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The Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V transceiver

By way of conclusion (VII)

Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V must count among the handful best high-end HF transceivers released in early 2000. It is a fact proofed by the many members of DX-peditions who selected this material, that they work from the air-conditioned room of an hotel or in the field, away from any comfort and in pray to moisture and dust.

In my humble opinion, the Mark-V shakes off some competitors' markers as soon as you work in conditions of strong QRM, during a pile-up for example or if you need to win some dB against atmospherics.

If you live in large cities from Europe, the U.S.A. or South-Eastern Asia, this transceiver will also help you to carve your hole in a crowded band as the 40m during a weekend for example or during a CQ WW. 

In all these conditions your system is under stress but must keep showing all its power, rejecting nearby QRM and offering the greatest selectivity and sensitivity. The Mark-V does it very well up to excel in selectivity, 3d-order IMD dynamic range and IP3. If "hard" working conditions are of your concern most of the time, do not hesitate and make the step forward; you can buy the Mark-V the eyes closed, you will not be disappointed.

Even if this model still uses an outmoded technology for its display and the menuing, probably designed 10 years before its first release, it is worth a look, all the more if you owned a mid-range model or an older vintage that didn't take advantage of the DSP technology. You will be surprized by the number of high technology features that Yaesu engineers were able to implement in this transceiver. 

Of course the Mark-V is expensive, on par with a good antenna system installed on a pylon. But if you already own a good aerial, your sole way to improve your installation will be to attach to it a transceiver as excellent, and in its category many amateurs, worldwide, appreciate much the Mark-V as it has not many competitors (except of course the new high-ends released recently). I hope that this review convinced you.

Your feedback is welcome.

Mark-V or Field ?

Don't worry... The "Field" model has all the features of the Mark-V, and the final amp of the original MP. It offers an output power of 100 W PEP and a built-in PSU. Therefore it does not need the higher voltage power supply of its "big brother" and it uses also the same power supply as the original MP.

  

The "pluses" of Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V:

200W PEP out

75 W Class A for Hi-Fi audio signal

Crystal filters on 3 first IF stages, DSP on the 4th IF

Efficient and powerful filters at all IF stages

Optional Collins mechanical filters

One of the best selectivity, good sensitivity

Excellent 3d-order IMD dynamic range and IP3

Many direct access options

Quick access to memories

Many excellent anti-interference tools

Custom multi-function bar graphs

Many lights and warning everywhere

Double VFO

Pseudo DSP speaker (audio filtered)

Additional filters are easy to install

Connectors for 2 aerials and one receive antenna

Built-in software supported by most loggers

CAT program capabilities

Twin headphone jacks (6 mm and mini-jack) with separate trimmers 

The "minuses" of Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V:

Cumbersome once completed with PSU and speaker

Outmoded design and color (designed earlier than 1996)

Outmoded fluorescent digital display (instead of LCD)

Menu access and selection/validation to revise

Complex menuing with neither scrolling nor full text capabilities

Too many features must be set via the Menu (no push/scrolling buttons for quick setup)

RIT/SPLIT renamed CLAR/VFO RX-TX

Heat sink too apparent, bad designed

External mains PSU, and not in line with RTX design

Technical problems with the external PSU (not w/Field version)

Noisy PSU fan that runs all the time

Noisy roofing filtres (but can be solved using Inrad products)

Very bad CW click on transmission

Undesired key clicks

No CW tune button (requests the external FH-1 remote control keypad)

Unable to program memory keyer function (requests FH-1 too)

Too complex reset procedures

Built-in CW filters not always match DSP bandwidth

No CAT program provided by Yaesu

No bandscope

Expensive optional filters ($600 for the all set)

Street price much too high ($4200) compared to its competitors

Yaesu Servicing much too long in some countries

In listing as much minuses points I have probably highlighted the Mark-V under a new day that might be not necessary in favour of this high-end transceiver. But if it could be a subjective appreciation, as it is shared by many users, it becomes objective.

I would like thus to conclude with a comment that I address to Standard Vertex, aka Yaesu. Please look a bit more often over the shoulders of your competitors to not be outmoded in the future and take attention to the feedback of hams who have bought your products. Upgrade also of a few steps your quality control and servicing, the ham community will thank you. Last but not least your prices are excessively high, in average 25% higher than your competitors. Unfortunately, the pleasure of using your top of the line model will never be experienced by many ham enthusiasts because cheaper high end transceivers are available on the market, and in their minds the increase of a few steps in performances cannot be justified by such high prices. More than one will probably prefer offer their money to your challengers, whose models are finer, cheaper, more ergonomic and sometimes as powerful or almost.

Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V Specifications

General

Technology

Solid-state HF transceiver

RX Frequency Range: 

100 kHz ~ 30 MHz

TX Frequency Range: 

1.8 ~ 29.7 MHz (Amateur bands only) TX expandable by request

Frequency Stability: 

0.5 ppm (at 25C)

Frequency Accuracy

0.5 ppm (at 25C)

Operating Temperature Range: 

-10 C to +50 C (+14F to +122F)

Emission Modes: 

J3E (LSB, USB), A1A (CW), A3E (AM), F3E (FM), F1D (FSK, AFSK)

Frequency Steps: 

10 Hz for SSB,CW, RTTY & Packet - Fine mode up to 0.625 Hz

0

100 Hz for AM and FM

Antenna Impedance: 

50 Ohms (or 16.6 ~ 150 Ohms, unbalanced with Antenna Tuner)

Power Consumption: 

13.8 VDC 15%

RX (signal) 

2.7 A

TX (200 W) 

14.5 A at 30 VDC  - 2.2 A at 13.8 VDC

Supply Voltage (ext. FP-29) : 

In 100-120/200-240V, 50/60 Hz; Out 30 VDC at 15 A and 13.8 VDC at 3 A

Dimensions (WxHxD): 

410 x 135 x 347 mm (16" x 5.3" x 13.7")

Weight (approx.): 

14 kg (31 lbs.)

Spurious emissions 

-60 dB or better

SSB Carrier Suppression: 

40 dB or more below peak output

Undesired Sideband Suppression: 

55 dB or more below peak output

Audio Response (SSB)

Not more than -6 dB from 400 to 2600 Hz

3d-order IMD: 

-31 dB at 200 W PEP, or better

 

-50 dB at 75 W PEP (Class-A mode)

Microphone Impedance: 

500-600 Ohms

Transmitter

Power Output: 

Adjustable 5 - 200 watts (5 - 50 watts AM carrier)

Duty Cycle :

100% at 100 W, 50% at 200 W (FM & RTTY, 3-minute TX)

Modulation Types

SSB:

J3E Balanced

AM:

A3E Low-level (early stage)

FM:

F3E Variable Reactance

AFSK:

J1D, J2D Audio frequency shift keying

Maximum FM Deviation:

2.5 kHz

FSK Shift Frequencies

170, 425 and 850 Hz

Packet Shift Frequencies

200 and 1000 Hz

Receiver

Circuit Type: 

Quad conversion superheterodyne (triple conversion for FM)

Intermediate frequency: 

One of each VFO

Main RX 

70.455 MHz/ 8.215 MHz/ 455 kHz

Sub RX 

47.21 MHz/ 455 kHz

Sensitivity

Modes 

0.5 ~ 1.8 MHz

1.8 ~ 30 MHz

SSB/ CW (2.0 kHz)

2 mV

0.16 mV

AM (6 kHz)

13 mV

2 mV

FM

-

0.5 mV

(with preamp on, IDBT on, SSB/ CW/ AM for 10 dB S/N, FM for 12 dB SINAD, 0 dB = 1 mV)

Selectivity

Bandwidth

Min.at -6 dB

Max.at -60 dB

2.4 kHz (all except FM)

2.2 kHz

4.2 kHz

2.0 kHz (all except FM)

1.8 kHz

3.6 kHz

500 Hz (CW, RTTY, Packet)

500 Hz

1.8 kHz

250 Hz (CW, RTTY, Packet)

250 Hz

700 Hz

AM (Wide)

4 kHz

14 kHz

FM

8 kHz

19 kHz

IF Rejection (1.8 ~ 30 MHz): 

80 dB or more (Main RX), 60 dB or better (Sub RX)

Image Rejection (1.8 ~ 30 MHz): 

80 dB or more (Main), 50 dB or better (Sub)

Maximum Audio Output: 

2.0 W into 4 Ohms with <10 % THD

Audio Output Impedance: 

4 to 8 Ohms

Today the Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V transceiver is discontinued and only available on the second hand market (~$1200 in 2015). It has been replaced by several models :

- Yaesu FT-950 : 160-6m, 100 watts ($1360)

- Yaesu FT-2000 : 160-6m +60m in US, 100/200 watts, version D (from $2700)

- Yaesu FT-DX 3000 : 160-6m, 100 watts (from $3500)

- Yaesu FT-DX 5000 : 160-6m, 200 watts (from $5750)

- Yaesu FT-DX 9000 : 160-6m, 200/400 watts, versions Contest or MP ($4900-$11000).

Since the release of this document, several amateurs have wrote me to tell that they shared my opinion and have much appreciated my review. Some of them were convinced by this review and bought this transceiver afterwards. This review is also listed on VA3CR and eHam websites. Many thanks to all.

For more information

Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V Operating Manual (4.4. MB PDF)

Yaesu website

Inrad products

VA3CR.net (dedicated to MP enthusiasts)

RSGB review by G3SJX (Radcom, October 2000)

W8ZR Review on eHam

eHam reviews of Mark-V

eHam reviews of speaker SP-8

QST November 2000, ARRL (Mark-V review)

QST April 1996, ARRL (original "MP" review)

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