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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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G0WSP Rating: 2004-12-19
PURE CLASS !! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Engineering/Design/ease of operation - 5
Tuner/PSU/cooling - 5
Dual/ diverity recv. - 5
200w clean TX output -5
RX filtering/selectivity(adjusted properly) - 5

See it - Touch it - Try it !!
WB6Q Rating: 2004-12-10
Very Good Radio Time Owned: more than 12 months.
The FT1000D was king of the hill for a number of years. Noted as an excellent CW rig it didn't quite measure up on SSB due to excessive white noise. With the Kenwood 940 and 950SD tranceivers under achieving in performance it was a good choice. When Kenwood came out with the 950SDX it equaled the Yaesu as a CW rig and blew it away on SSB. Still it's a good old workhorse although overpriced in todays used equipment marketplace. Yaesu's newer rigs including the Mark V are stripped down spin off's of the 1000D
K6PS Rating: 2004-11-28
Perect for Me & Maybe You Too Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is my first posting re equipment. I have been a ham since 1968, and my hands and eyes are slowly failing me, so I really go for ergonomics and ease of operation, be it a car, cell phone, digital camera, or Ham Rig. The larger knobs, excellent audio, and smoothness of operation make it an easy radio to use, for SSB or CW. For you younger hams, fiddling with tiny knobs and multiple level function buttons is not a problem. For folks like me it becomes a major issue. I loved my Collins S Line and KWM32A, as well as my Drake TR4CW transceivers. Indeed I still have them. This rig is great for old guys like me. 73. Paul K6PS
AC6IN Rating: 2004-10-14
Great Radio Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Love my FT-1000D its performed well over the years. If you looking for a great radio you will not be sorry with the 1000D.

K7EC Rating: 2004-09-26
Great Radio!! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is a great classic radio. The receiver noise can be greatly improved by adding HP5082-3081 PIN diodes around the recr front end bandpass filters, the various preamp switching diodes, and by replacing the switching diodes around the IF filters. These diodes are very quiet and have MUCH better isolation (~30 db)than the standard switching diodes. Really reduces filter blowby...but you might not want to use them on the SSB voice transmitting filter, as they make the transmitted audio seem constricted.
KY6R Rating: 2004-08-24
"Elegant" Solution Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I am a computer programmer, so after a day of coding the last thing I want to see is a ton of menu's and tables of data. I do like analog controls and analog meters.

The FT-1000D in my opinion is the perfect balance of technology and user interface, built like a tank, and has the layout and controls set up for fast and efficient dx-ing and pileup work.

The separate antenna port with band pass filter and ability to mix two truly separate receivers is superb. The receiver is quiet (like some of the best Ten Tec's), and the internal fan is quiet as compared to the MK V. The Mark V's external heatsink was one of its improvements.

Finally, the rig doesn't have as much "processor noise" as some of the other DSP rigs that I have tried. Now I understand why my dx-ing "top gun" mentors told me that this is an all time classic - and still the best of the heap.
SV9DRU Rating: 2004-07-05
Get your own before the nice ones are gone ! Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I am not going to write a lengthy report on this radio's well known qualities, since that has already be done. Just a few comments and highlights:

A) Quality of construction, precision of front pannel controls and ease of operation can only be compared to the most expensive boatanghor rigs. This comparison may sound puzzling to some, but people who are familiar with the older radios know that "they simply do not make them like that anymore"...
Well the 1000D is the exception to that rule.

B) If you want to have the best copy of even the weakest stations under adverse QRM/N conditions, this is the radio to use. During a contest, there maybe 2 or 3 stations operating within 2KHz (SSB) and you can hear them all without the S9+ signal covering up the S1-2 one.
Like being in a room where 2 or 3 people are talking some closer to you than others, and you can still distinguish all the speakers depending on where you divert your attention.
This quality is unparalleled by ANY synthesized radio I have tried except the K2, due to internal oscillator generated phase noise.

C) Superb natural Rx and Tx sound reproduction which result in minimal listener fatique on either side of a QSO

And all this combined with 200W clean output and 2 independed receivers which can work even crossband and every control (manual notch, IF shift/width, 2NB, Processor etc) that really work as good or better that in any other top of the line radio.
I really hope that the FTDX-9000 will live up to the FT-1000D legent, but for a ham who want the BEST without having to wait until they win the lottery, this is the radio to buy.

Thanks, 73
Marinos, sv9dru/w4
W6IML Rating: 2004-07-05
Still the best! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
This is for Casey, KC5NMW.....send that 1000-D to me...I will take care of it for you.
The only complaint I have about the 1000-D is that Yaesu didn't add a slow-down button for the VFO. Other than that, the 1000-D is still THE BEST OF THE BEST!
KC2IHD Rating: 2004-02-15
OUTSTANDING Time Owned: more than 12 months.
KD2E Rating: 2004-02-15
Yup, the best Time Owned: more than 12 months.
Yes, the PRO's display is pretty cool, and my Ten Tec has nice QSK, but I would not hand my 1000D over for an ORION...wouldn't even have to think about it.
It is now a bit dated, can't download new firmware or program digital filters etc. etc., but...get on the air and start making contacts...or get into a contest, and it is clearly..."The best of the best"