The Kenwood Hybrid
|There are a
total of six major different Kenwood Hybrids to choose from. The units pictured below are a small part of my
personal Kenwood Hybrid collection. Each one has been brought
back to the condition in which they first left the
factory. In order of introduction and features, they are
- TS-520 This is the first
model in the lineup, and set the standards for all transceiver
manufacturers to follow. Completely self contained, sophisticated
circuitry, easy to tune and operate, and, as we've found out in the last
35 years, easy to maintain. Dual conversion receiver, VOX, a REAL
noise blanker, 25KHz calibrator, RIT, 100W+ output, stable VFO, and
excellent SSB audio. It uses the DK-5 adapter to attach the
optional DG-5 digital display. The basic TS-520 is considered by
purists to be the best of the breed, the fist and foremost of the
Click on this image for a really LARGE
- TS-820 A step-up from the
TS-520, it added IF shift and 160M coverage, and an optional internal
digital display for frequency using the DG-1. The Rx was changed
to single conversion with the filters at 8.3MHz.
The next generation after the TS-520, this model added 160M coverage,
phone patch input and output which also allowed recorders and other
audio connections such as modern-day sound card connections for PSK to
be simply plugged into the higher-level RCA jacks. It also
provided jacks for the Kenwood DG-5 digital display, eliminating the
The next generation step-up from the TS-520S, it added IF shift and an
included digital display, as well as FSK to the mode selector.
This has been one of my personal favorites since my first acquisitionin 1990, how did I overlook it so
long? The analog frequency readout is great, the digital readout
is a plus, and this may be the heaviest transceiver Kenwood made.
Well, at least it feels like that when I lift one. Truly a
boat anchor lover's boat anchor. Great receiver, too.
next generation following the TS-520S. The TS-530 went to a
quieter single conversion receiver, Warc Band coverage, added IF shift
previously reserved for the 820S, rear panel connectors went to DIN
style, and things got smaller. The case is smaller, the weight is
less, and the knobs started on their weight reduction campaign.
This model represents a real milestone, a great sounding, easy to use
rig that still has the distinctive Kenwood sound of quality.
Modern rigs hardly have any knobs, mostly pushbuttons that are
best pushed with a tooth-pick, but the TS-530S still had those darn
- TS-830S The step up from the
TS-530S. The TS-830S added a revolutionary new style of dual
conversion, featuring Variable Bandwidth Tuning, XIT in addition to RIT,
a tone control, and improved speech processing. In addition, a
tunable IF notch, that really
works great was added. The TS-830S stands as the ultimate
culmination of the line, and there are many people who feel
the receiver in this rig is the finest Kenwood has ever built to
this day. This one is my personal favorite, although it's really
hard to choose among the hybrids! The straight TS-520 is pretty
darn nice as well.
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