The TS-590S can be hooked up to a PC with a type AB USB2 cable, enabling PC control of the transceiver (ARCP-590 or HRD software etc.) plus TX/RX audio connectivity – See the TS-590S TechNote and HOWTOs, watch Video EQ profile ARCP-590 – Update Firmware V.1.07 and links below – Download the PW Magazine Reviev in March 2011 – - The ARUA-10 software to control via USB port - See link, video and info below
TS-590S: TechNote SSB Audio Handling and HOWTO SSB Audio Setup by G3NRW’s
Receive audio from the Kenwood TS-590 and audio output from the computer now are routed via type AB USB2 cable direct to the the USB input jack - G3NRW, Ian Wade has posted other documents on the “TS-590S Resources Page”:
1) “TS-590S TechNote SSB Audio Handling” (20 October 2012 V.1.1) - A summarizes the many features built into the Kenwood TS-590S for handling SSB audio. Includes full details for setting the audio equalizers and cut-off filters, together with configuring TX keying (by VOX, PTT and external CAT commands)…… and more!
2) “TS-590S HOWTO SSB Audio Setup” (26 October 2012 V.1.0) - A step-by-step guide to setting up really effective TX audio on the TS-590S. Includes information on: Factors that affect the audio · Menu A/Menu B organization · TX equalizers · Low/High Cut filters · ALC and speech processing · Includes large diagrams…… and more!
[Note] Kenwood ARCP-590 itself functions well although the program’s GUI is not nearly as well conceived as HRD Ham Radio Deluxe!
[Note by G3RNW]….. The TS-590S is a complex transceiver, and with a few moments of random menu fiddling you can easily transform the transmitted audio from superb to terrible !!
VIDEO: TS-590S Kenwood EQ Profile Edtor with ARCP-590- W1AEX (05 Nov., 2012)
TS-590S USB/COM Ports and ARUA-10 – The USB/COM Ports Thanks to the addition of a USB port, the TS-590S can be hooked up to a PC with a USB cable, enabling PC control of the transceiver plus transmit/receive audio connectivity. - The ARUA-10 software to control the USB audio system line of the PC can be downloaded from the Kenwood web-site. (ARUA-10 – ARCP-590 – ARHP-590 Internet Host Official Data and Istructions * see Link below)
[Note] To connect your TS-590S to a PC via its USB port, install the Silicon Laboratories Inc. virtual COM port driver in the PC first.
TS-590S Firmware has been updated to Version 1.07. - JVC Kenwood latest update: September 14, 2012 – See the link below for Official Firmware update information, Virtual COM port drive, Applicable models/units, Update feature/Revises symptoms; watch the circuit description, block-diagram and In-Depth Manual below.
!! To discover the installed version, turn the radio [OFF], hold in the [M.IN] key, then turn the radio [ON] again: the version number will appear on the display – [Note] The latest version includes all previous updates – You can update the TS-590S firmware by connecting the TS-590S to the PC by using a USB cable or an RS-232C cable. (Click picture to enlarge) -
A virtual COM port driver needs to be installed onto the PC to use the firmware updating program with a USB cable. [Note] !! Do not connect the transceiver to a PC using a USB cable before installing the virtual COM driver!
TS-590S Circuit description and internal views: From the preamplifier (Q236) to the second IF frequency (10.695MHz/11.374MHz) (see the block diagram picture)
On 15, 20, 40, 80 or 160 meters, the Kenwood TS-590S employs down conversion for the first IF (11.374 MHz when receiving in CW/FSK/SSB modes down conversion is selected automatically) - The signal from the preamplifier (Q236) is spread into 2 paths: [RX-1] and [RX-2], depending on the frequency band and mode (down conversion [RX-1] is selected automatically).
The [RX-1] path signal passes through the LPF for IF trap, is integrated with LO1 (12.495 to 32.195MHz) in the quadbalance 1st mixer (Q263 to Q266), and is then converted to the 1st IF (11.374MHz). The 1st IF signal passes through the 2-pole MCF (XF301 passband width is 6kHz) and enters the Roofing filter unit and second IF amplifier.
