Modifications for the Kenwood TS-140

TS-140S Sidetone Mod


I recently purchased a Kenwood TS-140S after using it on CW for about a week, I decided to try it on SSB and AM. When I pushed the AM and SSB mode switches, I heard a constant audio tone emanating from the rig. As I diconnected the rig, preparing to return it to the factory, the tone stopped.
Investigating the circuit diagram, I noted that the CW key has to be unplugged to kill the sidetone. There is no mention of this in the Instruction Manual.
Perhaps my experience may save others the frustration I encountered.
Also, amateurs should pay attention to the proper use of receiver noise blankers. I know of instances where operators were handing out reports of distorted signals to outhers, only to discover that it was their improper use of the receiver noise blanker that was producing the distortion...
Ed, W6XM
TS-140S Intermittent loss of TX power


In some TS-140S transceivers, the drive transistor, Q2, is not firmly mounted to the heatsink. This can cause a loss of transmit power after the unit warms up. The following modification will correct this condition.
  1. Disconnect the TS-140S from the antenna and power supply.
  2. Remove the top and bottom covers. Open the sub-chassis. Refer to the instruction manual for step by step instructions.
  3. Remove the shield plate from the sub-chassis (12 screws) to expose the filter an final units. Do not loose the 2 springs that are secured by the right side screws.
  4. Resolder Q2 so that the transistor makes firm contact with the heat sink on the Final unit. Tighten the transistor's mounting screw.
  5. Assemble the transceiver by reversing steps 1 through 3.
This modification may be performed under warranty.
Time required for this change is 1/2 hour or less.
Broadcast Sensitivity Modification for the TS680S / 140S


Between .500 and 1.6 MHz attenuation is added to reduce? front-end overload on the Broadcast band. Some of us BCB DXers find this a HIGHLY undesirable feature. If I want attenuation I will use the front panel switch. The following mod will restore the sensitivity -
Cut the land between IC1 pin 11 and R7 (SIGNAL UNIT, M54581P)

Cut the trace between IC1 pin 12 and R10

Add a small signal diode (1N914, 1N4148) between IC1 pin 11 and R7 (Cathode towards R7)
Add a small signal diode between IC1 pin 12 and R7 (Cathode towards R7)

Trace the lands from pin 11 and 12 of IC1 and you will find a good place (to the left of connector CN5) to cut these traces as well as pad to solder the diodes to.
TS-140S TX All Freq Mod


To enable the TS-140S for transmitting on all bands:
  1. Disconnect radio from power supply and antenna
  2. Remove top and Bottom covers
  3. Locate the control board (I believe it is on the bottom --NOT BEHIND TH THE KNOBS LIKE THE 440!!)
  4. Cut D31 on the control board
  5. Reassemble the radio
  6. Reset the radio by holding the A=B switch while powering up the rig.
Disclaimer: This Modification is for those who need it to operate MARS only.


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