Reviews For: Kenwood TS-890S
|Simply an Awesome radio||Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.|
|Just added a Feb 2021 build TS890S + YG-82CN-1 to my kit for my birthday. Figured I'd see how intuitive it was leaving the manual on the shelf, and it was surprisingly straightforward to operate on SSB. Setting the radio TX audio up according to Bob Heils's lecture "intelligibility" advice was straightforward, and great to see a Formant filter selection on RX!|
What really impressed, the Noise Reduction and Noise Blankers that really do dig out those weak signals. Head to head with an IC-785x, the SSB NR of of the Kenwood was noticeably better, my leanings are strong to the 890s, with a more comfortable receive audio. Cost wise, sadly with no Kenwood presence in Oceania, the landed price after GST, freight, imposts, and non descript fees was AUD$6299, approx half the price of a new IC7851, and after seeing it working, its a keeper!
I've just completed a hyper performance upgrade to my TS940S with the inbuilt filters all upgraded as well as all optional filters.. It's obviously shares similar DNA and doctrine to the 890S.
|This radio totally surprised and delighted me.||Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.|
|I've had many radios over the years starting with a Kenwood TS520S to start and have had radios such as a TenTec Omni-D Series B, Kenwood TS 120 & TS440S and Yaesu radios such as the FT101E, FT901 & FT902, along with the newer Yaesu radios like the FTdx3000 which I've been extremely impressed with. I also obtained a new Icom IC7300 & IC7100 which are also great radios but none of them matches the Kenwood TS890S for the total operating experience. |
Over the last year, I decided to try a few of the newer radios so started trading around and obtained a Yaesu FTdx101D with high expectations given that I like the FTdx3000 so well. I was sad to find that my FTdx3000 actually had a better-sounding receiver and yes I'm aware of the Sherwood ratings but to my ear, the FTdx101d didn't compare to the FTdx3000. I had planned on getting an ICOM IC7610 to try given that I really liked the IC7300 so when the TS890s came up for sale/trade from someone wanting an FTdx101D I jumped at it with the intent to trade the TS890S for an IC7610 feeling that the TS890 would trade better to my advantage.
Thus the problem. Naturally, when I obtained the TS890S I hooked it up to try it and was blown away by the quality of this radio. The build quality is every bit as good as many indicate it is and the many adjustments and settings you have on the radio enable you to adjust it to your every need/desire. The reception quality of this radio is unmatched by the other radios I've tried and the display and layout of the controls along with the functions make this radio a keeper and frankly I chose to keep it and not seek an IC7610.
Are there some cons or dislikes? Yes, but they are extremely minor compared to what you get with this radio. The complaints are simply that the manual is quite complex and could be simplified but what you get is not only very complete and detailed but there is even a downloadable Extremely detailed manual you can get if the included one isn't enough to keep you busy. Another con is that this is only one receiver and although it's a great one the price point you pay for this is in the company of other manufacturers dual receivers models such as the FTdx101d and IC7610 but given how great that single receiver is it's well worth consideration by any operator looking for a premium radio but if you really must have a dual receiver the TS890S is designed and set up where you can add that second receiver capability by adding and coupling a Kenwood TS590SG to it. If I had to chose one radio to stick with, of the several that I've been blessed to have then I would stick with the Kenwood TS 890S and before I ever tried, or obtained it, I would have never thought I would make that statement.
|Great RTX||Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.|
|I have owned this fantastic radio for about a year, and I can confirm that it is a great product.|
I have never been a big fan of Kenwood, in the past I have owned TS 480, TS 870, and TS 950 SDX, but the receiver of these radios, I have never liked, I have always found noisy in reception, compared to Icom and Yaesu .
This time Kenwood hit the mark, excellent receiver, very quiet, and very resistant to nearby signals.
I am very satisfied, and I recommend this radio to everyone who is interested.
Big leap in Kenwood quality.
In addition, I also want to emphasize great care in materials and the aesthetic aspect of the product.