The [RX-2] path signal passes through the LPF for IF trap, is integrated with LO1 (73.120 to 133.095MHz) in the quadbalance 1st mixer (Q321 to Q324), and is then converted to the 1st IF (73.095MHz). The 1st IF signal passes through the 2-pole MCF (XF371 passband width is 15kHz). The amplified signal is mixed with LO2 (62.4MHz) in the second mixer (D422, D423), converted to the second IF (10.695MHz), and then enters the Roofing filter unit and second IF amplifier.
Link to: PW Wireless Magazine TS-590S Review – March 2011 (ENG) (link)
Link to: Download the TS-590 In-Depth Manual (ENG) pdf - link (5.34Mb)
Link to: PuTTY (SSH) – Fine tool for sending/receiving CAT commands
[Note] Please read the official instructions for use are needed special technical knowledge by the user of the radio and computer. – RadioCronache bears absolutely no responsibility for damages arising thereof.
All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders!
QST Magazine reviews the TS-590S on May, 2011 by N0AX, H. Ward Silver . The review radio originally shipped with firmware Ver 1.00 (S/N B0900113 September, 2010) but was upgraded to firmware Ver. 1.02 for final testing on the ARRL Laboratory.
N0AX also writes: The TS-590 is a very interesting superhetero-dyne that operates as either a double-down conversion (RX1), used on the 160, 80, 40, 20 and 15 meter bands for SSB, CW and FSK only; Triple up-conversion (RX2) chain on other bands, including 10 and 6 meters is used for wider IF BW such as for AM and FM, in addition to the SSB, CW and FSK.
Source: QST reviews, we show only the figures at 14 MHz, Pre OFF ( K3 / TS-590S)
I found the adjustable AGC action to be quite clean — no clicks, thumps or pops. It’s possible for a very close signal to be inside the roofing filter but outside a narrower DSP filter, causing the audio level to fall dramatically, but the signal has to be really close.
When either NR system is turned up to its most aggressive setting audible artifacts are created (NR2 artifacts sound like the band is “boiling”) but both are far better than the noise they have replaced.
The only problem I encountered was a significant power overshoot on the leading edge of a first dot or dash before recovering to the intended level. That caused the ACOM Series amplifier to trip offline unless we reduced drive, dropping amp output to 800-1000 W. – The problem was eliminated by a Ver. 1.02 firmware upgrade from Kenwood and verified by testing with the same amplifier at W1AW at the legal limit. –
Link to: Web-page Firmware Ver.1.02 01/20/ 2011 and Download full RadCom Review!
Link to: Web-page TS-590S News On air test Video! Download User Manual & more info
QST fa il test al TS-590S su Maggio 2011 – Top performance ad un prezzo medio basso
QST Magazine n. 5/2011, esamina il nuovo Kenwood con N0AX, H. Ward Silver; Un transceiver di classe top a prezzo medio basso scrivono. – Il TS-590S esaminato è arrivato alla ARRL in imballo originale con il Firmware 1st Ver. 1.00 (S/N B0900113 di Settembre, 2010), poi per il test finale è stato aggiornato con la nuova Ver. 1.02 nello stesso Laboratorio della ARRL.
Power overshoot? Nell’impiego del TS-590S con amplificatori, in particolare con la serie ACOM, sono stati riscontrati problemi di picchi di potenza di millisecondi all’atto dell’inizio trasmissione, questo problema risulta risolto da Kenwood con il nuovo Firmware Ver. 1.02 del 20.01.2011 che al punto 5) riporta la questione tra le varie migliorie apportate con l’aggiornamento ..Vedere il link più sopra che porta alla pagina web con info sul Firmware 1.02 e al Test completo del TS-590S di RadCom di Gennaio 2011 della RSGB
Le caratteristiche del TS-590S si trovano anche in Italiano su Kenwood Electronics Italia
Link to: Kenwood Electronics Italia – Comunicazioni TS-590S
TS-590S Kenwood ha rilasciato il nuovo firmware Ver.1.02 ultimo aggiornamento del 20 gennaio 2011 dopo la Ver. 1.01 del 30 novembre 2010 – Per i miglioramenti, vale proprio la pena di fare questo aggiornarlo! – ATTENZIONE: Non collegare il ricetrasmettitore ad un PC tramite un cavo USB prima di aver installato il Driver della porta COM virtuale che è scaricabile dalla stessa Kenwood - (See the Link and more info below)
Download the TS-590S ©RadCom Full Reviews by Peter Hart January, 2011 via Kenwood Uk – The figures measured of G3SJX are excellent, similar to or better then top-end radios costing two to four times as much! Peter evaluates separately two path: RX1 down-conversion and RX2up-conversion!
