personal TS-830S notes - some fact / some opinion - but always accurate
(left) with TS-830S (right)
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- One of THE best sounding
"hybrid" transceivers of the time (1980)
- Very nicely built - pair
of rugged 6146B tubes for final amplifiers.
- Power supply built in.
- Typical Kenwood - silky
smooth VFO knob tuning (25 Khz. per revolution).
- Big control knobs.
- Fan is dead quiet and rig
never gets warm.
- Very quiet receive - sensitive
but fatigue free listening. Smooth audio.
- Both IF shift and VBT controls
for easy receiver control in crowded band conditions.
- Includes the WARC bands.
- Was a very popular rig,
well made & many were produced. So, there still is a good supply
of them on the used market for reasonable prices..
- Works with both Kenwood
synthesized VFO's (highly recommended) - either the VFO-230
or the DFC-230. This is a key "pro" for the TS-830S as this
brings the rig into modern time stability and accuracy. Both synthesized
VFO's tune in 20 Hz. steps - closely resembling analog tuning (no audible
"steps" heard in the SSB modes).
- Nice rig - just download
the manual from Kenwood - it is still available on line!
- No longer in production.
- Like all hybrid rigs - no
general coverage receiver.
- Built in analog VFO does
drift - about 100 Hz. per hour after warm-up - BUT does drift - like
all analog VFO's (again - resolved by use of the synthesized VFO-230
or DFC-230 accessory).
- No CW keyer (not unusual
for this time period).
- No AM or FM mode.
Transmit Audio Response Test
Notes to table below:
- Tested TS-830S was a "Gold Label" - factory installed, 8.830
Mhz. IF filter at a 2.7 Khz. bandwidth (Kenwood YK-88S1).
- Careful attention was made to make sure no ALC was ever engaged during
testing at any frequency.
- TS-830S was properly aligned (carrier point) per service manual.
- Speech processor - OFF
- Digital readout Kenwood signal generator used for accuracy - directly
fed into the front panel mike input.
(vs. 1 Khz.
Reference 0 db)
Pretty much all energy is gone at 50 Hz. (low end) and
3.24 Khz. (high end).
I usually run a Kenwood MC-50
desk microphone. I also run a professional microphone & external audio
processing (dbx "ProVocal"
strip) & DI box into the microphone input with my TS-830S for even
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