Archivi categoria: TS-590S

Audio590 Program for TS-590SG & S Management by G3NRW – TS-590S Ver. 2.00

Audio590 for TS-590SG & TS-590S (!!15/3/2015 has been updated to Ver.1.10 ) is a new Windows program that lets you set up and manage audio profiles for use with them, by G3NRW – TS-590S Firmware Ver. 2.00, ARCP-590 Ver. 2.00 and ARHP-590 Ver. 2.00 released 29 Jan., 2015. – See news and link below!

New firmware Ver.2.00 is for the TS-590S, not the TS-590SG! – (la V2.00 non è per la serie SG !)

Kenwood Update the TS-590S Firmware from Ver. 1.08 to the new Ver. 2.00 link below. [Note] Updating the firmware to V2.00 resets the transceiver automatically due to internal memory address reallocation (save the radio’s data settings using the latest versio  ARCP V.2.00! before and read  all official instruction!)

Link to: Download firmware V2.00 & installation instruction

Audio590 Windows program V.1.00 by G3NRW for TS-590 Family

Audio590 is free (tnx Ian!) – It is a compact stand-alone program (around 135 kB) that runs under any version of Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. – The program currently handles the management of audio and audio-related information for USB and LSB TX/RX (new version 1.10  will fixed item and changes from v1.0 are now in the updated User Guide).
You can read existing audio settings from the radio, display them on the Audio590 control panel, change them and then write them back to the radio.
For much more information, including a link to the Audio590 software and User Guide, go to the TS-590 Family Resources Pagethen click on the magenta “AUDIO590” button.

15/3/2015 TS-590 the “AUDIO590” audio management package has been updated to Ver.1.10 (by G3NRW) [it works with both the TS-590SG and the TS-590S]

Link to: TS-590 Family Resources Page by G3NRW (ENG)

[Note] DOWNLOADING the AUDIO590 software and the USER GUIDE and read all the instructions by the author! ( the zip folder)


TS-590S Nuova Versione 2.00 del 29.1.2015 – L’aggiornamento del firmware da Ver.1.08 (o prima) alla Ver.2.00 ripristina automaticamente il ricetrasmettitore a causa della riallocazione  indirizzi di memoria interna. – Se non si vuole perdere i dati dell’utente, salvarli utilizzando l’ultima versione ARCP590 –  Link to: Firmware V2.00 Info & Radio Program Control ARCP-590 Ver.2.00 -Trasl/IT – Prima di aggiornare il firmware e poi ricaricare i dati di nuovo dopo l’aggiornamento. ( !! Leggere bene tutte le istruzioni sul sito ufficiale di Kenwwod update)

Audio590 (! il 15/3/2015 è stato aggiornato alla Ver.1.10è un nuovo programma per Windows che consente di impostare e gestire i profili audio per l’utilizzo con un Kenwood TS-590SG oppure TS-590S. – È possibile leggere le varie impostazioni audio settate nella radio visualizzandole sul pannello di controllo di Audio590, quindi modificarle e poi immetterli di nuovo nel transceiver.


Audio590 consente di evitare il fastidio di fare appunti sulle impostazioni del livello audio TX / RX, sulle impostazioni VOX, impostazioni del processore audio TX e impostazioni dell’equalizzatore RX e così via. Questo per ogni diverso tipo di imput audio utilizzato. Tutte queste impostazioni sono salvate in Audio590 e richiamabili successivamente.
Audio590 è gratuito (grazie a G3NRW) – Si tratta di un programma compatto autonomo (circa 135 kB) che gira sotto qualsiasi versione di Windows XP, Windows 7 e Windows 8. – Altri dati e grafiche, compresa la guida d’uso in Inglese e i miglioramenti con Ver.1.10 sono direttamente nel Manuale (ENG) nella cartella zip del programma, link più sopra.

