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TS-890S MARS Modification
This modification is provided "as is," and is subject to change without notice. Kenwood USA Corporation makes no warranty of
any kind with regard to this modification procedure, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and
fitness for a particular purpose. Kenwood USA Corporation shall not be liable for any error or for incidental or consequential
damage in connection with the furnishing, performance, or use of this modification procedure.
It is illegal to operate outside the limits of your class license or permits.
Upon completion of this modification and turning power back on, the TS-890S will need a full reset, returning all memory
contents and menu settings to their original factory default values. Please refer to user manual for Full Reset procedure.
To enable the MARS capability of the TS-890S, the transceiver will need to be placed upside down so that it rests on its top
cover. Before performing this modification, take some time to arrange a suitable work surface clean of anything that may scratch
the cover. The TS-890S is heavy, seek help to move and turn the transceiver in a careful manner to avoid any damage to the
covers and front panel.
Disconnect the power cord, antenna(s) and any other cables and devices attached to the transceiver.
Carefully turn the transceiver over so that it rests on its top panel.
Remove the bottom (6) and side (6) case screws. That's a total of 12 screws that need to be removed and set aside in a
small container.
Carefully remove the bottom cover, and set it aside in a safe place and position as not to become scratched or dented.
On the right hand side of the transceiver locate a shield plate that covers the Control board. Remove the 7 shield screws
and set them aside in a small container.
Carefully lift up on the shield plate and remove it from the transceiver. Take note of the cushion placement under the
shield plate that holds down the flat cable. You will need to reposition it in the same place upon assembly. Now you can
set the shield plate aside in a safe place.
Locate R55 on the control unit (see figures 1 & 2).
Using surface mount soldering techniques and soldering tools, carefully remove R55. You may want to use two
soldering irons or one soldering tweezer tip to heat the solder on both sides of R55 at the same time to lift it up. Be
careful that you do not tear the foil traces. Also be careful to not burnp, pull, or rip any ribbon cables as you work to
remove the resistor.
Assemble the transceiver by reversing the steps above. Carefully squeeze the sides of the bottom panel to fit them inside
the top panel. Loosely insert all case screws and align the fitting of the bottom cabinet before tightening all case screws.
10. Connect DC Power and perform Full Reset to the TS-890S before operating with the MARS modification.
Transmit Operating Ranges:
LF Band:
100kHz to 522kHz LF Band can only transmit from drive out terminal, not the antenna terminal.
HF Band:
1.705MHz to 30MHz
50MHz Band:
49MHz to 54MHz
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Amateur Radio Division
Date: November 8, 2018



Summary of Contents for Kenwood TS-890S

  • Page 1 Please refer to user manual for Full Reset procedure. To enable the MARS capability of the TS-890S, the transceiver will need to be placed upside down so that it rests on its top cover.
  • Page 2 Remove Figure 2 The content of this bulletin is for information only. No warranty compensation is allowed. Copyright © 2018 All Rights Reserved. Kenwood U.S.A. Corporation Printed in USA KENWOOD U.S.A. CORPORATION Communications Sector PO Box 22745 Long Beach, CA 90801 Tel 310-639-4200...