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Reviews For: Yaesu FT-1000(D)

Category: Transceivers: HF Amateur HF+6M+VHF+UHF models - non QRP <5W

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Review Summary For : Yaesu FT-1000(D)
Reviews: 117MSRP: 4000.00
200W HF allmode transceiver
Product is not in production
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GM1FLQ Rating: 2008-09-25
Hang on to it Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Doubt you will see another ham radio built as well - don't think they are capable or would know how to judging by most (not all) of what is available today. Like lots of things these days, standards have dropped. Think Yaesu are trying hard to improve over very recent times, Kenwood are not interested and Icom have lost the plot completely.
NA1P Rating: 2008-09-16
Best I've owned Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I haven't owned any high end rigs, this FT-1000D is my first. I've had some older rigs and of the newer ones, a 757, two 990's an FT-100 and a new FT-450at. I work mostly CW but do get on a 80m SSB net. With the 450 I messed with the DSP and just couldn't reduce the static noise without losing voice quality and strenght. This 1000 I have owned for a short time but I can reduce the static to almost nothing with great (audio) voice quality. It works great on CW, is hefty, smooth and the 200w feature is a plus. All reports I receive are good. If I had to say anything negative it would be that the tuner struggles some with high swr but tunes my 530ft loop on all bands edge to edge. I don't regret spending the money which was enough to buy many rigs brand new.
W6BRP Rating: 2008-08-18
Great Radio 2nd owner Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I been real happy with this radio its only a 1000 but every thing is upgraded to a D I played with orther radios but still like the ft1000. with the sunspot problem Iam still able to pull signals out of the noise.
WB2IVU Rating: 2008-03-25
A $300 win Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
This past February, my wife asked me to accompany her to the local 'Goodwill' store in Peoria AZ.

Begrudgingly; I agreed to tag along, simply because I had nothing else to do. And, upon entering the store, I headed off to the 'electronics' area, while my wife went the other way, ooking for what ever she wanted at that time.

Anyway, here I am, in a sea of Cordless telephones, VCR’s, assorted computer monitors, keyboards etc, speakers, low-fi stereo stuff, etc, etc., thinking why am I here? Then, out of the cornet of my right eye, I spy what I think is a high-powered stereo amplifier, You know the kind the ones with the big power switch, dual meters, like a Phase Linear or similar 70's amp.

Nonchalantly, walk over to get a better look at the beast, hey who knows.. might be something worth looking at to sell on eBay. I was floored!! It was not a stereo amplifier, it is a Yaesu FL-7000 linear amplifier. Somewhat stunned, a quick scan turned up its companion, a Yaesu FT-1000D!

There I stood there with arms stretched out calling dibs on the amp and the 1000D, thinking where is my wife now?!?! Finally, after what seemed like hours my wife caught up with me. She helped me load up the amp and the transceiver in the shopping cart, saying 'do you need this?', 'Why do you need it?', 'you already have radios!'

Now comes the best part… at the checkout counter the girl says 'if you wait till tomorrow (Saturday) everything is 50% off'. Now, I'm a Ham, that means I am cheap, however I am not stupid. The FL-7000 and the FT-1000D were marked $150.00 each. OK, fine. I paid the $300 and left.

Upon hooking the rig up, I discovered, the antenna tuner in the 1000D, does not work.. In fact, with it in-line the radio shows no output. Out of line, 200 watts out! I can live with that.. I have not tried the linear yet, but I suspect it works as it should.

Now, with this said, I’ll never say "NO" again going a Goodwill store with my wife.

