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New Kenwood Radios:

from Kenwood on May 7, 2010
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Launch of New Amateur Radio Products:

Kanagawa, Japan, May 7, 2010 — Kenwood Corporation, an operating company of the JVC Kenwood Group, is proud to announce the autumn/winter launch of two new Amateur Radio transceivers: the TS-590S and TH-D72.

HF/50MHz All-Mode Transceiver - TS-590S (tentative naming)
Featuring a 32-bit floating-point DSP, the TS-590S will offer advanced receiver performance and an extensive range of features that make it ideal for beginner and seasoned DX’er alike. The radio’s exceptional ease of operation, true to the Kenwood tradition, will be especially welcome for contest and mobile applications.

144/430MHz Dual Band FM Portable - TH-D72 (tentative naming)
The APRS® capability found on Kenwood’s TH-D7* and TM-D710 has been upgraded for the TH-D72. Thanks also to the internal GPS unit, APRS operations will be more enjoyable than ever. The TH-D72 also offers EchoLink® memory compatibility and a mini-USB connector for enhanced computer connectivity. This transceiver is sure to make ham radio operations easier and more fun for all.

* For overseas model/Discontinued model

Anyone interested in these two models will be able to view product samples at: Dayton Hamvention 2010 (Dayton, Ohio, USA, May 14-16), and HAM RADIO 2010 (Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 25-27).

Please note that as these products are under development features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

APRS is a registered trademark of Bob Bruninga in the USA.

EchoLink is a registered trademark of Synergenics, LLC in the USA.

For further information, please contact:
Advertising and Publicity, Strategic Corporate Planning Division, JVC KENWOOD Holdings,Inc.
Tel: +81-45-444-5306 Fax:+81-45-444-5319 E-mail: Or contact your local Kenwood PR representative in your country

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New Kenwood Radios:  
by K7DZW on May 8, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
Kenwood misses AGAIN. Just stupid not to include 144 and 430 mgz in a HF rig these days. So much for working IRLP or sats. STUPID.You wonder why it takes them YEARS to release new radios ? This is not rocket science. It IS old technology.Actions like this are driving sales to SDR rigs. What a huge let down.
RE: New Kenwood Radios:  
by KG4RUL on May 8, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
With the iCOM IC-9100 in the works, Kenwood is now hopelessly behind the curve.

This is a radio that does EVERYTHING the TS-2000 does, including the 1.2GHz capability, but without the annoying 70CM birdies and higher power on the 70CM band. Additionally, it will be using more modern components which assures the availability of spares for some time to come.

Yes, I am a long-time TS-2000(X) owner who is seriously considering replacing it with a 9100, when available.
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by NT9M on May 8, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
As a long time TS-2000 owner I'm looking forward to seeing what the new Kenwood HF only rig can do. It's been a long time in coming and changes in receiver design (ala Elecraft, Ten Tec, etc.) have raised the bar for the Japanese manufacturers. Sure hope they've been paying attention.
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by WB9YCJ on May 8, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
TS-590: Glad they did not limit HF features and actual HF performance by "lumping in" UHF.

TS-570SG was nice but receiver needed more.
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by ZENKI on May 9, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
mmmm I wonder why they did not simply update the TS870s that would have made a better HF radio. A 200 Watt direct sampling SDR in the form of the TS870S or TS950SDX would have generated much more intereste.

The moment I saw the word "beginner" I knew this would mean a crap receiver and transmitter.

The Japanese ham companies really need to wake up to themselves and produce something the moves both receiver and transmitter performance forward. Being stuck on a 30 year old platform that produces yet another radio as a token gesture is just a waste of resources.

The TS480HX was innovative in many ways. Frankly I dont see this new radio out out staging the TS480.