Link to: Download the full PDF TS-590S RadCom Review Jan. 2011
TS-590S Kenwood firmware Ver.1.02 Last updated Jan. 20, 2011. It’s well worth an upgrade !
Updated items : (Version 1.01 to Version 1.02) Revises the following symptoms:
1. In [SSB-DATA] mode, Speech Processor might not be disabled internally.
2. At the end of TX tune mode, carrier output returns to normal mode level after a short delay.
3. When the TS-590S is turned ON, the USB port connection may be unstable.
4. When the built-in electronic keyer is set to Mode A, CW keying may not work properly.
5. TX rise time power spike activates some linear amplifiers’ input power protections.
(The firmware Ver.1.02 revises the ALC response characteristics to reduce the power spike.)
6. When a separate RX ANT is connected, TX output power may be fed back to the RX ANT connector and might affect internal circuits.
(The firmware Ver.1.02 deactivates (opens) RX ANT relay every time the radio transmits.)
Download and install the virtual COM port driver to make a USB connection possible for command communications via a USB connector. ( The driver virtual COM is available on Kenwood website)
The firmware updating program is applicable for following models/units. Models: TS-590S K/E Serial numbers: From S/N B09xxxxx through S/N B11xxxxx approx.
Notes: Production from September, 2010 throug January, 2011 approx; : You can check the firmware version of your TS-590S by pressing [M.IN] + Power ON. The firmware version appears in the center of the LCD display.
Here follows a short summary by © www.radiocronache.com taken from ©RadCom 01/2011 – (View the 01/2011 ©RadCom Magazine to read the full review by Peter Hart. A large and very interesting technical work, thanks) –
Link t0: RSGB Abaut RadCom and news web-page (-Members’ only)
The TS-590S is a single receiver tuning 30 kHz to 60MHz, although the performances is specified within the amateur bands. – The menu system is very comprehensive with 88 items, it uses scrolling display annotation. – Menu items allow for both fast and slow linear switching separely for HF and 50MHz but there is only one linear control line. - For use with transverters, the display can be set to indicate the trasverter frequency. Three digits are available for the MHz segment, eg 144 or 432.
Measurements – Peter evaluates separately two path: RX1 down-conversion and RX2 up-conversion. ————– (Short summary data)
The rejection of IFs and image for the RX1 down-conversion path was typically 75dB to 90dB (1*) – For the RX2 up-conversion path these figures were typically better than 90dB. – He searched carefully for other spurious responses as DDS circuits tend to be prone to this problem. – RX2 was very clean with no responses less than 80dB down. – RX1 was exceptionally clean with no other responses less than 100dB down (2*).
- (1*) FTdx-5000 the 9MHz IF rejection on 10MHz it was only 54dB, and on 7MHz it was 74dB. - (2*) FTdx-5000 the first mixer image was only down by 55dB to 70dB (>RadCom June, 2010 review)
IP3 Intercept and IMD3 Dinamic figures for bands (1.8 3.5 7 14 21 MHz) that use RX-1 the measurement was made 2.3kHz bandwidth. By measuring in 2.8kHz bandwidth all bands (1.3 3.5 7 10 14 18 21 24 28 50 MHz) use RX2 path.
