Kenwood R5000 Troubleshooting

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Kenwood R5000 Troubleshooting
Receive signals on your Kenwood 5000 Receiver. (Receiver image by Illimity from

The Kenwood R5000 is a radio receiver that receives input from an antenna and separates a radio signal from others. Kenwood is a well-known and trusted manufacturer of consumer electronics and appliances. However, as with many electronic goods, glitches can occur, whether it be an issue with receiver noise or no sound. Before taking your receiver in for service, run through a few troubleshooting steps on your own.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Check that all the cables and connections are secure if the indicators do not light and no receiver noise is heard when the "Power" switch is turned on. Ensure that the "Timer" switch is set to "OFF."

  2. 2

    Turn the "Power" switch off with the power cable plugged into an A/C outlet if you see the message "15MHz AM" displayed or if the receiver sensitivity is low. The backup battery may be discharged.

  3. 3

    Turn on the "Power" switch while depressing the "A=B" key, and then release the "A=B" key if nothing is displayed or the wrong digits are displayed when the "Power" switch is turned on.

  4. 4

    Turn the RF gain control fully clockwise if the antenna is connected but no signal is received and the S-meter fully deflects. This could be due to the RF control being too low, which will decrease the high-frequency circuit gain.

  5. 5

    Set the "Shift" control to the centre, or "click" position, if the SSB received signal is extremely high cut or low cut.

  6. 6

    Ensure the "Selectivity" switch is set to "Auto" if no signal is received even when the antenna is connected or the receiving sensitivity is low. Turn the "SQL" control counterclockwise.

  7. 7

    Set the "F. LOCK" key to "OFF" if the frequency is not changed by pressing the "1MHz" or (Up/Down) key or turning the "Tuning" knob.

  8. 8

    Ensure that you have stored frequencies if a program scan fails. You can either store HF or VHF frequencies, but not both.

  9. 9

    Change the "Mode" key to the correct mode if the signal is received, but no sound is heard.

Tips and warnings

  • Unplug the unit when not in use for prolonged periods of time.
  • Do not cover any ventilation slots on the receiver as this could cause overheating. Always allow for sufficient ventilation when locating the unit.
  • If an object, or any liquid falls in the receiver, turn it off immediately and have it serviced by a qualified technician.
  • Unplug the receiver during electrical storms.

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