Kenwood TS-930SAT: High Performance DX Transceiver:

A Collector’s radio


This one is a collector’s radio.


For sale is:


·         TS-930S transceiver with

·         Built in Automatic antenna tuner AT-930

·         Kenwood MC-42 hand microphone,

·         Kenwood Operators Manual

·         Still in original Kenwood Double packing boxes with

·         original polystyrene foam inserts.











This particular TS-930 is in beautiful condition, and every function I have checked works just fine. One small scratch on top of front bezel. It appears to be fully functional, as it left the factory.










The display is very bright and clear. The display control circuitry has recently been fully refurbished by an expert radio repairer, and works faultlessly. [Intermittent displays were the only real fault concern of this model]


Today these transceivers are legendary for their remarkable receiver:


One of the few transceivers on Eham to be rated 4.9 out of 5.

All later top line Kenwoods only score a 4.8, or less.


Read how 34 ‘hands on ham users / reviewers’ praise this radio.

So many of these owners say they will never sell this radio!


The famous filter manufacturer INRAD, who manufactures filters for the Yaesu FT-1000 MP MK5,  has just released a roofing filter for the TS-930.

Why would INRAD do that if INRAD did not consider this radio was truly outstanding?


Well known contester W6NL wrote in following the 2001DX expedition.

The Kenwood TS-930, while out of production and lacking some of the technology developments of the past twenty years, continues to be an excellent HF radio with a unique ability to hear multiple signals in a pileup. This particular performance advantage has, for whatever reason, eluded the designers of more modern radios.


In the last 2 years the seller has often heard W5YV say he was listening on his TS-930 because he could stations on the 930 he could not hear on his Yaesu FT-1000 Mark 5.


See how the 930 remarkable performance is rated as well as and in some instances better than the very latest radios:






The Kenwood TS-930S is a superlative, high performance, all solid-state, HF transceiver capable of operation in SSB, CW, FSK and AM modes. Coverage includes the WARC bands. The all solid-state 28 volt final amplifier runs 250W PEP input on USB, LSB, CW and FSK and 80W on AM mode. (Output of from this unit appears to be turned up at 140W as opo0sed the standard factory 125 watts).


Operates from 120 and 240 VAC.




  • Quadruple conversion receiver
  • Dual VFOs
  • RF attenuator in 3 stages
  • AGC in two stages
  • 160-10 meters
  • IF Notch Filter
  • CW Reverse
  • RIT
  • Automatic Tuner
  • RF speech processor
  • CW VBT
  • SSB IF Slope Tuning
  • Dual Mode Noise Blankers
  • Variable AGC
  • 8 Memory Channels (expandable to 16)
  • Built in power supply
  • General coverage short wave receiver all frequencies 150 kHz to 30 mHz







Transmitter Frequency Range:


160 m Band 1.8‑2.0 MHz


80 m Band 3.5 ‑ 4.0 MHz


40 m Band 7.0‑7.3 MHz


30 m Band   10. ‑10.15 MHz

                  (10.0 MHz WWV)


20 m Band 14.0‑14.35 MHz


17 m Band 18.068 ‑ 18.168 MHz


15 m Band 21.0~21.45 MHz


12 m Band 24.89 ‑ 24.99 MHz


10 m Band 28.0 ‑ 29.7 MHz



Receiver Frequency Range: 150 kHz ‑ 30 MHz


Mode:  A3J (USB, LSB), A1 (CW), F 1, (FSK), A3 (AM)                                        ‑


Antenna Impedance: 50 ohms


With AT‑930 antenna tuner 20 ‑ 150 ohms (80 ‑ 10 meter Amateur bands only)


Power Requirement: 120/220/240 VAC, 50/60 Hz


Power Dissipation: Max. 510 W during transmis­sion, 80 W during reception


Dimensions: 374 W x 141 H x  350 mm


Weight: With antenna tuner: Approx. 18.5 kg (40.8 Ibs) Without antenna tuner: Approx. 16.8 kg (37.0 lbs)