I really like the receiver in the 1000, it is the best rig I have ever owned, or hoped to own.
K7RFI Rating: 2008-03-18
Outstanding!!!! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought the FT 1000D used in 2001 and love it
it hears well and i get good audio reports. I use the Heil bm-5 headset and 2 sp-5 speakers with the
599y in one, 2 speakers make a big difference. My
only complaint was the vox circuit but after changing 4 caps it works perfectly. I have the roofing filter that i installed and then removed but
will put it back in. also have the inrad 2.8 and
yaesu 2.0 filters.
KC2NIN Rating: 2008-03-18
The All-Time Best Time Owned: more than 12 months.
One of the best radios that has ever been made. Period. Great Receiver, Great Audio, High Power.
Certainly the best of the pre-DSP radios and better than most of them now.
N4GW Rating: 2007-12-03
Incredible! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I got one of these used a couple of months ago. Fit it with the INRAD roofing filters and the W8JI mods. All I can say os wow! You just can't beat this combination. I have owned a lot of rigs, both old and new, and I would have to say this is the best yaesu has made including their current offerings. If you have a chance to get one of these, do the mods and prepare to be impressed.
EI7BA Rating: 2007-11-01
Amen! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought mine secondhand. Fantastic radio..I fitted the INRAD roofing filter, and did the W8JI mods. It's up there with the latest and the best...You cold NOT rate this rig less than a fat 5.
VE3LLL Rating: 2007-09-21
An ongoing love affair Time Owned: more than 12 months.
With over 70 mostly-glowing reviews of the FT-1000D preceding this one, there seems to be little to add except a further boost towards the 5/5 it really deserves. I've had mine for almost two years, and love it.

My radio is about thirteen years old, but every part and feature on it works perfectly.

The main VFO still thrills with its silky-smooth weight - you notice the quality every time you use it. I leave the tuner on all the time and it still works fast and sure. The fabled Yaesu passband shift/width controls and notch filter get constant, effective, use since my primary antenna is a (noisy) multi-band vertical. The noise blanker still works very well on the pulse-type noise it is designed to clean up. The extra filters which come in the 'D' are often-used and pretty effective. Working split is a delight; very fast and easy to set up, nice to listen to both frequencies at once.

And maybe most important to some, the radio punches through, and punches through the way a radio SHOULD punch through. Not like the equipment used today by many inconsiderate goons who have to employ external processors and other tricks to turn their signals into irritating raspy noises that would be an embarrassment to any real ham. No, the 1000D will usually get through a pile-up within just a few attempts, yet often garner a "nice signal" compliment while doing it.

I've been a ham for under four years, but I've been lucky enough to be able to pit other respected radios against the 1000D in extended testing. A Kenwood TS-870s, an Icom 751A, a Drake TR7, and an Icom 706MKIIG are in the rack now, and six other radios by Yaesu, Drake, and Icom have each lived here for a while. The 1000D is the king.

I do use an external JPS NIR-12 DSP device (no longer available) to help overcome the terrible noise my vertical picks up, and I'm getting curious about whether the advanced DSP, multiple roofing filters, and other features now available in state-of-the-art rigs like the FTDX-9000 are going to seduce me away from my 1000D. On the other hand, I OWN the 1000D - you could own one too for a little under $2,000 - whereas the very few radios which *might* surpass it cost from ~$5,000 to ~$12,000. Hmmmm. a Few new windows for my house, or a new radio? Hmmmm.
IK0YKM Rating: 2007-07-20
The king of weak signal DX Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I use my Yaesu FT-1000D since 1990 and during this time have tried several other rigs alongside the 1000D including the 775DSP, Icom IC-781 and a recently a Yaesu FT-1000 MP Mk V. I admit, I've always been more of an Icom fan but the 1000D is my exception. I've sold the others, but the big Yaesu FT-1000D still occupies the position of honor in my shack.

My primary interest is DX and I've tried real hard to learn to love the aforementioned rigs. Let's face it, DX is all about hearing and being heard. Pulling those weak signals out of the muck and piercing through that pile-up jumble with crisp audio. Of the rigs I have tried thus far- none can beat the 1000D at this game and I just keep coming back to it.

On the 1000D, the function buttons you need (and use) are thoughtfully laid out right there on the front panel, all within easy reach.

The only DX downside that I've encountered with this Yaesu is on DXpeditions. This rig is built like a Mack truck and weighs a ton! For starters, take the cover off one and look at the size of those switching relays! The 1000D was designed to endure in the harshest of operating conditions.

In summary, if you work mostly the digital modes, maybe a Pro III or other modern transceivers, will be to your liking instead.

If basic workhorse DX is your game however, the 1000D is still king.

73 & Good DX -