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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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KC5NMW Rating: 2004-02-15
Over Rated Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I have to say this rig is the least liked of the rigs I own. Though the receiver is Ok the TX audio stinks. I have tried everything to get it to sound better but to no avail. You would think that for the cost of this rig the TX audio would be at least as good as my ProII, but no dice. I will sell this one this spring.
AB4D Rating: 2004-01-29
Still one of the Best Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I have owned the Yaesu FT-1000D for over three years and cannot say enough about how well the radio performs and I would definitely purchase the rig again. The receiver has great selectivity and sensitivity, the two noise blankers are very effective when needed, and with all of the optional filters as standard you can really dig out the weak signals on a crowded band. On transmit I always receive excellent audio reports using an MD-1 Mic, and the 200 watts output on transmit is a big plus. For rag-chewing the received audio is excellent and I never seemed to get fatigued using the radio for long periods of time. I recently felt that perhaps I should update my station with a new "DSP rig", and put the FT-1000D up for sale. Well yesterday a new Yaesu Mark V FT-1000mp arrived at my station. Even though I have only used the mp for a short period of time, I can already tell that the FT-1000D is not going anywhere anytime soon because I find that I am having trouble getting used to the "different" type of receive audio from the mp. There is an earlier review that says this radio is for nostalgia buffs, don't believe it, I have used a lot of different ham rigs from Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu, and the 1000D is still one of the best receivers you will ever use.

Jim, AB4D.
KD7MBB Rating: 2003-12-31
Still World Class After All These Years! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I strongly disagree with the previous post that describes the FT-1000D as for nostalgia buffs. That is not a fair and accurate description of this world-class transceiver that, by the consensus of many amateurs world-wide, is still one of the best, all-around HF transceivers ever manufactured.

Besides the fact that this transceiver is built like a battleship, this radio is a DXer's and contester's dream machine. Full dual receive, super dynamic blocking, great sensitivity, super clean transmitter, 200 watts output, and strong IP3, make the FT-1000D a bullet-proof rig for the most demanding, high-performance ham.

No, this rig doesn't have DSP or the bells and whistles of the modern DSP rigs (which are fine radios in their own right). But this radio PERFORMS when and where it counts. And that is what DXing and contesting requires.

Sure, this rig may be old and built with analog technology in a digital world. But it is still a super performer for the most demanding amateur. And it will be for years to come. So, it's not just for nostalgia buffs.

Earlier 5-star review posted by KD7MBB on 2003-12-22

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.

They just don't make them like this anymore. Too bad!
KD9MF Rating: 2003-12-30
still the best of the best Time Owned: more than 12 months.
i beg to differ with the previous post, but the pro series of icom, any of them, are absolutely no comparison to the 1000d. i've had them all. the 950sdx, the 756, 756 pro, 756 pro2, ten tec omni v, icom 761, 765, and the rig that is still here? the yaesu ft 1000d. compare the qst reviews, put them up side by side, you will see what i mean. decades old? well, 10 years old any way. i bought mine the first year they were out and do not regret it in the slightest. imho, the ONLY radio on the market right now that may even come close is the new ten tec orion.
will i sell mine....NO
would i buy another......YES
still the best.
W3ULS Rating: 2003-12-22
For Nostalgia Buffs Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
The FT-1000D stands as a representation of what was the best Yaesu could produce for hams in the 1980s. It uses decades-old technology, and uses it well. The same was/is true for the venerable Icom-781, which is soon to be replaced by the software-controlled 7800 ($9,000!).

However, time has passed them by. Unless you are a nostalgia buff, there are other radios available that provide superior performance--to name two: the Ten-Tec Orion and the Icom 756 PROII. (Since Yaesu was acquired by Vertex, it seems to be on idle in terms of radio technology.)

I hate to make odious comparisons, but the truth is that my Icom 746 PRO (also software-controlled) is superior in every significant respect to the FT-1000D and the IC-781. Where the older rigs stand out is in their heft, feel and appearance. When you owned one of them, you knew you owned a real radio!

