There are many rigs to start new hams off with that don't cost
$2500.....Like the FT-102 for example....probably can be bought all day long
for under $500.
Having to own a top line rig should not be a barrier to anyone participating
in the hobby. It's attitudes that keep the young folks away.....
It's a difficult thing to help someone solve a problem when the problem is
subjective. What's annoying to one is considered normal to another. Is the
noise the poster is describing a normal noise for an FT-1000D or just a
noise that is irritating to that user of the rig. I've heard it described
as "sounding like a 747 taking off" well that wouldn't be normal but I know
some folks have a tendency to exaggerate....kinda like your description of
the helpfulness of the list. Like all lists activities you have to weed
through it all to get to the good stuff. That's the nature of the beast.
(this post has probably already been deleted by at least 50% of the
Now on rigs with DSP....that don't cost as much as your car. Subjective
again....you may drive a 15 year old Toyota Camry with a current value of
$1800....and bought it just last year....no body knows. As far as
service....all the new rigs are surface mount device boxes. Unless you have
the specialized gear to remove the parts and replace them without damaging
the boards you will probably not fix them at home. Some consider the
FT-1000D series to be the last of the user repairable rigs. They may be
Buy an EleCraft K2 Kit and build it yourself...then repair it when it
breaks...it is available with DSP now. Won't cost an arm and a leg either
and has been reported to have a very nice receiver. (I don't own one)
The truth is as the radio's become less and less user serviceable there is
less and less to share on a list like this except what went wrong as opposed
to what I did to fix it because most folks aren't fixing them anymore...they
are too complicated so they get shipped or replaced. Then we can read the
paperwork that comes back with the radio and report what Yaesu replaced and
how much it cost....not a lot of help in most cases but it's not the list's
fault it's the nature of the technology we use today....and many find it
What's the old saying about computers..."garbage in garbage out"....lists
are about the same way....you get out what you are willing to put in.
Be helpful and you'll get helped....
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 6:16 PM
Subject: Re: [Yaesu] FT-1000D fan noise
> well, i see the attitude hasn't changed on this reflector since the last
> time i signed up. a guy asks a question for some help about a noisy fan
> he's told to buy a new rig. reallll helpful.
> that's why i'm still running my ft-102. it keeps working and i've been
> to fix any problem that develops without calling on the 'experts'. i had
> asked for some advice on getting something new with dsp but not costing
> than my car. some folks offered advice but when i questioned service on
> new rigs, i was instructed to just buy a new one when it broke. and they
> wonder why we can't get anyone young interested in ham radio. (gee, mom.
> radio broke. that's all right, little billy. we can take $2500 out of
> college fund and buy a new one)
> sorry, marcel. i don't have an answer to your question. keep asking
> questions. maybe someone that owns the rig can offer some helpful
> 73 de Steve, KZ2I
> Charlotte, NC
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