My FT 1000MP problems...

py2ny at py2ny at
Sat Jun 29 21:31:16 EDT 1996

Thanks to people that gave me any suggestion abut my ne FT 1000MP. You can remember that first question was about FL 2000B + ra
dio, second was Heil Proset audio level with radio, and finally, the "transmission"! !
Well, all was Ok, but not the transmission. 1000MP is now with repairman in South part of Brazil, with unbelievable problem. St
op to key just one month after
bought... I wrote letters to Yaesu USA and Japan, and as soon as possible,
will talk about possible answers. And, of course, let's wait for repairman
analysis. We don't  know what happened with 1000MP... 
All was OK, receiver is fine, AT working nice, and suddenly, no more 
transmission. If you know same situation and have any suggestion, send
to me...
Despite of this problem, FT 1000MP is "dream radio"!! 
Thanks for all friends that wrote to me, and hope cu sn, maybe
during IARU contest (will operate with my old TS 140S)
73 from PY2NY

>From tonyjw at (Tony Wanschura)  Sun Jun 30 19:46:10 1996
From: tonyjw at (Tony Wanschura) (Tony Wanschura)
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 13:46:10 -0500
Subject: Need N3JT e-mail address
Message-ID: <31D6CB72.2E4 at>

Does anyone have an e-mail address for Jim Talens, N3JT?  I've checked 
all the data bases I know of, with no luck.  Can anyone help?

Tony KM0O     kayMOO

>From k7ss at (Danny Eskenazi)  Sun Jun 30 20:51:05 1996
From: k7ss at (Danny Eskenazi) (Danny Eskenazi)
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 12:51:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: W7LVI/W7FR   memorial on Sunday
Message-ID: <199606301951.MAA00302 at>

Another great one leaves us...  Morrie Shepard W7LVI and trustee of the
WWDXC W7FR call. passed on about 10 days ago.  
Morrie could always be counted on for a QSO in just about every contest.  He
wasnt hard
core in the last 20 years, but could always be found on the band giving out
a contact to 
anyone who was trying hard ! 

I cant recall one contest from any place Ive been, that didnt include W7LVI
-AND-  W7FR in the log.......he was extremly loyal the Western Washington DX
Club gang, and made a special
effort to find any member who was trying for a good score.   You might think
he was just one
of hundreds that get on for a casual run up and down the band, but to me and
the other
WWDXCers he was really special...

So now having given up my secret, 2 QSOs for the price of one........I will
fall back into the
pack score-wise, ..............back to where I first was before I knew

73 OT de K7SS

A gettogether for friends of W7LVI is gonna take place Sunday in Issaquah,
and if you cant make it, please take a moment around 2 pm local...(2100Z)
and have a good thought for Morrie....
It wont be the same without him...(send your good vibes via CW, the
preferred mode for him)
Danny Eskenazi
k7ss at

>From becker at (Tony and Celia Becker)  Sun Jun 30 20:54:54 1996
From: becker at (Tony and Celia Becker) (Tony and Celia Becker)
Date: Sun, 30 Jun 1996 13:54:54 -0600
Subject: TH3 Dimensions results
Message-ID: < at>

At 12:18 PM 6/30/96 -0700, Stefan Rodowicz wrote:
>Hi Tony,
>Wasn't able to find a fax machine this morning, however here is the 
>applicable figures in "GIF" format.

WOW!!!!  How did I ever get by without the support of the great guys on this

JKAHRS at went out in the garage yesterday, measured every element
on his old TH3 and sent me the data!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, 
AE0M, Tony Becker - becker at - Silicon Valley, U.S.A.

>From 100260.342 at CompuServe.COM (Roger G3SXW)  Sun Jun 30 23:14:42 1996
From: 100260.342 at CompuServe.COM (Roger G3SXW) (Roger G3SXW)
Date: 30 Jun 96 18:14:42 EDT
Subject: 5V Togo
Message-ID: <960630221442_100260.342_EHV31-1 at CompuServe.COM>

To Contest and DX reflectors - de G3SXW, 30 June.
Some rumours have appeared in DX Bulletins so here is the story:

The VooDoo Contest Group is now optimistic that plans for Togo
will succeed. We hope to operate multi-multi in CQ World-Wide CW
Contest on November 23-24th. After our first-place wins as 9G5AA
('94) and TY5A ('95) we are aiming for a third straight win.

