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Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Rogerbird1, Oct 25, 2002.
Gee,.... was wonderin what happened to you
When I see a thread for modifications on a ham radio I'll read it and maybe reply to it as well. The Kenwood radios are often overlooked because of Yaesu and Icom being cheaper these days. I bought a TS-440 for $100.00 and was surprised at how good it sounded.
It is fully functional and I use it mobile from time to time.
I have two ts 440's, a ts-850 and a ts-50 and all of them talked on 11 meters when I bought them. My ts-50 would not talk AM on 11 meters. Reports said it sounded really bad. I went into the menu and turned the audio down to "low" and turned the power to 10 watts and that worked great.
I would suggest running lower power and audio with any of the HF rigs. I talk mostly SSB on 11 meters.
I think you will find that with Kenwood radios the max power on AM is 1/4 of it's rated power on SSB. There's a very good reason for that and you gain nothing by going over that power level. They can certainly be modified to do more than the 25% of max, but there'$ a penalty for it!
Another hint for Kenwoods is concerning the processor. 'Crack' the thing open -barely- and don't every go very high with it. It is very 'touchy'.
Doc is right a 100W SSB rig...max carrier on AM (Ancient Modulation) is MAX 25 watts...NO Prostrasher (leave it OFF) and audio set to where it just tickles movement in the ALC range...Then try it...other wise it will sound like you have your head and Mic in a Fishbowl full of water
All the Best