EXCELLENT POWER AND
High RF power output
Equipped with a twin final section featuring splitter and combiner
circuitry, the TS-480HX can provide up to 200 watts RF output (50MHz: 100W)
with a DC 13.8V power supply. The TS-480SAT delivers up to 100 watts.
Separate Power Sources
The 200W TS-480HX features two power terminals (DC1, DC2) for separate
supply to each half of the twin final section; voltage balance is optimized
to ensure stable output. This arrangement allows for use of two PS-53 power
supplies or a single 41A power source.
Twin cooling fans
When used for extended periods, the heat build-up inside a compact
transceiver can be a serious concern,
reducing its working life. But the components in the heavy-duty TS-480HX/SAT
are designed to withstand heat. What is more, it is equipped with a die-cast
aluminum chassis and twin fans for enhanced cooling efficiency. And since
the control panel is separate from the main unit, the fans are able to
generate a powerful airflow from front to back. As a result, you can rely on
this transceiver to transmit continuously for 30 minutes* without having to
is supplied for reference purposes only and depends on there being an
of 25� C, antenna SWR of 1.2 or less, and nothing to obstruct the air flow
generated by the cooling fans.
RX dynamic range
A quad-mixer provides RX dynamic range equivalent to that of the TS-950
class (at 50 kHz separation).
There is a full range of CW features, including auto tune. When in SSB
mode, a simple key-press will switch automatically to CW. Another convenient
feature is the ability to record three different messages for quick
transmission during contests.
You can choose between full and semi-break-in; for the former the delay time
between key release and active receive mode can be set for between 50ms and
1000ms in 50ms steps. Other CW features include pitch control (400-1000Hz),
side tone monitor with 10-step volume setting, an electronic keyer,
microphone paddle mode and CW reverse mode.
Optionally available for more intense operations are 500Hz and 270Hz band CW
narrow IF filters (YF-107C, YF-107CN), as well as a 1.8kHz band SSB narrow
IF filter (YF-107SN). Any two of these IF filters can be installed inside
AF DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSING (TX/RX)
Thanks to a 16-bit digital signal processor offering double-precision
arithmetic operations (equivalent to 32-bit processing), a 100MHz clock and
16- bit A/D & D/A converters, the TS-480HX/SAT offers many powerful
Digital noise limiter (DNL)
With three level settings, the DNL is highly effective in removing even the
pulse noise that cannot be eliminated
with conventional analog circuitry and noise blankers. For extra clarity,
however, it can be used in conjunction with a noise blanker, which removes
pulse noise at the IF stage. ❚ Beat cancel (SSB/AM only) DSP will also
cancel out multiple beats falling within the AF filter range. Choose BC1 to
remove weak and/or continuous beat interference, or BC2 to handle
intermittent beat, like that of a CW signal.
Beat cancel (SSB/AM only)
DSP will also cancel out multiple beats falling within the AF filter
range. Choose BC1 to remove weak and/or continuous beat interference, or BC2
to handle intermittent beat, like that of a CW signal.
NR1 is a line enhanced filter with 10 level settings (including auto) �
great for extracting a target signal. A good choice for CW operations is NR2
(SPAC), adjustable in 2ms increments (2~20ms); it can suppress noise at the
same frequency as the target signal, allowing it to pull a weak target
signal out from the surrounding noise.
The equalizer offers flat (default), high boost (2 types), formant pass,
bass boost (2 types), conventional and user* settings, separately for
transmit and receive. *Configurable using the ARCP-480 radio control
ENHANCED OPERATING EASE ENHANCED OPERATING
Slope tune can be used to move the target signal away from noise using
hi-cut and low-cut filters (SSB, FM and AM), while Width allows adjustment
of the pass-band to avoid adjacent noise (CW/FSK).
Audio quality during transmit can be adjusted to suit by switching between
two passband settings (500-2500Hz
and the default 300-2700Hz).
Available for SSB, FM and AM transmission, the speech processor enhances the
clarity of messages for the receiving station. Input/output levels can be
finely adjusted (0~100).
CW auto tune
This feature uses DSP to automatically zero in on a target frequency during
CW operations. It is also RIT compatible.
Built-in automatic antenna tuner (TS-480SAT)
The automatic antenna tuner inside the TS-480SAT � with presets for quick
band changes � covers all amateur bands 1.8MHz to 54MHz.
Emphasis on portability
Outdoor use is facilitated by DC 13.8V operation and compact dimensions: the
7.05lbs. (3.2kg) main unit measures 7-1/16" x 2-3/8" x 10-3/16" (179 X 61 X
258 mm) (W X H X D)*, while the 1.1lbs. (0.5kg) control panel is 7-1/16" x
2-15/16" x 1-7/16" (180 X 75 X 37 mm) (W X H X D)*
*Projections not included.
LCD control panel with speaker
The large, standalone LCD control panel � featuring its own 2-5/8" (6.6cm)
speaker (2W max. output) � can be freely positioned up to13 feet (4 meters)
from the main unit. The supplied tabletop panel bracket is convenient when
using the transceiver at home on a desk, while the mobile panel bracket is
ideal for mounting in a car. The panel can be snapped into place or removed
from a bracket instantly. It also features 34 keys, each with backlighting
to enhance operating ease.
Memory Name function
Clear identification is possible for the 100 memory channels with up to 8
alphanumeric characters each.
Multiple scan functions
Included among the many scan functions are program scan, memory scan, group
scan, subtone scan and
The ARCP-480 radio control program (freely downloadable from the Kenwood web
site)* enables PC-based control of all transceiver functions, as well as the
customizing of TX/RX equalizer curves.
PSK31 compatible (SSB/FM)
The TS-480HX/SAT can be connected directly to a computer for the
increasingly popular PSK31 mode. It also offers the following convenient
Separate adjustment of AF
input/output levels (10 steps)
Choice of center frequency
(1000Hz or 1500Hz)
Adjustable AF DSP filter
bandwidth (7 steps)
Selectable CW narrow IF
filters (if installed)
TX with VOX function (no
need for a PTT control line)
Microphone muting during PTT
operation via the data terminal
Voice guide & storage unit (option)
The VGS-1 voice guide and storage unit can serve two important roles: vocal
confirmation of frequency, key operation, etc., and recording/playback of
messages received by the transceiver. A total of 90 seconds
(3 x 30 seconds) can be recorded and stored in Flash ROM for playback and
transmission. Additionally, a convenient constant record function means you
can always play back the last 30 seconds of reception for confirmation.
Transverter display function
(up to 999.9999 MHz)
selection (FM TX)
Direct Frequency Entry
CTCSS (42 subtone
5W Minimum RF Output for QRP
Packet Cluster Tune with
VHF) with TM-D700A
Auto Power Off
*Frequency data received by the TM-D700A
(version G2.0 and later) can be transferred to the TS-480 via RS-232C cable