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Author Topic: Anyone else in the same boat? (anchor)....  (Read 4151 times)
KB8BAB
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« on: April 01, 2013, 04:47:55 PM »

Don't know what it is, but I love the Kenwood hybrids. They sound awesome....I'm not formally schooled in electronics, took some basic courses way back when, but have always been fiddling with pretty much anything electrical and mechanical.
So I'm starting to "collect" and clean / repair some of these hybrids and having a blast. Studying the service manuals and schematics, figuring out what makes it tick. And some fantastic help from forums on the net.
Right now its just a TS-530, TS-820 (Non S) and got a TS-830 on the way.
The 530 is working again but I have to finish the recap, the TS-820 got a digital lcd display installed, is working but going to get a recap as well.
Now I need some of the old test equipment...LOL

Loving it..
73
Bart

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KG6YV
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 11:25:17 AM »

I have owned all of the Kenwood hybrids at one time or another.  Currently I still have an 820s and a TS-900 which is a bit rare... After concentrating on Kenwood, I branched out and really enjoyed going thru my Henry Tempo 2020 (actually a Uniden manufactured radio designed for them by Yaesu).  It was the forerunner of the Yaesu FT-901/902 and is a real "honey"... Very quiet receiver with some nice features.  Just bought the FT-902DM at a WalMart price...

Greg
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 05:21:18 PM »

hi,

I enjoy my 520 and 530.  I have learned a lot more
about radio by listening in and working the controls
on these hybrid radios then by using my 570.

join other kenwood 5xx and 8xx hybrid fans

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TS-520_820_530_830/

73 james
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KB8BAB
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 05:56:03 PM »

Very true...forgot to mention that group..another great source of info.

hi,

I enjoy my 520 and 530.  I have learned a lot more
about radio by listening in and working the controls
on these hybrid radios then by using my 570.

join other kenwood 5xx and 8xx hybrid fans

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TS-520_820_530_830/

73 james
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N3PDT
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« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2013, 08:25:53 PM »

Had a TS 520s for 3 years. Was a great SSB rig, but I got spoiled by a newer Ten Tec for my main mode, CW. The old hybrid just sat long periods between use. Ended up trading it to a guy for a nice Johnson Viking II and a National NC300. I really enjoy working CW on that combo. Since then I've accumulated more tubes - and a bunch of experience.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2013, 10:59:23 AM »

Someone on our club dug up a TS-520S at their local dump electronics recycling section. He picked it up and advertised it as a free to anyone who wants it (he isn't into older equipment). It's now in my basement and works perfectly. My guess is that it came from an SK and that their relatives threw out "that old radio junk". There wasn't a thing wrong with it other than a little rust on the case. It's now a nice backup rig or is fun to put on the air when I want a change in pace. My friend had a TS-830 back when we were novices in the 80's. Another friend lent me his TS-530 years ago when I was without a radio for a few years. He still puts his TS-530 on from time to time.. he's been bugging me to have a QSO with our Kenwood Hybrids
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KB8BAB
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« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2013, 04:35:06 PM »

The hybrids sound awesome  perhaps due to being analog based and not digital, and I feel they are a "fun" radio.

The hybrids I have now all needed something, I'm slowly bringing them back.
TS-820, added a lcd display internally for the freq readout.
TS-530, had to tx on 10m
Just got in 2 TS-830's, one appears to be a gold label loaded with Inrad filters. One has no rx, the other no tx.
Also have to fix some shipping damage to these...

Its fun and keeps me busy...

73
Bart
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2013, 12:27:01 AM »

 Wink Also a hybrid fan here!..
The analogue audio can't be beat!.. (My new TS-590s is in the market)

I have restored: 3 TS-830s's , TS-520s, ts-820s and from Yeasu the FT-901dm. (Modded the VFO and recapped the HV PSU after it threw a hissy fit!)
I have a FT-902dm on the bench and am very impressed with the rig--so that one will be modded / recapped as well.
As a matter of course the old germanium diodes will be swapped for shottky diodes.
The 6146b's are OLD but work well with over 130W out on 80m, and of course valve finals just sound great and LOUD!. Grin

73 de William
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IW5CI
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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2013, 03:38:21 AM »

I like kenwood hybrids too....

I have :

TS-520S with cw filter and matching speaker, external vfo, and digital display unit
TS-820S with cw filter and matching external vfo and speaker
TS-530S with cw filter and matching speaker
TS-830M with matching external digital VFO, speaker , and Monitor Scope.
MC-50 microphone and several original handy mike.

all radios are perfectly working as new and mint conditions.

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KB8BAB
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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2013, 03:15:44 PM »

Hard part can be locating replacement parts... Undecided

Right now I'm in need of an AF board (X49-1140-00) and RF unit (X44-1360-00) and not having much luck finding either one.

Bob Mansker has parts for the older hybrids, but he's out of these as well..

Bart
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« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2013, 03:27:59 PM »

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Right now I'm in need of an AF board (X49-1140-00) and RF unit (X44-1360-00) and not having much luck finding either one.
Bart --

Time to advance those skills -- to component level repair and fabrication.
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KB8BAB
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2013, 08:03:53 AM »

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Right now I'm in need of an AF board (X49-1140-00) and RF unit (X44-1360-00) and not having much luck finding either one.
Bart --

Time to advance those skills -- to component level repair and fabrication.

Mmmm...yep, try anyways...
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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2013, 10:44:35 AM »

I would like to find a repairable Kenwood TS511s and Matching Power Supply at a reasonable cost somewhere near Nashville, TN. I started my career as an Advanced with one of those and loved it.

It needs to be a local pickup since the power supply/speaker is heavy enough to cost a bloody fortune to ship. They seemed to be somewhat rare even in production. Also known as a Henry Kenwood TS511s, a relative of the T599/R599 Twins.

KF7CG
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ZL1BBW
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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2013, 05:53:42 PM »

I love my BA's have Drake B & C line TS530 and Collins 75A4, the A4 needs recaping and a new dial scale.

Now a question, it often amazes me how people have a new XYZ73Mark5A DSP transceiver that costs several k and a bgd linear that cost another 2 or 3 K all running into a vertical.  I know that is all that some people can put up.

But I wonder which puts out the better signal a 530 plus TL922 say and a decent tower and 3 or 4 ele beam,for probably not an awful lot of dough, or the above mentioned all singing dancing coffee making wonder machine.
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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013, 06:33:45 PM »

OK,

Found L41 shorted......
Where can the wire for a rewind be obtained?

73
Bart
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