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Review Summary For : Yaesu FTdx-3000
Reviews: 187MSRP: 3299.00
Yaesu newest add to the HF line
Product is in production
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SM6TKG Rating: 2020-06-10
Best performance per $ on the market Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is my main rig, used every day for CW and SSB operation.
Bought it new at a discount price three years ago.
Have installed 300HZ CW filter. Filter only needed by hard core DX'ers and contesters

You probably can not find same performance unless paying way more $
Performance is excellent bearing in mind that it is a FTDX series. This is a rig for the serious DX/weak signal operator
Get excellent reports for transmit audio when used with a heil headset.

ATU works well with all reasonable antennas. No point in spending money on an external ATU. Buy a better antenna instead.

+ Performance
+ Price vs value
+ Weak signal reception and
+ Filters
+ APF for CW
+ USB port with audio, CAT and keying
+ Second VFO/Rit knob
+ Ergonomics is good despite a few missing knobs
- Only one CAT port limits you when connection PC and an amplifier/ATU
- Some common used functions only accessible from screen menus
- Waterfall is outdated
- Old user interface without touch on the LCD screen

Have had no issues whatsoever with it.

Will probably exchange it for a FTDX101d in the future but more than double the money will not justify the small performance gain

KC6JQT Rating: 2020-06-01
Excellent, 4 years, and ten radios gone in compare Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have run the FT3K for 4 years now and have had many radios come and go around it and its still in primary use today with a direct connect Heil PR-40. The Icom 756 proIII, Icom 7000, Icom 7600, Icom 7300, Kenwood TS-590SG, Yaesu FT-2000, Yaesu FT-990, FT-1000MP MKV, FTDX-5000, and the new Yaesu FT0101D. ALL of these radios have moved on...the FTDX-3000 has won out on many fronts. I am a power user, use the menus, EQ the RX/TX audio, connect to PC for IF display's etc. The only radios that came close in quality DSP, TX Audio, Versatility, and performance was the FTDX-5000. For the money, and features, the FTDX-3000 is my clear winner. The biggest disappointing was the new FT-DX101D...sadly a mess to run(another review) with watery DSP unlike the FTDX3000/5000. Here's a bone for all running a PR-40 with the FTDX-3000 for stellar TX audio after many, many hours of tuning. BW=100-3000 Mic Gain=38 Proc. OFF EQ. Settings: 200/-3/1 700/-5/2 3200/+10/1. Same settings for Processor EQ and set Processor at 25 max for ~5db of compression. Audio far cleaner without Processor. For excellent receive its a must to use the contour. I use contour level +8 at 1500khz. Cheers, Paul KC6JQT
W5RRK Rating: 2020-01-31
WORTH THE $$$ Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Let me just say that I have been a ham for 50 years! I enjoy it more now, because I am RETIRED! SINCE, I have limited income, I checked the prices and saw the IC-7300
was within my budget. THEN, I noticed that the FTDX3000 was ONLY slightly higher, so I went for it..!! FOR, the money, this is a real good SSB, CW, RTTY, rig!! HOWEVER,
since I like all digital modes, I wanted to compare my BANDSCOPE with a WATERFALLS rig!! EXCUSE me, but UPS just delivered my IC-7300..!!!
K7HN Rating: 2019-12-21
Outstanding Rig! Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
I am a new ham. But I’m not new to DXing. I’ve been DX’ing for over 40 years now. I’ve had the ICOM 7300, Yaesu FTDX 1000 MP Mark V and TWO Yaesu FTDX 3000’s.

I love to work DX. Try to pull that signal out and hear as far as I can. Most times, whatever I can do here I can work. The difference at least with my center fed dipole at 48 feet is with the ICOM 7300, I could work to Hawaii in the west on voice and the Dominican Republic in the east from my western Oregon QTH.

With the Yaesu 3000 all of the sudden, I was reaching across the Pacific to Australia, the Philippines and Japan on voice to the east and south, all the way to São Paulo Brazil. All with only 100 W of power.

The contact in Brazil said I was a solid 5/7 which I believe because believe me, there was quite the pile up to work him. There’s no doubt in my mind that for the money you cannot beat with this radio does. The noise floor is exceptionally quiet. Make sure and don’t run the noise reduction higher than a 4 and use that with and contour filter… You’ll dig those signals on the mud.

