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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - not QRP <5W | Kenwood TS-530S Help

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Kenwood TS-530S Reviews: 54 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $800
Description: 10-160 Band HF Trancvr
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KN4OO Rating: 5/5 Sep 21, 2017 11:36 Send this review to a friend
Enjoyable ancient radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought the TS-530s back in April at a Hamfest for $300.The Ham I rode with went ballistic. Anyway I got it home and started it up. It had a problem with the band switch, when changing bands the display would blackout. Opened the case and found the "plastic" shaft couplers were cracked so I replaced them with metal couplers and all is well. I also got it to transmit on 17 and 12 meters. It took me a while to get used to tuning the critter when I changed bands. I give it a 5/5 cause I get nothing but good reports on transmit and the receive audio is fantastic. Oh before I forget it is connected to a LDG Z-11proII which is connected to a Chameleon Emcom II Endfed!!
W6OVP Rating: 5/5 Jul 4, 2017 09:48 Send this review to a friend
Bought it new in '82  Time owned: more than 12 months
Paid $708 for it delivered new in Feb 1982 with YK88C and MC35S. Still in mint condition and a joy to operate. Drives an HA-14 to a KW input and continues to draw unsolicited rave audio reports. Real jewels from the past.
F6FLH Rating: 5/5 Jan 26, 2016 08:26 Send this review to a friend
TS530S+AT530+VFO240  Time owned: more than 12 months
J'ai completé mon TS530S avec le VFO externe 240 et la boite de couplage AT530. Cela fait une belle ligne pour mon traffic quotidien. Dans le TS530S j'ai installé une carte interface BF maison pour les modes numériques à l'emplacement reservé à la carte Notch et utilisé les 2 trous pour les fiches cinchs.Prochain projet : installer une carte Xlock dans le VFO externe.Note toujours à 5/5 pour moi aprés 2 ans et demi au QRA.
N5XJT Rating: 5/5 Nov 3, 2014 14:53 Send this review to a friend
One of the best!  Time owned: more than 12 months
No DSP, menus or waterfall screen. Just a great receiver, excellent transmit audio, built for long life and minimal problems. Get the matching VFO-240 and AT-230 and you have a easy to use, reliable rig that will probably still be working well after your new one has is long gone. Nuff Said!
Joe - N5XJT
WB0OKA Rating: 5/5 Aug 24, 2014 18:35 Send this review to a friend
Still top notch!  Time owned: more than 12 months
In my mind, this rig still has it all. If one could still count on distributors building large quantities of quality tubes, I still think this design of rig- the hybrid- would be the way to go. It has it all. It it capable of operating on the WARC bands, along with the other bands 160-10 and puts out a solid 100 watts with a good pair of 6146's.

I own 3 of them- all rescued from ebay- all with needed repairs. One had a smoked transformer, but once a replacement was located, it was not all that difficult to swap it out. Overall, they are still very easy to service and maintain. The digital readout, one of the many improvements over the 520 (which I still consider to be an outstanding rig), makes it more enjoyable to use. The RIT/XIT feature and the IF shift are also strong improvements.

I realize they are in the "vintage" category, but no doubt there are those new or upgraded hams out there considering purchasing their first HF rig, and need to know, this radio is still a good choice.

The only deficiency I have noticed, and it's characteristic of all 3 of the 530's I have, and that is the performance of the band switch. Occasionally it needs to be jiggled to get it to lock into the band you wish to use.
F6FLH Rating: 5/5 Apr 3, 2014 04:06 Send this review to a friend
SUPER TRX KENWOOD  Time owned: more than 12 months
J'ai acheté ce TRX il y a plus d'un an et je suis heureux de cet acquisition.La réception est superbe et claire et le réglage est simple avec un peu d'habitude. Il sort tranquillement 110 watts HF sur toutes les bandes. Je l'ai équipé des filtres de réception 1.8 Khz et 500 Hz qui sont des plus dans les piles-up. Le VFO externe du TS 120/130 fonctionne avec pour les DX en Split. Conclusion je suis très satisfait de ce modèle hybride pour mon trafic quotidien : la note est 4.9/5 car la prise du manip présente une tension négative de -65V et oblige à avoir un manipulateur électronique avec une sortie négative ou un relais pour être compatible.C'est le seul "défaut" trouver à cet excellent tranceiver Vintage.
EI5JS Rating: 5/5 Jan 30, 2014 17:17 Send this review to a friend
10 years after  Time owned: more than 12 months
I reviewed this rig shortly after I got it first in feb 2004 (as G0WPA). Now, 10 years and many enjoyable contacts later and it's still going strong.

