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Kenwood announces the end of the TS-590S

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  1. KJ4RYP

    KJ4RYP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kenwood announced to its dealers today that TS-590S production has ceased. The $200 instant rebate remains in effect through December 31, but we anticipate being sold out of our remaining stock before the end of October.

    Often considered the best value for a sub $1,500 HF rig, the TS-590S had some big shoes to fill as the successor to the great TS-570 but quickly made its own reputation as a top-of-the-line receiver at an entry level price. Up until last week, the TS-590S sat at number 12 on SEI’s list of receivers (ranked by third-order dynamic range narrow spaced), above radios costing 8 to 10 times the 590’s current price point of just $1,249 and free shipping at GigaParts.
     
  2. W6RZ

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  3. W7ARX

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    Too bad they could not have just done a firmware change so indicates to me, some re-design (overshoot ring a bell), etc. Wonder what price range? Anticipate it to be higher, around $2K if I were to guess, and existing 590's will drop in price on the used market now much like the FT-950's did when they stopped making them and went with the FT-1200. Hope Rob does a test on it so we can compare numbers....
     
  4. WN2C

    WN2C Ham Member QRZ Page

    Making it better! Too bad they can't make the ts 2k better. What is really suprising is that they are still making the 2k.

    Rick WN2C
     
  5. NU4R

    NU4R Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've had noting but bad luck with Kenwood service.(Quite dismal in fact) And the once stellar ham radio store in Orlando Florida was absolutely pathetic in my last experience of a flawed TS-480HX. (And I bought TWO at the time)

    Over my past 30 years as a ham, my experience was one could usually expect whatever product Kenwood released it would be trouble free. When our once ARES group in the Central Florida area began to experience TNC failures on our PSAT D-700's with zero help from the aforementioned and considering my own failures over the years, we went elsewhere for our amateur and marine mobile needs.

    Nice plug for Giga-Parts though! But, I wonder what QRZ's OTHER ham radio retailers/advertisers think OF the plug?
     
  6. K9ASE

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    I have the same problem with Kenwood service and will probably never buy one of there rigs new again for that reason. I loved the receiver on my brand new TS-590. But,it had a low power output issue no matter how the processor,gain and EQ were set. When I sent the rig in to have the ALC update done they never looked at the other issue and told me, "I needed to read the instruction manual".
     
  7. AB7MC

    AB7MC Ham Member QRZ Page

    same thing here


    My first IC-7600 delivered to me by AES las Vegas last april 2014 was also a low power issue. Delivered to me by Wednesday afternoon, by 6:00 PM early in the evening I put it in the double box and return it the following Day. I can only get 30 watts talk power on dummy load and AES is insisting that I am using a wrong microphone. after a week I went to HRO Oakland, Ca. and Nick told me to return it immedialtely if I experience the same problem. By just using the stock hand mic, I immediately get 70 watts without reading the manual. Since then I do not buy anymore at AES

    73 de,

    Reynaldo
     
  8. K4IIE

    K4IIE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have owned Kenwoods for 20 years.TS850 for 5 years,TS870 for 12 and TS590 for 3.Have never had a problem.Always received excellent audio reports.All very easy to use and receivers were oustanding.The 590 is the best of them all and compares to a superb Yaesu FT1000D in every aspect.Louis Hernandez,K4IIE Augusta,GA.
     
  9. KG0MN

    KG0MN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Makes you wonder if Kenwood released this radio since the 590S sales were so dismal due to the problems of the low output and the ALC spike. Even though Kenwood did finally admit to these problems, I have heard numerous people say that they would not buy the 590S (new or used) solely for this reason.
     
  10. W7ARX

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    Supposedly, they offer a free fix for the ALC overshoot problem (that they knew about early on) and with a software update in Jan 2015, wonder what else they will be addressing with that release that would make it similar to the SG version...very nice radio...
     
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