RadioReference on Facebook   RadioReference on Twitter   RadioReference Blog
 

Go Back   The RadioReference.com Forums > HF / MW / LW Monitoring > HF/MW/LW Equipment


HF/MW/LW Equipment - For general and technical discussion of all receivers which cover the HF bands. For HF tranceiver discussion please use the Amateur Radio Equipment forum above.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 09-12-2017, 2:17 PM
mbott's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 177
Thumbs up Kenwood R-1000

My "new" R-1000 arrived this morning. Now I have to wait until evening to check this out fully. However, what I've found out so far is very positive. Currently listening to Radio Exterior Espaņa in Spanish from Noblejas targeted towards Asia. Great signal and the stock speaker has decent sound. REE currently going s9+20 off the Wellbrook.

Looking forward to this evening and hopefully better conditions. Rain forecast, but no lightning is expected.

--
Mike
__________________
Knight Star Roamers Sony ICF-2010 Sangean ATS-909X Icom IC-R75 Tecsun PL-660 Kenwood R-1000 & R-5000 Yaesu FRG-7 SDRplay RSP1 & 2 JRC NRD-535D CountyComm GP-5
Pixel RF Pro-1B Wellbrook ALA1530LNP
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-12-2017, 2:32 PM
Wiki Admin Emeritus
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Bowie, Md.
Posts: 20,602
Default

That radio is justly famous for having a very hot front end - meaning it's a very sensitive receiver. One ding on that is that the 'RF Gain' control is really just a switch with a few values - and sometimes those values are either too little or too much. You can put an inline attenuator to alleviate the problem - one way to do this is below (be sure to read the whole thread)...

https://forums.radioreference.com/re...r-project.html

GL with the radio - if it doesn't develop display issues you have a keeper for sure...Mike
__________________
links editor, Utility Monitoring Central
HF Forum moderator, RadioReference
Friends don't let friends buy Scancat Lite Plus!
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-12-2017, 7:30 PM
ridgescan's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Francisco, Ca.
Posts: 4,125
Default

Can you put up some pics and maybe a video of it in action? Kenwoods are cool and kind of scarce-would like to see it!
__________________
BC785D to Diamond D130J @50'
IcomR71A, RS DX-160 to Wellbrook loop @50'
IcomR75,
'54 SX-88 #127 to 100' endfed wire/9:1 trans. @40'
RS Pro 2066 in truck to Larsen Tribander
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2017, 8:32 AM
mbott's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 177
Default

Ridgescan, there is a pic in the https://forums.radioreference.com/pi...icipation.html thread. I'll get some more up as time permits. Video is def not my strong point.

--
Mike
__________________
Knight Star Roamers Sony ICF-2010 Sangean ATS-909X Icom IC-R75 Tecsun PL-660 Kenwood R-1000 & R-5000 Yaesu FRG-7 SDRplay RSP1 & 2 JRC NRD-535D CountyComm GP-5
Pixel RF Pro-1B Wellbrook ALA1530LNP
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2017, 10:24 AM
ridgescan's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Francisco, Ca.
Posts: 4,125
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by mbott View Post
Ridgescan, there is a pic in the https://forums.radioreference.com/pi...icipation.html thread. I'll get some more up as time permits. Video is def not my strong point.

--
Mike
Mine neither but I do them anyway Seriously though, pics have become my weak point since Photobucket screwed all of us out of web hosting. I have to find a new site for that now for pics. I saw your shack photos-nice Rx station! I had no idea you had such a diverse setup between old-school and latest SDR receivers. Everything here is old-school but I like it that way.
The KW looks great-you probably had a blast on its first run!
__________________
BC785D to Diamond D130J @50'
IcomR71A, RS DX-160 to Wellbrook loop @50'
IcomR75,
'54 SX-88 #127 to 100' endfed wire/9:1 trans. @40'
RS Pro 2066 in truck to Larsen Tribander
Reply With Quote
Sponsored links
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-13-2017, 6:40 PM
mbott's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 177
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgescan View Post
Mine neither but I do them anyway Seriously though, pics have become my weak point since Photobucket screwed all of us out of web hosting. I have to find a new site for that now for pics. I saw your shack photos-nice Rx station! I had no idea you had such a diverse setup between old-school and latest SDR receivers. Everything here is old-school but I like it that way.
The KW looks great-you probably had a blast on its first run!
Have you looked at imgur? I use it to share pics with people but not for storage. Storage is my hard drive.

--
Mike
__________________
Knight Star Roamers Sony ICF-2010 Sangean ATS-909X Icom IC-R75 Tecsun PL-660 Kenwood R-1000 & R-5000 Yaesu FRG-7 SDRplay RSP1 & 2 JRC NRD-535D CountyComm GP-5
Pixel RF Pro-1B Wellbrook ALA1530LNP
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 5:24 AM
majoco's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 2,467
Default

Don't use "Post quick reply" - click on "Post reply" - then when you have typed in your text, drop down below the first "Submit Reply" and you will see "Manage attachments" - click on that - then you can load your own jpeg pix from your hard disk - then click on "Submit Reply" and it will show in your post.
__________________
Cheers - Martin ZL2MC - Palmerston North
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 12:10 PM
ridgescan's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Francisco, Ca.
Posts: 4,125
Default

Thanks for the good suggestions. Martin I didn't know about the option you posted. I think I have a Flikr account floating around somewhere too.
__________________
BC785D to Diamond D130J @50'
IcomR71A, RS DX-160 to Wellbrook loop @50'
IcomR75,
'54 SX-88 #127 to 100' endfed wire/9:1 trans. @40'
RS Pro 2066 in truck to Larsen Tribander
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 4:35 PM
majoco's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 2,467
Default

Yes, it's a good system that works well, it's a pity that it won't accept sound bites.

