not tell much difference on 20 meters in actual performance but actually liked the audio and ergonomics of the Kenwood better. I have some hearing loss which makes the K3 audio difficult and fatiguing to listen to. YMMV.

    73, Jim N3AWS
  6. N8MSA

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    Not every owner. I like the TS-590, but prefer the K3 for certain types of operation. I don't really care what other people use, and certainly am not going to thump my chest like some fan-boy.

    Some people get validation from the things they own...
  7. M0WBK

    M0WBK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for replys.So it's not all owners as I know but a lot do and think because they use a k3 you should be in ore of them but that's life.Nearly all the radios on the market at the moment are very much alike. One might be slightly better at on thing but not as good at another. As we all know the antenna is the most important thing.Mind you the 590 does give its competition a run for its the tx audio is fantastic on 590 with pr40.hi hi.
  8. W9RLG

    W9RLG Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know in my 60 years of life in my experience each person has his own reason for liking a particular product or brand name of product, I suspect that radios are the same. Each product has particular value, and that is what ppl look for. I know I am that way.


  9. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hmmm. I was not aware of this. Thanks. For me, reduced selectivity on the WARC bands would be an instant deal breaker.
  10. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I struggled with the same question. After reading around the web I thought the k3 was king of the hill far as the receiver. The more I started looking, it really was'nt the raw performance, it has little things that hams love. From what I gather now, yeah, it may have the best receiver on the market but it's marginal. Especially if you have a lackluster antenna......
  11. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Could you unpack "walked all over Yaesu's offering" just a bit? Were there lots of stations you could hear on the 590s, but not on the 950? If so, that's a surprising (shocking, even) result.
  12. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I prefer ergonomics like a few knobs and butons, not a dozen menues that require paging thru the manual to operate. The newest bells and whistles are not my cup of tea.
    Simple and functional rigs for me.
    Old School Hamming.
    I like a radio that is not a computer with some RF circuits added as an afterthought.
  13. N4FZ

    N4FZ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I like the idea of NOT getting a hernia, lifting/transporting my K3, vs a 50lb Yaesu behemoth!
  14. NA0AA

    NA0AA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm coming to believe that there's not all that much difference, operationally, between any of the top-tier radios today. IMHO, it comes down to personal preferences on things like menus vs. buttons, portable vs. base operation equipment. I prefer knobs and switches to menus, and have a radio for field operation, so my base does not do double duty. I also have a lot of room for hardware, so physical size matters little to me for some rigs.

    Others value small footprint and lightweight - nothing wrong with that. To buy one vs. the other just on the raw performance numbers seems to me the wrong way to approach it, but that's just me.
  15. WB2WIK

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    I think the K3 has a bit of a cult following, because it really is different. For one thing, it's a kit! For another, they have a large, active on-line support group as well as very good "factory" customer service, possibly better than anyone else's.

    Elecraft's done a great job.
  16. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd say they are both fine rigs. The K3 out-performs the Kenwood, but the degree of difference probably wouldn't be noticable to the average ham in most circumstances.

    The 590 probably provides the best bang for the buck available today. I wouldsuggest, though, that anyone looking at the 590 also consider the Ten Tec Eagle.

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