But aside from the look and feel of these rigs, if you are a new ham especially, consider the software-driven rigs as being on top-o-the-heap today.
VE3KKU Rating: 2003-10-11
Best CW Rig Ever Made Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Best CW radio ever made. Period. Over 25,000 engineering hours went into this radio, and it shows.

Yaesu has stopped making them, but there are just a few left at a few dealers (as of October, 2003). You only have a very short time left to buy one new. Pricey but what the heck - you can't take it with you.

Pick up the extra 2 filters while you are at it and you have one dream contesting/dxing machine, that you will keep forever.
K6YE Rating: 2003-09-26
AWESOME Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
I have been a ham for 40 years and have owned a modest amount of radios. My previous rig was an Icom IC-761 which was great. I have wanted the 1000 for some time but could not see paying $4K. I acquired mine from an SK's estate for less than 1/3 of new with an MD-1 microphone and ZOWIE! This radio is supreme. Sensitivity, power output, dual watch, and ease of operation are superlative. On CW, the tuning aid (most helpful in zero-beating) and QSK cannot be beat. On SSB, the audio and punch are great. 200 watts can help one nail up a good connection on domestic and DX QSOs without an amplifier. This baby performs flawlessly and I feel I will never need another rig as this one is AWESOME!!! If you can find one for a reasonable price, grab it. You will not regret the selection.
WG5B Rating: 2003-07-16
Nothing Short of Awesome! Time Owned: more than 12 months.
I bought my FT 1000D form an estate of a late friend of mine. I had been around it and showed him a little of how it worked but was totaly unaware of many of it's function's. He never made his upgrade in time to use it:(
After I got it home and read the manual set it up and played with it a little I tuned in on my local 75 meter frequency. Stunned! Is the only word for it!
I heard signals clear and crisp that I have never heard before. And I know they had been there because I heard other people talking to them regularly.
I still have my Yeasu 757 for my RV now, and Alinco Dx70th for my mobile. I sold my TS440SAT this truly is the last rig I will ever own.
PA3ERY Rating: 2003-05-14
Best of the Best Time Owned: 3 to 6 months.
Hello Reader,

First i have to tell that i was an owner of a 1000D in 1993 till 1997 without any problems.
I sold my old 1000D to get the new 1000mp line, but what a mistake that was....even the later version of the Mark V could not get in the near of the realy good performance of the 1000D.
In that time i buy and sold a lot of other equipment to get in the near of the 1000D.
But could not find any better than my old 1000D.

3 months ago, i was lucky to find a new 1000D from USA, and have my best of the best agn....
I forgot how this radio have his perfect audio and how easy i can get the low signals out of the band noise.
So there is one best of the best for me, and that is the 1000D for sure.

So if you are planning to sell your 1000D, DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID.
Just keep your 1000D, THERE IS NO BETTER ONE.

73 Rob de pa3ery
K6RB Rating: 2003-03-31
Excellent radio Time Owned: 6 to 12 months.
Sold the IC-761 I'd used for 15 years, last summer, and bought a used FT-1000D. I've used it now in the CQP, both SweepStakes, ARRL 160, ARRL 10, ARRL DX SSB, and WPX SSB. In a 19 hour stint this weekend (WPX SSB), made 1540 QSOs and a score of over 1,235,000 points. Now, I did okay in contests with the IC-761, too, but I would always finish with my ears ringing and head hurting. Not anymore. I'm sold on the FT-1000D. Next, I'm planning to put in an FT-990 for SO2R operation. I find the FT1000-D sensitivity to be excellent, and the selectivity, also. Have gotten very good audio reports, and QSK CW works well, too. I appreciate being able to set the CW offset and have the sidetone track it. I also like the LEDs above each button that lets you know what functions are active. The TR relay was a bit loud but there's a way of bypassing it and driving your QSK amp directly from the switching transistor off the band-data line. By doing so, CW operation is absolutely noiseless when you're using a headset. I can contest at 3 AM without disturbing anyone else in the house.