The Kenwood TS-990S. Click to enlarge. (photo: Kenwood)
When you open your June 2012 issue of QST, you will find that Kenwood has published a photo and ad (see below) of their new TS-990S in advance of Dayton.
We also know a few specs/features:
- Full HF bands and 6M
- Built-in switching power supply
- Built-in automatic antenna tuner
- 200 Watts Output
- All mode
- COM port, USB A/B & LAN
For further updates and hi-res photos from Dayton, follow our tag: TS-990S
Kenwood released the following press release today. I had hoped it would contain more information. We did recently learn about some TS-990 facts, and now, through this Kenwood PR, we learn that the TS-990 will not see production until late 2012 and that the model on display at the Dayton Hamvention will be a “reference exhibit.”
April 18, 2012
New Amateur Radio Product to be Exhibited Prior to Worldwide Launch
JVC KENWOOD Corporation is proud to announce that the prototype of a state-of-the-art Amateur transceiver scheduled for worldwide launch under the Kenwood brand in the winter of 2012 will be unveiled as a reference exhibit at Dayton Hamvention 2012 to be held in Dayton, Ohio, USA (May 18-20). It will also appear at events in Germany and Japan.
Reference exhibit model: TS-990 HF/50 MHz Transceiver
Featuring a dual TFT display and dual receiver, the TS-990 is a top-of-the-range flagship model in the Kenwood Amateur radio line-up.
Prior to the launch of the TS-990, a prototype will be displayed as a reference exhibit at Dayton Hamvention 2012 in Dayton, Ohio, USA (May 18-20), at HAM RADIO 2012 in Friedrichshafen, Germany (June 22-24), and at Ham Fair 2012 in Tokyo, Japan (August 25-26).
Please note that as this product is under development, published information is subject to change without notice.
There is still very little known about the yet-unreleased, highly-anticipated Kenwood TS-990S HF transceiver, but we’ve confirmed just a few details from a contact at Kenwood…
The TS-990S will be similar in size to the Kenwood TS-950SDX 200W. (Photo: Universal Radio)
The TS-990S will be the size of theTS-950SDX 200 watts, and have a similar footprint.
The TS-990S is expected to retail in the $5,000-6,000 US range.
No promises on ship dates yet…but they have confirmed that the new rig will be on display at the 2012 Dayton, Ohio, Hamvention.
To be clear, Kenwood did not confirm the model number of TS-990S; it was implied.
Check back with QRPer.com as we will post early photos from Dayton.