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The new TS-890S is reviewed in the June QST

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KM1H, May 22, 2019.

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  1. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    And it is a gem....they loved it.

    Superb IMD, phase noise, receiver performance, display and more.

    It aso covers 630 and 2200M in transmit plus the usual 160-6M coverage.

    It is also a decent size for those that dont want a shrunken rig and a cell phone size touch screen.

    At $3900 list it sure offers potential customers another choice. No, it doesnt have a second receiver which is an expensive addition for those that dont want it. OTOH it will slave with the TS-590S and 590SG which would be my choice when needed.

    I'll get to read the on line in depth review later but from what Ive read KW has a winner.

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  2. N2EY

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    It looks really good. Runs on 13.8 volts, too.
  3. WB5THT

    WB5THT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just found out it will slave a TS-590S/G, that is awesome! I’ve always been a Kenwood fan but I have a K3S and a TS-590S, so a K4 or an 890S for an upgrade? That will require lots of pondering.
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  4. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    The TX and RX audio can also be set out as far as 4 KHz which will please many SSB and AM ops.
  5. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I waited 23 years to replace my TS-450, but finally had to buy an IC-7600 with nothing new in sight. sigh. Congratulations Kenwood!
  6. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

  7. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    To summarize - every few months, one manufacturer seems to come out with the latest and greatest wiz-bang radio
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  8. NL7W

    NL7W Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Similar to the TS-590SG, Kenwood got this one right. Clean layout with excellent transmitter and receiver specs.
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  9. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've already worked several guys using the TS-890S on the air.

    Never used one yet, though.

    "Superb IMD specs" are not so easy to achieve at 13.8V, I wonder what they did? Studying the block diagram may reveal something unusual. If they did pre-distortion like ANAN, kudos to them!
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  10. KC2XU

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    I’ll add that operating the 890s is fun. The right buttons, minimal menu digging, feels like a ‘real’ radio.
    Very glad I saved up :)
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