Yaesu FT-950 vs. Kenwood TS-2000 Your opinons?

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  1. W5LL

    W5LL Ham Member QRZ Page


    I'm in the market for a new HF\6m base rig and the FT-950 and TS-2000 seem to be in my price range. Aside from the fact that the TS-2000 has VHF\UHF capability which one do you think is the better radio? My main interests are SSB and Digital with a little CW thrown in there for good measure. I also like to operate VHF\UHF. At first glance, I thought the TS-2000 would be the way to go (for my style of operating) but I have a FT-897D that I could use for the VHF\UHF stuff if I decided to go with the FT-950 or I could sale the FT-897D and use the money to purchase transverters for 2m and 440. What would you do?

    73 Matt
  2. K2PJW

    K2PJW Subscriber QRZ Page

    Very good question. I owned the FT-950 for a few months and sold it. It was a great radio for the money. Besides the differences you noted in your post the one sticking point for me is that the FT-950's technology is several years ahead of the TS-2000. That being said, I bought the TS-2000 and love the radio. The TS-2000 IMO is a better radio. The FT-950 is nice because it has a parametric equalizer. However I have been able to adjust my transmit audio nicely with the TS-2000 using the ARCP-2000 software. I prefer the size of the 950 but like I said, I sold the 950 to buy the 2000, and have no regrets! Good Luck. It's kinda fun to be in a position where you can weigh the pros and cons of each radio!
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  3. W6GQ

    W6GQ Swap Meet Moderator QRZ Page

    The Ts-2000 is essentially two radios.

    You can rx two different bands at once.

    100 watts on 160-2 meter

    50 watts on UHF

    you have all modes for VHF/UHF

    Capable of Cross Band repeat and Sky Command

    1 radio 1 power supply.

    I just bought another TS-2000 because I sold the first one thinking it was to much radio and I let others tell me that if one part goes down then the entire radio is gone for repair. Well duh, that is the same with any radio isn't it?

    I don't buy a motorcycle because my car has 4 wheels and if one wheel goes flat I have to send it in to get fixed? Same with the motorcycle, one flat you still have to get it repaired.

    All in one is alot more fun if you ask me.
  4. W9OE

    W9OE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I purchased the Ts 2000X last July. It is one nice radio and covers every thing you can inagine. With the help of one or two others on the Zed when first puchased I was able to get it set up just the way i like it. I would recomend the Ts 2000 to any one. Loads of fun and great signal reports to boot. I have had no problems with this radio since I bought used from an SK, it is now about two years old.

    I cant offer any advise about the FT-950 as I have never owned one.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  5. CUCTU

    CUCTU QRZ Member

    Can I add the IC-7000 to the contest? I'm really torn between these.
  6. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Are you looking for high performance on the VHF/UHF bands?

    There's an interesting article in the new CQ comparing two of the new top of the line rigs against an old TS-850 as IF's for high performance VHF/UHF work.

    Interestingly enough, the old 850 holds up very well compared to the two new ones - Flex 5000 and K3.

    I've seen the Flex in action, and it runs circles around any and all 'all-mode' 'all band' rigs. I've used the K3 on HF CW and it is terrific. I've also used the 850 on HF CW and I like it too.

    I think an 850 with a couple good transverters would be the way to go. When you add in the cost of amplifiers, etc., it will no doubt cost more than the TS-2000, but it should work better.
  7. AB8XE

    AB8XE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just bought my first "new" rig last month. After much painstaking research I bought the 950, and love it. I was primarily interested in reciever performance and I think I made the right choice. The IC-7000 was a close second.
  8. K9KJM

    K9KJM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Kenwood TS 2000 can do things that NO OTHER radio on the market can do. Like cross band repeat HF to UHF or VHF. (REALLY neat to walk around the neighborhood while working 75 meters from a shirt pocket hand held for example!) Or monitor for a 6 meter opening while doing yard work carrying your little hand held. Or talk out to a very distant repeater from your hand held through your base station tall antenna from your handi while walking the dog. etc
    The TS 2000 can also be remote controlled (Sky Command)

    The TS 2000 is actually two radios in one box. You can monitor HF while working VHF or UHF, Or vice versa.
  9. W5LL

    W5LL Ham Member QRZ Page

  10. K4UUG

    K4UUG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yaesu FT-950 vs. Kenwood TS-2000

