View Full Version : Need Help:Kenwood TS-130SE HF Rig Operation

06-06-2007, 04:07 AM
Anyone know how to disable the Tone Generator/Marker feature on a Kenwood TS-130SE HF Transceiver? # SOLVED ! ! !

Boy do I feel like a Doe-Doe....... Thanks to all the folks who pointed out my od age blindness. The CAL ON function IS controlled by the Mic Gain/Carrier control Switch. And YES, I WAS working on CW Mode ONLY during initial ops checks of the rig after purchasing it.

Tone Marker/Generator feature IS mentioned in the manaul, in the "fine print" under MIC GAIN, but isn't listed in the Table of Contents to let you know that is where to LOOK for the info.

Guess I couldn't see the forest for all the trees on the front face of the rig. Gotta get some better glasses....hmmmmmm?

THANX one and all! Knew I could rely on fellow HAMS for a helping hand ! ! !

73's de KL7BX http://www.qrz.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

06-06-2007, 04:27 AM
The TS-130SE does have a 25 kHz marker, but I do not see an ON/OFF button on the front panel. #
It may be on the radio's top cover (near built-in speaker), where the VOX control is?

It is always a good idea to purchase the owner's manual, if it did not come with your radio. #The service manual is a must for anyone desiring DIY repairs or "poking around" -- this was one fo the first lessons taught to me by my elmers -- long before the Internet existed -- and still applies today.

It is also a very good idea to download the service bulletins issued by Kenwood (and on their web site) for the specific model that you own. #
There is no guarentee Kenwood will continue to provide these older bulletins on the Internet -- once models are at End of Life (EOL) and no longer serviced by Kenwood.


06-06-2007, 04:56 AM

I can't be certain but looking at the image referenced by W9GB, is the calibrator "on" not enabled at the 7 o'clock position on the Carrier control?...(This would agree with the calibrator function as enabled by the Carrier control on my TS-830S).

Additionally, FWIW, I echo the remarks of W9GB with regard to the manuals...A free download of the Users manual and the Service manual for the TS-130S can be found here:

User's Manual:

http://www.fortunecity.com/banners....ml?http (http://www.fortunecity.com/banners/interstitial.html?http://kb2ljj.serveftp.com/kenwood/TS-130_Instruction_manual.pdf)

Service Manual:

http://www.fortunecity.com/banners....ml?http (http://www.fortunecity.com/banners/interstitial.html?http://kb2ljj.serveftp.com/kenwood/TS-130_Service_manual.pdf)


06-06-2007, 04:59 AM

The "straight" TS-130 (no ES) Operation and Service Manuals can be downloaded free there. #Good idea to save them to hard drive in case they disappear. #

I didn't see any reference to a marker gen. or crystal calibrator in the operation manual, though.

Perhaps that is a feature of the ES. #"E" typically stood for "Export" radio but not always. #

Don't overlook that someone may have installed an aftermarket crystal calibrator board somewhere, too. #You would have to open the top and look for that. #

That owner's manual mentions using 10MHz WWV to calibrate the dial, which would be the better option today IMO. #Or 5, 15 etc. depending upon propagation. #5MHz wwv is usually able to be heard all the time except on real noisy days, using your 40 meter antenna. #

HTH and 73

06-06-2007, 05:20 AM
Looking at that picture, looks to me like the "CAL On" indicator would be that 7 oclock position of the Carrier or possibly the outer MIC knob, 7 oclock being all the way counterclockwise.

Good catch, Bruce!


06-06-2007, 05:46 AM
KL7BX, et al...

I failed to mention that the User's manual for the TS-130SE is available as a free download from Kenwood USA via this link:

http://www.kenwoodusa.com/support/simple.aspx?men=2&M2=69 (http://www.kenwoodusa.com/support/simple.aspx?men=2&M2=69)

User's manuals for most Kenwood amateur radio transceivers are available for free download via the link above.



06-06-2007, 08:30 AM
on the TS-130S

the cal switch is on the mic gain pot

look real close

lower left of the mic/car pots

it says CAL

turn the mic pot full counterclock wise

turns on the calibrator

turn the pot clockwise turns off cal

should be able to feel the switch
click on and off

dit dit Mac

06-06-2007, 11:52 AM
You must be a CW guy, 'cause as Mac pointed out, the Mic Gain is in the off position, which turns the calibrator on.

A couple of nice mods for this rig are

1) Installing both a 500 and 270 hertz filter, a quick look at the schematic shows that the kenwood boys thought someone might want to do this, and they have made it easy to rewire the wide / narrow switch to accomodate this.

2) Hooking the SWR bridge (used in the SWR protection circuit) up to the front panel meter. When I am done moving to 4 land I'll post photos.

I'm also working on adding an "AIP feature", really nothing more than a unity gain RF amp in front of the first mixer for low band work.

The 130 is a really usable old school radio that has a nice look and a solid feel. Something that's missing in most newer radios.

73 m/4

06-06-2007, 02:09 PM
Thanks for that link Bruce. I finally get to see a manual for my old Trio TS-511S. Junk that rig was but nearly 30 years later I can look back on it fondly!

And I'm glad to original question was answered. Having the 25kHz calibrator is a nice thing. Check it against WWV from time to time and make sure it's zero beat with WWV.

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