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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: HF Amateur (inc. HF+6M+VHF+UHF models) | Yaesu FT-1000MP Mk V Field Help

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Yaesu FT-1000MP Mk V Field Reviews: 113 Average rating: 4.8/5 MSRP: $2,395.95
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W9SW Rating: 4/5 Dec 6, 2010 15:57 Send this review to a friend
Good all around transceiver for all modes  Time owned: more than 12 months
Have had the unit since 2004. Nice transceiver. Had a problem when finals went out and had to be replaced. Expensive and a long wait. Got unit back and it had the same problem. Called Yaesu and they paid for shipping and repairs. Ok this time but another extremely long wait. Called them and was told PA's were back ordered. Waited months to get them.
Don't like the idea of having to turn on the external power switch and then the transceiver. Why doesn't the switch on the transceiver turn the power supply on and off? Not brain surgery.
F1HKJ Rating: 5/5 Jun 7, 2010 22:11 Send this review to a friend
Great transceiver!  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I add a Inrad roofing filter and replace the 2400Hz OEM filters by 2800Hz Inrad filters;i add 1800Hz Inrad filters too.
With these modifications,the Mark5 Field is a killer:quiet and selective in receive and in transmit everyone gives me good reports.
I think it is a very good performer for the money(i got it at 1300 Euros).
KE4EX Rating: 5/5 Dec 18, 2009 19:16 Send this review to a friend
My Contest Rig  Time owned: more than 12 months
In 2002 I purchased a FT 1000 MK V Field.
Since then, I have had several Transceivers.
Among them are the Icom 756 Pro 3, Kenwood Ts 2000,
Yaesu FT 2000 and the D, Flex 1000 and a K3.
I could go on and on about performance but I am not.
I have used the MK V in several contests. Worked a ton of stations
on PSK and CW. Simply put, you can’t find a better more flexible radio.
Add a couple filters and you’re in the money.
See Ya’ 72 I O U one
de ke4ex
DL3ZM Rating: 5/5 Oct 23, 2009 04:16 Send this review to a friend
Good rig for contester and DXer  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bougth my rig two years ago. It is one of the last rig that was build. I had not technical problems at all. I 99,9% use the rig for CW DXing and contesting (last contest: WAG, 24hours 940 QSOs). I have placed in all optional CW filter (also for the sub receiver). In my opinion the frontpanel of the FT1000 is ideal for DXer and contester: e.G. split operation for DX pileups, or the second receiver for contests (calling on 80m hearing on 20m with the sup receiver). You have an own button for every function you need in front of the rig (excecpt for the sound level of the CW side tone!). On a crowded band during a CW contest i sometimes miss a roofing filter, so this will be the next modification that i will do to the rig.

I think there are better (newer) tranceicer on the market but for the money you can bay an used FT100 MP V you get a real contest-machine that is reliable and easy to operate.
W3FW Rating: 5/5 May 27, 2009 11:12 Send this review to a friend
excellent  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I just bought a field with a 5L... serial number to sit next to my serial number 4M..(200)watt Mark V. Both displays are extremely bright because they are both the latest serial numbers produced. I have to keep both of them on low brightness through the menu settings. They are both amazingly sensitive and best of all, all functions work. Both are identical except the field is 100 watts and the mark v is 200 watts.
The field can be used on a car battery(with the E-DC-20) or a 13 volt external power supply and has it`s own internal power supply, so you can also plug the field into a 120 volt wall outlet. I have used the $10,000 transceivers and all they have is some extra bells & whistles. Be sure to find a 2005 late model field and that is all you will ever need. Superlative reliability!!!!
DL7ISA Rating: 4/5 Mar 25, 2009 23:54 Send this review to a friend
Could be better  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My Mark 5 Field had the Serial Number 2H380011, I bought it new in September 2003 but sold it after some time.

The Display Quality was very bad, so much Brightness like the whole Display was completely on but still it was possible to have a correct reading. The turning Knobs were compact, not shaky, a feeling of solid Quality. On the left Bottom site there is an Area showing the IF Bandwith, it sounded hollow like cheap Plastic when touching that Area. That doesnt vitiate any Function but this Radio was the Flagship !

The Receiver appeared to me not deaf but insensitive on 14 MHz and higher Frequencies, compared to my Icom IC-765. My 765 was not only more sensitive but sounded on desired Signals a somewhat clearer to me although there is no DSP Noise Reduction in it.
When I was on 80m, the 2nd Receiver worked on 40m but went deaf when I tried to switch to some other Bands for Monitoring, not tragic but a Disadvantage.

The Noise Reduction (NR) System on the Mark 5 Field has a (bad) pumping Effect: The Noise in the Loudspeaker becomes reduced MUCH but the QRM still exists as a dead Carrier, which blocks Signals below the Carrier Level. The NR should have been additionally implemented in a different Stage to avoid that pumping Effect, that would have been fantastic! What I found VERY good about the NR was, it didnt distort the desired Signal like a lot of other DSP Transceivers, GREAT! Although that pumping Effect, the DSP was very useful in handling all the QRM for QSOs without Distress, nice.

