How do I Troubleshoot a Kenwood TS-830S?

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The Kenwood TS-830S is an amateur radio that features 160-10 meters, a speech processor, noise blanker, 25 kHz marker, VOX, variable bandwidth tuning, WARC bands, AGC slow/fast/off modes, 120 VAC operation, IF output and RIT/XIT. It is meant for SSB and CW modes in the 160 -- 10 meter ham bands. The Kenwood TS-830S does not have general reception coverage. Troubleshooting a Kenwood TS-830S requires some familiarity with radios and their common functions.

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  1. 1

    Turn the "SG" switch, located on the rear panel, to "ON" if there is no output. If there is no output on SSB, increase the "MIC" control, and check the microphone for proper function.

  2. 2

    Adjust the "RF" control for 2/3 scale reading at full output if the "RF" meter shows no output.

  3. 3

    Push the "XIT" button to turn on if the VOX does not operate or trips by speaker output.

  4. 4

    Tune the antennae system if the "RF" volt reading is different according to the band.

  5. 5

    Ensure the cables and connections are firmly plugged in if the pilot lights do not come on and no receiver noise is heard.

  6. 6

    Turn the "FIX SW" off and release the "PIT" switch if the antennae is connected but no signals can be heard.

  7. 7

    Open the "RF Gain" control and use a step-up transformer to raise the line voltage if the "S-meter" deflects without a received signal.

  8. 8

    Set the shift to the centre position if the "SSB" received signal is very high or low.

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