Waterfalls and a pretty screen are nice… But remember, you listen with your ears to pull out weak signals… that’s something most waterfalls don’t do so well anyway. So if you’d rather have a well performing front end receiver that can actually dig out those tough signals by using your ears to hear them and find them… This rig can’t be beat for the price. IMHO.

This rig is been absolutely fantastic for me! 3 continents in 2 months in these bad conditions at 100 watts with a dipole? That speaks for itself. I highly recommend it!

UPDATE 12/2019:

I’ve had the opportunity to use a Flex 6300 as well as a Kenwood TS 590SG. The 3000 totally stands head and shoulders above the rest. The best DX between them all. If you’re looking for a great DX rig and one you can rag chew with others with this rig will shine. It’s truly a special rig. I can’t say enough good about the Yaesu FTDX 3000.
IZ0IRH Rating: 2019-10-20
Excellent receiver-Poor user interface Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have been owing my FTDX3000 since September 2017, but I have been started using it frequently since six months. This radio is an excellent receiver and transmitter, with very good DNR and a good USB interface to link it to a computer for digital modes. The speaker audio is superb, a pleasure to listen to. The roofing filters are TRUE! Compared to my other Yaesu FT-2000, it has been a real improvement on these factors.....BUT..Yaesu, in my opinion, has made a poor design about user accessibility.
1) The Mode selection is a pain in the ass! Would have been a problem for the Yaesu designers to put five little pushbuttons for direct selection of USB,LSB, CW, AM/FM, Packet/Data ? I honestly don't think so.
2) Missing a knob for Compression level setting: you have to go to menu and set a different mode for the RF/Power knob
3)The VFO-A frequency display is put in a side poisition with respect to the main display: this for me is annoying and confusing, as the eye point must be moved from left to right.

Compared to this poor accessibility, my FT-2000 is a REAL joy to use! And this is the reason why it will stay forever in my desktop.

Many reviewers complaint about the spectrum / waterfall disply, but, honestly, is it really a problem ?
The rig gives you a direct access to the IF, to get a fantastic waterfall view on a computer screen, just using a cheap SDR USB key. I don't see a problem here.

Have fun with the Yaesu FT-DX3000.
MM0XXW Rating: 2019-09-10
A modern day MP..... Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I've had mine for just going on a year and, personally, I think it's a super radio!
Menu's well YES it has but then don't most modern radios however I set them and leave them. I admit the scope is not a patch on the Icom 7300 but I'm not a big fan of scopes, I exchanged my 7300 for the Y3K, and there are a few small buttons but these are things I'm happy enough to live with.
The tuner skipped through my antenna without too much noise (well I had to test it!) but as I use a Cushcraft vertical it's seldom switched in and everything, so far touching wood, works as it should and how I ask it!
The internal fan is very quiet, out-going audio is provided via my old Heil PSP and I listen via an SP-2000.
I'm a very amateur amateur with simple requirements and this fits the bill splendidly but of course simply my tuppence worth.
N2DTS Rating: 2019-09-04
Meh... Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Menu's again!
The receiver seems ok, the transmitter modulates ok, the band scope is a joke, no shift or width on AM mode, the tuning knob is just bad, the slightest movement changes frequency 100 Hz or more, how can they sell a radio with tuning like that?
Small hidden mode button, who thought that one up?
Get an Icom 7300, at least it tunes nicely.
Or a used Flex 5000.