Final Power Input: SSB / CW / FSK  250 W.  AM  80 W


Carrier Suppression: Better than 40 dB


Unwanted Sideband Suppression: Better than 50 dB (with 1 kHz modulation)


Harmonic Content: Less than ‑40 dB


Audio Frequency Response: 400 ‑ 2,600 Hz/ ‑ 6 dB


Modulation: SSB: Balanced modulation AM: Low level modulation (IF stage)


FSK Shift: 170 Hz


Modulation Distortion: Less than ‑ 31 dB


FSK Shift: 170 Hz


Modulation Distortion: Less than ‑31 dB


Microphone Impedance: 500 ohms ‑ 50 kohms


ALC Input: ‑10 V DC MAX


Linear Amplifier Switching: 200 V DC MAX, 100 mA




Circuitry: Quadruple conversion


        Intermediate Frequencies: 1st IF:                                                44.93 MHz

                                                  2nd IF:                                                  8.83 MHz

                                                   3rd IF:                                                    455 kHz

                                                   4th IF:                                                    100 kHz


Sensitivity  (at 10 dB S+ N/N)


150 ‑ 500 kHz: Less than 1 uV for SSB, CW and FSK, Less than 10 uV for AM


500 kHz ‑ 1.8 MHz: Less than 4 uV for SSB, CW and FSK Less than 32 uV for AM


1.8 ‑ 30 MHz: Less than 0.25 uV for SSB, CW and FSK Less than 2 uV for AM  (Actually measured close to 0.15 uV


Image Ratio: More than 80 dB (1.8 MHz ‑30 MHz)


IF Rejection: More than 70 dB (1.8 MHz ‑30 MHz)



     (W‑wide, N‑narrow filter selection)


                SSB CW(W), FSK(W), AM(N): 2.7 kHz/‑6 dB, 4.0 kHz/‑60 dB



CW(N) FSK(N): Without optional filter: same as CW(W), FSK(W)

                                      With optional YG‑455C‑1: 500 Hz/‑6 dB, 820 Hz/‑60 dB

                With optional YG‑455CW1: 250 Hz/‑6 dB, 480 Hz/‑60 dB

                                   With optional YK‑88C‑1:      500 Hz/‑6 dB,          1.5 kHz/‑60 dB



AM(W) Without optional filter:                6 kHz/ ‑ 6 dB, 11 kHz/‑60 dB

With optional YK‑88A1: 6 kHz/ ‑ 6 dB,  11 kHz/ ‑ 60 dB


SSB Slope Tune:

High‑cut: More than 1500 Hz shift/ ‑ 6 dB

Low‑cut: More than 700 Hz shift/ ‑6 dB





     CW(W), FSK^

     AM(N) 600 Hz‑2.7 kHz/‑6 dB

     CW(N) FSK(N)

Without optional filter: same as CW(W), FSK(W)

With optional YK‑88C‑1 and YG‑455C‑1 installed: 150 Hz ‑ 500 Hz ‑6 dB


AM(W): With optional YK‑88A1: 4 kHz ‑ 6 kHz/ ‑ 6 dB

Like all used electronics, sale is on an as-is basis.




Q: Best radio ever made!  posted by: muzzo (415 )  2:11 am, Thu 5 Oct


A:  Thanks for expressing your knowledge affirming the fame of this radio. INRAD famous filter manufacturer has just released a roofing filter which may make this radio perform in contest crowded bands as well as the latest $20,000 transceivers. INRAD provides the upgrade filters for Yaesu FT-1000 radios. The fact that INRAD chose to provide a filter for this radio [ahead of so many other radios] says that INRAD believes they will sell a lot of filters to existing owners, because that new filter will add the very latest emerging technology contest capabilities. In NZ where we don’t have crowded bands and for general use filters are less important, the 930 provide remarkable weak signal hearing capabilities.


930s now sell for bargain prices compared to the performance  they provide. To obtain similar performance one has to spend at least $3,000 and even then will not obtain the ability to discern multiple signals in pile up.