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Author Topic: New Kenwood Radio  (Read 7198 times)
KF6QEX
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« on: February 12, 2010, 11:08:37 PM »

What do you know ..... as I was thinking that the K3  should be made to look more like a kenwood, yaesu, icom or Ten-Tec,  Kenwood  comes up with a rig that looks like a Ten Tec

Hmmm...

http://onjapan.net/2009/hamfair/img_3643.jpg
http://radio.tentec.com/images/325.jpg

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 08:23:53 AM »

Notice the lack of a model number. Even Kenwood can't think what to call it! Maybe TT957 Pro??!
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2010, 04:51:17 PM »

Actually, the size of the rig, display configuration and layout of the controls (which have been spiffed up with better-looking buttons and knobs) appear almost identical to the Kenwood TS-570 radios:

http://www.rigpix.com/kenwood/ts570dg.htm

Which makes perfect sense, since the "word on the street" is that, rather than a multi-kilobuck "competition grade" radio, it will be just a somewhat  enhanced version of that recently-discontinued series -- with IF rather than audio DSP, improved receiver, etc. etc.

The box that was displayed in Japan apparently is just a mock-up, rather than a prototype. Many of the front panel controls have no labels, and there are no rear panel connectors, fan, heat-sink, etc. -- just a power cord to energize the display.

Kenwood did the same thing (mock-up inside a Lucite display case) at the Dayton Hamvention in 1998 -- to get reaction to the concept of what eventually became the TS-2000.

My guess would be that the model designation might continue the "500" series, perhaps TS-590?

Whatever the case, it's good to see Kenwood FINALLY getting "back in the game" with a new HF rig.

73,
Mel - KS2G
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K6AER
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 09:12:49 AM »

I had a TS-570S/G. Looks almost the same. I sure it will be made by the mobile product division.
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 08:22:18 PM »

Kenwood has tentatively named it TS-590S.

http://www.kenwood.co.jp/en/news/2010/20100507.html
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VE3PLO
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 09:09:46 PM »

You would think that Kenwood would come up with something better looking.....
That looks like a Yaesu FT-847 except for the green display.
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2010, 03:56:25 AM »


Next Months QST on the back cover has a pic of the new rig on it, not many details in the ad. Radio appears to be a nice looking rig. Glad to see Kenwood doing something in HF again - Come on Kenwood - start hitting some home runs.....73 Dave K1WJ
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KS2G
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2010, 03:34:30 PM »

Kenwood TS-590.

They're showing it at Dayton.

Shipping in August.
$1,800

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7X4gPkqtI

Features:
• HF / 50MHz all mode
• Size (W x H x D mm) 270 x 96 x 291
• Rx Freq : 100KHz – 60MHz continuous
• TX Freq : 1.8MHz – 50MHz each on amateur bands
• TX Power : 100W (AM 25W max)
• High dynamic range
• Good Rx performance
• Easy operation
• IP: +30dBm Class
• 2KHz separation
• 32bit floating-point DSP
• Sky Command
• Built-in Antenna Tuner
• 100ch memory
• Split frequency operation
• USB port for PC control and sound interface
• 4ch voice memory (with VGS-1)
Down conversion
11 MHz first IF
2.8 KHz and 500 Hz roofing filters
Built in antenna tuner
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NG0K
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2010, 07:00:01 AM »

I hope that drives down the priced of used TS-570's.   Way overpriced on the used market right now.   Heck even the older TS-450's are fetching over $500.   That TS-590 does look nice tho.
73, Doug
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73, Doug - NG0K
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2010, 10:37:47 AM »

Pretty radio. I do not care too much for the legs.
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« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2010, 09:36:09 AM »

It's great that Kenwood is staying in ham radio. However, I liked the looks of the TS-570 better...and the TS-570 had a good enough receiver (especially with the cw filter added). They sold a BUNCH of those 570's over the years. I just don't see how the 590 is that much of an improvement over the 570. I'm not one to go gaga at the fact it's got IF/DSP filtering....in fact....my 8 year old TS-2000 has IF/DSP. At the time the TS-2000 came out it pushed the bounds of what was possible with ham radio....in fact, Icom has just NOW, 8 years later come out with something to compete (IC-9100). My response to the TS-590 is....YAAAAAAWN !!
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« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2010, 11:39:18 AM »

The 11 MHz 1st IF with 2.8 kHz and 500 Hz roofing filters tells us that Kenwood is after some serious receiver performance.

It looks like Kenwood is targeting everything in this price range including the Elecraft K3.

Perhaps Kenwood has decided not to enter the super-premium $12,000 transceiver market and provide the same or better receiver performance at the $2000 level (as the K3 does).
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« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2010, 03:41:59 PM »

The best thing about the new Kenwood is it looks like a radio should, not some futuristic alien toaster or female form.
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2010, 04:05:35 AM »

If this radio is even second place to the K3 - but "close enough", at $1800.00 it will be a very successful radio for DX-ers who want better receiver performance - but don't want to pay the $3000.00 a K3 would cost.

The K3 that I have configured in my mind - and which I am so close on my decision to purchase:

100W
TXCO
Sub Receiver
2 CW filters (200 + 400 hz)
USB

Everything except the sub receiver comes standard on the TS-590s, and I think that's about $600 from Elecraft. So (IF) the 590s is even close to the K3 in receiver performance (and it doesn't have all the birdies I remember from the TS-2000 I had years ago), this will be a really great radio at the price.

I'm really glad Kenwood is getting back in the game with something that will raise the bar. Competition can only be good.

My first new rig was a Kenwood TS-511s (hi hi). I've had mostly Ten Tec or Yaesu rigs since.
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« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2010, 07:30:45 PM »

I found out today that they are just waiting for type acceptance. I learned a little more about what I would want in a K3 - and its $3000. The features are pretty much what are standard on the TS-590s, so, I am very interested in this new rig. I hope it lives up to their (premature) hype.

I'm going to wait on my purchase . . .
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