TS-890S | Kenwood

Kenwood » TS-890S — Price & Specifications

HF/50MHz/70MHz transceiver top in its class with very high dynamic range. 1st-IF frequency down conversion for its receive signal system, 500Hz roofing filter as standard, independent band scope, 7-inch TFT color display. 100W on HF/50 and 50W on 70 MHz, drive output supports 137kHz and 475kHz bands. Ideated in Japan, year of introduction 2018.

Reference market : ham-radio

General :
Frequency coverage RX 0.0300 ~ 74.8000 MHz [1]
TX 0.1370 MHz band
0.4750 MHz band
1.8100 ~ 2.0000 MHz
3.5000 ~ 3.8000 MHz
5.2500 ~ 5.4500 MHz
7.0000 ~ 7.2000 MHz
10.1000 ~ 10.1500 MHz
14.0000 ~ 14.3500 MHz
18.0680 ~ 18.1680 MHz
21.0000 ~ 21.4500 MHz
24.8900 ~ 24.9900 MHz
28.0000 ~ 29.7000 MHz
50.0000 ~ 52.0000 MHz
70.0000 ~ 70.5000 MHz
Modulation mode CW / PSK / FSK (RTTY) / LSB / USB / AM / FM
Tuning step 1 Hz min
Receiver :
Sensitivity [2] CW / SSB 0.5 uV (0.13~0.522 MHz, 10dB S/N)
4.0 uV (0.522~1.705 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.2 uV (1.705~24.5 MHz, 10dB S/N) [3]
0.13 uV (24.5~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.13 uV (50~54 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.13 uV (70~70.5 MHz, 10dB S/N)
PSK / FSK 0.5 uV (0.13~0.522 MHz, 10dB S/N)
4.0 uV (0.522~1.705 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.2 uV (1.705~24.5 MHz, 10dB S/N) [3]
0.13 uV (24.5~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.13 uV (50~54 MHz, 10dB S/N)
0.13 uV (70~70.5 MHz, 10dB S/N)
AM 6.3 uV (0.13~0.522 MHz, 10dB S/N)
31.6 uV (0.522~1.705 MHz, 10dB S/N)
2.0 uV (1.705~24.5 MHz) [3]
1.3 uV (24.5~30 MHz, 10dB S/N)
1.3 uV (50~54 MHz, 10dB S/N)
1.3 uV (70~70.5 MHz, 10dB S/N)
FM 0.22 uV (28~30 MHz, 12 dB SINAD)
0.22 uV (50~54 MHz, 12 dB SINAD)
0.22 uV (70~70.5 MHz, 12 dB SINAD)
Selectivity [4] CW > 0.5 KHz (-6dB)
< 1.2 KHz (-60dB)
FSK > 0.5 KHz (-6dB)
< 1.2 KHz (-60dB)
SSB > 2.6 KHz (-6dB)
< 4.4 KHz (-60dB)
AM > 6.0 KHz (-6dB)
< 12.0 KHz (-50dB)
FM > 12.0 KHz (-6dB)
< 25.0 KHz (-50dB)
RF preamplifier Preamp1 (Low-gain)
Preamp2 (High-gain)
RF attenuator 6 / 12 / 18dB
Dynamic range (3rd IMDR) 110 dB (2 KHz spaced signals, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
110 dB (20 KHz spaced signals, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
Reciprocal mixing dynamic range (RMDR) 122 dB (2 KHz spaced signals, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
124 dB (5 KHz spaced signals, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
125 dB (20 KHz spaced signals, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
Blocking (BDR) 150 dB (2 KHz spaced signal, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
152 dB (100 KHz spaced signal, 14.2 MHz, BW 500 Hz, Pre OFF)
Synthesizer phase noise -148 dB typ (14.1 MHz, offset 1 KHz)
-154 dB typ (14.1 MHz, offset 10 KHz)
Image and spurious rejection > 70 dB (HF bands)
> 60 dB (50MHz band)
> 60 dB (70MHz band)
IF rejection > 70 dB
Notch (Manual) > 70 dB
Width selectable on Wide, Middle or Narrow
Notch (Auto) > 60 dB
> 40 dB (multi beat)
CW features Auto tuning
Semi break-in (delay time 50-1000ms) / full break-in
Pitch control in 5 Hz steps
Audio peak filter
Reverse mode LSB/USB
Noise blanker (NB) Yes. Two type, can be used simultaneously
Noise reduction (NR) Yes. Two type
RIT variable range ± 9.999KHz
AGC Adjustable
Frequency stability ± 0.1 ppm max with temperature from 0°C to +50°C
Intermediate frequency 8.248 MHz
24 kHz
36 KHz (FM)
1° Intermediate frequency roofing filter [5] 0.5 / 2.7 / 6 /15 KHz
Squelch sensitivity SSB / CW / FSK / AM < 5.6 uV (threshold, 0.13~0.522 MHz)
< 18 uV (threshold, 0.522~1.705 MHz)
< 1.8 uV (threshold, 1.705~30 MHz)
< 1.1 uV (threshold, 50~54 MHz)
< 1.1 uV (threshold, 70~70.5 MHz)
FM < 0.2 uV (threshold, 28~30 MHz)
< 0.2 uV (threshold, 50~54 MHz)
< 0.2 uV (threshold, 70~70.5 MHz)
Transmitter :
Output power CW / RTTY / SSB / FM mW range (drive output for 137 and 475 kHz bands)
5 ~ 100 W (1.8~54 MHz bands)
5 ~ 50 W (70 MHz band)
AM 5 ~ 25 W (1.8~54 MHz bands)
5 ~ 12.5 W (70 MHz band)
Spurious emission < -50 dB (1.8~29.7 MHz)
< -63 dB (50 MHz)
< -60 dB (70 MHz)
Carrier suppression (SSB) > 60 dB
Unwanted sideband suppression (SSB) > 60 dB
Maximum deviation (FM) ±5 kHz (wide) ±2.5 kHz (narrow)
XIT variable range ± 9.999 KHz
Audio response 100~2900 Hz (-6dB)
Microphone 600Ω
CW features Keyer
8 message memory
Antenna tuner Matching impedance range 16.7 to 150Ω
Features :
Memory 120 memories
Display 7 inch TFT color display
1 Hz frequency resolution
Antenna 2 x SO239 50Ω connector
RCA 50Ω connector (receiver only)
Power supply 13.8 Volt DC±15% external
Power consumption 2.5A RX, no signal
22.5A TX, max power
Audio power 1.5W with an 8Ω load
Audio output Jack 6.35 mm headphone
Jack 3.5 mm external speaker
Connections Jack 8-pin (microphone)
Jack 6.35 mm (CW paddle)
Jack 6.35 mm (CW keyer)
Jack 3.5 mm (keypad)
Jack 3.5 mm (external analogue meter)
RCA (antenna output)
RCA (receiver antenna output)
RCA (drive output)
Socket 4-pin (antenna tuner)
Socket 7-pin (linear amplifier)
Socket 13-pin (accessories)
BNC (10 MHz reference input)
USB (PC, audio)
USB (memory, keyboard)
LAN RJ-45 (PC)
DSUB 9-Pin (PC remote control)
DVI-I (external display)
Mechanical and environmental data :
Operating temperature from 0°C to +50°C
Dimensions 396 (W) x 141 (H) x 340 (D) mm projections not included
410 (W) x 158 (H) x 387 (D) mm projections included
Weight 15.8kg

