Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N0WBA, Feb 7, 2020.
Not Ron Popeil?
Ron may have retired.
Pocket Air Fryer! Catch that fish & cook it too!
Just set it....... and forget it!!!
Noticed the basic Kenwood 22.5A power supply....goes for $399.
But Kenwood, you do you.
THAT price (IMHO) is utterly ridiculous! The current rating is JUST enough (maximum) for a TS-790 (or similar) , with little or no "extra" for accessories! And more than twice the price of an Astron with the same capabilities. Then again, some people just HAVE to have a supply that matches their radio cosmetically; but many (if not most) of us have a supply hidden in a corner, not at the operating position.
These manufacturers (Hi: Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu) are really losing a lot of sales here. If they were reasonably priced, a lot of people would buy the matching power supply just because. Instead, they price gouge and people go elsewhere. (Astron, Samlex, etc...)
In the HF base station market I am not certain what they could bring to the market that wouldn't be anything but a feature subset of the TS-890s. I think the TS -890 is the HF Base radio for the next 10 years from Kenwood. Maybe what Kenwood is working on is a TS-480 replacement.
You are right. The Astron switcher is the equivalent of the "new" PS-60 Kenwood supply, also a switcher. I can't (for the life of me) see how they even have the NERVE to charge that much; they probably sub-contract with some other manufacturer of supplies, and just have a supply re-branded with their name. But charge an extra $200+for their NAME. Even an Astron linear supply has (slightly) better current capability (25 Amperes continuous, 35 Amperes peak) and is less than 1/2 the price.
You're right. However I'd prefer a linear (not a switcher) power supply. Yes, it's heavy. But it's noiseless.