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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-515 Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-515
Kenwood TS-515 Reviews: 3 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: HF transceiver. Hybrid.
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SV9DRU Rating: 5/5 Jun 4, 2012 08:39 Send this review to a friend
Elegant simplicity   Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Strong in every way:

Metal construction
Heavy duty power supply
Sharp (high Q) Preselector
"Lazy" tubes (instead of the hypersensitive solid state devices) in all the important RF stages both Rx and Tx with transistors in the VFO, AF and BFO oscillators etc.
Very good crystal filter, double conversion Rx

The result is fantastic audio, not the slightest IMD problem in crowded 40m band.
Unbelievable stability for analog VFO after 10-15 min of warm up.
Solid 100-150W output depending on the band for the (2) 6146A final model.
Surprising sensitivity NOT waning in the 10 and 15m bands like other boatanchors.

I have also acquired a second Ts-515(S) model with the addition of NB and (2x) 6lq6 finals capable for 350W output. Still waiting for some replacement broken cores of its RF coils and a sweep generator for bringing it up to its full potential.

Fantastic radios !
VE4HAM Rating: 5/5 Nov 13, 2005 00:42 Send this review to a friend
Great Vintage Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
Was one of my first rigs upong getting a license back in that era. Still have that rig, strong as ever, and never a repair. This I like about the older transmitters is the ability to take abuse in case of mismatch or accidental hazards like forgetting to hook an antenna or switching in a wrong antenna. Most important is the wide range of matching of the manual tuning section up to 600 ohms. The reception far exceeded rigs like Heathkit and such, the audio reports were all good, the supplies made for far the life of the set. Used for those who don't devote their lives to Ham Radio and use it as a hobby , not leaving the rig on 24/7 , the rig could last indefinitely as it seems here. It's cosmetically appealing, easy to repair, and a no nonsense rig with a 100 page manual to set up. After warmup, no complaints of drift. The dials light up nice and that large lighted S meter/tune dial is appealing. Even though not digital readout, one can use a frequency counter, but no matter, as for the non power ego tripped user, as long as you are in the band and it's calibrated's fine. There's no law saying Ham radio transmitters and receiver need digital readout. Fine rig by a fine manufacturer....nice standby rig. A keeper.
ON6AB Rating: 5/5 Feb 24, 2005 10:39 Send this review to a friend
Good memories  Time owned: more than 12 months
This was my first transceiver way back in 1975 and it sure was a good one for it's time. Friends had a TS520s and a Heathkit SB303 but these were IMD generators compaired to my TS515. They were unable to hear things I could hear on a crowded 40m band. Never had a single problem with it. Build like a tank. Great audio. Nothing but good memories about it. Had a "Magnum Six" on it too. Sure, you had to wait half an hour or so before it was a bit stable, but that was the case for all transceivers of that era.

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