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[Yaesu] MP/MKV Reflector - Filter Questions on the FT-1000MP Mark-V?

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Subject: [Yaesu] MP/MKV Reflector - Filter Questions on the FT-1000MP Mark-V?
From: WD8ARZ" <wd8arz@IX.NETCOM.COM (WD8ARZ)
Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 11:34:20 -0400
This is a great report Geos, it would be nice to see it shared on the MP/MKV
reflector. If not a member, and I don't see any posts from you there, you
can join at:  www.qth.net , use the select list option on the top left, and
choose the 1000mp option.

If you are not joining and cross posting, may I?

Thank you for your input, it was well written.

73 from Bill - WD8ARZ

----- Original Message -----
From: "Geos Major" <hfshack@hotmail.com>
To: <kartys@ncs.gov>
Cc: <yaesu@contesting.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2001 7:36 AM
Subject: RE: [Yaesu] Filter Questions on the FT-1000MP Mark-V?
> Good Questions Steven,
> Here's another 'grain of salt'.
> Under most conditions no one will notice the difference between 50 watts
> 200 watts much less 100 and 200.
> What I dislike about the IV in no particular order...
> 1) Noisy Fan. It really mucks up your tx audio and it's tiring to listen
> 2) Lack of receiver sensitivity. We tested an off the shelf MP along side
> stock IV using the same antenna. This is not a scientific test mind you,
> one I rely on to compare rigs when shopping for a new one. In most cases
> MP produced readable signals when the IV heard nothing but static. The IV
> did seem a little more sensitive to weak signals in the presence of
> nearby stations. Changing the rf attenuation on the MP usually made up for
> the difference. You decide.
> 3) The IV transmits a very short duration but very high power spike on key
> down/ptt. This behavior will shorten the life of most QRO PAs. A call to
> Yaesu netted the suggestion that we change the agc settings and change the
> timing on the PA tx. Yeah right... The initial spike from the IV drove our
> Alpha to an instaneous power output in excess of 10KW! Illegal to say the
> least not to mention a real source of QRM for others on the band and a
> way to generate revenue for Eimac.
> 4) The new and 'improved' filter selection method on the IV is for those
> don't care to have fine control over their receivers. If you frequently go
> from QRP ops to PSK 31 to SSB to Contest to Nets, etc... then setup is a
> pain and suboptimal for most conditions. The HF band conditions and modes
> are simply too dynamic to restrict the operator as the IV does. Of course
> Yaesu touts this as a convenience, whereas I think it was done to save
> and keep the price down.
> 5) 75 watts of Class A audio. Uh Huh. This is where the money from 4)
> Are you really going to run processing, compression, _and_ Class A.
> Yaesu marketing is targeting the our newest refigees from 11m? You know
> type, "I'm running a superstock D-104 with a 100 watt audio amplifier by
> Koss into a vintage Browing Super Eagle with an afterburner. How's it
> sound?."
> 6) External heat sinks only a mother could love.
> 7) External power supply... More RFI in and out. Not even Mom likes it.
> 8) And Tweet Tweet go the birdies. Place an MP alongside IV and tune from
> Top Band to nosebleed. With the exception of 10m where the MP could use
> improvement, the IV will tweet, crackle, and pop while the MP simply
> receives _external_ signals as intended.
> 9) Price... until very recently the IV was running over $1,000 more than
> MP. That's changing. Gotta ask yourself... why was the initial price set
> high, and now why is it so low?
> 73
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "Karty, Steven" <kartys@ncs.gov>
> To: 'Geos Major' <hfshack@hotmail.com>
> Subject: RE: [Yaesu] Filter Questions on the FT-1000MP Mark-V?
To: <yaesu@contesting.com>
> Date: Fri, 25 May 2001 08:20:20 -0400
> I have the original FT-1000, and I was looking for something newer to
> replace it.  I liked the MP, but it ran only 100 Watts.  I believe the
> V is 200 Watts, just like my original FT-1000, so I thought it would be
> good.  I haven't heard anyone else complain about the Mark V but you.
> don't you like about it?
> 73, Steven - N5SK
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geos Major [mailto:hfshack@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, May 24, 2001 7:18 PM
> To: W3YX@aol.com; yaesu@contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Filter Questions on the FT-1000MP Mark-V?
> Scott,
> IMHO it would be best not to throw more good money after bad. Keep the box
> and packing nice and try to return it. Yaesu really dropped the ball on
> model. Use the return money to buy a late model MP and bank the rest.
> 73

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