Kenwood TS-700 Series - 2 Meter Ham Radios For Sale
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The Kenwood TS-700 transceivers was a very popular all mode (AM, FM, SSB, and CW) 2 meter series in the 1970s
and 80s! It's still very popular choice for CW and SSB weak signal work on the two meter band! Because
these are low watt (10 watts typical) ham radios, a decent VHF amplifier makes a good match. Choose a 100
watt plus amplifier that also comes with a "preamplifier" to further boost receive sensitivity, then this
thing is unbeatable for weak signal conditions!
Okay, so there is some confusion at times
about the differences within the Kenwood TS-700 amateur radio series. The series includes the original
TS-700, the 700A, 700G, 700S, and the 700SP. Performance specs and design are essentially the
same within all model variations; however there are a few "major" differences. Mainly the original and the
700G only covered 144-146 MHz! So if you plan on operating on the entire 2 meter band, you need to
purchase either the Kenwood 700A, 700s, or the 700SP versions!
The difference between the 700s and sp is the first doesn't have repeater function below 146 mhz the sp does,
however both models cover 144 to 148 mhz in simplex mode.
The TS-700SP is the latest, most recent revision of the series with the main difference the SP and
700A is the addition of a "digital" readout, vs. the analog display that was used in previous models. The
"S" version also had the "digital" display, however again it only covers 144-146 MHz (which is most likely fine
if you're mainly concerned about having a dedicated rig for weak signal dx in the CW and SSB parts of the
band only. Don't forget, most use horizontal polarization with their Omni-loops and/or beams, if you're
seeking dx on two meters.
All versions of this ham radio series came
with the same power output of 10 watts on CW, FM, and SSB and only 3 watts AM carrier (if you want clean forward
modulation on AM that is). To improve receiver gain and transmit power, this transceiver matches up well with
many of the solid state amplifiers that also include receive preamps (which is generally recommended for weak
signal and dx situations on the VHF band). Check out current Kenwood TS-700 transceivers for sale at the
Again the lineup in this series includes:
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