2/6 meter transverter for Kenwood TS-950SDX ??

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  1. WS4B

    WS4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    I own a Kenwood TS-950SDX that is the pride of my shack, and I have been searching to see if a 6 and/or 2 meter transverter can be connected to the rig. I have seen the specs for the Kenwood TS-502, but from what I can tell that was designed for the Kenwood 520 series.

    Does anyone happen to know of a compatable VHF transverter for my radio? If so, please let me know. Many thanks in advance.
  2. W9GB

    W9GB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. The real question is: Does your specific radio, TS-950SDX, have a low level (.01 mW to 8W) RF output port and/or an IF input port for connection to an external transverter?

    READ this 2007 posting [Moon-EME net] by John Peters, PA5MS about interfacing the TS-950S to a transverter.

    Here are the Elecraft XV transverters

    Single-port and dual-port IF connections allow use with almost any transceiver. IF transmit levels from -20 dBm to +39 dBm (.01 milliWatt to 8 watts) can be accommodated, with a constant-impedance IF termination for consistent performance. Multiple transverters can be easily daisy chained to a single IF transceiver, providing multi-band operation without cable rearrangement. A brightly illuminated label clearly identifies which transverter is selected.
    http://www.elecraft.com/XV/XV Data Sheet NP 0706 RevB.pdf

    There is also an auxiliary BNC connector on the rear panel that can be wired for a RX only path at the VHF output for split TX/RX paths.

    READ about how they interface to modern HF transceivers and operate ... should answer some of your initial questions.

    TRANSVERTER Reviews at eHam.net

    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  3. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The TS-950 series does have a low level output for transverters.

    DEM (Down East Microwave) makes transverters that will interface with the Kenwood just fine for 50-144-222-432-902-1296-2304...all the way up to 24 GHz.

    All it takes is money!

    I have some of the DEMI transverters, and they are excellent.

  4. AI3V

    AI3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    A bit off topic.....

    Of course you can connect a transverter to your rig.

    If you mean learn a bit about drive levels, T/R switching, and the like.

    If you mean a plug and pray hookup, I haven't a clue.

    I have some experience with VHF/UHF transverters, I have worked most of the states east of the Mississippi (and a few west!) from WV on both 2M and 70CM bands; It is my experience, that folks who take the time to learn a bit of radio theory, and don't depend on plugging in a unit and having it work will work FAR FAR more stations than a fellow who throws money at the problem.

    EVERYBODY I know who successfully worked a EME QSO did it with equipment that was at least partially homebrewed.

    NOBODY that I know who tried to BUY his EME station was successful.

  5. WS4B

    WS4B Ham Member QRZ Page

    TYVM for the very imformative reply to my post, I really do appericate it. I'm not looking to do any exotic VHF work like EME, just some local six and two meter FM/AM/SSB is all. Maybe some E-skip next summer on six when the season arrives again.

    Thanks again for your help!!!
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
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