It also keeps track of your pic posts and if you try to load the same pic again, it refers you to your previous post and gives you the URL which you can just cut'n'paste - very clever.
__________________
Cheers - Martin ZL2MC - Palmerston North
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 9:11 PM
mbott's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 177
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ridgescan View Post
Can you put up some pics and maybe a video of it in action? Kenwoods are cool and kind of scarce-would like to see it!
My first and quite possibly my last video: https://youtu.be/t9dtf404FmE

--
Mike
__________________
Knight Star Roamers Sony ICF-2010 Sangean ATS-909X Icom IC-R75 Tecsun PL-660 Kenwood R-1000 & R-5000 Yaesu FRG-7 SDRplay RSP1 & 2 JRC NRD-535D CountyComm GP-5
Pixel RF Pro-1B Wellbrook ALA1530LNP
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 9:50 PM
w8prr's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: West Liberty, Ohio
Posts: 219
Default

Very nice radio! I have had a R 2000 since they came out and love it also.
Please consider making more videos, you did a great job and I'd love to see one on your Knight Kit Star Roamers!
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old 09-14-2017, 10:39 PM
ridgescan's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: San Francisco, Ca.
Posts: 4,125
Default

Shoot Mike, I agree with W8PPR. Excellent video and you seem to be a natural doing it! Thanks for the clip, that KW is very neat like I figured it would be. Never saw that one before. I almost got my hands on a very nice KW receiver about 10 years ago but passed on it-wish I had it after seeing yours. I have a nice collection of rigs but I think that a KW would be a nice addition. Happy DXing!
__________________
BC785D to Diamond D130J @50'
IcomR71A, RS DX-160 to Wellbrook loop @50'
IcomR75,
'54 SX-88 #127 to 100' endfed wire/9:1 trans. @40'
RS Pro 2066 in truck to Larsen Tribander
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old 09-15-2017, 12:10 AM
majoco's Avatar
Member
  Shack Photos
Shack photos
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 2,467
Default

Quote:
I have had a R 2000 since they came out and love it also.
Me too - great receiver - my attenuator packed up a few years ago so I bridged it out then fitted the RF gain pot mod - much better, works very well, never used the tone control so that's the RF gain!
Attached Images
File Type: pdf -R-2000 RF gain.pdf (9.4 KB, 38 views)
__________________
Cheers - Martin ZL2MC - Palmerston North
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old 10-13-2017, 1:22 PM
mbott's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 177
Default

Less the time I was on vacay, I've had this R-1000 for a month now. I am still impressed with it as I was upon receipt. Even without a keypad, this seems to be the radio I turn on first. Even though I did not "need" another tabletop, I'm glad I picked this up when I found it on ebay. A major plus for me.

--
Mike
__________________
Knight Star Roamers Sony ICF-2010 Sangean ATS-909X Icom IC-R75 Tecsun PL-660 Kenwood R-1000 & R-5000 Yaesu FRG-7 SDRplay RSP1 & 2 JRC NRD-535D CountyComm GP-5
Pixel RF Pro-1B Wellbrook ALA1530LNP
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old 10-18-2017, 5:33 AM
jaymot's Avatar
Member
   
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Cebu, Philippines
Posts: 30
Default

Without a direct-entry keypad (which, personally, I rarely use anyway) and having to manually tune across a band you may discover other stations that you otherwise might have missed, with that nice big tuning knob with its flywheel and comfortable finger indent it's trivial to go to particular known frequencies, only taking moments to do so.

The lack of all the bells, whistles and fancy features means you spend less time fiddling with knobs and buttons and spend more time listening to your radio and logging stations. It teaches you tricks like switching to sideband mode and zero-beating the sideband of an AM station if you need a narrower filter. The R-1000 doesn't do nearly as much as the R-5000 and other higher-end receivers do, but it does all that's needed and does it extremely well. It's one of the best general-coverage HF receivers ever made. I wish I still had mine.
__________________
Tecsun PL-310ET radio and a random-wire connected via the external antenna jack. QTH: Central Visayas, Philippines.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old 11-09-2017, 1:30 PM
w8prr's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: West Liberty, Ohio
Posts: 219
Default

Older thread but one more thing. When I got mine in early 80's, Universal Radio had a mod they did in house. Took out the tone control and added an RIT. Is a great mod! I used the rig a lot in those days to monitor marine TTY traffic and it helped a lot.
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old 11-09-2017, 1:36 PM
w8prr's Avatar
Member
  Premium Subscriber
Premium Subscriber
Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: West Liberty, Ohio
Posts: 219
Default

Follow up on last, that mod was on an R2000. As I remember Kenwood brought out the R600, R1000 and R2000 around the same time. The R600 may be a basic radio, but it has one thing going for it. A separate control with detents for every 1 MHZ change. While not a fancy receiver, would be wonderful for a person with sight issues.
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 11-09-2017, 8:19 PM
RFI-EMI-GUY's Avatar
Member
  Amateur Radio Operator
Amateur Radio
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 1,695
Default

I had one of those as my first "serious" shortwave radio. It is a fine radio, the only complaint was that the tuning resolution was a bit course when tuning SSB signals. Subsequently I bought an ICR-71 and then an ICR-9000 to replace it.

There were some mods for the AGC speed and to narrow the SSB filter selection. They were merely changing some wires. I recommend those two mods.

If I came across another it would be a keeper. I probably have too many radios, so it would go directly to my son!
__________________
"Have Spectrum Analyzer, - Will travel" "Going Green" ø
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 7:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All information here is Copyright 2012 by RadioReference.com LLC and Lindsay C. Blanton III.Ad Management by RedTyger
Copyright 2015 by RadioReference.com LLC Privacy Policy  |  Terms and Conditions