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Re: [Yaesu] Yaesu Digest, Vol 100, Issue 6

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Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Yaesu Digest, Vol 100, Issue 6
From: "Cecil Acuff" <chacuff@cableone.net>
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:38:24 -0500
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And if one uses an external keyer?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Floyd Sense" <floyd@k8ac.net>
To: <yaesu@contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 2:35 PM
Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Yaesu Digest, Vol 100, Issue 6

> Yes - I owned an FTDX-5000D for a very short time and now own a 
> competitor's rig.  Feel free to email me for lots of details, but here 
> is some advice:
> 1. If you plan to use the 5000 for CW work, ask the dealer if he can 
> guarantee that the "short dits" problem is fixed on the unit he wants to 
> sell you.  Make sure he'll take the rig back and pay the return shipping 
> if you find that the problem is still present.  He may not be able to 
> make the guarantee.  Do not assume that the fix has been factory 
> installed as alluded to in the ARRL review.
> 2. If you purchase the 5000 and plan to use if for CW, be sure to look 
> carefully at the CW waveforms in both QSK and semi-break-in modes.  DO 
> WAVEFORMS.  The monitor signal appears to be almost unrelated to the 
> real signal being transmitted.  Listen to the keyed CW signal on a 
> separate receiver while sending a string of dits.  If it has the short 
> dits problem, it will be VERY apparent.  If you don't have an 
> oscilloscope capable of looking at the transmitted RF waveform, another 
> approach is to listen to the signal on a separate receiver and feed the 
> audio to any audio editing program via your sound card.  Then look 
> carefully at the dit and dah lengths compared to the spaces and examine 
> the waveforms in both QSK and semi-break-in modes.  Look for things like 
> overshoot at the leading edges or distortions in the leading edge of the 
> waveform.  If you see those things, you WILL have key clicks.  If you 
> see problems in the waveforms, return the rig and get a refund.  Or, you 
> can wait until Yaesu has a complete fix, and pay the round-trip shipping 
> to California to have the fix installed.
> The SM-5000 is interesting in its shortcomings.  The speakers are 
> excellent as everyone has reported.  The scope takes last place behind 
> every other I've seen, including that in the Orion II.  The contrast and 
> brightness is exceptionally poor, and the designer's idea of "averaging" 
> differs from every other.  Otherwise, the transceiver is a joy to use 
> and the receiver behaves as advertised.
> 73, K8AC
>> Message: 2
>> Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 06:06:38 -0400
>> From: K8RI<k8ri@rogerhalstead.com>
>> Subject: [Yaesu] FTDX5000MP
>> To: yaesu@contesting.com
>> Message-ID:<4DB001AE.8020901@rogerhalstead.com>
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>> Anyone have experience with the FTDX5000 series yet?
>> I'm looking for information to help me make up my mind between the
>> FTDX5000MP and a competitors rig.
>> Both run about the same price. I'd like a real time band scope, but they
>> seem sorta scarse.
>> I like the features of the 5000MP and think it'd work with second source
>> software and my computer to provide a good real time band scope. Remote
>> operation and operation on my network is desirable as well, without
>> having to purchase extra hardware.
>> I run SO2R with one station in the den here in the house and one out in
>> my shop with a 6-pack at the base of the big tower. Wiring in the second
>> tower gets a bit more complicated. Hence another reason for the desire
>> to operate off the network.
>> 73
>> Roger (K8RI)
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