The Kenwood TS-803S is a highly sophisticated solid state amateur band tranceiver employing only three vacuum tubes. Operating on all amateur bands between 1.8 and 29.7 MHz The TS-830S includes VOX, 25 kHz calibrator, RIT, RF attenuator and noise blanker. Automatic Gain Control (ACG) and Automatic Level Control (ALC) and semi break-in CW are also included.
These are some of the finest amateur radio transceivers ever made. I doubt many of the modern rigs will be around as long as these have nor will the modern ones perform as well when they reach 20 to 30 years of age.
The radio is easy to use and very intuitive to operate. I have been around tube final since high school and commercial broadcasting so tuning is a no-brainer, and it can be for any one. Some operators are afraid of tuning a radio. Kenwood has a step by step set-up in the manual and from there is is just tune and load.
Transmit reports are always good depending on conditions and the receive audio on this radio is excellent. The radio has many features including I.F. shift and a notch filter.
My radio has all the filters installed and came with an MC-50 microphone and desk stand.
The only things I do not like are the cheap 18-2 zip cord power cord that cannot be removed and there is no a.m. mode. I would not hesitate to recommend one of these to anyone who wants to get on the H.F. bands.
I am on my 3rd 830s. I first bought one years ago but let it go on a horrible trade.
Ten years later, i bought a used 830s but made the mistake to go to a modern rig. Big boo boo..the modern rig never measured up!
This present model will stay with me until I pass into that final QSO...
Very sensitive receiver. It picks things out my other radios barely hear.
I operate barefoot with in the power down mode and reach out world wide.
My only gig on the radio is the band switch. Be sure to check on this when buying a used model.
Witam serdecznie posiadam tego Kenwooda TS-830 jest wysmienity mialem wczesniej wiele radi ale ten mnie zauroczyl niesamowicie wygladem i praca na wszystkich pasmach porownujac go do Kenwooda TS 850S ktorego, mialem wczesniej jest o stopien lepszy ts-830 czego moge z reka na sercu powiedzic to ze nie ma Automatycznej skrzynki to nie problem ludzie sie boja zakupywac juz tych starszych sprzetow poniewaz boja sie ich napraw ja zakupilem stan kolekcjionerski i to w tym roku naprawde polecam a nie bedziecie zalowac poprostu mozna sie zakochac .Naprawde zasluguje na Czolowe miejsce i jest jak dla mnie nie do pobicia !!!
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