Being delighted with my new TS480HX, I have spent time finding out all I could about it. This involved sourcing information on the web, as well as collecting all the documentation I could find.
This information was all over the place, or hidden away somewhere on the Kenwood website. The objective of this page is to bring together in one place all the information a TS480 user may need; i.e. links to the various web pages and copies of documents for download.
As new information is sourced, it will be added to this page, to keep it a comprehensive and up-to-date TS-480 resource. If you have a contribution, please email me.
User feedback is here, at the bottom of this page.
On the Web
Update 1: It was brought to my attention in August 2014 that Rakuten no longer lists the Kenwood SO-3.
Update 2: As at December 2014, the Kenwood SO-3 was available at a very good price from the Nagano Ham Center, mentioned above and here.
Documents and Manuals for Downloading
These are in .pdf format and require Adobe Reader, available for free download here if you dont already have it.
Click on any of the descriptions below to download the document/manual. Some manuals are sizeable so may take a few moments to download.
User Manual - The one that comes in the box. 6.2 MB download.
Update for User Manual above, updating and/or correcting pages 71 & 79 (Crossband Repeater) & page 91 (7MHz EU band spec).
Advanced User Manual 'In-Depth Manual'. 2.3 MB download.
Transmit Unlock Removes the 'Amateur Band Only' transmitter restriction. Gives coverage of versions for different (geographical) markets.
Transmit Unlock by KB2LJJ Downloadable version of a simple modification, with comprehensive instructions and illustrations, to allow transmission anywhere from 1.7 - 30MHz and 49 - 54 MHz.
Transmit Unlock by K0ZL and DJ6TJ. As above, but with additional info for users of the European versions of the TS-480.
Standard SSB filter modification This chap (Mr Anonymous) has got to be completely barking to do this to a fine radio. However, for the sake of completeness, I include the article here.
Radcom Review The original review by Peter Hart in the March 2004 edition of Radcom.
Firmware Updating Procedure.
TS-480 PC Control Command Reference Manual.
Kenwood Network Command System Manual Provides information to configure a remote control system via a home LAN or the Internet.
TS-480 Service Manual Full service manual. High quality PDF, not a poor quality scan! 6.5 MB download.
Improved AM broadcast reception Simple adjustment to improve AM Broadcast Band sensitivity.
Power Level Mod Circuit modification to increase the power output level on SSB only. Tread carefully!
Power Increase Modification This is an adjustment, rather than a circuit modification, is done with the set in 'service mode' and is easily reversed.
Power Meter Problem After adjusting the power output using 'service adjustment mode' (as in the above mod), your power output meter may not work correctly. Here's the cure.
MC-60A Microphone User Manual The Kenwood MC-60A Desktop Microphone is the ideal companion for your TS-480 base station. Make sure you turn off the built in pre-amp and set the impedance switch to 500 Ohms.
MC-90 Microphone User Manual I've added a Kenwood MC-90 Desktop Microphone to my TS-480 base station. It is even better than the MC-60A.
Kenwood Serial Numbers The serial number of your TS-480 can tell you the date of manufacture. This information is also good for some other models of Kenwood.
PC Control Interface Circuit diagram of an isolating computer interface from YL3BU.
A report has been received of a fault, read it here.
A question answered about how CW is generated here.
A request for clarification of the 'Improved AM broadcast reception' adjustment here.
A question about providing power for a first IF buffer amplifier for use with a pan-adapter here.
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Last Update: April 2015.