I have worked all over the world with it on SSB, CW, PSK, RTTY, SSTV and even JT65-HF. There's very little that it can't do.

I changed the bottles once and affected a few repairs on it, but nothing too taxing. It's still pumping out 100+ watts across the bands and pulling in the DX like a champ and it still looks and feels every bit the quality rig that it did back then.

It's solid and reliable and a joy to use and it's a beautiful looking radio too. One of the best rigs Kenwood ever produced..
IK5PWL Rating: 5/5 Aug 22, 2013 14:16 Send this review to a friend
Great old rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I'm a voracious collector of old valve radio, I possess, Collins, Drake, Hallicrafters, but I also like to collect even more modern hybrid radio, a few days ago I read an advert in a local forum for a sale of 530s to be repaired , intrigued I purchased it and after repair the final stage i discovered a great receiver and a machine easy to use, audio playback is exceptional.
These transceivers are not great valued but work great.
VE7AZC Rating: 5/5 Jul 12, 2013 13:29 Send this review to a friend
Oldie but goodie!  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had a LOT of radios from all the brands. Now I have two, the 530 and a new Yaesu 950. My TS-530 is virtually mint ... as usual I've had to do a few repairs. But I must be honest ... even though the 530 receiver is a little noisier than my Yaesu FT 950, in a side by side test comparison the Kenwood receiver sounds a LOT crisper, and the signals jump out of the noise quite a lot better. The Yaesu receiver just sounds a little muddy and poorly defined in comparison.

CW receive on the Kenwood is also just great with no ringing. the Kenwood does not have a monitor function, so you can't listen to your own audio, but using a Shure SM57 right into it, others have said that it sounds great ... and unlike the Yaesu the Kenwood is RF bullet proof.

If anyone did a blind folded side by side comparison, I'm sure they 100% would choose the TS 530 over the Yaesu 950 ... no question.

If you can find a good 530 or even better an 830, you really ought to get it ... do yourself a favor.

I like new gear, and of course the old Kenwood does not have a lot of the new features,but in this case the oldie is really the goodie.


W3CRR Rating: 5/5 Jun 14, 2013 11:17 Send this review to a friend
My first Japanese radio and what a find it is!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
While I'm not exactly embarrassed to admit this, my forthcoming confession may tag me as "eccentric" at best. I have been licensed for 43 years. While there have been lapses in my ham activity over the decades, I have at least followed the hobby with interest most of the time. However, until about a month ago, I had never owned an HF radio made anywhere but in the U.S.

This seemingly xenophobic history is not indicative of innate prejudices or jingoism but reflects the fact that I grew up building Heathkits (later working for the Heath Company), admiring Drakes and Swans (hey! I never noticed the parallel -- each compatible with a Bird wattmeter, yet), and envying owners of Collins and Signal One gear. After the demise of my employer (Heath), I turned to Ten Tec for solace and great performance. I acquired a Collins KWM-2, an S-Line and an A-Line to satisfy boyhood dreams. A Drake TR-4CW and TR-7 sat on my operating table for a spell. Some domestic rarities wandered into the shack, too -- like my Patcomm PC-500 and PC-16000A.

But, as circumstances and fiscal fate had it, the shack was nearly bare a few weeks ago when i discovered a very nice TS-530S for sale at a not unreasonable price. Oh, I had read glowing reports about my first Japanese radio and how it was "a terrific rig -- in its day", etc., etc. But, i was totally unprepared for the quality of its construction, the ease of its operation and, most encouragingly, the sheer excellence of its performance. Frankly, I have never heard a better receiver and the oft-repeated, wholly unsolicited congratulations on my "beautiful audio" on transmission is equally buoying.

Owning this superb transceiver has been a bit of an epiphany. It's also been addictive. I have now acquired a second TS-530S, just to experience the joy of completely re-capping and restoring it, and a TS-830S to boot! My new devotion to vintage Kenwood is as rabid as a convert's can be.

So, I'll join the chorus. If you find a nice 530 -- or 830 -- buy it! But, you can't have mine!
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