We have requested the call-sign 5V5A. The team consists of AA7NO,
WB7SRW. We will establish six stations and 17 antennas in Lome,
the capital of Togo, with increased efforts on LF antennas. QSL
Manager is again Bill Ferguson, GM4AGL. The trip will include
road journeys to collect equipment stored in Abidjan (TU) and Accra

We also hope to operate with personal call-signs just before the
contest on WARC and maybe 160 metres.
More details will follow, including the address of a remarkable
page on the World-Wide Web, now being developed for us by
Warren Hill, KF7AY.
See you in the contest! 73 de Roger/G3SXW.

>From gswanson at (Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW)  Thu Jun 20 21:29:00 1996
From: gswanson at (Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW) (Swanson, Glenn,  KB1GW)
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 1996 16:29:00 -0400
Subject: Almost VHF...
Message-ID: <m0uWpVI-000f5XC at>

 Introducing The First *** WIRE ANTLER CONTEST***

The first Annual *** WIRE ANTLER CONTEST *** will be held on 20 July,
1996.  Basically, the Test is in two parts:

1- Build a 10 Meter antenna, using ONLY wire and rope.  The maximum length
   of wire to be used shall not exceed 140 Feet, excluding the feedline
   and any length necessary for insulator wraps, solder joint & other
   mechanical connections. Designs could be Dipole arrays, Collinear and/or
   Broadside arrays, Wire Beams, either Yagis or Quads, Long Wire arrays
   [ within the 140' total ], Wave antennas or unique designs of your own!
   Pre-exsisting antennas may be used, providing they meet the definition
   above. Stations operating with Antlers outside of the definition(s)
   above will be listed as Check Logs, and their participation will be
   acknowleged in the final results.

2- The OPERATING phase will be a Sprint-style operation, on 20 July,
   1996, from 1900 GMT to 2300 GMT on TEN meters, SSB, from 28.300 -
   28.500 MHz.  Maximum output power shall not exceed 150 Watts PEP.
   Scoring will be QSO's x Multipliers, with Multipliers being States,
   Canadian Provinces & DXCC countries, per the ARRL DXCC list.  QSO's
   are of equal value (1-point each), and logs shall be reviewed by the
   Brockport Amateur Radio Klub, [ BARK ], and the Contest Committee's
   decision shall be final.

Contest submissions shall include the Operator's Name, Call, full QTH,
equipment list and a DETAILED SKETCH  of the ANTLER, including the
installation elevation, (height above ground), with all dimension
delineated clearly.  Sketches shall become the property of the Brockport
Amateur Radio Klub, and will not be returned. The top 5 stations will
receive, in addition to the Certificate, a copy of ALL the antenna
designs, with credit given to the Originators, and a copy of the
submitted designs will be made available to all participants for a
nominal fee, plus our shipping costs.

Logs shall be postmarked no later than 31 August, 1996, and shall be mailed
to the address listed below.  A Certificate of Participation will be issued
to all Entries, and shall indicate individual Standing in the CONTEST.
Please include either a LARGE SASE, or $ 2.50 for postage & handling.

Mail entries to :       BARK Wire Antler Contest
                        C/O... W. Keith Hibbert, KE2DI
                        41 N. Lake Ave.
                        Bergen, NY 14416  USA

E-Mail your entries to: John Hysell, KF2XC [ hysell at ]

Packet Inquiries to Keith, KE2DI [ KE2DI at WB2VPH.#WNY.NY.USA.NOAM ]
            >> or << John, KF2XC [ KF2XC at WB2WXQ.#WNY.NY.USA.NOAM ]

Phone inquiries to W. Keith Hibbert (716) 494-1239

NOTE: No logs will be accepted via Packet!!

               -- Dave, AA2XP, AA2XP at
Submissions:                    vhf at
Subscription/removal requests:  vhf-request at
Human list administrator:       vhf-approval at

>From Rissanen Olli <rissanen at>  Fri Mar  1 07:09:00 1996
From: Rissanen Olli <rissanen at> (Rissanen Olli)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 96 23:09:00 PST
Message-ID: <3136561F at>

Hi guys,

looking forward to seeing you all in ARRL SSB contest from CP6/OH0XX Santa 
Cruz Bolivia. QSL via Suite 599, 1313 So. Military trail, Deerfiled Beach, 
FL33442, U.S.A


Olli Rissanen, CP6/OH0XX

>From n3rr at (Bill Hider)  Fri Mar  1 01:44:58 1996
From: n3rr at (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 20:44:58 -0500
Subject: Question about ARRl contest?!!
Message-ID: <199603010144.UAA25271 at>

No, only US/VE count in contest.  US/VE work DX.  That's the contest.


