Kenwood TS-450s

Kenwood TS-450s

The Kenwood TS-450s has a built in keypad which helps getting around quite a bit (pretty nifty feature). The S-meter is a bar graph type which seems to be easier to read than even large sized needle (the older analog) meters before it. Something nice about this model, is even the smaller knobs for the adjustable power and mic gain and it’s delay are at the bottom right and they’re easy to get to and adjust (unlike many of the newer Icom radios for example).   

 

This one does have the notch and IF shift which work wonders on crowded bands.  The NB is about average at removing AC electrical noise.  It also works in split mode as well.