[CQ-Contest] Age related problems in FT1000?

Mike&Shelley Ritz micritz at comcast.net
Fri Jul 23 12:47:57 PDT 2010

The death nail for the FT-1000/D is going to be the special display unit, which are vacuum fluorescent, and like an old vacuum tube tuning eye, eventually lose brightness when the cathodes run out of emitting material. The first FT-1000 I bought on-line suffered from that problem as it was used "quite a bit" before I got it. The display on normal was very dim, and on "DIM" was unreadable. You will notice on E-Bay that one was recently dismantled and sold out for parts, and everything was available except the display board. (Which I could have used!) . 

There are a lot of other of this generation of radios that are going to be in the same boat in a few years.. My FRG-7700 also has a vacuum display on it, as do many Kenwoods. 

I keep my second "new" FT-1000D "DIM" all the time for exactly that reason .... 


Mike, W7VO 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Thompson" <thompson at mindspring.com> 
To: "John Geiger" <aa5jg at yahoo.com>, yaesu at mailman.qth.net, cq-contest at contesting.com 
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:58:20 AM 
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] [Yaesu] Age related problems in FT1000? 

Yes, Yaesu no longer has parts for the FT-1000 and 1000D. Only service now 
from independent service types. Even the FT-1000MP is no longer serviced by 
Yaesu. If you can't troubleshoot the rig then its best to stay away. 
Dave K4JRB 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Geiger" <aa5jg at yahoo.com> 
To: <yaesu at mailman.qth.net>; <cq-contest at contesting.com> 
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 1:31 PM 
Subject: [Yaesu] Age related problems in FT1000? 

>I have started to see some really good deals show up on the Yaesu FT1000 
>(the straight 1000, not the MP). If I remember correctly, this model came 
>out in 1990, so it is 20 years old or so by now. Are there any common age 
>related problems showing up in the FT1000 models? 
> 73s John AA5JG 
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