I have 2 Mark Vs and have been thru all the "key click"
problems. I was thinking about a 5000, gezzz why can't Yaesu fix their CW
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From: "Floyd Sense" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 3:35 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
> NOT DEPEND ON WHAT YOU HEAR ON THE RIG'S MONITOR TO JUDGE THE CW
> 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<email@example.com>
>> Subject: [Yaesu] FTDX5000MP
>> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
>> Roger (K8RI)
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