Kenwood

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KI4KWR, Jan 10, 2018.

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  1. KI4KWR

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    Seeing if anyone can confirm that Kenwood is slowly leaving the amateur radio community? They have had a TS-2000 of mine for 3 months now and latest from Repair was they are leaving Amatuer Radio.
     
  2. K0MB

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    Did you receive this news in a form that can be relayed over the 'net?
     
  3. KK5JY

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    Can you at least identify the facility from which you got this news?
     
  4. K0MB

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    And 3 mos in for service? I'd like to know who that is, too.
     
  5. W4IOA

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    Bummer if they do, Kenwood makes a great radio. But it does seem Icom seems to pushing the envelope in developing new radios. And with radios like the 7300 and 7610, I'm fairly sure the cost to build that style of radio is less than a standard superheterodyne.
     
  6. KP4SX

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    I knew they'd never last.
     
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  7. KS2G

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    As others have posted, who is "they" that has your radio and says "they are leaving amateur radio"?

    Kenwood, USA ---the distributor for Kenwood amateur radio products-- does not do any warranty or other repairs themselves.

    They have contracted with two independent facilities -- one in California, the other in Virginia -- to be their national service centers.
    See: http://www.kenwood.com/usa/Support/National_Service_Centers/

    Both of those shops are well known for rapid turn-around.

    It's possible that one of those shops has decided to end its role as an authorized Kenwood service center.
    But I doubt it.

    And with continuing strong sales of radios like the TS-590SG and the recent introduction of the TH-D74A ARPS/D-Star hand-held, there's no indication that Kenwood is planning to leave the Amateur Radio market.
     
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  8. N7WR

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    I would be very shocked if Kenwood leaves the AR market in the near future...HF, maybe but not VHF/UHF. They produce many products for the land mobile market that their VHF and UHF AR products are simply spin offs from. Their R & D costs for amateur vhf/uhf cannot be much and since much of their production is done cheaply in China there is enough profit in sales to keep them interested.
     
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  9. KB2SMS

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    I'm not buying it. Source?
     
  10. N5BCN

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    I wonder if some JAs have more direct intel on the situation?
     

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