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Author Topic: Question about the new Kenwood TS-590  (Read 12654 times)
KS4HY
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« Reply #30 on: November 17, 2010, 03:47:51 AM »

For more details on the TS-590 go to http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Communications/Amateur_Radio/HF_Base_Mobile/TS-590S

Click on downloads and then the brochure.

There are several advantages to the downconversion architecture used. One big advange is that a 500 Hz or 2700 Hz bandwidth roofing filter is used rather than a 6 kHz bandwidth filter. This becomes important during contesting. And yes, on 12 and 10 meters the downconversion advantage is lost. But being that there is no contesting on 12 meters it doesn't seem to be an issue there.

 

Sorry to hear that about the roofing filter advantage being lost above 15 meters.  That pretty much nixes me buying one.  I'll just stick with my Kenwood TS-850s.

KS4HY

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SWMAN
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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2010, 04:23:30 PM »

I went over to Texas Towers today and played with their new 590 demo. I sat there about an hour just listening, tuning around the bands, reading the manual and just playing with it. I really liked it a lot. The radio can do just about anything that you could imagine. I finally decided that I was going to buy one soon. I have a 570 now and with the 590 I can see a big difference in many of the functions.
 73 Jim. KF5HRN

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VA7CPC
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« Reply #32 on: November 18, 2010, 12:40:59 PM »

FWIW --

The TS-570 is a perfectly respectable rig -- I used one for a year, and really enjoyed it.  But it's one full "generation" behind the TS-590.  In particular, it doesn't have IF DSP and configurable filters.  The TS-590's ability to "dial-in" an SSB (or CW) bandwidth is very powerful.  As is its ability to tailor your transmitted audio (I think the TS-570 has some limited capability in that direction).

So (FWIW) I don't think you're making a mistake.  Enjoy the new rig!

              Charles
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