Kenwood / Trio - Kenwood Communications, Tokyo
R - 600
überarbeitet am 21.10.2010
Three years after the introduction of the first shortwave receiver equipped
with a digital frequency display, Kenwood presented two succeeding sets to the market:
the simpler R-600 and the more luxurious R-2000. With the simpler set, Kenwood did
make some savings on goodies that have no direct influence on the reception
quality, but has used some very high quality components in the critical parts
of the circuitry. Kenwood did keep the triple conversion design and left away all these
features giving You only headaches, when You try to remember how to operate
the sleep timer...
The Kenwood R-600 is a PLL synthesizer controlled triple conversion communications receiver covering frequencies up to 30 MHz. It can be operated from different mains voltages and also from 13,8 V DC for mobile operation from a car battery.
The small desktop cabinet receiver has similar dimensions (300 x 110 x 200 mm) and weight (4.5 kg) as the R-1000 receiver. To carry it to Your holiday cottage, it has a carrying handle on the side.
The left third of the front panel is taken by the speaker grille, just below,
You find the jacks for headphones and a cassette recorder.
At the rear of the set, the socket for the mains cable, the set can be operated from 100 to 240 V AC and a connector for 13,8 V DC operation. The set has a koaxial SO-239 antenna socket, connectors for a long wire antenna, earth and muting of the set and a jack to connect an external speaker.
Operating the R-600 is a no-thrills task: connect a long wire antenna or a
random wire length (I use 25 m of long wire connected to a Yaesu FRT-7700 antenna
tuner) to the antenna socket, press the power button and adjust the AF gain /
volume control for a slight noise. Turn the band segment control to 6 (for the
MHz digit), and adjust to 1 5 5 with the main tuning knob - now You should be
tuned to the news coming from Vienna. In case of an interfering signal, set the
modes switch to AM-NARROW.
With the minor drawback, that the R-600 has no frequency memories, and has no capabilities of processing the HF signal with passband tuning or Notch filter, the R-600 is still an above average shortwave receiver meeting most DXers demands.
© Martin Bösch 8.8.04