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

TS-590SG Sherwood Eng. added the Receiver Test 12/09/2014 – Manuals & Diagram 1-2 Dowload

TS-590SG HF 50MHz Sherwood Engineering recently added the SG transceiver to its Receiver Test Data list – Follow the link below to see how it stacks up – Downoad the Transceiver Istruction Manual, Manuale di Istruzioni, Bedienungsanleitung, Manual de Instrucciones,  Link below (Keyword search = TS-590SG  [product name]).
This device has been approved by the F.C.C ID: K44407110

The new model it will have the model name “TS-590” printed on the front panel !

Technology has moved on, so now Kenwood announce the updated TS-590S “G” model, which replaces the TS-590S stopped! – [Note] The menu setting in the TS-590SG is different from the equivalent menu setting in the TS-590S and the CAT command set differs significantly from the equivalent commands in the “S”model !
For Radio Control Program please use the new ARCP-590SG V.1, Oct. 2014 – (for the TS-590S, use  ARCP-590 V.1.03 Dic. 2013)

Sherwood Engineering Test: Follow link to see how it stacks up!
Link to: Sherwood added TS-590SG on Receiver Test List

TS-590S ha DRV Jack RCA – 1 mW copre la banda 135.80 -137.70 kHz LF oltre 1.8 a 50 MHz

There are some really new features on the new “SG” model:
Enhanced RX performance 3rd Order Dynamic Range @ practical 2 kHz separation (revised circuitry around post 1st Mixer & AGC control system & C/N characteristic of 1st Local OSC) – CW signal is decoded and scrolls in the 8-segment of the LCD (like to K3) – MULTI/CH encoder is changed, with push-switch funcition – ANT OUT to use with DRV OUT terminal as ANT OUT (via internal splitter) to connect external RX such as a Pan-adapter (3dB loss in divider) – SPLIT Setting: push and hold Split key, push “5” key example then you can work 5kHz up in Split operation -TX Power spike comparable to TS-990S  etc. (!…read the official data) –

Link to: Download Istruction Manuals & Schematic (search)

Data source by Kenwood

Adjacent C/N with conventional PLL/VCO – This is a method in which, for the 1st local oscillator, instead of employing conventional PLL/VCO, the output of a DDS (Direct Digital Synthesizer Analog Devices Inc. AD9951YSVZ) is supplied directly to the Mixer.During down conversion, the oscillation frequency is lower than it is in up conversion, so even better C/N (Carrier to Noise ratio) characteristics can be achieved.

TS-590SG Price: Regular USD 1799.00 Your price 1.759,95
TS-590SG Price: UK ML&S  £. 1399,95 (VAT Uk included)
(Source at 05 Nov. 2014: Universal Radio USA & ML&S Uk)

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

New TS-590SG A Proven Pedigree in Performance in November 2014 & TS-590S Ver.2 Update in January

TS-590SG HF/50MHz 100W Transceiver with a proven pedigree in performance! Received morse code displayable by scrolling on 13-segment display unit. SG to be launched in November 2014 – Download the new Brochure ENG below-
The current TS-590S models production has ceased and new firmware “Ver.2 update” revises the functions which Main CPU will be available at the end of January 2015. – [Note] The Ver.2 update does not include functions involving hardware updates,… News & link below!

Kenwood TS-590G con un ricevitore con una gamma dinamica adiacente superiore.
TS-590SG Equipped with 500 Hz/ 2.7 kHz Roofing Filter as standard
TS-590SG 1st IF 11.374 MHz down conversion on 15, 20, 40, 80 or 160 meter bands

Down conversion is selected automatically when receiving in CW/ FSK/ SSB modes if the final passband is 2.7 kHz or less

TS-590SG_590S IFagc
TS-590SG New IF AGC block diagram & the current 590S IF AGC digram

This new SG series features all of the IF DSP AGC technology developed with the TS-990S.  A remodeling of the AGC circuitry has realized superb AGC performance covering from small to large inputs (…read the brochure ENG)

La nova serie riporta la scritta TS-590SG in alto a destra rispetto al precedente modello!

