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Kenwood R-1000 Shortwave Receiver - $290 (Shorewood)


condition: good
make / manufacturer: Kenwood
model name / number: R-1000

This sale is for the well known Kenwood R-1000 receiver. I am the second owner of this receiver. I bought it as my second upgraded receiver when I got into the SWL hobby. I eventually moved on to a full transceiver when I became a ham radio operator and since I do all my listening on my Kenwood transceiver I can let this receiver go to someone else. It is working great. I still have the original owners manual.

With a simple longwire antenna I was able to pick up hundreds of commercial shortwave stations around the world. I heard everything from Australia to North Korea to Egypt. This is a great radio. With just the longwire antenna I was also able to listen in on encoded spy messages from Cuba and Russia. Very interesting hobby.

Here is an actual recording made with this radio picking up the spy numbers station HM01 out of Cuba.

This classic receiver is in above average cosmetic condition with only a small amount of pitting on the back panel where it is usually not visible. See photos. There is one small push button missing on the front for the "timer" function that no one uses anyhow and will never be missed. The button is completely functional without the cover anyhow.

The externals have been cleaned to make sure that the receiver looks its best and to sanitize it for the new owner. This receiver has excellent sensitivity.

For those of you who like classic shortwave desktop receivers, you will love this Kenwood R-1000. Built from 1979 through 1985, this R-1000 is a stalwart of receiver design being built like a tank using heavy metal for it's construction. And while the fabrication of cabinet and chassis is sturdy, the internal components have weathered the course of time indicating that top quality components were utilized in the circuit design.

In the 70's and continuing into the 80's, Japan began to produce fantastic equipment. This R-1000 is not wimpy and the carry handle is solid. It does double duty as a stand to angle the radio upwards.

Introduced in the market from Japan in 1979, this R-1000 was priced modestly at about $450 to $499 at a time when it was hard to find such performance at this reasonable cost. The R-1000 offered digital readout and rock solid stability. Fred Osterman in his book "Shortwave Receivers Past and Present" says that this receiver is very stable after warmup making it suitable for the demands of quality RTTY. He also lists the receiver as "a solid performer" and gives it a full 5 star rating *****!


Frequency coverage from 200 KHz to 30000 KHz
Operating modes of AM / USB / LSB / CW
Narrow and wide AM filters
Digital readout with an analog sub-tuning
12 hour clock / timer
Built in 4" speaker for good sound
Tone control
Lighted dial with dimmer switch for subdued lighting conditions
Noise blanker
Headphone jack
Record jack
Attenuator of 20 / 40 / 60 dB
Recorder activation
SO-259 antenna input or clip spring terminals
Circuit compliment of 40 ICs, 11 FETs, 64 Transistors, 71 Diodes
Sturdy carry / tilt handle
Operates on 100 / 120 / 220 / 240 VAC

If you are a beginning or intermediate listener, this is a fantastic receiver offering ease of operation and delivering excellent reception results.

If you care to do some more research, you will find that Eham offers some of the best review information as the postings are written by actual users and not based on mere lab testing. On Eham, you will see that 39 reviewers have given this R-1000 an average rating of 4.7 out of 5.0:

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