FT-1000MP Headed Home

Received word the other day from Byron, WA4GEG at HamRadioBug.com that my Yaesu FT-1000MP was done being serviced and ready to be shipped back home. Needless to say I am elated at the fact of getting my FT-1000MP back up and running. Since August I have been using a loaner FT-1000MP from N6RO (who has upgraded his super station to Elecraft K3s), but in that time I have been able to correct set the necessary menus in order to run all the modes I operate using the US Interface Navigator.

A few posts back I was considering running a S02R operation for the upcoming CQWW WPX RTTY, but since there are other considerations I had not taken into account, I will be a single op on a single radio for this contest. I was looking to increase my overall QSOs and rate but going SO2R, but that will be something I investigate further this summer during the contesting off season. The rig should reach Oakley by Tuesday or Wednesday, if I am lucky. As of this writing I see it has been scanned in Nashville, ready to head west.

Here is a recap of what was done to my Yaesu FT-1000MP:

  • Repaired CAT function
  • Applied 1st IF Amp. mod. & replaced AUX 13.5 VDC output FUSE (RF Unit board)
  • Applied NB mod. (IF Unit board)
  • Alignment
  • Checked and found mods. already in place: CW keying de-Click & fast-AGC mod.

If the delivery schedule holds true I could be back on the air using my rig by next weekend, plenty of time prior to the next big RTTY contest. I was looking at participation in the BARTG RTTY Sprint, but after talking to W6SX via e-mail I decided not to take additional time off to play in this contest. Who knows I might be able to make some contacts when I get off work on Saturday through the end of the contest.