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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-430S Help

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Kenwood TS-430S Reviews: 79 Average rating: 4.5/5 MSRP: $400.00 without filters or PS
Description: Kenwood TS-430S all Mode ,all Band HF transciever
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KG6HUF Rating: 5/5 Aug 5, 2002 09:19 Send this review to a friend
Wonderful first rig.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just obtained my General license and this is my first rig.
I love it! I will be keeping this rig for a very very long time.
ZS1AN Rating: 4/5 Jul 29, 2002 08:49 Send this review to a friend
A good beginner/intermediate rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I purchased my TS430S second hand a year ago when I obtained my license. I found it easy to use, with self explanatory and convenient controls (except perhaps for the VOX controls on the top cover). Although simple enough for a beginner, it provides dual VFOs, IF shift, a manual notch filter and an effective noise blanker. I also fitted a 500 Hz CW filter that I purchased second hand.

I had many hours of fun with this rig, including first place (single operator) in the South African field day contest 2001. My only complaints were

1. It does not have full break-in keying which is useful for working CW pile-ups.
2. It was very sensitive to antenna SWR - mine started to reduce power when the SWR reached 1.2.
3. It did not put out a full 100W on 10m.

I eventually replaced it with a TS680S, primarily for the full break-in keying. I sold the TS430S to another new ham last weekend, and hope he will enjoy it as much as I did.
K9FE Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2002 18:35 Send this review to a friend
Surprise Receiver Sensitivity  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
The Kenwood TS-430s I recently came into is a donation to the church radio station. I lead the station running classes etc. The radio came in a good sized lot of equipment these including the Kenwood 20 amp supply, a Hygain 18AVT 5 band vertical and a whole bunch of other gear from families who have had a ham in the family pass away. So as I check out the gear the surprise I had when the receiver of the 430 was hearing signals that were undetectable on both the IC-746 and the FT-840. That plus the radio has a really quiet receive. How that works I do not know, but the radio was my choice for our radio club field day.

Usually the 746 is my choice for 40 phone. This year the 746 was second banana and the 430s took its spot and did a fantastice job. I coupled it to a Shure 444T that I picked up at Dayton this year($20 in the outside sales area and it worked great). What audio and signal! I had many compliments on my BIG SIGNAL just using the 18AVT ground mounted with 40m radials (8 of them). I never would have thought that this classic was as good as it is.

If you see one for $400 in good shape it is a steal. A new FT-840 is going for $565 and it isn't the radio that the TS-430s is. I was a died in the wool Yaesu op....till this 430s
4Z5LA Rating: 4/5 Jul 4, 2002 18:08 Send this review to a friend
Nice  Time owned: more than 12 months
Realy Nice tranceiver!
KC6EDM Rating: 4/5 Jun 24, 2002 20:48 Send this review to a friend
Great radio for the price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just recently picked up a TS-430S with matching power supply, antenna tuner, speaker, and microphone and have to say that this is quite a nice rig. My goal was to get a reasonably priced complete HF system for under $1000.00, yes I'd love to have an ICOM 756 PROII or Yeasu Mark 5, but weighing cost with value I'm very happy with this radio. In fact after listening to the 756 PROII and comparing the audio and sensitivity it seems that the TS-430S is "easier on the ears" in that it isn't noisy to listen too, but does pick up the faintest signals. The rig has everything you could want, except DSP - but I'm so pleased with the tone of the radio that I don't particularly miss the DSP. If you pick one of these up remember that the radio is getting up there in years so as with any older radio there may be some maintenance that you'll have to do to make sure that all is well. The TS-430S has been known to gradually short one of the boards due to age, but this is easily rectified by simply tightening down a few screws - you can find the specifics of how to do this out on the Internet. Definitely an excellent all-around radio that's perfect for a beginner or a cost savy ham that appreciates an excellent quality, good sounding rig. Not rated a 5 due to the age of the radio.
N6INM Rating: 4/5 Nov 29, 2001 23:12 Send this review to a friend
Great Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned my TS-430 since 1985. Bought it new. It is a great rig and worked many countries with it. For its size and features, it provides more than what I need. Working split is its best option I think. If you see one for sale and are on a budget, I highly reccomend this radio as a first or back-up rig.
K1SMM Rating: 5/5 Nov 16, 2001 22:06 Send this review to a friend
Flawless!  Time owned: more than 12 months
Never a problem in twenty years of use. What else could you ask?
KH6DV Rating: 5/5 Sep 11, 2001 06:17 Send this review to a friend
wont give it up  Time owned: more than 12 months
My TS-430S has been powered up non stop for the last 15 years without a single problem, thats reliability. The receiver is great and the tx audio is very good. I have the narrow ssb, am, and narrow cw filters installed. In a previous review there was a complaint about slow switching on tr that made the 430 unsuitable for the data modes. There is a very common mod that is easy to do that will correct this. Navy mars for years used the 430 at numerous stations for amtor which switches much faster than pactor or gtor. I have used my 430 on amtor/pactor/gtor for years with amazing thruput after the mod. The best feature this rig has to offer the data operator is fantastic stability. I have a pair of sgc2000's running on pactor and they cant come close to the stability offered by the 430. I had a TS-450 with the optional high stability unit and sold it two months after buying it because of poor stability and the fact that it trashed my other rigs with wideband noise. When the 430 is running the other rigs dont know its on the air, its clean. I do run bandpass filters but the 450 was so dirty they were not enough. This is one durable little rig. I dont reduce power that much in the high duty cycle modes (pactor/gtor) and its like the timex watches, takes a beating and keeps ticking. It will probably be an endurance race to see which one of us expires first, me or the 430, as I dont plan of getting rid of it ever.

Ron KH6DV Kaneohe Hawaii

KD5NMI Rating: 5/5 Sep 10, 2001 20:23 Send this review to a friend
Dependable  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great all around rig. Hot Receive and Great Transmit Audio (better than many new rigs). Easy cure for the "muddy" AM audio = engage the RIT and turn left to approximately 9 O'clock, and NO more muddy audio.
W4IIV Rating: 4/5 Jul 26, 2001 22:42 Send this review to a friend
good performer  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Got this radio for christmas this year because I wanted a general coverage reciever.
Installed the AM filter and the AM is great.
Transmitted audio is superb, almost rivals my hallicrafters HT-32.
Only prob i had was the vox would not work, turn it on and the transmitter locks on.
All and all not bad for $400
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