Bill, N3RR

At 02:48 PM 2/29/96 GMT,  wrote:
>Hi all,
>  I have Question about the ARRL DX Contest coming in the week end:-
>Can I enter the None US/VE in the log?!! and will they count as QSO?!!
>thank you
>de 9k2hn
>if you want to see me check my home page!!
>9K2HN                     | E-Mail: morpheus at                      |
>Hamad Al-Nusif            | |
>Kuwait City               | QSL is OK by the bureau or direct by 1995 CBA    |

>From Rod Greene <w7zrc at>  Fri Mar  1 01:51:00 1996
From: Rod Greene <w7zrc at> (Rod Greene)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 96 18:51 MST
Subject: What REALLY makes you good?
Message-ID: <m0tsJzu-000iFmC at>

I've tried it both ways and prefer to get the call correct or nearly so
first. I have often wondered how much this hurts my rate and suspect that
it's a killer.  However, it seems like when I don't get it right first
before sending the exchange, it just causes more problems. I'd sure like to
hear experience on this one from others too. 

Any tips for handling the weak (read S0-S3) callers that sound like a mass
of nonsense tones?  I finally found (in the latest ARRL CW DX Test) that I
can concentrate on a lower tonal pitch and pick them out better that way. I
would estimate that the tone that works best for me is in the 350-450 hz
range. I can hear the higher freq tones okay, but I don't seem to be able to
lock on to them like I can the lower ones. BTW, my age is 53 and so far I
haven't noticed any hearing loss - HUH what did you say? What is your

73, Rod  ps.. still working on the blasted DVP hum, maybe it's just my
hearing ....

At 04:51 PM 2/29/96 EST, you wrote:
>> I'm sure this is elementary to the big guns on here, but maybe this will be
>> useful to some.  Since I'm far from the 90% plateau, I find it much better
>> to send "G3? 599wv"  or "SXW 599 wv" than "G3?" or "SXW?" 
>  Not that I'm REALLY GOOD, but I tend not to send my exchange until I
>  know I have the other call correct. If there's only one station
>  calling that may be ok, but in a large pileup you risk having him
>  send "599 100 TU" and going on his merry way.
>  I'd be interested to hear what others do.
>  I'd also be interested in the code speed thing. Do you really find
>  that your rates go up significantly when you send at 35 wpm instead
>  of, say, 28 or 30 wpm?
>  - Larry, K3TLX
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>From n3rr at (Bill Hider)  Fri Mar  1 02:02:20 1996
From: n3rr at (Bill Hider) (Bill Hider)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 21:02:20 -0500
Subject: What REALLY makes you good?
Message-ID: <199603010202.VAA27542 at>

At 01:16 PM 2/29/96 -0800, Pete Smith wrote:
>At 12:35 PM 2/29/96 -0500, Fred K3ZO wrote:
>>5) When running, you should be getting the correct calls of 90% of
>>the stations that call you the first time, or you haven't arrived
>>yet.  I don't maintain a partial call database in my contest
>>program; but I do know in my head what calls are likely to be
>>issued in each country, and I know by heart a lot of calls of
>>frequent contesters (even though I can never remember their
>>names!), and this helps a lot.  
>Fred's comment prompts me to chime in on one sub-issue.  Running is one
>skill you can't learn from an inferior station, because you can't run enough
>to "get it."  Now that I have a decent high-bands antenna, I'm having to
>learn all this, at my advanced age ...
>I'm sure this is elementary to the big guns on here, but maybe this will be
>useful to some.  Since I'm far from the 90% plateau, I find it much better
>to send "G3? 599wv"  or "SXW 599 wv" than "G3?" or "SXW?"  You can keep your
>rhythm and get the fill quickly that way, where asking for call-sign repeats
>and *then* starting the exchange only slows you down and positively invites
>people to steal your run freq.
>Pete Smith N4ZR (n4zr at

Pete, there is good news and there is bad news about this technique.  On
marginal signals or in heavy QRM, it invites the other station to log you
without your getting your report from them.  ie, you might ask for a repeat
and he'll be gone.

I always get their callsign first then go into the "report mode".  This also
helps keep the rythm..other stations know that you will not give reports
without getting their full calls.