Great product in my opinion.
|Simply the best||Time Owned: more than 12 months.|
|My first rig was a Kenwood TS870S, for many years (until 2017).|
Then I bought a TS590SG as a backup radio and start using it.
In 2019, after spending some time analyzing, decided to upgrade my station and bought the TS890S. Sorry but the TS870S had to go. It served me for many good years.
Now I have the TS890S hooked with the TS590SG (as a second receiver). Oh boy... what a wonderful combination.
The TS890S is just superb and I use it in all modes.
Audio in SSB is just great and weak signals are not hard to copy. You don't get tired of listening in SSB for many hours.
In CW mode, it just surprises you. I have the 270 Hz CW filter and guess what, is very easy to copy very weak signals. By the way, the CW decoder works great, and maybe a good help especially if you struggle with high speed CW during contests.
Another good surprise is the RTTY decoder, and this is truly one super mega decoder. I just worked some rare DX with weak signals easily. The PSK decoder is also very good, but I didn't used it very much yet.
Working FT8 or FT4 is very easy and I only use the USB cable to connect the rig to my laptop.
One of the best characteristics of this rig is the learning curve. You don't need many hours to learn how to use it and the ergonomics is fantastic. It seems that every knob is where it should be.
Overall this is just a "6 star" radio, and it is worth every Euro it costs.
There are many very good rigs on the market today, but this TS890S is probably one of the best out there.
|Very good transceiver||Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.|
|A number of months ago I purchased a TS-890S as an addition to my shack. Though I almost chose a FTdx-5000, but I didn't have the real estate on my operating desk.....but was waiting a bit to see if a new FTdx-5000 was to arrive, but it so far hasn't....the FTdx-101 was interesting but too many computer menus.|
My other rig is a Flex 6600M, which is excellent, however I was looking for something that was more simple to use. No, I'm not (entirely) computer illiterate, but I just wanted something that I can turn on, it works every time. The new generation Flex are much better (ease of operation) than the prior (6500), but there still are quirks. Have issues operating SSB with the Flex....monitor doesn't always work. Receiver has funny "tweeking" sounds at times...sorry not scientific. Don't get me wrong, the Flex is fabulous, filtering excellent, receiver great. I still use it for digital modes.
The TS-890...you turn it on, it comes on in a couple seconds. SSB works, great audio. Receiver is as good if not better than the Flex (sensitivity)..though the Flex has filters that are a bit more precise...but in the middle of the ocean, we don't usually have a lot of QRM. The Kenwood is easier to listen to as well....both using external powered speakers.
Though the Kenwood is not nearly as complex as the Flex, but it is still a computer with knobs. The lack of dual receive is a negative, but minor...I have 4 receivers in the Flex and rarely use them. Still lots of menus, etc...so I'm keeping it simple...Kenwood on CW and SSB....Flex on digital. CW on Flex might be a bit better, quicker QSK, but I might have a little adjustment opportunity....but for me, it's not a huge issue. Was a little confusing setting up linear but, Kenwood support was prompt and helpful.
If you are looking for a (relatively) simple rig, the TS-890S is a good choice....excellent receiver sensitivity and easy to use for hours and hours. SSB is excellent and very pleasing. It's still full of computer menus, but not to the degree of some other modern rigs.
Go for it!
|For a "flagship" radio - not quite there yet.||Time Owned: more than 12 months.|
|This is marketed as a “flagship” transceiver, which means every desirable feature should either come as standard or be configurable by a menu setting. |
The 890S is a very fine transceiver indeed with a receiver equalled only by my Orion 2 on 160 and 80, where the Orion is very slightly ahead when it comes to copying weak signals in noise and QRM. The 890 is much easier to use than the Orion though, notable and excellent features being the received signal bandwidth tuning scope aid and the clear and useful spectrum display. Both radios are superior to my previously-owned K3 and yes I did test the K3 with the new synthesiser board.
It is therefore a pity that there are some significant issues that stop the TS890S from me giving it five stars.
