i am working feverishly on the code and saving up 4 a new radio. being 16, money is VERY slow. i was looking at the ic-706mk2g, but then had the opertunity to work 40m sideband on an ft-847 (which i deffinately like more than the 706). I hav also been looking at the ts-2000( which, of course, i LOVE). i am interested in any feed back anyone may have on either of these radios. but, my main question is: is the ts-2000 worth the long wait that slow cash flow causes? also i figure that since the ts-2000 has a tuner and tnc built in that would b at least $400 i'd have to pay on top of the 706, or 847. i appricate your time!
I own a TS-2000 (2 months now) and i think it's a great machine. Considering my poor antenna system at the moment (half wave dipoles on the basement ceiling !!! i manage to hear a lot of conversation on 20 and 17 meter.
I wanted to buy the F-847, but after looking on the Net and getting opinions from other hams, it seems that the FT-847 is no match for the TS-2000.....
The TS-2000 seems to be a radio that people either love or hate. People don't use the radio the same way, and so opinions on it are going to vary.
Myself, I work mostly CW and do some casual DX’ing and 6 meter work and have no complaints. I do not have a lot of room for radio equipment and having a transceiver that does so much in a small package sure is nice. Although I am sure the receiver is not quite as good as some high end transceivers, it has performed better for me then the other transceivers I have had (TS-430, TS-440, TS-450 and TS-570). From my experience with it, I would suspect that the receiver is somewhere in between the high and the low end receivers.
I believe it is a good value, especially when the price of the extras (Tuner, Filters, etc) are added to the price of a mid to low end transceiver.
I don't have a 2000,,, yet.. But I'm going to get one.
There is a ham I've talked to several times, and he's had all kinds of the best receivers. He just got the Kenwood 2000, and he says it's the BEST receiver he ever had. And
I've talked to a bunch of people that had the 2000 and they were throughly satisfied with the radio, receive or otherwise.
A lot of people doesn't like the idea of all those bands in one radio. And automatically figures that that the receive and transmit won't be as good as a radio that is made for the band, and I don't agree.
The fellow that doesn't like the receive in the 2000, one of the comments here, did you actually have one? And compare it with other radios? I think that there is only one or two brands that he's going to approve of and that's it.
So there you go. And good luck on the radio, and I would think it's worth the wait.
p.s. the audio on the 2000 is definatlly the best I've heard compared to ANY of the other radios.....
I spent all my years when I was young wishing I was older. Now I spend all my years when I'm old wishing I was younger....
He Said....She Said...!
The Equipment Review section says first hand personal experience. It appears only 1 of the posters has ever operated an TS-2000. I have not. I have heard people bash them as KD8K and N7HFK have stated. I have heard bad audio from them and others as well.
I cannot say yes or no, as I have neither owned or operated one, but I would not waste my money on one either. I have owned and operated Kenwood, Icom, Collins and Drake and can say that either has great audio, if not overdriven...which can be said of most radios. There is something to be said about a 32S-3 with a good mic....talk about good audio...!
get an icom 706 dont waste your $$$
I have had my TS-2000 for about 6 months - long enough for the first blush of the romance to end. I think it is a great rig. It does everything I want and more. I like the DSP, built in tnc, good vhf/uhf -100watts/50watts respectively. I have used it for psk, aprs, cw, and plenty of ssb work. I can run APRS and work SSB at the same time. I have had no problems and get reports of great audio. It is a very versatile radio. I would not hesitate to buy another one.
My HF antenna system is a Carolina Windom and a CushCraft R7 vertical mounted 4' off the ground. VHF and UHF is a dual band vertical by diamond.
i have a ts2000 and i love this radio all the way, mine's hooked up to a mfj watt,swr meter and mfj 35 amp poer supply, a mfj-1275 sound card interface, kenwood monitor speaker, with a kenwood mc60 mic on a boom, vox operated. and i have a cushcraft triband 144/430/6 meter beam on a 40 ft crankup steel galv. tower, and a 20 foot boom 1976 model year but new out of the box this year hygain big gun 2 that tunes up no problem on 6 thru 20 meters on hf side and a 300 watt 6 meter amplifier, i love it all! good luck w/ whatever you do. i'm into it all now including the computer control programs at just under 6000.00 bucks. ke7auw David in Hoquiam wa. 73rds!
Well Kid its like this, the Ts 2000 is a good radio, the problems with are:
1. People who buy them don't read the manual and work with it.
2. I have heard a hord of 2000's with bad audio on HF, read the manual and set up the audio.
3. if you use a MC 60A mic, flip the switch on the bottom of the mic, the one most guys don't know is there because they don't read. with the switch off it has muffled audio because you have to drive the radio to hard.
side by side the 2000, ten tec jupiter, and a ts 570s(g)
on receive the 2000 and 570 win. with a inrad filter in the 2000 and 570.
on trans: no one knew I switched radio's back and forth for weeks. (i talk to the same people all the time).
so the 2000 has good audio or a few hundred hams on 75 meter are deaf.
go to eham. com and read the reviews yourself, out of 23 pages about 6 or so dislike the 2000.
They are butt ugly but they do the job well.
I would ignore people who have never OWNED one and there are some who have owned them for a while and don't know the full operation of the rig
I am looking for TS-2000, at good price, if you have one to sell,
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