My personal TS-2000 notes - some fact / some opinion - but always accurate (hihi):

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Maximum Transmit Audio Response Test

Notes to table below:

  • Careful attention was made to make sure no ALC was ever engaged during testing at any frequency.
  • Transmit DSP Filter Bandwidth was set to maximum of 3.0 Khz (MENU 22). Six filter choices are available by menu: 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8 & 3.0 Khz.
  • Digital readout Kenwood signal generator used for accuracy - directly fed into the front panel mike input.
  • "USER" EQ setting is a bit misleading as quite a bit of pre-emphasis is already built into the EQ at 1 Khz. which was reset as the reference. I prefer this setting especially with the MC-90 microphone.
  • I did not chart the other three DSP EQ settings (H-BOOST, F PASS & B BOOST) as I found them to be unusable.
Roll Off
(vs. 1 Khz.
Reference 0 db)
DSP EQ
MENU 21 "OFF"
DSP EQ
MENU 21 "CONVEN"
DSP EQ
MENU 21 "USER"
(N3GX Gold Loaded)
Low Frequency
High Frequency
Low Frequency
High Frequency
Low Frequency
High Frequency
-3 db
93 Hz.
2.83 Khz.
260 Hz.
2.83 Khz.
128 Hz.
3.15 Khz.
-6 db
62 Hz.
2.96 Khz.
111 Hz.
2.96 Khz.
70 Hz.
3.22 Khz.
-9 db
48 Hz.
3.05 Khz.
68 Hz.
3.05 Khz.
52 Hz.
3.28 Khz.
-12 db
39 Hz.
3.12 Khz.
52 Hz.
3.12 Khz.
41 Hz.
3.33 Khz.


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SSB, AM & FM Receive DSP Filters (120 possible filter combinations)
Control Knob
Description
Frequency Selections
LO/WIDTH
Sets the high-pass DSP filter cutoff
0, 50, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 800, 1000 Hz.
HI/SHIFT
Sets the low-pass DSP filter cutoff
1.4, 1.6, 1.8, 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8, 3.0, 3.4, 4.0, 5.0 Khz.

CW Receive DSP Filters (11 possible filter combinations)
Control Knob
Description
Frequency Selections
LO/WIDTH
Sets the bandwidth of the DSP filter
50, 80, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 1000, 2000 Hz.
HI/SHIFT
Sets the CW shift
400, 450, 500, 550, 600, 650, 700, 750, 800, 850, 900, 950, 1000 Hz.

FSK Receive DSP Filters (4 possible filter combinations)
Control Knob
Description
Frequency Selections
LO/WIDTH
Sets the bandwidth of the DSP filter
250, 500, 1000, 1500 Hz.
HI/SHIFT
No Function
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Pros:

  • Tremendous versatility - all popular bands (1.8 - 450 Mhz.) - all modes - 100 watts out (50 watts on 450 Mhz.) 1.2 Ghz available in the TS-2000X version (10 watts).
  • Excellent sounding, smooth - truly audiophile transceiver very similar to the TS-870S transmit.
  • Very nicely built - a compact 17 pounds.
  • Fantastic DSP filters - ALL receive filters can be created "on the fly" with front panel controls. "Brick wall" DSP filtering.
  • Typical Kenwood - silky smooth VFO knob tuning (MENU choice of 0.5 or 1 Khz. per revolution). 500 Hz. per revolution by pushing the "FINE" button
  • Direct frequency input via front panel - numeric keypad
  • Utilizes two 16-bit DSP chips - IF DSP
  • TCXO is standard - will hold to commercial levels of +/- 0.5 PPM
  • Choice of variable (20 steps) or automatic AGC release time (set by menu).
  • Very precise control of output power (5 - 100 watts) in 5 watt steps
  • VHF-UHF sub-receiver (AF-DSP)
  • 300 memory channels
  • Automatic antenna tuner (handles up to roughly 10:1 SWR)
  • Receive & transmit EQ built in
  • All buttons are backlit (can be turned off in menu)
  • Can be operated remotely - using Skycommand II
  • Rig never gets warm - but fan does cycle even in receive.
  • Separate - front panel - fast tune dial (menu choice of 1, 5 or 10 KHz. steps)
  • Accurately reads out and tunes in 10 Hz. steps - by pushing the "FINE" button tunes in 1 Hz. steps (500 Hz. per VFO dial revolution). The VFO dial only reads to 10 Hz. BUT 1 Hz. steps can be read on external computer control programs - like HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe).
  • DB-9 connector on back panel for easy computer control
  • Works very well with HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe) software - fast communication with P.C. at a baud rate of 57,600
  • Segment LED meter is curved - resembles action of an analog meter with added benefits
  • Feature rich rig - just download the manual from Kenwood and be amazed ! Hard to believe - this rig was designed over 10 years ago. Too many features to possibly list here!

Cons:

  • Just a tad too small for such a full featured rig.
  • Wording on controls is very small - backlight helps but - REALLY small letters (due to small size of rig)
  • A few common controls require "function button" activation (ie...Mic. Gain & RF Power) - should be stand alone controls
  • No direct access to individual bands - "Up - Down" buttons are used to toggle through each band

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