 Kenwood Coupons, Rebates, & Special Discounts TS-590S
List Price: $1964.00 Your Price: $1469.98 Instant Coupon, Special Price: $1269.98  for current models in USA market!!

TS-590SG Incremental changes help performance and function to evolve (see the new brochure V1– download .pdf link below)
TS-590SG Upgraded features, replaces the original TS-590S model
Enhanced RX performance with superb 3rd-order Dynamic Range
New On-screen CW decoder
Extended Digital IF Filter selections
“ANT Out” function like TS-990S
TX/RX Equalizer DSP now settable per Mode
Now up to 20 steps adjustment for TX Monitor and CW Side-tone
Enhanced VGS-1 “Voice Guide” functions
New Quick Split-frequency Operation function like TS-990S
New Tri-Colour LCD Display (Amber, Green or Yellow)
Extra (3rd) PF function via push-switch in the MULTI/CH knob
De-luxe new VFO knob design

Link to: Kenwood TS-590SG brochure V.1 (pdf 2.MB) ENG
Link to: Kenwood – JVCKENWOOD Italia S.p.A  (IT)

Kenwood Products Release October 2, 2014 New TS-590SG
Link to: Download the Kenwood News in pdf 256KB (ENG)


Kenwood advance Information (ENG) for current TS-590S
TS-590S “Ver.2 firmware update” will be released at the end of January 2015

[Note] – Detailed specifications: please see the official  sources – All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders.- This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – All images and versions above is for illustration only. (tnx)

TS-990S New Ver. 1.05 – TS-990 徹底解説集 Base Station Being Built – In-Depth Manual JPN – RadCom Review and NC0B Full Test


TS-990S firmware  updated to Version 1.05 of 11/15/2013  – The Kenwood TS-900′s Base Station Being Built (new video now in ENG !) – The RadCom Review by G3SJX, Peter & the Sherwood NCØB Full Test Report – TS-990 Pictures and inside view below – !! The In-Depth Manual  for the TS-990  in Japanese JPN  ファームウェア Ver.1.05 – TS-990 徹底解説集  (!! In-Depth Manual_JPN) 18.3MB. PDF ( 2013年11月15日)

The Kenwood TS-990S has been updated to Version 1.05 of 11/15/2013, owners can update the transceiver’s firmware by using a USB flash drive as detailed on the Kenwood Firmware update information web-page – Last updated: November 15, 2013 (see the link below)
I think we should do the firmware because it will upgrade your RTX a lot more than all the specific items mentioned on the Kenwood web-site.

Link to: TS-990S Firmware update info & Updated items & symptoms 

If you agree with the details listed on the Kenwood informations web-page (see “Firmware updating procedure”), click the following link to download the original firmware file: TS-990 / 12.8MB – [Note]: The latest version includes all previous updates.

Link to: Download the original Kenwood TS-990 Firmware (link)

[Note] The firmware update is applicable to the following units. Model: TS-990S Serial numbers: From  S/NO. B32xxxxx through S/NO. B3Bxxxxx approx. – You can check the firmware version of your TS-990S by pressing [M.IN] (!…Memory) + Power ON. – After startup, the Firmware Update screen appears and shows the firmware version.

JVCKenwood news –  Now we have a In-Depth Manual  for the TS-990 ready, but at the moment only in Japanese language (PDF 18.3MB) !!

ファームウェアをVer.1.05にアップデートしました。TS-990 徹底解説集」を追加しました

 TS-990 Firmware Ver.1.05  (!..Japan: ファームウェアVer.1.05 11月15, 2013) 

TS-990S Kenwood Base Station Being Built  (22/ott/2013) – Giving you a rare glimpse behind the scenes at Kenwood’s Communications Division factory at Yamagata, in northern Japan, this video shows our new flagship Amateur Radio transceiver the TS-990S being built.

