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Kenwood R-1000


The highly-praised reception quality  of the R-1000 made me buy one. Of course,  I was very excited.  Firstly, you can say that the R-1000 is very easy to operate.  It is the right receiver for the beginner.  You can compare the operation of the R-1000 with the one of the JRC NRD 515. What about the reception quality of the receiver?  You  will notice that it does not tolerate big antennas. On a 20m long wire antenna,  the radio has a lot of overloading on nearly all frequencies. With my old 5,50m vertical CB antenna, which is modified for shortwave reception,  there are only overloads on 15 MHz and 4MHz during daytime reception. In other words, if you want  to operate the R-1000, you do need a preselector.  But with short antennas, the R-1000 works without any problems.  Even weak stations, which could be heard with the NRD 525 on a 20m long wire, could also be received with the combination of the R-1000/AOR SA-7000. Very weak, but without overloading at least.  What is noticeable immediately,  is  the width of the filters which is far too wide.  But you can remedy that by switching an internal plug.  But then you will notice a whistling sound when you go through the  AM bands caused by interference.  No wonder then that there were and will be always modifications as far as the filter band width is concerned.  Another negative point is the high noise level of the NF-amplifier when you select the tone control. You can filter that out by using a DSP audio filter, e.g., the Timewave DSP-9.  A nice shortwave receiver, which is getting on in years, though.



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