Bill, N3RR

>From John Brosnahan <broz at>  Fri Mar  1 02:32:52 1996
From: John Brosnahan <broz at> (John Brosnahan)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 19:32:52 -0700
Subject: ETO Amps/contest Amps
Message-ID: <199603010232.TAA02314 at>

> But I continued to be plagued with error 24, a "hard"
>fault that kicks the power off and requires a 3-minute startup cycle.
>FYI...  Error 24 is a system voltage fault.  High voltage, -15 volts, or
>-105 volts below safe operating level.  It scares the dickens out of me
>when it trips.  The amplifier makes a loud "thump" and goes silent.  Kind
>of like someone sneaking up behind you and popping a paper bag!


This is the same intermittent error that both of my 87As get.  I have 
isolated the problem and told ETO about it but the word doesn't seem 
to have filtered down (all assuming that your problem is the same 
as mine).

The fault occurs more often when the amplifiers are first turned on,
so there seems to be a temperature coefficient aspect as well.  (It
was even more prevalent when the amps were located in the old,
poorly heated shack.

My power line voltage is high--nominally 248-251, which is within 
spec, barely, but enough to cause the error 24 code.  I think
one of the monitored voltages has a HIGH limit a little too tight,
combined with a bit of a temp drift in the monitoring circuits.

Since both of my amps have the same problem, it seems to be 
a design issue rather than a failure.

I run both of my amps on large variacs set for about 238 and I
no longer have the problem.  I had sent one of my amps back
when the problem first occurred and Dick even took it to his
Breckenridge place to run it for an extended period--of course it
never fails at ETO or Dick's place--but they both probably have 
normal line voltages and are not as cool as my shacks have 

I plan on getting the utility to give me a new transformer for the
pole--one that has taps.  BTW this was never a problem when
the local distribution was 7200 volts and I had a transformer 
with taps.  The utility upgraded the distribution to 14,400 and
replaced the transformer with one without taps--hence the high
line voltage.

Maybe the two of us (and others?) can get ETO to raise the fault
limit on whatever voltage is too tight.

(BTW if you aren't at the high transformer tap in the amp you 
could change the tap to fix it--but I assume that you are.  Try
measuring your AC line  voltage with an accurate digital 
meter, bet it is high.)

GL and I hope that your problem is this easy to fix.  If this turns 
out to be the problem you can always do temporary fix with 
a 12 volt 20 amp transformer connected as a bucking auto 

73  John  W0UN

John Brosnahan  
La Salle Research Corp      24115 WCR 40     La Salle, CO 80645  USA
voice 970-284-6602            fax 970-284-0979           email broz at

>From Mitch, WA4OSR" <fmitch at  Fri Mar  1 03:43:43 1996
From: Mitch, WA4OSR" <fmitch at (Mitch, WA4OSR)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 21:43:43 -0600 (CST)
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229214222.21146C-100000 at ns1>

On Thu, 29 Feb 1996, Jack D.Colson wrote:

> Doug - I just called and I believe in your message you state an additional
> $2.50/month.  According to the message I heard, it is $2.50/hour over the
> 5 hour initial.
> I'm paying $13/month now for unlimited.  
> 73

hey dudes...

if u'all gonna give at&t unlimited advertising, don't carp about 1 lousy 
vibroplex ad in history of the 'net...


                  * * * The Vibroplex Co., Inc. * * *
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>From Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at  Fri Mar  1 03:52:54 1996
From: Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at (Charles H. Harpole)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 22:52:54 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Output Spike on Icom-706
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229225238.22554D-100000 at Pegasus>

ICOM s  are delicate radios.

>From Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at  Fri Mar  1 04:00:47 1996
From: Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at (Charles H. Harpole)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:00:47 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Motors for towers
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229225746.22554E-100000 at Pegasus>

I used a Tow-Tec on my HyGain Hd-70 crank up tower.  First raising broke 
the main drive shaft and the tower dropppppppped all the way down.  I was 
running at the time and missed the whole show.

I now use the motor winch now sold by U.S. Tower and it is a brute.  No 
problems and its brake is a worm gear!
Get a statement from your supplier about the workings of this winch with 
this tower, regardless of who you purchase from.  I did and good ole Mr. 
Tow-Tec sent me money for my damage ref. above.
73, K4VUD

>From Steven Sample <aa9ax at>  Fri Mar  1 04:05:37 1996
From: Steven Sample <aa9ax at> (Steven Sample)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:05:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Output Spike on Icom-706
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229230444.28951D-100000 at iglou>

On Thu, 29 Feb 1996, Charles H. Harpole wrote:

> ICOM s  are delicate radios.

I thought we covered this LAST week!!!!!!

(Hi, Charles!)