—– RX1 path USB mode (50kHz Spacing)
7MHz Preamp OFF – Bandwidt 2.3kHz: IP3 +31dBm IMD3 105dB
7MHz Pream ON — Bandwidt 2.3kHz: IP3 +22dBm IMD3 105dB
—– RX2 path USB mode (50kHz Spacing)
24MHz Preamp OFF – Bandwidt 2.8kHz: IP3 +18dBm IMD3 98dB
24MHz Pream ON – Bandwidt 2.8kHz: IP3 +6.5dBm IMD3 96dB
Close-in IP3 and IMD3 figures were made in 500Hz bandwidth with RX1 on 7MHz and RX2 on 10MHz.
- RX1 uses the 500Hz bandwidth roofing filter. – RX2 the 2.7kHz bandwidth filter at the second IF and 15kHz rofing filter at the first IF. - The results for RX1 path are really excellente, achiving 103dB IMD3 at 2kHz spacing and 90dB at 1kHz! – The results for RX2 path show the efect of the wider roofing filters (15kHz+2.7kHz). Then at 2kHz and below the signal enter the second IF filter passaband and the AGC takes effect.
—- RX1 7MHz Preamp OFF CW mode – DSP Bandwidt 500Hz – IF Roofing 500Hz:
2kHz sapcing IP3 +23dBm IMD3 103dB / 10kHz spacing IP3 +30.5dBm IMD3 108dB
—- RX2 10MHz Preamp OFF CW mode – DSP Bandwidt 500Hz – IF Roofing 15kHz and 2nd IF 2.7kHz:
2kHz spacing IP3 IMD3 see text below / 10kHz spacing IP3 +21dBm IMD3 103dB
A somewhat complex AGC system is used, detecting signal level in three places within the DSP signal path. – The close-in strong signal performance in some cases may be limited by the AGC when a strong signal falling inside the filter roofing but still outside of the final channel filter will result in AGC action. – This can be heard as a quietening of the receiver from a very strong signal just outside of the channel passaband. - The effect is most noticeable with the wider roofing filters and is not an issue with the 500Hz roofing filter in circuit. – [Note] clik the thumbnails to enlarge!
- UK Price (Inc VAT at 17.5%): £1,489.95/EUR €1,704.78 Hamradio. co.uk – web
- IT Price (Currency conversion) ! (Inc. 20% IVA) € 1750,00/ 1800,00 Estimate Price
- DE Price (Inc VAT at 19%): €1799.00 – Ex Vat Price: €1511.76 Classic International eu
- USA Price $1964.00 Your Price $1799.95 Universal radio inc.
- FR Price (Inc VAT) € 1999.00 !! Sardif Sarscelles France web
Le caratteristiche dettagliate finalmente sono note anche in Italiano da Kenwood Electronics Italia
Link to: Kenwood Electronics Italia – Comunicazioni TS-590S
TS-590S Market Codes: K-type The Americas / E-type Europe – The market code is shown on the carton box – User Manual: The equipment complies with the essential requirements of Directive 1999/5/EC — Downolad the User Manual K/E Eng. the Brochure PDF and the TS-590 Software Free
Link to: Kenwood USA Co. Download the Owner’s Manuals K/E – 5.5MB PDF
Link to: Download the TS-590S CA300E-E-8 UK Product Brochure - 1.7 MB PDF
Link to: TS-590 Software – ARCP-590/Virtual COM/ USB ARUA-10/ ARHP-590 Host
TS-590 Series, Kenwoo discovering the hidden on the new brochure: Thanks to a narrow-band Roofing Filter and dedicated 1st Mixer, this new transceiver offers the best dynamic range in its class to handle adjacent unwanted signals – With IF AGC based on advanced DSP technology, Kenwood has essentially redefined HF performance.
See the link below for Download the Peerless Performance 2.16 MB PDF and the List of menus PDF, to follw Block diagram IF AGC. – In fondo anche una parte di note informative in italiano
Watch the video by W6GPS – WB6NOA (< Gordon West) 40 meter test of the TS-590 and ..Heil Pro – 21.09. 2010 (Note: !! video is split in two audio channels: Left voice operatote, Right receiver signal)
Main Features (Summary by www.radiocronache.com – Source: News by Kenwood Co.Jp)
100W heavy-duty design (..Click the image to enlarge)
The cooling system features a pair of 60×60 mm fans, the same size as on the previous model. Having two fans provides sufficient air flow at low rpm, ensuring quiet operation. Meticulous attention has been paid not only to the fans and motors but also to the size and shape of the intake/exhaust vents as a comprehensive approach to noise reduction. The aluminum die-cast chassis is combined with a large heat-sink to enhance heat dissipation efficiency.
