Thinking about buying a Kenwood TS590S... Hear and read so many good things about it. Need to go over to HRO and try one first-hand. Would replace my current TS2000 in the home shack. I also have a TS480AT for in the motorhome. I like Kenwood radios and have mics, headsets and other stuff already to easily transfer over. Desisions desisions...
Anybody here gone from TS2000 or TS480 to TS590s with experiences to share?
I went from TS480 to TS590. I still have a TS480. The 590 addresses all the shortfalls of the TS480 whilst keeping its best bits. It has far better close in strong signal handling and also a USB port for CAT and audio. It doesn't hear a lot more as in sensitivity but when you get on a crowded band, it really shines and the advantages of the roofing filters and IF DSP really show.
Here's a couple of things that instantly come to mind:
CW Tune. Its great to assign that to a PF button so pressing PF-A puts out a CW carrier for your ATU etc. On the TS480 it is fixed at 10W. On the TS590, you can press it then press PWR and alter the power it puts out.
In built ATU. The TS480 ATU will match roughly 3:1. The TS590 ATU will match 10:1 and I've verified that with an external SWR meter inline: Radio showing 1:1, external SWR meter still showing 10:1.
A and B DSP filter widths. On the TS480, you would have to set high and low cut then if you wanted to go back, adjust again. On the TS590 you can set high and low cut to one value, press the IF Fil button and then set another value - i.e set A to wide and B to narrow and then flick between them both with the press of a button.
I've never owned or used a TS2000 however we have a club TS850 fully filtered up which we've just replaced with a TS590 and it runs rings around the TS850.