The Preselector ('VRF') was an interesting Experience, switching it off there was a weaker blow-splattering Noise across the 40m Band but after switching the Preselector on, that Noise was gone. The 'VRF' is indispensable for Hams who live nearby a Shotwave BC Station with those few hundred Killiowatts or other Hams who use biGGer Antennas, a fine thing this is one of the few Transeivers that have a build in Preselector.

On my Modulation I got often Compliments. Its noteworthy this Transceiver can produce a Bandwith of 6Khz in SSB and some of my friends said I sound very good as if it was FM. My IC-765 had a much stronger ('punched') and overall better Modulation, everybody said. The RF Power was over 110 Watts without any Modification. 2 hours constant Transmitting at 110 Watts was no Problem but the Fan could have been quiet like that from the Acom 1000 HF Amp. Another nice thing is the Mark5 Field produced very low BCI and TVI even outside of the A-Class Mode with the 110+ Watts, thats a Sign of a well made Transmitter. What I didnt think of mentioning in my earlier Review was another Flaw: There was almost no Modulation when I was on 10m in FM trying to speak to local Hams. I wonder why, there wasnt any Modification etc. done before.

I am m not rating it 5 because of the pumping Effect with the NR (Display is no Problem to fix). Would like to try the earlier MP Version next.

73 to all Friends
VK5SW Rating: 5/5 Nov 2, 2008 15:06 Send this review to a friend
Great Radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had my FT1000MP Field for about 4 years now and am very pleased with it... I run it from a large 12 volt battery at my radio QTH and use it mainly on CW... I find it excellent on that mode and I really like the fact that you can choose the narrow filters using separate buttons rather than having to scroll through them...
The cross modulation characteristics are very good, it's particularly evident on 40Mx CW and the received audio on both SSB and CW is also very good... It's easy to operate, the buttons and knobs are well laid out and the large tuning knob is pleasant to use...
It's a very good radio...
You can see my station at
VE3NJG Rating: 5/5 Mar 19, 2008 10:49 Send this review to a friend
Great Buy  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned the FT1000 mp MK V field since new for several years. My first one arrived D.O.A. but that can apply to all makes of rigs. This is ham radio not NASA. The dealer just swapped it out. No sweat.
In my rig stable over the years I have owned many many rigs made by them all. This one rig gets a terrific amount of use, and has out performed better than any other I have owned or used in both contesting,big time net controlling and rag chew.I like it a bit better than my 1000D.
It is not for the old boys that leave them idle and wonder why their rig quits. Sure static can build up if you leave it plugged in to an antenna and never use it. Lazy ops equals product failures. This is a keeper for any really radio active ham. Beside it sitting in this shack there is a TS940s, and a Pro 3 newly aquired and some other good hf rigs. I am not an FMer and use only hf gear for SSB and CW.. Hands down the field is the best buy for the buck. No issues ever to date, excellent receiver, and TX audio. It's features are built for any smart active ham to love . It is not for the casual operator looking just for status. Once learned the options prove yet again why Yaesu have led the pack. All the menus once set are left alone as it is all operated with knobs and buttons on the front. The best digital stuff with knobs and switches. I love it.
The pro 3 is like most rigs today. Just very very good. Yaesu still rules as the best. Even the cheap FT 450 I tried out was amazing for the money. The FMers that want HF as a " by the way included thing " can go buy a 706 or something else they can handle. The field is still very much a big gun rig for the bucks. The current used price makes it a must to own if you want to be a competative high achiever operator. Otherwise any thing else will serve your needs as yet just another " bean for the pot operator ".
G8IOK Rating: 5/5 Jan 30, 2008 19:29 Send this review to a friend
Excellent transceiver  Time owned: more than 12 months
The performance of this transceiver is superb. Although there are menu options all the operator controls are real buttons and knobs.

Once the filtering system is mastered the results are excellent. The only filtering system I have outside of the FT1000 is an MFJ noise canceling device (Jones circuit) which I use when working 160m.

The digital interfaces are particulary good. I use PSK31 and RTTY (real FSK!). The cabling for this plus CAT are all into the rear leaving the front free of cabling except for the key, phones and the microphone. This brings me to my first gripe; it is a shame that the FSK wiring was not doubled up for keying from the computer when in CW mode.

My other gripe is that, in common with virtually all modern machines, the AM modulation could be better. The older transceivers such as the FT-902 do a far better job in this mode.

In all these are great machines. Currently in the UK the FT1000MP mkV Field is available at around 50% the cost of an FT2000. With performance rivaling the FT2000 these machines are good value for money.
IW1DFU Rating: 5/5 Nov 18, 2007 10:04 Send this review to a friend
simply a deam  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
My previus rig was an FT1000MP and sometimes ago I've decided to try to switch to a MARK V field tou upgrade the shack. First impact was good but something was not excellent:
1- I've lost the possiblity to switch filetrs in an easy way and up to my choice.

2- The display light is lower than in MP...

After some month I'm sure that there is an improvment of the performances on MKV and it's also a very good rig. Solid, easy to use and set-up, good selectivity and quite reciver.

I think it will stay with me for long time.

P.S. If you're thinking to buy one, you'll never reget it, but take in mind that as all rig it has also some "small black points" like the internal tuner that, as in the previus version, is not comparable with icom and kenwood... it's slower and not so efficent. But there are a lot of points that sure wil made you forget this one (VRF, IDBT, 2nd reciver...etc).

73 de Fabio. IW1DFU.

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