Price: TS-590S HF/50MHz 100W, Japan Marcket List Price: 228,900Yen/ Retail 198.000Yen
Price: TS-590S HF/50MHz 100W, US Marcket List Price: $1964.00 / Your Price: $1799.95
——Clik the small images 1, 2, 3, 4 to enlarge , and read below ———–
1) IF-DSP TMS320C6726B – The TS-590S employs DSP from the IF stage onward. Kenwood was the fi rst to offer DSP-based IF AGC in an Amateur radio (TS-870) and this DSP technology has been further enhanced for the TS-590S, resulting in the development of a unique approach to IF AGC.
2 – 4) Roofing Filter BW type up/down conv. – The TS-590S comes equipped with a 500 Hz and 2.7 KHz BW 6-pole MCF. This results in superb dynamic range when adjacent signals are present, performance that was not previously possible using up conversion
3) IMD3 level to 14.2MHz – Mode CW, BW500Hz, Pre-Amp OFF , Two-Tone Spacing (Variable 2 to 100kHz) – See the IMD3 diagram, the orange line marks = 106 dB !! So even when an interfering signal approaches the target frequency, a virtually flat dynamic range is maintained.
The innovative Receiving scheme: Kenwood Down/Up conversion in a single receiver! (almost like the Elecraft K3 – TenTec OrionII and at least Yeasu FTdx5K )
On the 15, 20, 40, 80 or 160 meter band, the TS-590S employs down conversion for the first IF (11.374 MHz), when receiving in CW/FSK/SSB modes down conversion is selected automatically. Having the 1st Roofing Filter (6 kHz BW) directly after the Mixer enhances the noise blanker’s ability to deal with adjacent off-frequency signals. What really determines RX performance is the 2nd Roofi ng Filter (2.7 kHz or 500 Hz), after the post amplifier. Follows the 2nd IF (24kHz ) for Digital Signal Processing with new approach to IF AGC control. [!! Test drive the transceiver, will tell the truth]
No uses traditional PLL and VCO – For the 1st local oscillator frequency (25.374 MHz), instead of employing conventional PLL/VCO, the output of a DDS (Direct Digital Synthesizer) is supplied directly to the following 1st Mixer.
Link to: Download the “Peerless Performance” of the TS-590S in EN! (Mirror StrictlyHam) PDF
Link to: Download the TS590 List of menus and functions PDF (w6gps source - pdf by radiocronache)
TS-590 は87種類のメニュー機能を搭載。メニューキーと十字キーの組み合わせで、直感的に操作可能です。 メインエリアにメニューモードを表示。サブエリアにはその内容のガイダンスをスクロールしながら表示。さまざまな細かい操作ができます。
USB connectivity for PC control
Thanks to the addition of a USB port, the TS-590S can be hooked up to a PC with a USB cable, enabling PC control of the transceiver plus TX/RX audio connectivity. – (like Icom Radios 7600, 7200, 9100)
Other news, Block diagr. IF AGC e note in italiano… >click to Leggi tutto/Full story below!
The Kenwood “TS-590″ utilizes Kenwood’s proven 32 bit IF DP technology – Features selectable Roofing filters at 2.8 kHz, and 500 Hz on 1st IF – including down-conversion wtih the 1st IF at 11 MHz (like TenTec, Elecraft and Vertex Standard Yesu in the FTdx-5000 series), USB port, HF and 6M Antenna Jacks, Dual VFO Display, Automatic Tuner, etc. -
Kenwood has not yet announced final features, specifications, pricing or availability. The model number is tentative! – The June QST on the back cover is TS-590S seems to be a picture of. This back cover advertisement Kenwood is, first. – The Legend Continues and there TS-520, TS-570, TS-590S and is introduced from above. TS-590S on the front panel seems to be why do the characters TS-590 missing. – The Next Generation – Coming Soon and there.