The radio does have 3 antenna ports, lots of ins and outs, and good RX audio, TX audio is limited, the antenna tuna works ok, the fan is not loud and the radio does not get hot.
The price has really come down, and its still not worth it.
Yaesu just has the worst ergonomics of any radio ever made, get an Icom and learn how it should be done.
The only real thing this radio has going for it is all the ins and outs on the back, you can stuff the front of the radio in a sack and bury it in your yard.
AC8YJ Rating: 2019-08-15
very nice Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I haven't been a Ham as long as some of the folks on here, only been doing this for 10 years but I really enjoy listening more than anything. Recently, I decided to upgrade from my Yeasu 1200 ( a solid radio IMHO) and was looking for something with a lower noise floor. I was torn between the Yeasu 3000 and the Icom 7300. I wasn't ready to spend over 5k on a radio, so I went to the DX engineering store in OH ( about 80 minutes from my house) and played with both rigs in person and decided the ICOM is probably a better contest rig, it gets out there and can hear pretty good. However, there is no comparison in regard to the noise floor, the Yeasu 3000 is much quieter than the Icom 7300. The rig was on sale ( not sure if it still is, I bought mine on July 31st) and spent less than $1500 for the Yeasu 3000. I am very happy with this rig. I no longer have trouble in these poor band conditions making DX contacts, I can now hear 99% of the contacts on DX summit and now can be readily utilized as a relay on most of the HF nets I check into. There are times I actually check to see if I bumped the settings on this rig, it's that quiet and the xyl does no longer complain anymore about the noise level. The on-board tuner dose make some noise, but it's nothing terrible and it works quickly, It does not tune 160 though. I good reason to get a new LGD tuner :-). Overall, I think this is a great radio for less than $1500.
KB6HRT Rating: 2019-07-25
IT's THE ONE! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Have owned 3 FT5000s and loved all three of them over the past 6 years, but there none in the shack now, over the past 2 years hearing has diminished some as happens at some time in all our lives,
was looking for a HF that had a great signal to noise ratio an ITS THE ONE! Like the display, an all sorts of tuning aides. Once tuned an set
you can forget it, Have a TS990s Great radio, can pull out the real weak signals with this radio, but you better be seated in front of this radio, because you will be adjusting it often for best results. The FTdx3000D sounds very good for long periods of time
with out having to retune, to me that a big PLUS.........kb6hrt

Earlier 4-star review posted by KB6HRT on 2013-11-13

Brought the Yaesu FT3000D from HRO, had it one day, no problems with how the radio worked, but took it back an payed the restocking fee. Why because have a Yaesu FT5000D, FT857D an a FT950. they have very quite receivers in my antenna systems, my personal preference.
The receiver on the FT3000D is very HOT, it bring in lots of noise on my antenna systems, In my case not a good thing, but if your one that has a loop antenna system this radio may work just fine for you. For me it would have been one step forward but two steeps back!
IW3GLJ Rating: 2019-07-25
A real bargain now Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
At Friedrichshafen Ham Radio Messe I bought a Yaesu FTDX3000D transceiver, the actual price is a real bargain for that equipment, I didn't want to wait any longer for this.

Now, after a month of testing it I'll write down some impression on FTDX3000D;

Firstly the reason why I chose that transceiver: the price, of course, the size that is adequate for a comfortable desktop operations, the 3 antenna connectors, the auxiliary Rx and IF out, suitable for a pan adapter or SDR RX, the single USB control and audio IN/OUT interface and, of course, the more than adequate technical performance for an average or even experienced amateur user.

My attention is mainly on the operating mode and I want to say that I appreciate the absence of the touchscreen which means no fingerprints on the display, instead I prefer to scroll through the menu items with the VFO-B / CLAR knob, even the ability of setting the PROC/CAR knob as CARRIER LEVEL. I think that ergonomics is quite good, but I dislike the excessive sensitivity of the VFO A an VFO B encoders, a menu option of an divide by 2 or 4 of the encoders counts may by desirable (not DIAL STEP).When I operate the MODE switch I will move the CLAR knob, that is annoying, it would be desirable the knob not to work before choosing a function (RX / TX -CLAR or VFO-B dial).The full screen spectrum/WF display is very poor of information at least a numeric S meter level on top may be desirable. Nowadays, having a number of recent transceivers on the air, the clarifies is not often used, for me it is more desirable to monitor the CARRIER LEVEL instead (menu choice). I know the dedicated RX only antenna connector, by menu, but some time a ham want to exchange RX and TX antenna on the fly that involves to exchange physically the connectors on ANT3/RX, I've noticed that it is possible to assign different antennas at the RX of VFO-A and VFO-B but it is impossible to receive with one antenna and transmit with the other one splitting the 2 vfos, eg. RX VFO-A antenna 1 and TX VFO-B antenna 2 or vice versa (a split antenna mode).

I don't expect Company's updates anymore, too bad.
Anyway, if a friend asks me I tell him, at the current price, buy it!