Kenwood R-2000 Desktop Shortwave receiver

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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.

Frequency range

0.15-30 MHz (118-174 MHz with optional VC-10)
HAM bands
Tuning steps


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

10 channels in 1 bank(s)
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.

Manuals, diagrams and brochures

Kenwood R-2000 Schematic and pcb layout submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 Schematic Diagram submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 Service Manual submitted by RigReference
Kenwood R-2000 User Manual submitted by RigReference
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What is it worth?

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Based on historic data, today's value of the Kenwood R-2000 might be around:

  • CAD 180.00
  • USD 198.00
  • EUR 30.00
Price Condition Year User
EUR 95.00 Fair / Used 2008 elmer
USD 399.95 Good / New 2010 universal-radio
CAD 220.00 Good / Used 2013 jnc
EUR 200.00 Good / Used 2014 nordwind

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Stories & reviews

Very Good Receiver

Kenwood R-2000, Desktop Shortwave receiver

This is a very good Communications Receiver. It is especially good for listening to international broadcast stations. Lacks some selectivity, but otherwise is quite good. John VA3JNC

Written by jnc on Apr 2, 2013

Build quality
User friendlyness
Value for money
Good condition in 2013
CAD 220.00