TS-590S
Firmware update information
Last updated : July 28, 2015
The HF/50MHz All-mode transceiver TS-590S firmware has been updated from Version 2.00 to Version 2.01 as follows.
We are offering the firmware updating program to the TS-590S owners.
You can update the TS-590S firmware by connecting the TS-590S to the PC by using a USB cable or an RS-232C cable.
The firmware updating program is not applicable for the TS-590SG.
 
Attention
Updating the firmware from Ver.1.08 (or before) to Ver.2.01 resets the transceiver automatically due to internal memory address reallocation. If you do not want to lose user data, save the data using the latest version Radio Control Program ARCP-590 (Ver.2.02) before updating the firmware and write the data back after updating the firmware.
 
About virtual COM port driver
A virtual COM port driver needs to be installed onto the PC to use the firmware updating program with a USB cable.
  ATTENTION:Do not connect the transceiver to a PC using a USB cable before installing the virtual COM port driver.
 
Updated item : (Version 2.00 2.01) [July 28, 2015]
  Updates the following feature:
 
1. Enables NB1 and NB2 to be simultaneously set to ON.
When the Noise Blanker is set to OFF, pressing and holding the [NB(LEV)] key enables NB1 and NB2 to be set to ON at the same time. Then, pressing the [NB(LEV)] key again enables NB1 and NB2 to be set to OFF.
When NB1 and NB2 is set to ON at the same time, the Noise Blanker level cannot be adjusted. Adjust the Noise Blanker level once the Noise Blanker is set to OFF and NB1 or NB2 is set to ON.
(Please also update both of the Radio Control Program ARCP-590 and the Radio Host Program ARHP-590 for functional compatibility.)

Updated items : (Version 1.08 2.00) [January 29, 2015]
  Updates the following features.
 
1. Enables use of the new Split function for quick split operations.
Hold down the [SPLIT] key, and the “SPLIT” indicator blinks. For example, press [5] key for "5kHz Up", or press [0], [5] keys for "5kHz Down". (If the specified frequency is lower, [0] must be prefixed to the frequency.)
 
2. Enables the XIT frequency to be set while pressing [TF-SET] key when RIT is OFF in simplex mode.
 
3. Enables FINE function to be set to ON/OFF in each mode.
 
4. Enables display of the 1Hz frequency digit when the FINE function is turned on below 1MHz (except in transverter mode).
 
5. Enables the status of FIL A/B to be set separately for VFO A/B.
 
6. Enables use of the RX ANT in 50MHz band. The status can be set separately in HF and 50MHz band.
 
7. Enables the setting of RF output power independently in DATA mode. (RF output power in HF SSB-DATA/ FM-DATA, 50M SSB-DATA/ FM-DATA, HF AM-DATA, and 50M AM-DATA can be set independently).
 
8. Enables setting of the voice message’s PROC level and MIC gain separately from the setting of usual microphone input’s PROC level and MIC gain. (The optional VGS-1 is required)
 
9. Enables setting the RX equalizer / TX equalizer in each mode.
 
10. Enables deleting CW message memories by each memory channel.
11. Enables announcement of the type of the transmission meter.(The optional VGS-1 is required)
 
12. Enables announcement of the DRV OUT function ON / OFF status.(The optional VGS-1 is required)
 
13. Enables announcement of the RIT/XIT frequency.(The optional VGS-1 is required)
 
14. Enables reading the status of the optional VGS-1 (if installed in the TS-590S).
 
15. Enables back up of the status of the AI function ON/OFF.
 
16. Enables deleting Voice messages from a PC.
(Details of the above-mentioned PC commands are described in the revised "PC CONTROL COMMAND Reference Guide")
 
17. Revises the band memory [GENE] 2nd setting to 472kHz / CW.
 
18. Enables output of the 475kHz band (472~479kHz) signal from the rear panel DRV (drive output) connector as well as 135kHz band.
 