TS-990 spiegazioni approfondite in JPN (Japan: TS-990 徹底解説集  PDF: 18.3MB)

TS-990_PreSelector TS-990 Main-LO-C-N TS-990_TCXO-stability

Link to: The USB-to-Serial Adapter Cables for Ham Applications by WA8LMF

TS-990S & IC-7800 RTTY Decode – Kenwood 990′s a main receiver with a down-conversion 8.248 MHz 1st IF, the 1st Mixer is a double balanced grounded switch (H-mode mixer type)  and employs a double-conversion system – The sub receiver which incorporates the TS-590S receiver architecture.

TS-990S-rttydecode IC-7800-rttydecode TS-990S_internal-1

Video demo – TS-990S RTTY TEST – Connected to a Dell 30″ TFT Monitor with DVI

TS-990S the Peter Hart, G3SJX Review on RadCom of June 2013

RadCom-review-logoClick on the icon (…side) to find out what RadCom
Magazine had to say about TS-990S. (RadCom …link Kwd-uk)

TS-990S Updated Full Test Report by Rob Sherwood on July, 2013 

CTU-2013_NC0B RMDR_04 RMDR_08


pdf_logoLink to:  TS-990S Updated Full Test Report by Sherwood May/June 2013

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. – This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions – all images and versions above is for illustration only (tnx)!

TS-590S Ver.1.07 – TechNote – HOWTOs byG3NRW – In-Dep manual – PW Review

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!

Link to: Download the G3NRW TechNote Audio Handling .PDF (direct link)
Link to TS-590S Resources Page -SSB Audio Setup (clik HOWTO’s then #20)

[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)

ARUA-10_flow-signalTS-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)
[NoteTo connect your TS-590S  to a PC via its USB port, install the Silicon Laboratories Inc. virtual COM port driver in the PC first.

Link to: Kenwood TS-590S Page – Scroll down – Download Istruction

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!

Link to: TS-590S / TH-D72A/E – Virtual COM Port Driver – Installing Guide ENG
Link to: TS-590S Kenwood Firmware updating program – Download and info page


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 reviews the TS-590S on May, 2011 – Top class performance at a middle price

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)

  • …………………………………………..Elecraft K3………………..Kenwood TS-590S
  • ………………………………………...QST Jan 2009……………………..QST May 2011
  • ………………………………………..In both operate with a double down conversion
  • ……………………………………(400 Hz, 8-pole roofing)………(500 Hz, roofing filter)
  • Band: 14 MHz – Pre Off
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….142 dB…………………….141 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz blocking gain compression….140 dB…………………….121 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……106 dB…………………….106 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order dynamic range……103 dB………………………97 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+29 dBm………………….+26 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-order intercept…………..+28 dBm………………….+22 dBm

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 Firmware Ver.1.02 Last upd. Jan. 20, 2011 – Download full RadCom Review!

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.)

Link to: TS-590S Kenwood Firmware updating program download and info page

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)

Link to: TS-590S / TH-D72A/E Virtual COM Port Driver – Info, Installing Guide and Download

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.

TS-590S G3SJX reviews the Kenwood HF/50MHz transceiver RadCom 01/2011

Kenwood TS-590S Peter Hart reviews the latest HF/50MHz transceiver on ©RadCom January 2011 – The RSGB Radio Society of Great Britain Members’ magazine.
The figures measured of RadCom  are excellent, similar to or better then top-end radios costing two to four times as much!

Here follows a short summary by © 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!

TS-590S Discovering Hidden! On air test! User Manual & Software! Link Kenwood IT

Europe: the TS-590S Available end October! (Click image to enlarge!)

UK Price (Inc VAT at 17.5%): £1,489.95/EUR €1,704.78 Hamradio. – 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 – 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)

User-friendly menus and ease (..Click the image to enlarge)
The TS-590S, 87 menus offer intuitive access to numerous additional features. The combination of menu and arrow keys makes operation intuitive. Also, the menu mode is visible in the main area, while the sub area scrolls through the relevant guidance information

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!

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TS-590 Kenwood USA advertising in the QST June,10 – Down conversion 11 MHz 1st IF

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 !

Link to: Dayton Hamvention 2010 – news, video and more