    General Features TS 2000•High performance true IF/stage DSP on main band. AF stage DSP on sub-band.•Digital filtering. (No more expensive options to buy)•Satellite ready, with transverter frequency display.•Wide band receive.•Dual receive, (HF & 2m or 70cm) (2m & 2m) (70cm & 70cm)•Cross band repeat.•100 watts output on HF, 6 and 2 meters. 50 watts output on 70cm, 10 watts output on 1.2 GHz (optional UT-20)•Built-in a Auto Tuner HF through 6 meters•Built-in TNC for KSS/DX PACKET CLUSTER TUNE•Built-in RS-232 for computer control•Built-in TCXO (.5PPM)•CTCSS & DCS encode/decode•Electronic memory keyer World •5+1 Antenna ports. (2 for HF & 6m, 1 for 2m, 1 for 70cm, 1 for 1.2 GHz option & 1 for and HF receive antenna)
    [​IMG] SpecificationsAutomatic Antenna TunerYesBeat CancelYesCross Band RepeatYesCTCSSEnc/DecCW Auto TuneYesDCSEnc/DecDual Band ReceiveYesDX Packet Cluster TuneYesMemory Channels100Noise ReductionYesNumber of Bands13PC ProgrammableYesRadio Control SoftwareYes ARCP-2000 (Optional)Receiver Operating ModeFM/FM-W/FM-N AM/USB/LSB/CWReceiver RangeMain:
    (TS-2000X Only)Sub:
    (118) 144-148(174) MHz,
    (220) 438-450 (512) MHz
    *Figures in parenthesis () indicate VFO coverage rangeRX EqualizerYesSatellite CommunicationsYesSkyCommandYesTNCYesTransmit Frequency Range50-54MHzTX EqualizerYesTX MonitorYesVoice Synthesizer (Optional)Yes VS-3VoIPNoWide/Narrow FMYes​

    Features YAESU FT 950
    * TX Frequency Coverage: 160-10 Meters, 50 MHz
    * RX Frequency Coverage: 30 kHz-56 MHz;
    * Power Output: 5 to 100 watts HF-6M
    * Operating Modes: USB, LSB, CW, AM, FM
    * Speech Processing
    * Built-in Electronic Keyer
    * Digital Noise Reduction
    * Built In Antenna Tuner
  11. SV9OFO

    SV9OFO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Having worked with both rigs, here is my 2c:

    Are you a

    "I can afford $2000,
    I wanna do them all at once,
    I like having many, many buttons,
    I mostly chew the rag on HF and I want it to sound like FM so that it won't tire my ears,
    I fancy new visual style" type of ham?

    Then go straight for TS2000.

    If you are the type of

    " I Hunt HF DX, I breathe DX, I smell DX in the air and I wanna get it no matter what comes in front of it or near it,

    I want knobs, not menus,and even if I have do deal with menus no matter what, I want absolute control of the rig in just one menu,

    I want easy access to what would make DX come out of the noise,

    I have a dedicated 2m - 70cm SSB rig already (or I don't care about openings that hold for a few days of a year),

    I can give up to 1400$ and not a penny above that, but I want my rig to be able to confront my buddy's $$$$ or even $$$$$ rig,

    I want the latest in engineering and not some circuits design from the 90's,

    I want expandability so that I can add a few options later as my wallet allows, and get to end up at the FTDX range,

    I want a bandscope even if it is optional,
    I want multiple roofing filter selection because bands are crowded in my country (it spells USA in ITU phonetics) and my former rig was overloaded a lot by the fellow hams in my county,

    ..then go for the FT-950.

    there is NO DIRECT OR INDIRECT comparison between DC up to 50MHz overall performance of TS2000 and FT950 - the latter wins both hands tied behind it's back.
    But FT 950 goes up to there. If you feel handicapped not having the 20m-70cm SSB then the rig is probably not for you.
    Of course you can go for a transverter, and having the reception characteristics of an FT950 on 2m or 70cm is truly amazing, but remember that no transverter can cover the whole 2m or worse the 70cm band without MARS modification of the rig.

    In that case, of course, glancing back at the IC7000 having half a k$ price lower than the TS2000, is a virtue at its own, especially if you already own an ATU. :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  12. N0AZZ

    N0AZZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FT-950 wins on all features 6m-160m much better receiver and more control of the radio. One of the main things is the FT-950 is software upgradable from Yaesu web sight and Yaesu keeps up with them. You sure will never find this on the old TS-2000.

    If you are interested DX the 950 is a clear choice.
  13. N3AWS

    N3AWS Ham Member QRZ Page

    How about Kenwood's new radio? Less than $2K, yet being compared to the K3 & FT5000 very favorably. There are some Youtube videos on this rig. It would blow away the FT-950 & TS-2000 on HF-6.

    Good luck whatever you choose...


    Jim N3AWS
  14. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hopefully he has made a choice by now.
    The thread is over a year and a half old.:p
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