Latest rumors: Size (WxHxD mm) 270x96x291 – TX Power 100W – High Dynaming range – IP3 +30dBm class at 2KHz separation – 32bit floating-point DSP – Sky Command – USB port for PC control and Sound inteface….?? — Wait for the official news updates Kenwood!!
Il nuovo “TS-590″ utilizza la tecnologia a 32 bit IF DSP della Kenwood, ha la possibilità di selezionare due Roofing filters da 2.8 kHz e 500 Hz BW nella 1st IF, comprende la conversione in basso nella prima IF a 11 MHz (come già fatto dalla Ten-Tec, dalla Elecraft ed da ultimo da Yaesu con la recente serie FTdx-5000), prevede una porta USB, due connettorri per HF e 6m, due VFO sul Display, l’Accordatore automatico e altre features. La Kenwood non ha ancora rilasciato tutte le specifiche effettive, nè il prezzo. Il numero del modello per ora è un ipotesi “590″!
La rivista della ARRL QST di Giugno, 2010, sul retro della copertina, riporta la prima pubblicità per il TS-590, indicato come discendente del noto TS-520 del 1973, poi del TS-570D/S del 2000 e quindi la foto che dovrebbe essere del TS-590 perchè non riporta nel frontale tale sigla (in corso di conferma!). Questo annuncio di Kenwood USA sulla IV di copertina di QST mette in primo luogo: “La Leggenda Continua”, poi in grande: “The Next Generation – Coming Soon” – Aspettiamo !
TS-590S HF/50 MHz Transceiver and New TH-D72 APRS® Dual Band FM Portable with internal GPS and a mini-USB connector (See the photo below) – The TS-590 in the Kenwood booth at Dayton Hamvention 2010 – Photo: click for larger image - (by www.radiocronache.com®)
Press Releases, May 7, 2010: Kenwood Corporation, an operating company of the JVC Kenwood Group, is proud to announce the autumn/winter launch of two new Amateur Radio transceivers: the TS-590S and TH-D72. – Watch the 1st video at the Dayton Ham below!!
[Kenwood announces]: Anyone interested in these two models will be able to view product samples at: Dayton Hamvention 2010 (Dayton, Ohio, USA, May 14-16), and HAM RADIO 2010 (Friedrichshafen, Germany, June 25-27).
APRSハンディ「TH-D72」、HF～50固定機「TS-590」[アマチュア無線] – デイトンでお目見えするそうです
TH-D72 Video 15.05.2010: A quick look at the NEW Kenwood TH-D72 APRS HT. Shot this on location at the 2010 Dayton Hamvention by W6GPS,Donald H Arnold,Jr (very interesting, thanks)
Kenwood Corporation, una società operativa del Gruppo JVC Kenwood, è orgogliosa di annunciare che in autunno/inverno prossimi lamcerà due nuovi transceiver per Radioamatori: il TS-590S HF/50 MHz All Mode, basato su 32-bit floating-point DSP e il nuovo TH-D72 APRS® Dual Band FM portatile dotato anche di un connettore mini USB e GPS incorporato
Kenwood annuncia che i due prototipi vengono esposti sia alla Dayton Hamvention 2010, che alla Ham Radio DE in June 2010 !! -
Ham-Fair in Tokyo 22 23 August, 2009 Kenwood news – [Note] The-depiction-is-not-official-document- !
Ham-Fair in Tokyo 22 23 August, 2009: KENWOOD has a plan to release new handy transceiver & compact HF+6m transceiver on 2010. Kenwood’s video introduing a new HF transceiver and Handheld talkie available 2010! —- See the Link and new Front Panel (big images) below!
Our best info about Kenwood’s HF radio plans is that next year (probably at Dayton 2010) they will bring out a new Mid-priced radio (abaut 2000€) that replaces the TS-570 series, at which time they will start designing a new flag-ship, High-end HF +6m radio (abaut 4000/5000€) that could come out as early as 2011….