The first is quite inexcusable. It is not possible to configure the preamplifier /attenuator so that their settings for RX and TX antennas can be set independently. Typically, a Beverage receiving antenna is used for receive on the low bands, but sometimes it is necessary to receive on the TX antenna. When using a Beverage, the attenuator will be off and the preamp will be on, with PREAMP 1 engaged to boost the signals coming from a long feedline to the Beverage feedpoint. When using the TX antenna to receive, 6dB of attenuation is employed and the preamp turned off, otherwise RX gain is far too high. For a “flagship” transceiver it must be possible to implement different preamp and attenuator settings for RX and TX antennas. The 890S fails in this respect and this defect is also present on the IC7610, another “flagship” transceiver - but some manufacturers have got it right. Elecraft have done it right with the K3 and TenTec with the Orions.
My second quibble is as a CW operator is that I generally have the radio set to 1KHz per turn for slow tuning the DX. In that configuration the RIT is far too fine, a whole revolution of the knob being necessary for a minor frequency change. In a busy contest this is a real pain. Setting the transceiver to a fast tuning rate results in more acceptable RIT tuning speed but then the main tuning is too fast for tuning a band carefully. Again TenTec have done it right with a selectable fast / slow RIT tuning option in the radio menus.
There are very few other negative points about this radio, but another is that using the “TX TUNE” feature it is only possible to tune using the max power selected in the MAX-Po screen. It would be very useful to change the power in TX TUNE with the POWER control as setting it at too high a value can be a problem when initially tuning an amplifier. Too low and the tuning is not correct.
All these problems can be easily fixed by a firmware change so it would not be difficult for Kenwood to do that. No hardware changes are necessary.
And so we move on to the most serious defect of all. It seems not possible to communicate or discuss these issues with Kenwood. Despite much searching for an email address none was found so in April 2019, I wrote snail mail to Kenwood in Japan to ask for these issues to be considered. 18 months on I have not received the courtesy of a reply. They need to learn from Elecraft about listening to customers.
|Great radio, a well kept secret for those that have one||Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.|
|It took a while to decide to buy this radio. My first radio , 20 years ago was a Kenwood ts850,but along the road i owned yaesu ft920, 1000,1000mp, 5000, icom7800 and elecraft K3. I really looked forward to put this 890s on the air. I have not been disappointed.|
Great rx audio, excellent tx audio, excellent filtering. A multitude of adaptions possible to set the radio up to your specific requirements.
RX sensitivity is better than any radio i owned before, its has been pure joy operating it.
Just one downside, no 2nd independent receiver, but that handicap was not that big that i would buy a ts990s.
So we got a 2nd TS890s :-)
Bonus, in Europe, 70mhz standard on tne radio.
110dB* 3rd intermodulation dynamic range (3rd IMDR) measured under punishing 2kHz spacing conditions. 114dB* reciprocal mixing dynamic range (RMDR). 150dB* Blocking dynamic range (BDR) All features deliver top-class receive performance. The high-performance DSP displays its prowess during interference-signal control, sound-quality adjustment, and digital operation.
(*: 2 kHz spacing measurement standard - Receiver frequency 14.2 MHz, MODE CW, BW 500 Hz, PRE AMP OFF)
TCXO as standard, high frequency stability at ±0.1 ppm
TCXO temperature drift characteristics
- Values are measured examples.
Equipped with a TCXO (temperature compensated crystal oscillator) requiring no warm-up as standard, high stability of ±0.1ppm has been obtained in a wide temperature range covering from 0ºC~+50ºC. External standard signal (10MHz) input is also possible.
Control - Operability
A variety of features achieve speedy split operation even with a single receiver. Speedy split frequency settings, split status band switching via a band direct key, and support for external TF watch via an external receiver. A panel layout enabling intuitive handling makes for comfortable operation.
Strong split-operation handling through VFOA/B
- Split frequency settings
In addition to conventional split frequency setting methods, the TS-990S’s proven split setting functions have been included. For 2kHz UP, press ‘2’ on the number pad after a long press of the SPLIT key and the settings are complete. Split frequencies can be set within the range of ±9kHz (1kHz steps).
