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The Kenwood R-2000 was the first modestly priced communications receiver to offer a host of advanced capabilities; succeeding the R-600 and R-1000. The R-2000 tunes from 100 to 29999.9 kHz in five modes (AM, FM, USB, LSB, and CW). The R-2000 presents the listener with three different tuning rates (and a frequency lock) plus convenient 1 MHz UP/DOWN buttons. A noise blanker, four position attenuator, AGC and all mode squelch are also included. The ten channel memory stores frequency and mode. The band-scan mode permits the R-2000 to scan between two user selected frequencies (at three rates!). The built-in seven digit fluorescent tube digital display indicates frequency to the nearest 100 Hz. With dimmer switch. The dual 24 hour quartz digital clock-timer can be used to activate the radio and an auxiliary device (recorder, etc.) for absentee DXing. The large front mounted speaker insures good fidelity. The rear panel has input for coaxial or hi-Z wire antennas.

General characteristics

HAM bands
Frequency stability
Tuning steps
10 channels in 1 bank(s)


0.15-30 MHz (118-174 MHz with optional VC-10)
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB  
AM (10 dB S+N/N): 0.15-2 MHz <20 µV, 2-30 MHz <4 µV
FM (20 dB S+N/N): 2-30 MHz <1 µV
SSB/CW (10 dB S+N/N): 0.15-2 MHz <2 µV, 2-30 MHz <0.4 µV
AM-Wide: 6 kHz (-6 dB), 18 kHz (-50 dB)
AM-Narrow: 2.7 kHz (-6 dB), 5 kHz (-50 dB)
FM: 15 kHz (-6 dB), 30 kHz (-50 dB)
SSB/CW: 2.7 kHz (-6 dB), 5 kHz (-50 dB)
CW-Narrow: 500 Hz (-6 dB), 820 Hz (-60 dB) with optional YG-455C CW filter
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
1st: 45.9 MHz
2nd: 9.9 MHz
3rd: 455 KHz
Image rejection
>70 dB
Audio output


SO-239 + Hi-Z
50/500 Ω


Power requirements
Mains (13.8V DC option (DCK-1))
Current drain RX
Max 800 mA @ 13.8 VDC


Dimensions (w×h×d)
378 × 115 × 210 mm (14.88 × 4.53 × 8.27 in)
5.50 kg (12.1 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Between 1982 and 1992 in Japan

Other features

Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
Four-step attenuator: 0-10-20-30 dB. Dual clocks with timer. Slow/Fast AGC selector. Tone control. All mode squelch circuit. Scanning.
RigReference ID

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Kenwood R-2000 Schematic and pcb layout PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 Schematic Diagram PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 Service Manual PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 User Manual PDF - Unknown size, submitted by RigReference
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Reviews & stories

Rating Title Submitted
Very Good Receiver 11 years ago by jnc

New and second-hand prices

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Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Kenwood R-2000 is around:

  • EUR 5.00 ~ EUR 10.00
  • USD 227.00 ~ USD 135.00
  • CAD 69.00

Price History Chart

These estimates are based on the following prices:

Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 USD 149.95 Used / Good eBay
2018 EUR 150.00 Used / Good BandRunner
2016 USD 375.00 Used / Mint dxace1
2014 EUR 200.00 Used / Good nordwind
2013 CAD 220.00 Used / Good jnc

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