Kenwood TS-450S

Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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The Kenwood TS-450S is a formidable transceiver covering 160 through 10 meters including the WARC bands with 100 watts input (40W AM). The TS-450S supports many advanced features such as keypad entry, VOX, 100 memories, XIT, RIT, Notch, IF Shift, Squelch and digital meter. This radio has a carry handle. Requires 13.8 V DC at 20.5 amps. Digital Signal Processing (DSP) in both transmit and receive modes (with optional DSP-100 installed) provide greatly enhanced signal purity. MC-43S hand mic included.

The Kenwood TS-450SAT includes the AT-450 antenna tuner factory installed.

The Kenwood TS-690S adds coverage of the 6 meter amateur band with 50 watts and a separate antenna jack on the rear panel

Frequency range

RX-range
0.5-30 MHz
TX-range
10-160 m + WARC
HAM bands
160m  80m  60m  40m  30m (WARC)  20m  17m (WARC)  15m  12m (WARC)  11m (CB)  10m 
Stability
± 10 p.p.m.
Tuning steps
Continuous
Filters
?

Receiver

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   FSK  
Sensitivity
SSB/CW/FSK
500-1620 kHz: < 4 µV
1620 kHz - 21.5 MHz: < 0.2 µV
21.5-30 MHz: < 0.13 µV
AM
500-1620 kHz: < 32 µV
1620 kHz - 21.5 MHz: < 2 µV
21.5-30 MHz: < 1.3 µV
FM
28-30 MHz: < 0.25 µV
Selectivity
SSB/CW/FSK
2.2 kHz @ -6 dB, 4.4 kHz @ -60 dB
AM
5 kHz @ -6 dB, 18 kHz @ -50 dB
FM
12 kHz @ -6 dB, 25 kHz @ -50 dB
Receiver system
Triple conversion superheterodyne
IF-frequencies
1st: 73.05 MHz
2nd: 8.83 MHz
3rd: 455 kHz
Image rejection
≥ 70 dB
Audio output
1.5 W across 8 ohms @ 10% THD

Transmitter

Modulations
AM   FM   CW   USB   LSB   FSK  
RF-Output
SSB/CW/FM:20-100 W, AM: 10-40 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC
Current drain RX
2 A
TX
Max 20 A

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
270 × 96 × 305 mm (10.63 × 3.78 × 12.01 in) without projections
Weight
7.50 kg (16.5 lbs) without AT unit
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 198x and 199x
MPN
KENWOOD-TS-000450S

Other features

Memories
100 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
?
Accessories
?

Reviews & stories

Reliable Radio

Kenwood TS-450S, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

I have owned my TS-450S/AT for about six months and thoroughly enjoy it. It has the SSB and CW filter options. The ATU tunes very fast and has a pretty good range although it doesn't tune anything that is 4:1 or higher. Audio is clear and clean and CW operation is really a pleasure.

This is a "keeper" class of radio, excellent as a back-up rig or spare. No menus to deal with and get lost, pleasant display. If you find a nice one for sale, it's well worth having. It is a cut above the great TS-440 which is still in demand.

Written by K7IN on Oct 22, 2010

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Aquired
Good condition in 2010
USD 550.00

Top TRX

Kenwood TS-450S, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

clean receiver,
unfortunately, no DSP integrates, for it, however, really filter.
To procure hard accessories, but with a little know how to build themselves.

Written by do5bfh on Sep 27, 2011

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Aquired
Good condition in 2011
EUR 300.00

Excellent tx and rx

Kenwood TS-450S, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

Kenwood TS 450 is is wonderful rig, with the help of inbuilt tuner I am working all bands with my inverted VEE 20 and 40 meter single feeder antenna. de vu2ob

Written by sreeypn on Feb 23, 2012

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Value for money
Aquired
Mint condition in 2010
USD 400.00

New and second-hand prices

Estimating the value of a rig can be challenging. We collect prices paid by real hams over the years to help you estimate the value of a used Kenwood TS-450S. Just bought or sold this model? Let us know what you traded it for and help other ham operators!

Based on historic data, today's second-hand price of the Kenwood TS-450S is around:

  • EUR 238.00 ~ EUR 274.00
  • USD 198.00 ~ USD 273.00
Year Historic price Condition Submitted by
2019 EUR 275.00 Used / Good Ad Baggermans
2015 EUR 250.00 Used / Good F5VLB
2011 EUR 300.00 Used / Good do5bfh
2010 USD 550.00 Used / Mint K7IN
2010 USD 400.00 Used / Mint sreeypn

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