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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-480SAT Help

Reviews Summary for Kenwood TS-480SAT
Kenwood TS-480SAT Reviews: 218 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $1499.99
Description: 100 watts HF & 6m allmode portable and mobile transceiver w/ built-in antenna tuner
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K4NBC Rating: 5/5 Jun 26, 2016 11:46 Send this review to a friend
Great rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Love this kenwood ts480sat it has some great features and potentials as well
W3MSH Rating: 5/5 Feb 7, 2016 06:56 Send this review to a friend
Great specs for the money!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently purchased a used TS-480 and give it a solid 5+ for ease of use, quality of construction, great specs.

Multiple audio-passband shaping options on transmit have received positive reviews for clarity and fidelity and can be changed on the fly from casual "hi-fi" mode to more a aggressive and punchy response to take full advantage of running barefoot.

Use of the internal voice/CW recorder makes this a pleasure to use whether for simple automated CQ calling or hard-core contesting.

The ONE THING that definitely makes this a solid 5+ is a very simple modification to sample the 73 Mhz. IF to an inexpensive SDR dongle.
Using this setup and controlling with HDSDR I would consider this a quality "poor-man's Flex Radio"!
Total cost of simple modification is less than $50.00 and well worth the 45 minutes start to finish.

Features on the "free" HDSDR add additional functionality, especially on receive.

Get one, you will NOT be disappointed!

IZ1PON Rating: 5/5 Jan 7, 2016 06:37 Send this review to a friend
TS-480: Eccellente  Time owned: more than 12 months
Questo apparato è quello che mi ha più divertito negli ultimi anni.
La tradizione di eccellenza ed innovazione di Kenwood la trovo nel TS-480SAT: facilità d'uso, innovativa filosofia d'impiego, lay-out curato e raffinato.
Si è fatto tesoro di circuiti ben collaudati su apparati Kenwood precedenti.
Software di gestione è di livello ed estensione notevole risultando però intuitivo con comandi veramente ergonomici e logici, display ben leggibile.
Ottima qualità audio TX e RX (prerogativa Kenwood).
Ideale per attività SWL e BCL.
In sostanza una radio che fa ottima figura anche a confronto di apparati di ben maggiore dimensione e costo.
A tal proposito il rapporto qualità/prezzo è imbattibile!
Si conferma la filosofia Kenwood di rendere i propri prodotti validi negli anni a venire, mantenendo la produzione degli stessi modelli anche per decenni (TS-2000) tutto a beneficio del valore di mercato e della reperibilità dei ricambi che visto dalla parte dell'utilizzatore non è cosa da poco!
NY7Q Rating: 0/5 Jul 23, 2015 14:48 Send this review to a friend
Disappointed with CW Keyer  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
Finally put my TS-520s aside and began using the 480sat for CW ops. Right away I discovered the internal Keyer throws in lots of extra DAHs and several more Dits. I poured over the manuals, looked on the internet for solutions, and have discovered it is non fixable using the menus and mechanical settings on the rig.. I am really upset that Kenwood would put out a rig that has such a bad problem using the Keyer. I have been a CW op since 1953 and have used dozens of rigs for cw. This 480 gets a zero from me and I intend to sell it. A good $1300.00 wasted by me.
W2IU Rating: 5/5 Jul 6, 2015 06:57 Send this review to a friend
Undervalued Receiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
Love this transceiver. Two things I wish it had was a power level lower than 5 watts out and an IF out. Other than that, it is small, flexible, upgradable and a pleasure to use.

I tell everyone I know to get one of these rigs, whether used mobile, or at the base station.
W4WOR Rating: 5/5 Jun 6, 2015 08:39 Send this review to a friend
easy to operate  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This is one nice little rig. I've been using as fixed station.
I used it for a while with a mc 50 desk mic with adapter but got better audio reports with the stock microphone.
love the built in antenna tuner.

NY7Q Rating: 5/5 Mar 30, 2015 05:35 Send this review to a friend
excellent rig update  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Once I found the RF Adjustment, the receiver is more than excellent. Quiet, with no qrm qrn with the adjustments done right.Best rig I have ever had.
R4CDY Rating: 5/5 Mar 17, 2015 13:30 Send this review to a friend
Excellent radio!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am the second owner of this transceiver. produced in 2003! bad it's the American version. in European - there is a great bowl.
in the SOHO group - the best transceiver!
previously only worked on yaesu and icom.
My next radio will only kenwood!
M0GNA Rating: 5/5 Feb 18, 2015 00:27 Send this review to a friend
Delightful.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Can't fault it.Its the neatest looking radio I have owned so far. Its easy enough to use,it has great audio for its size,and it looks fantastic when you tuck away the main unit and just have the control unit sitting on your desk..Love it.
AB0YY Rating: 5/5 Feb 6, 2015 18:25 Send this review to a friend
Yaesu MD-1 mic for TS 480  Time owned: months
Just wanted to let everyone know I ordered an adapter from the cwman on ebay and got a Yaesu 8 pin round to Kenwood Modular for a Yaesu desk mic MD-1.
The up and down does not work, which I did not use anyway, but the audio reports have been outstanding and so much better than the stock mic, Heil pro set III, and MC-60.
I am very happy with all the reports and I did not have to spend money on a new desk mic.
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