Steve / AA9AX

>From Steven Sample <aa9ax at>  Fri Mar  1 04:18:01 1996
From: Steven Sample <aa9ax at> (Steven Sample)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:18:01 -0500 (EST)
Subject: K1EA DVP Hum
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229231153.28951F-100000 at iglou>

Apparently, I'm not the only person with DVP hum problems.  Has anyone 
been able to fix the problem?  Would be interested in your experiences.

In case it matters, I run the card on a 486 DX2-66 with 16 MB or ram 
(using a 10 MB ramdisk).  I have the Harvard Radio Icom cable to my 
IC-781.  Using an Icom SM-8 desk mike (yes, I'be put insulation under it 
to prevent noise from the operating table surface).  I think it was 
pretty interesting that the "factory" cable for Icom will not support 
getting the 8 volts from the Icom radio to the Icom mike.  I have to run 
a seperate voltage feed to the mike from an accessory socket.  So much 
for ordering an Icom cable!!!

If the hum problem went away, and if I could learn to talk, it would 
sound fine.

Thanx & 73

Steve / AA9AX

cc:  Dr. Bafoofnik

>From Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at  Fri Mar  1 04:25:50 1996
From: Charles H. Harpole" <harpole at (Charles H. Harpole)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:25:50 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Output Spike on Icom-706
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.91.960229232528.22554G-100000 at Pegasus>

A good idea can never be repeated often enuf.  K4VUD

>From Craig Cook <ccook at>  Fri Mar  1 05:07:00 1996
From: Craig Cook <ccook at> (Craig Cook)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 96 21:07 PST
Subject: Free Internet /= Contesting !!!
Message-ID: <m0tsN46-000Ao6C at>

>Take your discussions about internet providers to another list please.
>Everyone who enjoys reading about contesting.

While you're at it, move the fish-head crap-ola off also. Maybe to

We are also sick to death of the personal replys that are cc: to the reflector.

Let's see, what else.........Oh, who subscribed us all to the
Antenna-Tower-Guru Newsletter? Come to think of it, this was covered in point 2.

And all that hero worship, how 'bout (see suck-up
or kiss-ass)



Anyone who agrees with me, I guess. Probably nobody. 

I know, you don't care what I think. I don't care that you don't care. etc. etc.

50+ messages each day with no major contest happening, Jesus-God!

unscribe, unSCRIBE, UNSCRIBE! (or however that is done, i'll get it right

>From kf3p at (Tyler Stewart)  Fri Mar  1 05:40:52 1996
From: kf3p at (Tyler Stewart) (Tyler Stewart)
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 00:40:52 -0500
Subject: Output Spikes Icom-706: same on FT1000MP!
Message-ID: <199603010540.AAA22692 at>

>In preparing for an upcoming CONTEST expedition for WPX, I recently set out
>to test my new Icom 706 with my Alpha 87A.  I know this is a bizarre
>combination, but I'm looking at the 706 as a backup rig.  (Incidentally, my
>apologies to all who were in the Sunday morning 40/20m pileup on KH6CC during
>ARRL-CW and couldn't understand why I didn't answer them and just kept on
>CQing.  It turns out the receive oscillator on my main rig had suddenly taken
>a sideways step. We finally found the pile-up by using a second rig and I
>finished out the contest with a whole lot of RIT dialed in!)
>Anyway, when I try to drive the 87A with the 706 I see some very unexpected
>behavior.  No matter how low I set the drive power on the 706, the very first
>dit I send causes the power output lights on the Alpha to flash full scale.
> Succeeding dits which are closely spaced will give the expected power
>reading based on the amount of drive supplied.  In SSB, a similar situation
>holds.  I can pull down PTT so that all the T/R switching is complete but
>then the first bit of audio supplied causes a momentary full-scale reading on
>the 87A's power meter.  After that momentary flash, the reading is expectable
>in the same way as it is in CW.  
>In the course of making these tests, I noticed one other interesting piece of
>data.  If I wait a half second or so after the first dit before sending a
>second dit, then the second dit will cause a power reading which is still
>excessive but less than full scale and reduced by an amount proportional to
>the time elapsed since the first dit.  To give an example of the pattern, a 1
>second delay might show 1KW out, a 2 second delay 800w, and so forth.
>I first contacted Icom Customer Service about this and they had no
>explanation at all.  Their representative mentioned K1KP's article in the Nov
>'95 issue of QST on using a optocoupler for T/R switching, but even he
>acknowledged that the problem I was seeing didn't sound like a timing problem
>with T/R switching.  This morning I contacted ETO Customer Service (Ray
>Heaton), and he gave me what I think is a totally plausable explanation.
> This is that the 706 is actually putting out a momentary spike when it first
>starts transmitting that is full-scale (or worse) output.  Some time delay is
>required for the ALC circuitry in the 706 to kick in and cause the output
>power to be cut back to the proper amount.  This time delay is in
>milliseconds, of course, so a peak-reading wattmeter is not fast enough to be
>able to record it.  The LEDs on the Alpha do show it, though, and Ray
>suggested that I was risking damage to the PIN diodes in the Alpha if I
>operated it with this initial spike coming down the line from the 706. He
>suggested that what I really need to do is use a scope to measure the size
>and duration of that leading spike and then go back to Icom with the
>This sounds fine, but I don't have access to a scope these days.  So, for
>those of you with the perseverance to read this far, I wonder if there's
>anybody out there with a 706 and a scope who would be willing to take a look
>at this for me?  Alternatively, I'd eagerly be willing to go anywhere in the
>SFO bay area to set up a test with my 706 if you have a scope we can use.
>Bruce Sawyer, AA6KX

