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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF models) | Kenwood TS-660 Help


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Kenwood TS-660 Reviews: 11 Average rating: 4.7/5 MSRP: $(missing—add MSRP)
Description: Early '80s "All Mode Quad Bander" - 10W on 6, 10, 12, and 15 m
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KU4QD Rating: 5/5 Jun 22, 2000 13:03 Send this review to a friend
Wonderful base 6m rig, or QRP rig for 10, 12, and 15  Time owned: more than 12 months
I ran one of these little rigs from Kenwood for at least 10 years, and I regret letting it go. The TS-660 came out after the TS-130 series, but before the TS-430, and it has similarities to both rigs. It covers 6, 10, 12, and 15 meters at 10 watts SSB PEP, CW, or FM, and 4 watts AM. Much like the 430, it has dual VFOs, IF shift, split capablility, a blue flourescent display, memories and scanning, and is about the same size as a TS-130V or TS-430V (QRP versions without the heat sinks). It's main strong point is it's receiver, which was excellent for an early '80s vintage rig, and it's outstanding transmit and receive audio. Optional filters are the same as the 430 and 130 for CW and AM. Unfortunately, there is no allowance for a narrow SSB filter. You needed no special add on board for FM. Everything was built in right from the factory. I ran this rig both base and mobile, and got excellent reports in all modes. The choice of bands may seem odd, but for QRP these are the four which are uncrowded enough and open enough to have tons of success. VOX and a speech processor aren't included, but were available as an external (and now hard to find) VOX-4 option. A wall cube for memory backup was also available, as this rig did not have a lithium battery. Of course, that means it can't go brain dead either, like some rigs of that generation. If the rig had a drawback, it's that power consumption was very high for a QRP rig (rated at 4.5 amps on transmit, and nearly an amp on receive), so it's not very suitable for battery-operated portable work. The SP-120 speaker matches this rig for size and color, and the PS-20 was the matching power supply, for those who like to get all the pieces. I've seen these on the market for $350 or so lately, and I kick myself every time I fail to budget one in. This is one fun rig.
 
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