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Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-930S Help

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N8WGM  Rating: 5/5 Nov 10, 2013 07:01  Send this review to a friend!
5 plus stars  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I've owned several Kenwoods over the years. My first was a Kenwood TS850. I then went on to the Kenwood TS950SDX. I also have owned a TS870 and a TS820. I have also owned quite a few Yaesu transceivers and an Icom or two. I am always searching for the ultimate rig that suits me best. Last year I found a nice TS930 and after seeing all the great reviews decided to buy it.

First I must say that the receive on this awesome transceiver is the best for my ears I have ever had in a Kenwood. For some reason, this Kenwood has allowed me to hear CW signals better than any other transceivers I have tried. The SSB receive audio also for some reason is smoother to me than any rig I have tried. I was at the AES in Cleveland and was listening in to the latest and greatest. Even the new high price high tech rigs sound a bit different to me from my 930. I just prefer the 930's sound to any other rig so far.

There are a few possible problems as with any older rig and the Kenwood is not immune. The power supply is one of those problems that the 930 and 940 rigs have had. The 930's of later vintage (above the 3xxxxxx serial number do not have as nearly the problems with the power supply as the earlier serial numbers. Best to get one with a serial number above the 4xxxxxx range.) There are some who have replaced the old power supply with a new switching power supply which will give this rig a new lease on life. Parts are getting more scarce but the 930 was so popular in its day that there are still parts available used. These radios are over 30 years old and so the caps needed to be replaced. It was fairly easy to do and was a fun little project.

The 930's automatic antenna tuner is good for a first try by Kenwood. It is not a replacement though for a good stand alone tuner. 160 meters is not really good for the tuner in the 930.

There are a few modifications for the TS930 that will make this rig up to date. The PIEXX digital control board will allow for more memories and gets rid of the possibility of leaking batteries. Plus it allows for computer control of the 930. Not full control as the mode switch on the 930 is mechanical. But almost all other functions are able to be controlled by your computer.

The other worth while mod is the INRAD roofing filter. I have heard other TS930's with this amazing filter and it really does do a great job of making this old Kenwood just about equal to any high dollar transceiver available today. That will be my next modification to my 930.

A lot of people are afraid of getting an older rig as the electronic problems could be an issue. Do not fear as there are technicians out there that can repair this older Kenwood and specialize on it. In many instances, a cap replacement and a few other tweaks and this old rig will go on for another 30 years. There is a very good reason why the Kenwood TS930 has in 60 reviews a 4.9. It is one of the best transceivers that Kenwood ever produced and one of the all time best rigs by any manufacturer.  
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