Kenwood TS-520S Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

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This rig was followed by the Kenwood TS-520SE.

Frequency range

RX-range
160-10 m
TX-range
160-10 m
HAM bands
-
Stability
-
Tuning steps
-
Filters
-

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Receiver

Modulations
CW   SSB  
Sensitivity
0.25 µV S+N/N 10 dB or more
Selectivity
SSB: 2.4 kHz (-6 dB), 4.4 kHz (-60 dB)
CW: 0.5 kHz (-6 dB), 1.5 kHz (-60 dB) with optional CW filter
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
Better than 50 dB
Audio output
-

Transmitter

Modulations
CW   SSB  
RF-Output
Max 100 W

Connections

Antenna
SO-239
Impedance
50/75 Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
13.8V DC or mains
Current drain RX
5 A (heaters on), 0.6 A (heaters off)
TX
15 A max.

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
333 × 153 × 335 mm (13.11 × 6.02 × 13.19 in)
Weight
16.00 kg (35.3 lbs)
Form factor
Base Station
Manufactured
Between 19xx and 19xx

Other features

Memories
-
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
-
Accessories
-

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Reviews

A classic and still a good performer

Kenwood TS-520S, Desktop Shortwave Transceiver

Still a wonderful SSB rig with great xmit audio. Lacking modern basic features such as pass band tuning and IF shift, and of course, it has to be retuned every time one switches bands, or moves significantly in one. Receiver is reasonably sensitive, although easy to overload. Adjacent signal rejection is not that great either. Makes a decent CW rig, but not a great one - lots of relay clattering going on there and the "semi break in" is not impressive. Still, a fun rig for everyday QSOs and ragchews. Mates really well to the classic D-104 mic.

Written by N3PDT on May 11, 2012

Overall
 
Performance
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User friendlyness
Value for money
Aquired
Good condition in 2012
USD 275.00

Prices

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USD 275.00 Good / Used 2012 N3PDT
USD Good / Used 2015 Mburgess
USD Okay / Used 2017 AB4MM
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