KENWOOD TS-480HX HF transceiver raises the bar on portable performance. Despite its compact dimensions, it delivers an astonishing punch: 200W with a DC 13.8V supply. Yet its separate control panel is perfect for base station use. Sharing virtually all the same powerful features is the 100W TS-480SAT, except that it boasts a built-in antenna tuner. Whichever model you choose, you can be sure of enjoying the best of both worlds – first-rate communications at home and on the trail.


200W output (50MHz: 100W) DC 13.8Voperation:
The TS-480HX is a highly portable rig offering 200W output (50MHz: 100W) – making it ideal for both base station and DX’ ing applications.

100W model:
The 100W TS-480SAT is additionally equipped with a built-in automatic antenna tuner.

16-bit AF digital signal processing offers such powerful features as noise reduction, TX/RX equalizer, and AF filters.

Separate LCD control panel with speaker:
Sporting a large amber LCD with backlit keys, the standalone control panel can be positioned anywhere up to 4 metres from the main unit.

Continuous RX: 500kHz (VFO: 30kHz) to 60MHz,/strong>
TX covers all Amateur bands 1.8MHz to 50MHz

Other features
include a quad-mixer that provides RX dynamic range in the TS-950 class, PSK31 compatibility, packet cluster tune (with TM-D700E/A), PC-based control, and optional IF filters.

  • Transverter display function (up to 999.9999 MHz)
  • Wide/Narrow deviation selection (FM TX)
  • Direct Frequency Entry
  • CTCSS (42 subtone frequencies)
  • 1750Hz Tone
  • TX Monitor
  • 5W Minimum RF Output for QRP Operating
  • FSK Reverse
  • Noise Blanker
  • Packet Cluster Tune with TM-D700E/A
  • Auto Power Off
  • Time-out Timer
  TS-480HX TS-480SAT
Transmitter Frequency Range 160, 80, 60, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10, 6m bands
Receiver Frequency Range 0.5 – 30MHz, 50 – 54MHz
(VFO: Continuous 30kHz – 60MHz)
Mode SSB (J3E), CW (A1A), FSK (F1B), FM (F3E), AM (A3E)
Power Requirement DC1: 13.8V±15%
DC2: 13.8V±15%*
Current Drain
DC1: Less than 20.5A;
DC 2: Less than 20.5A*
Less than 1.5A
Less than 20.5A
Less than 1.5A
Operating Temperature -20°C – +60°C
Frequency Stability Main unit : Within ±5ppm (-10°C – +50°C)
Within ±10ppm (-20°C – +60°C)
With optional SO-3 attached : Within ±0.5ppm (-10°C – +50°C)
Within ±1.0ppm (-20°C – +60°C)
Antenna Impedance 50Ω
Microphone Impedance 600Ω
Grounding Method Negative ground
Dimensions (W x H x D) Main unit: without / with projections: 7-1/16″ x 2-3/8″ x 10-3/16″ (179 x 61 x 258 mm) /
7-1/16″ x 2-3/4″ x 10-15/16″ (179 x 69.5 x 278 mm)

Panel: without / with projections: 7-1/16″ x 2-15/16″ x 1-7/16″ (180 x 75 x 37mm) /
7-3/16″ x 3-1/16″ x 2-11/16″(183 x 78 x 68mm)

Weight (approx.) 8.15lbs: Main unit 7.05lbs/Panel 1.1lbs (3.7kg: Main unit 3.2kg / Panel 0.5kg)
RF Output Power
50MHz (AM)
200W (50W)
100W (25W)
100W (25W)
100W (25W)
Modulation: SSB / FM / AM Balanced / Phase / Low Power
Maximum Frequency Deviation: Wide / Narrow Less than ±5kHz / Less than ±2.5kHz
Spurious Radiation: HF / 50MHz Less than -50dB / Less than -60dB
Carrier Suppression More than 40dB (SSB)
Unwanted Sideband Suppression More than 40dB (SSB)
Transmit Frequency Response 400 – 2600Hz (within -6dB)
XIT Variable Range ±9.99kHz
Antenna Tuner Matching Range (1.9MHz – 50MHz) 16.7 – 150Ω
Double superheterodyne
Triple superheterodyne
Intermediate Frequency: 1st IF / 2nd IF / 3rd IF 73.095MHz / 10.695MHz / 455kHz (FM only)
SSB / CW / FSK (S/N 10dB)
AM (S/N 10dB)
Less than 4µV (0.5 – 1.705MHz)
Less than 0.2µV (1.705 – 24.5MHz)
Less than 0.13µV (24.5 – 30MHz)
Less than 0.13µV (50 – 54MHz)

Less than 31.6µV (0.5 – 1.705MHz)
Less than 2µV (1.705 – 24.5MHz)
Less than 1.3µV (24.5 – 30MHz)
Less than 1.3µV (50 – 54MHz)

Less than 0.22µV (28 – 30MHz)
Less than 0.22µV (50 – 54MHz)

Squelch Sensitivity
Less than 18µV (0.5 – 1.705MHz)
Less than 1.8µV (1.8 – 30MHz)
Less than 1.1µV (50 – 54MHz)

Less than 0.2µV (28 – 30MHz)
Less than 0.2µV (50 – 54MHz)

Image Rejection Ratio More than 70dB
IF Rejection Ratio More than 70dB
Squelch Sensitivity
More than 2.4kHz (-6dB), Less than 4.4kHz (-60dB)
More than 5.0kHz (-6dB), Less than 40kHz (-60dB)
More than 12.0kHz (-6dB), Less than 25.0kHz (-50dB)
RIT Variable Range ±9.99kHz
Beat Elimination More than 40dB (1kHz)
Audio Output Power More than 2.0W (8 Ω, 10% distortion)
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