Performance is what counts not another me too box. If they want design inspiration Kenwood should look at the ADAT web page and copy what they are doing.
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by OZ2JP on May 9, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
It's two radios:

HF/50MHz All-Mode Transceiver - TS-590S


144/430MHz Dual Band FM Portable - TH-D72
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by K3LL on May 10, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
When you are marketing to everyone, you are marketing to no one.
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by KJ3G on May 10, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
I really do not see enough information out there yet to
make up my mind about the ts-590s.(KJ3G)
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by W9GDH on May 10, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
I'm waiting for the new TS-3000 next year.
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by LC2AAT on May 11, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
Yesterday I started a Yahoo-group for thoose of us interrested in the Kenwood TH-D72.
You can join the group here:

RE: New Kenwood Radios:  
by WB9QVR on May 11, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
Those of you who are 'dissing' this new radio need to be aware of two things:

1. This rig isn't meant to be a replacement for the TS-2000 and its capabilities. There is another rig in development to be released in 2011/2012 that will take the place of the TS-2000 (this according to comments from Kenwood reps at shows last year).

2. The newly-named TS-590S is designed to compete with the Elecraft K3 (again, according to comments from Kenwood reps). Being that the K3 has arguably some of the best receiver specifications among all other radios (regardless of price class) this new rig may indeed be a great performer.

Although I'm somewhat disappointed that the TS-2000 replacement didn't come first I think this rig is a good move for Kenwood. It has the potential to be a high-performance rig in a mid-range price class (a market segment that has essentially been vacated by Icom). If it had been designed with 2m, 430 MHz and 1.2 GHz the performance on HF would likely have suffered. With this rig in its lineup Kenwood is apparently trying to produce both a high-performance HF rig (the TS-590S) and a new 'shack-in-the-box' (the upcoming TS-2000 replacement). In doing so they will have products that will appeal to two different market segments.
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by ZENKI on May 11, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
"The newly-named TS-590S is designed to compete with the Elecraft K3"

Thats good news. Lets hope that it has a transmitter with decent IMD performance, thats one of the K3's big let downs. 12 volt transistors finals dont belong in a top of the range contest radio.

Kenwoods great old beast the TS830S is just about as good as the K3 and thats a 30 year old design. If they updated the TS830S design it would easily outperform the K3.The TS830S has K3 architecture, it just needs a few modern tweaks.

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by WB9QVR on May 15, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
At Dayton Kenwood confirmed that it is patterned after the Elecraft K3 and is designed to compete directly with that rig. The '590S will contain 2.8 KHz and 500 Hz roofing filters (standard) with IF DSP. It also has both USB and RS-232 connections for control. The Kenwood rep mentioned that the rig will have few options as things (such as the filters) that would normally be options are included as standard. He also mentioned that the price target is a street price of $1800 USD. He said their goal is to have the rig sell for approximately $500 - $600 less than a similarly-equipped K3.

If Kenwood can approach the performance of the K3 and keep this rig priced at around $1800 I think this rig will be an unqualified success.
RE: New Kenwood Radios:  
by FORMER_K0PD on May 16, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
Sounds to me like KenWood is trying to build a new radio that from the lone picture i've seen of it i immediately thought K3. Have no idea what gives with all the prejudging of a radio no one has yet to use.I mean for the last couple of years all i've heard is people grumbling when will KenWood come out with a radio that people want and competes, and now there trying to do just that and now like a bunch of bored little spoiled rich boys all i'm reading is complaints about a radio not one single complainer has used.
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by W9LVM on May 18, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
Kenwood is just so out of touch with Amateyr Radio now a days! New QST has picture on back cover and the LCD screen display is about 10 years behind Icom & Yaesu. It seems they just do not care about being up to date in 2010. they seem to be still back in the year 2000!
RE: New Kenwood Radios:  
by WL7CMG on May 18, 2010 Mail this to a friend!
I guess money was their concern, and possibly this rig "may" compare to the K3...I truly do hope so for their sake. BUT I would think that if they really would have been listening to Kenwood lovers, (for about the last 10 years) they would have taken the TS-870, combined it with the TS-950SDX and then integrated this new receiver technology, as well as gone back to an analog meter. THEN possibly they would have come up with a real winner that people wouldn't mind paying a little bit more for.....IMO
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