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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-510 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-510
Kenwood TS-510 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 3.8/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Kenwood circa 1967 all tube HF transceiver
Product is not in production.
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FORMER_KC6O Rating: 5/5 Jan 16, 2009 13:11 Send this review to a friend
Top notch for it's day  Time owned: 3 to 6 months

Picked it up at an estate sale. The fellow brought it back from a tour in 'Nam in the late '60s. Worked perfectly, unlike so may other brands when well-aged.
Now owned by a new Amateur - great starter rig.
VA1CQ Rating: 4/5 Jan 4, 2008 05:11 Send this review to a friend
Good Rig for the Time  Time owned: more than 12 months
The Trio/Kenwood TS-510 was my first personally-owned HF rig purchased new in 1971. I stupidly never bought any CW filter since, as a kid, who could afford such a luxury? It worked reliably with its S2001 Japanese final tubes (6146B wannabees). Reasonable sensitivity on receive; TVI source on transmit. But who didn't have TVI on lower VHF channels in those days?

The biggest problem was the fiber belts used to link certain tuning shafts. These belts aged and expanded making transmit tuning unreliable, at best. I believe later models (TS-511?) used light chains for the purpose.

It worked reliably for 20 years and I never had to have it repaired. I wish I still had it for nostalgia reasons, but I have no desire to actually use it anymore. The new stuff is too good.
WA9DGM Rating: 4/5 Feb 12, 2004 22:27 Send this review to a friend
overall good for its day  Time owned: more than 12 months
used in japan 1968-1970 as ka2ny. it was under the TRIO name in those days. no problems in 2 years of operation. was sold in us under the allied radio name. it was a good basic radio like the ts-520.
PA9MG Rating: 2/5 Oct 25, 2002 18:53 Send this review to a friend
proud new owner  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
So, i bought this rig... i think it needs a lot of work! The final tubes even oscillate when receiving! :-( Also saw some internal firework in in finals... when transmitting on a dummy load.

At least something todo, i hope in can save this one!

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