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Add 30-meter Transmit to Kenwood TS-180S Transceiver Mod [message #138] Sat, 21 July 2007 00:40
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The WARC band kit for the TS-180S is a pretty rare item these days, but I figured it should be easy to add 30m CW transmit capability to the non-WARC stock rig, as it already receives the 10 MHz band using the normal receiver stages.

The 10 MHz band is marked JJY/WWV on the band switch. The schematics revealed that the 30-meter part of the WARC band option adds an additional low-pass filter to the LPF board, and a band pass "AUX 3" filter to the Coilpack board.

I found you could substitute a 10.7 MHz FM transistor radio IF transformer (I used a Mouser 42IF122 for the bandpass filter. For the low-pass filter I added two wire jumpers on the two rear-most sections of the bandswitch (at the LPF board) so that the 7 MHz and 10 MHz lugs were connected together. This puts the 7 MHz low-pass filter section is also in-line for the 10 MHz band.

The only tune-up necessary was to set the rig to 10.120 MHz or so and peak the new IF transformer.

I achieved about 60 watts output and confirmed the signal was clean by feeding a sample of the output into my spectrum analyzer. The spurious outputs were down below the original specs of the rig, so I called it "good" and made some contacts on 30-meter CW.

Steve Johnston WD8DAS
July 2007
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