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of the Kenwood TS-990S.
Apr 7, 2013 15:24
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Arrives fashionably late to party...
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Kenwood took its sweet time delivering the goods on a big box rig, but I must say they have arrived in style! I'm still in the honeymoon stage with this radio, but finding it a blast to navigate and operate...
Receiver sounds great (other rig here is Orion II, it also sounds great); sensitivity and selectivity appear within specs to my ears. So far, after a day on the air, the audio reports vary from outstanding to 'best I've heard'. This is with out-of-the-box defaults, sans mid point settings on the processor in/out...I'm using a Heil Goldline, something I already had available...
All functions and buttons work as advertised, at least the ones I've visited so far. No glitches or odd behavior (something I have experienced with the Orion II at times). I would say that Kenwood did their homework and ran this rig through mill before releasing it on the market...
There's a myriad of adjustments available but the menu system is the best I've seen yet. Most are easy to understand without resorting to the manual. I happen to like the 'retro' choices like the vintage analog frequency dial...and the slide rule dial showing the shortwave bands. Reminds me of my old KnightKit Star Roamer, hi. Of course, the resemblance to the Star Roamer ends there...
It's physically BIG and HEAVY. This is not a good rig for Field Day nor was it designed to be. Nonetheless, get a friend to assist you in moving this radio on to your desk...
It's absolutely BEAUTIFUL to look at, fit and finish is premium grade. Every detail is perfect. There is nothing left undone or done halfway on the TS-990S. You won't be disappointed.
The rig stays cool; a fan or fans kick in during transmit but they are very quiet. It's a real treat to be able to program power output for each individual band. I usually only use the Ameritron AL-811H on 20m...no more having to remember to reduce drive now.
Haven't played much with the RX/TX equalizer. Everything sounds so good now I hate to upset the apple cart...
The dual TFT displays are crisp and the digitally produced 'analog' meter is super nice looking. How do they do that anyway? Guess we don't need the real thing anymore...just write a few lines of computer code.
The Kenwood TS-990S may be a 10 on a one to ten scale; if not, it's pretty close in my estimation. Will have to wait for the lab reviews for the final verdict...
73 John K7FD
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