19. Reduces the minimum volume of the beep sound, CW side tone, VGS-1 Voice message playback and announcement.
 
(Please also update both of the Radio Control Program ARCP-590 and the Radio Host Program ARHP-590 for functional compatibility.)
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. After changing operation mode, DATA VOX might not work correctly.
2. While transmitting in SSB or CW mode, the SWR meter level might become high for a moment.

Updated items : (Version 1.07 1.08) [December 6, 2013]
  Updates the following feature.
 
1. Enables the operator to change "tuneable VFO while transmitting in split-frequency operation" from TX VFO to RX VFO.
By pressing [SPLIT] + Power On, after the Power-on message appears, a decimal point blinks a few times at the left of the main 7-segment display.
The function can be deactivated by Powering Off and then pressing [SPLIT] + Power On again.
(Please also update the Radio Control Program ARCP-590 which includes this new function.)
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. If the radio is in split-frequency operation and a PC command of Band Change is sent to the transceiver, the transceiver will sometimes not transmit.
2. Band memory may not be backed up correctly in VFO B.

Updated items : (Version 1.06 1.07) [September 14, 2012]
  Updates the following feature.
 
1. Enables to stop the temporary repeating CW / Voice message by operating keyer paddle or PTT as well as pressing [CH1], [CH2], [CH3], [RX/4], or [CLR] key.
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. Just after returning to receive mode in CW semi break-in operation, the SWR meter level might become high for a moment.
2. When changing the memory frequency temporary, auto zero-beat (CW tune) function might not work correctly.

Updated items : (Version 1.05 1.06) [December 22, 2011]
  Updates the following features.
 
1. Improves desensing level caused by strong out-of-passband signals on up-conversion bands.
2. Reduces the minimum volume of the TX monitor in [FSK] mode.
3. Changes the time constant of the ALC meter and the Speech Processor compression meter from 50ms to 300ms.
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. Just after an AT tuning is completed, the S meter level might become high for a moment.
2. Preset data of the internal antenna tuner might not be stored correctly for each antenna connector ANT1 / ANT2.
3. Cannot record CW messages correctly when the built-in electronic keyer is set to Mode A.

Updated items : (Version 1.04 1.05) [June 30, 2011]
  Updates the following feature.
 
1. While a CW / Voice message (one-shot) is played back, when pressing and holding down the same message memory cnannel key [CH1], [CH2], [CH3], or [RX/4] temporary repeats the current message.
The function works when Menu No.56 (PLAYBACK REPEAT) is set to "OFF"(Default).
For example, "CP 1111" or "AP 1111" appears on the sub-display while temporary repeating the message in channel 1.
To stop the temporary repeating message, press [CH1], [CH2], [CH3], [RX/4] or [CLR] key.
The same interval time is applied as the value which is set in Menu No.57 (PLAYBACK INTERVAL TIME).
The funciton is not available to activate by a PC command.
  Revises the following symptom.
 
1. When the meter is set to show "compression" in LSB/USB or FM/AM mode, changing to CW/FSK mode does not indicate ALC automatically.

Updated items : (Version 1.03 1.04) [May 20, 2011]
  Updates the following features.
 
1. Reduces the minimum volume of the beep sound.
2. Reduces the minimum volume of the TX monitor.
3. Reduces the CW sidetone volume in constant recording using the VGS-1.
4. Improves the receiving audio low frequency charactristics in FM mode when TONE is enabled.

Updated items : (Version 1.02 1.03) [March 24, 2011]
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. When turning [SSB-DATA] mode on and off, the AGC time constant might not change correctly.
2. The TS-590S might not detect a connection with the AT-300 external antenna tuner.
3. The AM broadcast band 9kHz auto step size (Menu No.13) may not work correctly.

Updated items : (Version 1.01 1.02) [January 20, 2011]
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. In [SSB-DATA] mode, Speech Processor might not be disabled internally.
2. At the end of TX tune mode, carrier output returns to normal mode level after a short delay.
3. When the TS-590S is turned ON, the USB port connection may be unstable.
4. When the built-in electronic keyer is set to Mode A, CW keying may not work properly.
5. TX rise time power spike activates some linear amplifiers' input power protections.
(The firmware Ver.1.02 revises the ALC response characteristics to reduce the power spike.)
6. When a separate RX ANT is connected, TX output power may be fed back to the RX ANT connector and might affect internal circuits.
(The firmware Ver.1.02 deactivates (opens) RX ANT relay every time the radio transmits.)

