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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Kenwood TS-811A Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-811A
Kenwood TS-811A Reviews: 6 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: 70cm all mode base transceiver (twin of the TS-711A)
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KX4U Rating: 5/5 May 19, 2017 15:42 Send this review to a friend
Best Overall 70cm Rig ever  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have had this rig with the sister TS-711A 2 meter for nearly 20 years and it is my all time favorite even over all the high filutin rigs on the market today.If you find one on eBay or elsewhere, BUY It PERIOD.Craig KX4U
KD7RDZI2 Rating: 5/5 Dec 7, 2016 02:46 Send this review to a friend
30Y radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Have got an ancient TS-811E, likely produced 30 years ago and I could not find any fault. This already says everything how well it was designed.
- the modulator is very good. I have checked with an SDR its modulation and is perfect. The opposite sidebands are nulled and the carrier suppressed as specs.
- the power can be regulated continuously from 2 to 25w. This allows to drive perfectly linear amplifiers.
- CW note is clean
- FM modulation is good.
- Ergonomics is good, no menu and sub-menu, just bottons.
- You can uplink in LSB or CW the SSB/CW satellites or listen to the downlinks.
- Seems quite stable and maybe could be used to drive transverters.

- No CTCSS tones. You can make an external interface or buy a PIEXX board which is a bit pricey in my view.
- Repeater offset has only a couple of fixed values.
In this only respect (FM repeaters) my UV2D by Wouxun is a world ahead.
VK3KBC Rating: 5/5 May 27, 2012 08:10 Send this review to a friend
Fantastic 'All Mode' 70cm Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this radio about five years ago via ebay and I've now realised why they don't come up on the second hand market very often.

These radios are an excellent 'All Mode' 70cm rig. The TX and RX audio are superb and the feature set is great. The radio is ergonomically well set out and a pleasure to use.

The one thing that I particularly like about the radio is the VFO has a mechanical step in both 'Memory' and 'FM' modes, which means that it's very much like a channelised radio. In 'FM' mode, each VFO dial step is a 5khz frequency incremement and in 'Memory' mode, each VFO dial step changes the memory channel.

When you switch to SSB mode, a solenoid disables the mechanical step function and the VFO is smooth and free running with 100Hz or 10Hz increments.

The rig operates from either the internal mains supply or from 12Volts and overall, it does run slightly warm even in RX mode. TX power is variable to 25W and the fan cuts in quite early as the heatsink begins to warm up.

The blue/green fluorescent display is very clear and looks great.

Mine came with the TU-5 Tone board but aftermarket boards are also available on the Internet if you need one. The tone button displays the CTCSS tone on the display and the VFO dial steps through the different tone frequencies. Tones and offsets are stored individually per memory.

The TS-811a is capable of computer control, however you need to have an additional board fitted and aftermarket interface boards are available on the Internet also.

The sensitivity, selectivity and intermod figures are very good when compared to modern rigs.

I'm extremely happy with my TS-811a and it's definitely a keeper. On the rare occasion that one pops up for sale in VK, they are fetching around the $550+ mark.
KG4VTQ Rating: 5/5 Aug 2, 2006 11:02 Send this review to a friend
Rare but well worth looking for  Time owned: more than 12 months
I had use of a TS-811E when first licenced in the UK in the 80s, and bought an 811A when I got my ticket in the US in 2002. My experience with the first was so positive that I couldn't imagine finding anything better for fixed station 70cm work.

Mine is used with it's sibling, a TS-711A 2 meter base, which is also the second of it's type I've owned, and is all but identical in appearance.

The 811 is an all-mode, moderate-sized, base rig capable of running from 120v (240v for the E model) mains or 12v supplies. It delivers a variable 2-25 watts out and is simplicity itself to use. The 40 memories are easy to program and access, and 4 of them are capable of storing split frequencies.

In use, both 811s I've owned have been faultless, delivering high quality tx reports and giving high quality audio rx. Thanks to a well laid out and functional control panel, operating the 811 becomes second nature in no time, and its sensitivity and selectivity let it pick out weak signals even in areas where other transceivers tend to suffer significant intermod. The rig gets rather warm on prolonged tx, but the fan cuts in without fuss or much audible disturbance and keeps things under control.

An optional TU-5 tone board is needed to use the increasing number of tone-squelched repeaters, so if and when an 811A appears for sale, it's worth checking if the board is already fitted, otherwise at present cost, it'll add an extra $69 if CTSS is needed. Other than that minor gripe, the TS-811 is an excellent rig with great performance and reliability that will undoubtedly achieve true classic status along with the TS-711. Power may seem a little low by modern standard, but has proven more than adequate in my experience, including DX when conditions have been favourable.

This is one of the very few rigs I would heartily recommend to anyone needing a 70cm base, and who values good design, ease of use and a proven track record. There's no unnecessary frills on this radio, and nothing it needs that it doesn't have. There's a reason these rigs are a rare find on the used market - their owners keep hold of them!
G4GTS Rating: 5/5 Jan 20, 2006 08:20 Send this review to a friend
SUPERB 70CM BAND RADIO  Time owned: more than 12 months
The above URL is for the owners club for this model... a fgreat resource to any owner.

REVIEW: Wow, i love this radio. I already had the Trio TS-711E (United Kingdom version) so i scanned the UK for a TS-811E to match. There are more of the VHF 711's about than there are the UHF 811's here in England, and they hold their value well. If you get one, hold on to it like everyone else.
You'll regret it if you sell it because there's very little that comes close to the quality of it's receive. TX audio is fantastic... true 'Kenwood Audio'
SM5SRR Rating: 5/5 Jan 17, 2005 01:54 Send this review to a friend
UHF allmode transceiver  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The TS-811A is the US model. For Europe, this would be the TS-811E. Common for both is that they have 25 Watt output and work allmode. With + or - shift, the A model shifts 5 Mhz and the E model 1.6 Mhz when working repeaters in FM. Frequency coverage for the A model is from 430 to 450 Mhz whereas the E model goes from 432 to 438 Mhz. By adding a diode in position D34 on the control board under the top cover, the A model converts to the E model when it comes to frequency coverage and frequency shift.
Sensitivity is very good and from user friendly standpoint, the rig is identical to it VHF brother, the TS-711A.
Great rig both for satellite and DX work. Can be remote controlled from a computer.

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