Well, Bruce, since you mention it, the FT1000MP has the exact same problem on
CW, although it's not as bad.  With the radio set for about 1500 watts
solid carrier out of the 87, if you let it sit for a few seconds, the dit
will produce a spike of about 2kw!  I dont think this is terribly risky
diode-wise, but maybe yours is worse, and at any rate, it's certainly not
legal in the strictest sense of the word.  

I'm sure Ray is right about the ALC response being the problem.  It's a problem
on the MP because it, too, has no drive control!  Looking at the ALC meter
with 100+ watts coming out of the radio, the ALC meter is still well over the
"nominal" range marked on the meter!

...and dont even ask about SSB on the 1000MP.  After 1.5 hours of playing
with all the knobs, I finally got everything sounding very FB with no
spikes (and the ALC in range), but you can throw the manual away because it's
wrong and the RF Power control with the processor turned on DOES affect the
drive (ie. ALC) reading in this mode.  However, the COMP metering for the
processor is WAY OFF.  When it reads 5 db (just barely indicating) it sounds
more like 20 or so, and max comp only takes it up to about 15 db!

So for those of you who were complaining about the power set problem on the
MP, that is not a problem.  The RF Pwer control on the front panel DOES work.
However it seems to work like a drive control and just sets the knee of the
ALC.  For those who are interested, I'm using the 50 watt menu setting to
drive my 87A, and PROC at 11 oclock and MIC at 10 to 11 with a Heil HC4 mike.
Then just reduce the RF Power control to get the ALC into the "green" range
or lower if you want less power.  I find 50 watts just right for driving
3cx800 pairs.

Back to the spiking, I did do some on the air tests with the MP and
it appears the attack time is slow enough that it does not cause any
bandwidth problems, but even sending a string of fast dit's will produce 
a slightly higher peak power than a solid carrier.

I think it's time for the Japanese companies to clean up their act!
Please take out 3/4's of the bells and whistles (and menus, please!) and
give us a rock solid and clean radio, with a display we can read in any light
condition.  This 1000 MP is the best performer on RX I've ever used, but it
is also THE QUIRKIEST radio overall.  ...this is NOT your father's Collins!

I thought the FCC had to accept these radios before they hit the street?
Something is breaking down...

73, Tyler kf3p at

>From Gary Schwartz <garyk9gs at>  Fri Mar  1 05:41:32 1996
From: Gary Schwartz <garyk9gs at> (Gary Schwartz)
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:41:32 -0600 (CST)
Subject: DX4WIN Logging Software
Message-ID: <Pine.3.02.9602292318.B22641-b100000 at>

On Thu, 29 Feb 1996, Pete Smith wrote on the Contest Reflector:

> In a follow-up to my note yesterday, Paul, KK4HD, reports that the FTP links
> from his Web page, to download a demo version of his DX4WIN dx and contest
> logging software, are now operational.  Unfortunately, the provider is
> having overall problems today, but those will hopefully be resolved by the
> time you read this.  Again, the Web site is
> The usual disclaimer:  I have no commercial interest -- just a friend and
> (as of today) a customer.

This looks like a GREAT piece of software.  I am seriously thinking of
chucking AEA's Log-Windows in favor of this.  Lousy support with
Log-Windows and label printing doesn't work correctly.  Plus, it's a LOT
less expensive!

Thanks Pete for the info!

Gary K9GS 
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