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Ham Radio Reviews
Transceivers: HF Amateur (including HF+6M+VHF/UHF
models, fixed station or mobile)

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Brand and Model number*: Kenwood TS590S
Your first name*: Roger
Call Sign*: N4HZ
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna*: Kenwood TS590S HF Transceiver
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor)*: 3
Enter time owned or used, years/months*: 1 week
Purchased new or used*: New
Comments about the equipment in your own words*: I've read many comments regarding claimed low power output on SSB with the TS590. . Contrary opinions usually blame power meters which do not accurately show peak indications. I believe that power meters are notoriously inaccurate particularly when reading peak power. I have never seen any postings measuring TS590 power output in CW mode and by not using a power meter at all. I measured my 590 CW power output by using a 50 ohm dummy load and calculating power by measuring voltage across the load. I could be in error of course based on DVM accuracy but when using a scope I get essentially the same result. On 40 and 75 meters I measured 87 and 88 watts when the radio power setting was at 100. I'd like to see other 590 owners measure their power using this method and compare with my measurements. ( See K4EAA's excellent write up on this method of measurement at http://k4eaa.com/dummy.html) Certainly when using SSB voice characteristics,internal 590 equalization, etc all will affect what is seen on a meter but the CW ( heating power) measurement is more telling I think.

I don't think that dualing power meter measurements address the controversy regarding 590 power output.

I may be missing something, don't claim to be an expert but believe my 590 will not make 100 watts.

73
Roger....N4HZ
Your email address*: dowdy.roger@comcast.net
Date of your review: 07/22/2013




Brand and Model number : Kenwood TS-590S
Your first name : Yukon John
Call Sign : HI3/KL7JR
Type of equipment reveiwed:  Kenwood TS-590S HF/6M XCVR
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor) : 4.5
Enter time owned or used, years/months : 1 week
Purchased new or used : New

Comments about the equipment in your own words:

Transceiver was 800 Hz off frequency and did not put out 100w. Poor quality control at the factory, hi hi! I knew from reviews Kenwood was having problems in those areas so I had it sent from the dealer to WR3S for a complete tune up to be sure. I also had the optional voice guide VGS-1 installed. The rig now puts out 105 watts, is exactly on frequency, fairly easy to operate and is very similar to their older TS-570 xcvr which I really liked as well. The 590S is a joy to operate compared to the Ten-Tec Eagle I traded in for it! I highly recommend this rig.
Your email address : KL7JR at yahoo.com
Date of your review:07/22/2012


Brand and Model number : Ten-Tec 599 Eagle XCVR
Your first name : Yukon John
Call Sign: HI3/KL7JR

Type of equipment reveiwed: HF and 6M XCVR
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor): 1.5 (less than 2!)
Enter time owned or used, years/months: 2 weeks (see previous review below)
Purchased new or used: New

Comments about the equipment in your own words : 

Very complicated MENU and the rig is severely over priced compared to its Kenwood and Yaesu rivals. I bought it because I liked their older Scout model and was very disappointed with my Eagle. The VFO is loose, there is no voice recorder (optional) and the internal tuner didn't tune anything unless the SWR was less than 3:1 which was pretty much useless for my antenna experimenting. Overall I was most disappointed with the Eagle. For that amount of $$$ I expected a lot more. The new TS-590 beats it hands down!

Your email address: KL7JR at Yahoo.com
Date of your review: 07/22/2012


Brand and Model number: Icom 7600
Your first name: Frank
Call Sign: k0jm
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna: Icom 7600 hf transceiver
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor):10 (5)
Enter time owned or used, years/months: 4 months
Purchased new or used: new
Comments about the equipment in your own words:

Great radio. One of the posts on another website said use rtty for tune up...better yet..make a phone plug and a push button on and off switch on a 3 ft cord. Plug it into the back...great for full carrier tune up and my astatic hand mike overloaded something and would quit and shut the 7600 down with odd looking audio trace on the external scope. So I use the mike that came with the 7600, and I added some ideal no22 buttons ( available from grainger) on the mike gain and power out controls (had to ream them a little to get them to fit and not slip) but they work great to adjust mike and power out.
73
k0jm
Your email address :k0jm at juno.com


Mfg and model # = Kenwood TS-2000
Name = Ken
Call = AC0NJ
Category type = HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
Rating = 5 Excellent
Time owned = 2 years
purchased new or used? = New
Comments = When I was looking for a base station radio, I wanted to find a complete radio that had HF/VHF and UHF.  There were only a few on the market at the time.  After reading reviews and talking to other Hams I decided to go with the Kenwood TS-2000.  This radio worked great right out of the box.  I found it easy to use and loaded with options.  The radio has both a main and a second receiver.  One can be set up for HF while the other can be on HF/VHF/UHF.  There are two antenna inputs for HF.  One antenna input for VHF, another for UHF and an input for 6 meters.  I use the Diamond X2000A antenna which works great for 6 meter/2 meters/6 meters.  If you are in the market for a good HF/VHF/UHF radio with 100 Watts out on HF  and VHF at a very good price. This unit is worth a look.  I am available for questions.

Ken
email =
fullofblarney@comcast.net


Mfg and model # = Kenwood TS-50
Name = John, Anchorage, AK
Call = KL7JR
Category type = HF Transceiver
Rating = 5 Excellent
Time owned = 10 years
Purchased new or used? = New
Comments = Have two TS-50's in use for the past 10 years on my portable outings.  It packs well in a briefcase and is extremely easy to use.  Have never had a problem with either- and I'm hard on rigs!  The Heil hand mic w/DX cartridge compliments the rig nicely.  Have used on shore power and battery power. The Kenwood quality is there in a plug and play rig.  It's too bad they are no longer made.


Brand and Model number: Icom IC-740
Your first name: Jamie
Call Sign: KB3QLK
Catagory Type: Hf Transceiver 
Rating: 5 Excellent
Time used: 3 years
Purchased new or used: used
Comments about the equipment in your own words:

Got the IC-740 before my general & have enjoyed it's great recieve and easy operation .
For a newbie this radio is perfect .


Brand and Model number*: Ten-Tec #599 Eagle
Your first name
*:John
Call Sign*:
KL7JR
Type of equipment reveiwed- Be specific! Example Yaesu FT-107 Hf transceiver, Hustler 4btv vertical antenna*:
Ten-Tec Eagle 599 transceiver
Your overall rating (5 is excellent, 1 is poor)*:
1
Enter time owned or used, years/months*:
2 days!
Purchased new or used*: new

Comments about the equipment in your own words*:

Overpriced delicate and fussy with a cheap feel. It was a total disappointment. Internal tuner wouldn't tune much at all (compared to my other rigs and LDG tuners) and it did not like having an external tuner in line. Way too delicate for my operating style. No way is it worth $1800 with the made in USA tag- NO WAY! I made the mistake of overlooking the inflated price for a simple to operate USA rig. I was wrong! VFO was chincy too! Oh well, live and learn.
Ten-Tec quality is not what it used to be!

Your email address*: KL7JR@arrl.net

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