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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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KC4CP Rating: 2006-07-01
A Classic Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have owned two of these rigs. They are the most attractive radio ever made ... embodies the word "class." They are the ultimate DX machine. RX & TX are wonderful.
PY1KN Rating: 2006-06-26
Still the best Time Owned: more than 12 months.
It's amazing how this radio still beats even the most recent generation of top rigs.
I operated a FT1000D for the first time in 96, and fell in love with it. As soon as I could, I got mine, and it is still the best rig I've used. Simple, ergonomic, reliable, great performance.

Earlier 5-star review posted by PY1KN on 2001-11-27

This radio is unbeatable. Much better than the MP´s. Simple, strong and dependable. I fell in love with it when I first used one at a friend´s contest station many years ago, and immediately decided to get one for me.
PY3KT Rating: 2006-04-10
Always a classic Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I had mine of second hand. Great radio for serious hams. No bells and whistles, but who want more? Yaesu FT1000-D is a fantastic transceiver with very nice RX, trustworthy TX, superb audio and enought controls. A very nice job of Yaesu's engineers. I had pleasure to operate my rig. Satisfaction level: 100%.
Joel, PY3KT
K9XK Rating: 2006-02-25
Amazing in its endurance Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I am on my third FT-1000D. I keep trying to replace it but to no avail. As I have posted, I have had almost every other viable radio (yes really. If you'd like detail, e-mail me), and I have replaced the '1000D with a Mark V twice, and each time regretted it.

I have an IC-7800 and have done plenty of A/B comparisons with my '1000D. There is nothing I will hear with my 7800 that I won't with the Yeasu, so I am committed to the '1000D as my secondary station until someone comes up with something that can challenge it. I doubt that will happen.

I have ordered the InRad roofing filter, which will only solidify the '1000D further as a serious contender below the $10k range.

Earlier 5-star review posted by K9XK on 2003-12-22

The '1000D is still one of the best radios available and many DXers and contesters swear by it. The received audio and selectivity are excellent and the true dual receive setup can really be used to your advantage in stereo mode if you are a contester or DXer. This is a serious feature that can make a lot of difference. Icom could have done this in the '756 Pro - at least within the same band - but dropped the ball. The '1000D is built like a battleship and from a mechanical construction standpoint, my '756 Pro II cannot touch this this thing.

Like many on this site, I have owned practically everything, from every manufacturer through the years and as I have "upgraded", the one radio that I missed is the '1000D and finally had to buy another one. My '756 Pro II is great and I use it with the PW-1 and I have every feature in the world and never have to tune anything or switch anything. However, as crazy as it seems, a lot of us long-time hams still have to have the '1000D *somewhere* in the shack because it's a rig that does not deserve to be let go.

The reason why I agree that new hams might consider looking elsewhere is that the qualities of the '1000D are well-known, so this expensive rig has held its value pretty well. You can buy a new Mark V for the price of a ten year old '1000D in mint condition. Thus, it *is* a rig for experienced hams, considering the value equation. Many also consider the issue of the MP's quality and the common feeling that the '1000D was last truly well-engineered HF transceiver that Yeasu has made or will ever make.

F5FQR Rating: 2006-02-06
BEST OF THE BEST Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Hello everybody.

First, i must explain that i had during the past somme transceiver like kenwood ts450,850,950sdx,2000x or yaesu FT1000mp, FT890, FT857,but what about the old Ft1000?
I think i have found the best value for money reveiver and it is the FT1000D with the Inrad Roofing filter.
No comment about the performance on the 40m crowded band: it is just incredible, you can work weak signal (S3) between two S9+40 close spaced(2khz). All my ham friend can't believe what they hear and what they see, the FT1000D is beautiful: it is not a plastic toy like FT857 or a ft1000mp, when you turn all knob you feel the precision.

About construction, well built, with aluminium knob, heavy dial knob, built like a tank.

You can see these on MODS.DK internet site, some drawbacks of this TX-RX, but for most of tehm you have a solution.

The fan is too noisy! So i have created a stack of 4 axial fan from PAPST, you can email me for a picture of this modification: you can improve the cooling while lowering the noise, i can say that this modification the noise is now about 26dba.

I tryed a FT9000D one month ago and can't choose which receiver is the best! I feel that my Ft1000d is not so far from the ft9000d, i have to test these TX/RX in the same time on a same antenna.

According to me, DON'BUY an ICOM IC7800, DON'T BUY a FT9000, BUY a FT1000D and the Inrad roofing filter, with the difference buy a new stack of yagi, an amplifier, or a new icom ic7000 or something like that, make a trip on a pacific island and enjoy pile up!

A pleasure to meet you on the band!


DL7AOH Rating: 2006-01-20
INRADs roofing filter Time Owned: more than 12 months.
N0GV wrote:
If you own an FT-1000/D -- buy this mod and ignore the $11,000 radios, you won't need them!

So I did, and I am really overwhelmed by the effect of this easy-to-install addendum: S3-signals (USB) are easily heard on 20m, even when I generate an S9+30-carrier 2 kHz below or 4 kHz above the set frequency.

Most important in Europe where we have pretty strong broadcast stations on 40m up to S9+50: This is the first time I can see a S1-reading on a clear channel. I can listen to JA and African stations on 40 where the sub-receiver only hears intermod noise!

So from my experience, this small circuit is really worth the money. It is well manufactured and can be installed in 15 min.

GW4FRX Rating: 2005-08-27
Superb Time Owned: more than 12 months.
My opinion is that the FT-1000D is simply the best HF transceiver ever made, especially with Inrad filtering. Mine is one of the last built, and shares the shack with an almost equally impressive FT-990 owned from new. Mechanically excellent, built like a brick outhouse and a delight to use. I can't ever imagine wanting or needing to replace it.
WD8AAM Rating: 2005-08-27
Best USED value! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I really like my 1000d. It is sensitive, and selective and works properly forever and is quite forgiving of abuse. Good power @ 200 watts. I added a Heil DSP speaker, and a desktop QSY'er keypad for frequency entry placed next to my desk mike, and now the system is 99.99% perfect! I would purchase another if I needed a second rig! I believe it is a TOP USED value in the $1700-$2100 range, both in the receiving AND transmitting categories, but BEFORE buying used, always ensure it is operating properly. A poorly operating unit is NOT a good value in ANY radio!
NP3LT Rating: 2005-06-10
kp4bd Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I can't add much more than what's been said already about this super rig. It's truly the best of the best and the standard by which all other rigs are judged!

Once in a generation, a company will manufacture a rig like the FT-1000D. Its engineering is about 13 years old, but the finished product far surpases the vast majority of modern rigs on the market today. In fact, I know of no rig that is equal to the FT-1000D. It is a joy to operate and everything about this rig is wonderful.
AE3S Rating: 2005-04-29
The best so far. Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I've had my 1000d for about 8 months. I'm only a tech at the momment, so this review is just based on the receiver. I've purchased and sold about 5 other highly rated transceivers/receivers,(the last being a Icom 775dsp) after comparing side by side to the 1000d. The next 2 on the list to try are the Kenwood 950SDX and the Elecraft K2. Remember, this is just based on the 1000d as a receiver.