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Author Topic: Yaesu FT1000D value  (Read 4875 times)
AF5CC
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« on: August 15, 2014, 05:19:53 PM »

Once upon a time the Yaesu FT1000D was the top radio out there.  Now you can get them for $1200 or so used. That is a great value, but what puzzles me is that other radios, like the Icom 775 and the Kenwood TS950SDX, which were released around the same time, still sell for much more.  Why is this?  The FT1000D does true dual receive, which these other 2 don't.  True, they do have DSP but it was first generation DSP and I am sure a Timewave DSP-9 unit would equal the DSP in these radios.

So why has the Yaesu FT1000D lost its value on the used market so much quicker than these comparable radios?

73 John AF5CC
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KK5DR
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 07:03:32 PM »

The price drop hit about the same time YAESU ran out of spare parts and boards for the 1000.
Later models of the 1000 were not at all compatible as spare parts go.
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AF5CC
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2014, 09:09:32 PM »

I wouldn't guess that Icom is still supporting the 775 nor is Kenwood supporting the 950.

John AF5CC
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N7WR
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2014, 09:41:35 PM »

I have a mint (and I am not kidding) fully loaded FT 1000D and the matching SP-5 speaker with the DSP unit. Also included is the manual and documentation on all of the filter upgrades.  I have been offered $1375 for the package.  If offered $1500 plus shipping I might sell it.  Outstanding radio and this one does not have a mark on it.  I have seen Loaded 1000 D's w/o the matching speaker go for $1400 recently.
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2014, 11:27:38 AM »

One of the problems with the FT-1000D is that it is a very complex radio, and I understand, is difficult to service. Specialty parts, like the displays that dim over time, are made from unobtainium. Probably in a few years from now you will be reading posts in the Boat Anchor forum on e-Ham.

That said, I love mine! Grin
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KI6LZ
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2014, 11:34:20 AM »

Ouch on hearing that the boards from some models may not be compatible with others. Now I need to do a lot more investigating, bought mine in 1991.
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