[1] Guaranteed range 0.13-30 MHz, 50-54 and 70-70.5 MHz
[2] Typical values
[3] Receive sensitivity drops in the vicinity of the 1st IF frequency (8.248 MHz) due to IF trapping
[4] Exemple bandwidth
[5] 270Hz with YG-82CN-1 optional filter mounted

Description :

The TS-890S uses 8MHz 1st IF frequency down conversion for its receive signal system in order to use narrow bandwidth crystal filters with passband widths from 500Hz (or 270Hz with optional YG-82CN-1) as roofing filters to achieve strong exclusion of unnecessary adjacent signals mixer. The 1st converter is the H-mode mixer for top in its class dynamic range. 110dB 3rd-IMDR and 150dB blocking dynamic range measured under 2kHz spacing conditions. IF filter shape and AF (audio) filter selectable: switching is possible between 3 kinds of IF filter shapes (Medium / Soft / Sharp) as for post-demodulation voice audio passbands (Medium / Wide / Narrow). Combinations of these settings can adjust the sharpness of the demodulation signal. The radio carries a high definition 7-inch TFT color display. In addition to a diverse range of display content, the convenient "Auto Scroll Mode" provides strong support for competition or similar operation. Also up to 50 frequency marker function. Due to this independent receiver, the speed of the display of the waterfall is very high and also unaffected by the other settings.


TS890S receive signal system

Heavy-duty design delivers transmission performance able to withstand long hours of operation. The final stage amplifier device is a Mitsubishi-made MOSFET type RD100HHF1 (Pch = 176 Watt) operating in push-pull. A MOSFET type RD16HHF1 has been used for the drive amplifier, and a MOSFET type RD06HHF1 for the pre-drive stage. Inter-matching and fine tuning delivers superior transmit IMD even for a 13.8V final circuit, enabling operation with a clean and low-distortion signal. Built-in high speed automatic antenna tuner enabling high-speed operation: the antenna tuner is a preset type also operable during receive and covering amateur bands from 1.8 to 70MHz. High-speed operation and the proven relay method enable rapid QSY through instantaneous band changing. The menu can be also used to set an ON/OFF memory for the antenna tuner for each band.

Other features :

  • All bands.
    Including 60m, 6m, 4m bands and the 137 / 475 KHz new VLF bands
  • Exceptional high dinamic range.
    Strong large signal handling capabilities by H mode mixer and low phase noise local oscillator realised with superior C/N performance
  • 7 inch (17.8cm) color display.
    Partially with touch function, with the spectrum scope and waterfall screen the analogue meter is simultaneously displayed. The popular sub-scope display (from the TS-990S) has been incorporated as a filter-scope display
  • Independant digital receiver for fast and wide waterfall display
  • Super fast IF DSP for accurate control of the AGC loop
  • Many filter and control options.
    Notch, peak filter, noise reduction, noise blanker, beat cancel function, AGC quick recovery
  • Receive only input and output antenna connector
  • Power Amp with 100W output for frequencies up to 54 MHz, 50W on 70 MHz
  • Built-in automatic tuner
  • Built-in TCXO
  • Built-in CW decoder.
    Transmit with external USB keyboard or with built-in keyer for straight or paddle key
  • Built-in RTTY and PSK-31/PSK-63 decoder/encoder.
    Transmit with external USB keyboard
  • Recording functions.
    The radio 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 there are no limits on the amount of audio recording. Recording options include normal, constant, timer. Recording can also be linked to the squelch
  • DATA mode compatible
  • 3 programmable function keys
  • Remote operation achieved without host PC
  • DVI-I connector for external screen

TS-890S price :

We have collected for your convenience the TS-890S Kenwood sales prices and their trend over time. Of course offers, accessories, warranty terms and conditions can lead to different figures.

Price Date Condition
EUR 4.899,-- 2019-jan New

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