Well, this was last spring when I was going back and forth on what to buy, Wayne. Dave’s video was timely. I was thinking about the Yaesu 450. I’d heard some good reviews of it. But my Elmer dissuaded me from it. I had been looking at a Kenwood 590sg. He said it would be better.
I liked the small footprint of the 450 to take traveling. My Elmer got me looking again at the Kenwood TS-480SAT. He said several of his fellow hams in east TN had it and some used it mobile because it had an AT, and they had made a lot of DX contacts with it. So I went for it with the all the filter upgrades, which I installed myself.
I’ve been very pleased with it. Could have had the 7300 or 590 for about the same price at the time, but I would never take those on the road. I’m also more a buttons and knobs guy than menus, so I liked that about it. Logged over 1,225 QSOs and 890 QSLs with it so far on LOTW. So it’s worked out well.
Don’t think I’ll ever part with it, unless it needs service and there were no parts.
The separate control head is great for mobile installs, or to keep on your desk while hiding the radio body. Would like to build a pelican case out for it. I’ve seen a couple really nice ones on YouTube.
Some dealers say it’s discontinued, but it’s still listed on Kenwood’s website:
Would not surprise me though to see a replacement soon. It’s had a long run.