Split frequency receive via external receiver
(menu setting feature)
By connecting another TS-890S or TS-590S/SG*1 unit to the ANT OUT connector to use as a sub- receiver*2 and using the split transfer function A, this can enable assistance in 2-wave simultaneous receive during split operation *3.
*2: Loss of approximately 3dB (theoretical value) is experienced
*3: Frequency transfer, standby, and sub- receiver audio mute are possible. Requires separate antenna cable and RS-232C cross-cable. Not compatible with combined SP/headphone use.
CW Morse decode/encode possible with stand-alone unit
CW decode/encode screen
The unit is compatible with CW Morse code decode/encode. Transmission of Morse code is possible with text input from a USB keyboard. Combined use of templates sent from message memories and Morse code transmissions via panel is also possible. Dedicated decode filter switching, and functions for transmission logs and output of decoded text to PC are also included.
- RTTY basic operation settings (keying polarity, shift width, HI/LO tones, reverse mode) - Compatible with PSK31 (QPSK, BPSK) and PSK63 (BPSK) - RTTY/PSK operation via on-board decoder/encoder (USB keyboard compliant) - Message memory function - Tuning scope display (audio FFT, waterfall/X-Y scope (FSK)/vector scope (PSK)
Remote operation achieved without host PC Direct remote-control function (KNS)
When operating using the KNS (KENWOOD Network Command System), remote operation of the radio as possible by a direct LAN connection. Conventional connection using a host PC and ARHP (Amateur Radio Host Program) is also possible.
The TS-890S comes equipped with a 1GB internal memory, and can record a maximum of roughly 9 hours of audio without using USB memory*. When using USB memory, depending on the capacity, there are no limits on the amount of audio recording. Recording options include normal, constant, and timer, and recording can also be linked to the squelch.
*: Other files sharing memory capacity may result in less than 9 hours.
TX: 10-160 m + WARC and 60 m / 6 m (USA)
RX: 0.03-74.8 MHz (Europe)
RX: 0.03-60 MHz (USA)
10 scan ranges
TX: Max 22.5 A
DVI-I output. USB audio. Ethernet, USB and RS232C ports. Clock/timer. Voice guidance.
Digital record & playback. CTCSS/PL.
1st IF: 8.248 MHz
2nd IF: 24 KHz (except FM), 36 KHz (FM)
0.13-0.522 MHz: 6.3 uV
0.522-1.705 MHz: 31.6 uV
1.705-24.5 MHz: 2 uV
24.5-30 MHz: 1.3 uV
50-54 MHz: 1.3 uV
70.0-70.5 MHz: 1.3 uV (Europe)
FM (12 dB SINAD)
28-30 MHz: 0.22 uV
50-54 MHz: 0.22 uV
70.0-70.5 MHz: 0.22 uV (Europe)
SSB/CW/FSK/PSK (10 dB S/N)
0.13-0.522 MHz: 0.5 uV
0.522-1.705 MHz: 4 uV
1.705-24.5 MHz: 0.2 uV
24.5-30 MHz: 0.13 uV
50-54 MHz: 0.13 uV
70.0-70.5 MHz: 0.13 uV (Europe)
6 KHz (-6 dB), 12 KHz (-50 dB)
12 KHz (-6 dB), 25 KHz (-50 dB)
2.6 KHz (-6 dB), 4.4 KHz (-60 dB)
500 Hz (-6 dB), 1.2 KHz (-60 dB)
6 m/4 m: >60 dB
|HF/6 m||5-100 W (AM 5-25 W)|
|4 m||5-50 W (AM 5-12.5 W), Europe only|
NFM: ±2.5 KHz
6 m: Less than -63 dB
4 m: Less than -60 dB
New price 2020 in the UK: £3199.95
Schematic (3.4 MB)
| Radio control software|
Radio host software
Audio controller software
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