Updated items : (Version 1.00 1.01) [November 30, 2010]
  Revises the following symptoms.
 
1. Response for the PC contorol command "FT" varies when TF-SET is turned on.
(Please also update the Radio Control Program ARCP-590 which includes this control revision.)
2. When Menu No.53(Linear amplifier control relay for HF band) or 54(Linear amplifier control relay for 50 MHz band) is set to "3", CW weight may become incorrect.
Applicable models/units :
The firmware updating program Ver.2.01 is applicable for all units of the TS-590S. (The TS-590S is no longer in production.)
Note : You can check the firmware version of your TS-590S by pressing [M.IN] + Power ON.
The firmware version appears in the center of the LCD display.

Operating Environments
1. Operating System (OS)
Windows Vista® (Service Pack 2 or later)(32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows® 7 (RTM or later) (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows® 8 (RTM or later) (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows® 8.1 (RTM or later) (32-bit or 64-bit)
Notes:
This software is designed to run on the above operating systems.
Applicable operating systems are subject to change without notice due to the end of the technical support by Microsoft Corporation or change of the product specifications.
2. Processor
Faster than the recommended CPU for each OS.
3. System Memory (RAM)
Larger than the recommended System Memory for each OS.
4. Free Hard Drive Space
100 MB or more of free hard drive space.
5. Runtime
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0).
6. Peripheral Devices
A display with resolutions higher than XGA (1024 x 768).
A keyboard and a mouse, or other pointing devices.
A USB cable (B type for the transceiver's USB port) or an RS-232C straight cable (D-SUB 9-pin female for the transceiver's COM port).

Notes:
If the transceiver is connected to a PC using a USB cable, ensure that the connection is directly in place. The firmware updating program may not behave properly if a connection is in place through a USB hub.
Download and install the virtual COM port driver to make a USB connection possible for command communications via a USB connector.
Attention
Updating the firmware from Ver.1.08 (or before) to Ver.2.01 resets the transceiver automatically due to internal memory address reallocation. If you do not want to lose user data, save the data using the Radio Control Program ARCP-590 before updating the firmware and write the data back after updating the firmware.
Usage Notes
Users are required to obtain a license from JVC KENWOOD Corporation, in writing, prior to redistributing this software on a personal web page or packet radio.
Users may not revise, change, translate, merge, de-compile, or reverse engineer the software.
The quality and performance of the software is not warranted for the applicability of any users. JVC KENWOOD Corporation shall not assume liability for any defects, nor warrant anything other than is expressly provided in the agreement. The selection and introduction of the products as well as the results there from shall be upon the liability of the users.
JVC KENWOOD Corporation shall own all copyrights and other intellectual properties for the software and all manuals and documents attached to the software. The user shall be allowed to use, not to resell, the software by obtaining a license from JVC KENWOOD Corporation. While the media in which the software is stored is possessed by the user, the ownership for the software itself shall be reserved for JVC KENWOOD Corporation.
Installation:
1. Extract the downloaded file "TS-590_V201E.zip" into a designated folder.
In the designated folder, a folder labeled "TS-590_V201E" will be created.
2. In the folder labeled "TS-590_V201E", the firmware updating program "TS-590_V201_e.exe" and "TS-590_e.chm" are automatically created.
Updating:
Click to read the firmware updating procedure.
Uninstalling:
Delete the folder labeled "TS-590_V201E" manually using the Explorer or an alternative method.
If you agree with the details listed above, click the following link to download the firmware updating program.
(The latest version includes all previous updates.)
Latest update: TS-590S Firmware Update Version 2.01 (July / 2015)
TS-590_V201E.zip : 1.39MB download
If you have any enquiries, click the link below.
http://www.kenwood.com/i/contact.html
Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, Windows® 8.1, and Windows logo are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. .NET Framework is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.