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Author Topic: TS-530s vs TS-830s  (Read 2282 times)
KE4IZA
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« on: January 06, 2003, 06:41:12 PM »


Can someone tell me what the difference is?  I have photos of both radios and they look identical!

Thanks

ke4iza@comcast.net
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2003, 11:25:09 AM »

Major differences, and they're all inside.

The 830S is a competition-grade rig.  It has a double conversion receiver with filters in both IF stages.  It also has a real RF speech processor which gives it magnificent talk power on SSB.  It sold for $930 in 1990 and was well worth it.

The 530S is very stripped down, by comparison.  It has a single conversion receiver with filters in that single IF stage.  Its speech compressor is just that, not an RF processor.  It sold for $800 in 1992, and might have been worth it, but the 830S was a better deal.

I've used the 830S for contesting (with second VFO option) and it's capable.  I've tried using the 530S under the same conditions, and it was not.

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KA4KOE
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2003, 07:52:17 AM »

I agree with WIK. My 830 hears better than my 570. If  not for the semi break in, it would be perfect.

Philip
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KS4V
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2003, 11:59:23 AM »

I asked this question to a Kenwood factory rep at a hamfest many years ago when I was looking to buy a new radio.  His reply to my question was, "Internal components" in broken English.  I had to walk away to keep from laughing outloud.  This expression has been a favorite in our club when comparing rigs.  
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KZ9G
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2003, 07:00:52 PM »

Right on the mark, Steve...

An 830 with INRAD IF filters in BOTH the 8.83 MHz and 455 KHz IFs make the varible bandwidth tuning come alive.  I installed 2.1 KHz filters in my rig and it made all the difference in the world - very steep, razor sharp skirts.   With these installed, I had a useful VBT bandwidth from around 300 Hz to the wide open at 2.1 KHz.  In fact, it compared quite favorably to my TS-850S when I decided to move the the 850.  I kept the 850, but it was hard to justify the incremental improvement over the 830 w/ cascaded filters.  But, the 850 had many other things going for it...

And yes, the 830S has a REAL RF speech processor - one of the best!

Go for the 830S!

73.
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