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[Yaesu] FT-1000D

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Subject: [Yaesu] FT-1000D
From: w4zw@home.com (W4ZW@home.com)
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 08:40:55 -0500
It's the best radio I've ever used and I have truly used them all except for
the TenTec line which my friends rave about, but no dual receive with them.

I currently use the FT-1000D, FT1000MP, TS-950SDX (digital modes)  here in
FL, TS-570S/G at my Colorado QTH and various rigs mobile, boating,
backpacking, etc.

My old International company was a dealer for most all of the manufacturers.
I really like my FT-1000MP, but in a choice of the two, I'd take the
FT-1000D.  It's large, heavy, but a real workhorse.  I used a Timewave with
it for awhile which helped a little with very weak signal work, but not
enough to justify keeping it in line.

Buy one, you'll love it!

Jon Hamlet, W4ZW
Casey Key Island, FL

"A little bit of paradise in the Gulf of Mexico"

BTW  My ROM version is also 6.0.  I have all the modes to mine except for
the strong signal mod (via Tom, W8JI) which I hooked up backwards I guess
since it didn't help.  Next time I open the FT-1000D, I intend to made this
mod, especially now that S9+40dB signals are common on 10 meters.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-yaesu@contesting.com [mailto:owner-yaesu@contesting.com]On
> Behalf Of MarkH
> Sent: Thursday, December 09, 1999 10:28 PM
> To: yaesu@contesting.com
> Cc: w8fn@ibm.net
> Subject: Re: [Yaesu] FT-1000D
> The ROM is user modifiable - I changed the original one myself, upgrading
> to 6.0
> As the to ROM version - I have 6.0.   Is there really a 6.1?? What if any
> differences are there???
> I think the dual receive, using antenna diversity, is by far the best
> QRM/weak signal method available, especially if you don't have a large
> antenna farm.  In my case, I have an old G5RV laying on my roof used as a
> secondary receive antenna. There are many times that the
> combination of the
> two antennas (in stereo) will make a signal intelligible, when
> nothing else
> will. If I had to choose between the second receiver, and my Timewave
> 599zx, I would pick the  receiver in a second. And especially on
> the lower
> bands.
> The two things I wish the FT-1000D came with was:
> -the ability to make the two receivers tune in synch (the better to use
> diversity reception). There is a custom mod that can do this - someday I
> will install it, if I get brave enough.
> - a bandscope (a la Kenwood/Icom)
> So... how much is the radio now selling for?? I heard a rumor that Yaesu
> had discontinued it, and was only selling off a (large, multi
> year supply)
> of old stock. When I asked their national sales manager at the Concord CA
> ham show a few months ago, he told me that this was completely incorrect.
> Regards,
> Mark
> At 06:42 PM Thursday12/9/99 , you wrote:
> > >I just saw an ad for a new FT-1000D at a very low price.  I am thinking
> > >of making the call and buying a new 1000D.  My question is, how
> > >important are the second receiver filters that are optional?
> >
> >Depends. As far as I know, the only option filter for the subreceiver is
> >the XF-455MC 600 Hz unit for CW. If you use the radio for CW DXing and/or
> >contesting, you'll find the filter to be quite useful in sorting
> out a pile
> >on a calling frequency to find exactly where you should be
> transmitting. It
> >would probably also be useful for receive diversity on CW, something I
> >haven't personally tried. It is fairly easy to install, but if
> you put one
> >in, be SURE you trim the pins soldered through the board slightly. I
> >neglected to do that when I first installed mine and was rewarded with a
> >dead receiver due to the filter input and output pins shorting to the
> >subreceiver shield tray.
> >
> >As to general impressions, I've had mine for five years now and have used
> >it for LOTS of heavy-duty contest operation. Simply put, it's
> without peer
> >for demanding applications like contest or DX operation. The
> only quibble I
> >have with its design is the choice of puny op amps to drive the headphone
> >output in a $4K radio. I had to get a small Radio Shack stereo amp to get
> >sufficient audio power to be useful in my (admittedly elaborate) audio
> >switching setup in the contest station. And the microphone input seems to
> >be quite sensitive to RF on the mic cable -- I had to put tiny 1mH chokes
> >in the hot line and PTT line directly inside the mic connector
> to scotch RF
> >troubles when I ran 1500 Watts to a shunt-fed tower on 160 meters.
> >
> >The receiver is excellent. It's not quite the performer my
> heavily-modified
> >Drake R-4C was, but it's amazingly close. I also like the 200W
> power output
> >capability, especially now that I'm in a situation where I don't have the
> >ability to run an amplifier. And the human engineering is excellent. You
> >don't have to navigate a bunch of menus to set the thing up, an important
> >consideration if you're going to be spending lots of time at the controls
> >in a contest.
> >
> >I lost the receiver PIN diode in the T/R switch circuitry a
> couple of years
> >ago due to, in my opinion, a badly designed factory modification
> in the T/R
> >driver circuitry (a series diode that doesn't belong where it was put).
> >This was kind of a pain to fix, but Yaesu was quick to supply me with the
> >necessary part, and I soon had it running again. Other than some damage
> >from lightning (which Yaesu repaired under warranty) this is the only
> >trouble I've ever had with the radio.
> >
> >One warning: If you plan to use the computer control feature of
> the radio,
> >be sure it has ROM version 6.1 or later installed. If the radio is really
> >new, this should be no problem. The ROM version can be checked by holding
> >the 1.5 MHz and 7 MHz band keys down at power-up; this will test the
> >microprocessor and display circuitry and display the ROM
> version. I believe
> >it requires a trip to the Yaesu service center to install a ROM
> update, but
> >I'm not sure.
> >
> >I'd advise you to go for it. You'll be getting the best performing radio
> >available.
> >
> >Randy, W8FN
> >Weatherford TX (Near Fort Worth / Dallas)
> >
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