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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-990S Help

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OE1MWW  Rating: 5/5 Apr 28, 2013 11:08  Send this review to a friend!
sophisticated and absolutely excellent rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Using my TS-990 now daily several hours since 3 weeks (and not for 2 hours) and sorry to say, none of those mentioned issues of M0NJA can be confirmed. Cursor sits exactly in USB and LSB, so as the non existing carrier would be. The audio bandwidth can be adjusted to whatever one wants and the audio equalizer allows to set up any audio in the range of +6db to -24db, frequency range from 300Hz to 5.1kHz divided in 17 (!) bands. 6 adjustable presets plus 3 user pre-settings are possible. Wonder why M0NJA had a 'thin' audio... Audio bandwidth can be adjusted to remove most, if not all signals that splatter or sitting close by. Notch filter can be set audible and/or visible via the audio spectrum in the small display or automatic. An extra 'Beat Cancel' button does what it is named. Two buttons for NoiseReduction plus two buttons for NoiseBlanker and each of them adjustable by double knobs. This needs live experience using the Radio - there is no way around. But than you have the best!

The solution for using split and the second RX allows fast and comfortable split operation with the TS-990. Entering split offset needs just one or two keys to be pressed.Spectrum display can be set with or without waterfall. Yes, the TS-990 is driven by software inside, this makes sense. Otherwise that many options and functions with a structured menu system would not be possible. Drivers and several software packages for local and remote operation are free at no cost, compared to other brands, and can be downloaded from Kenwood support site.

Operation: it takes several hours to get used and find all the options according to ones likes. With the TS-990 I had to grab the manual (in fact, searching in the pdf manual) more often compared to other TRX I had in the past. And each and every time I was surprised about that many possibilities to use the rig. Last, but not least - try to touch a TS-990 and feel how mechanical solid all the knobs are mounted and do not wiggle - compared to other brands. Still owning a little Icom and a Yeasu plus a KX-3, my previous rigs, as far as I remember after more than 50 years as a ham, hi, been a TS-870, FT-897, IC-756 Pro II, IC-756 Pro III, IC-7600 and now the TS-990. The TS-990 is the best, out of experience up until today - and not only because it was the most expensive one.

Yes, I found one bug (feature?) in operating sequences. Kenwood provides updates. Loading the file on a USB stick and the update can be loaded into the rig.

Your emotional milage my vary, but nevertheless, don't make a fast judgement by just driving once around the corner.  
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