HamRadioBug.com, WA4GEG's Mail Order* Servicing for the Yaesu
FT-1000MP, FT-1000MP Mark-V, and FT-1000MP Mark-V Field 

Requirements: General Class or above Ham license, and No Stinking Smoker Radios

*Business focus, to provide a high quality contiguous USA mail order solution for citizens of the USA.

* Please note that this is a mail order only business. No pickups, no dropoffs, no other models supported*

* Also available, FT-1000MP Key Unit (front panel soft press button switch board) rebuild of broken Key Units to a new unbreakable FR4 (epoxy fibreglass) circuit board.



Shipping info. and How to Pack Equipment Page

WA4GEG's home brew ham gear page

IMPORTANT INFO Page: FT-1000MP, -Mark-V and -Mark-V Field; NOTES & HINTS.

Public Service Advisory Page: Rejected Corrosion Damaged Transceivers

Yaesu FT-1000MP/Mark-V/Mark-V Field transceiver repair
Over 1200 FT-1000MP series transceivers serviced since 1996 

Personal and professional mail order repair service by Byron Campbell, ham call WA4GEG and FCC Commercial Radio Telephone licensed. If you want your transceiver repaired right the first time around, then my service is for you. After repair your rig will be burned in for 48 hours and undergo on the air testing to insure proper operation. All radio gear is treated with TLC and serviced in a "non-smoking" environment.

STATUS:  Currently booked up solid into the month of May

To reserve a servicing date for your transceiver drop me an e-mail sometime in May, wa4geg [AT] gmail [DOT] com

E-mail communication is relied upon exclusively, and is a qualification for doing business with this facility. It is exceptionally handy in that it provides a written record of all client communication. Response time is typically 1~3 weekdays (depending on the mail load) and carried out weekday mornings via the shop's computer system, but rarely on the weekend. I neither own nor use wireless/cell phone tech, and only process e-mail on my shop's computer.

Please note in messages concerning transceiver repair requests: your ham radio call-sign, Yaesu FT-1000MP series transceiver version (MP, Mark-V, or Mark-V Field), and the type of shipping box you plan to use. I.e. the Yaesu FT-1000MP/Mk-V/Field factory shipping box with the Yaesu factory custom molded foam packing, or some DIY arrangement.

Equipment must be clean and in good physical condition inside and out, and devoid of excessive corrosion, devoid of water or chemical damage, devoid of pest invasion. Equipment showing signs of having not been properly cared for, or damaged due to poor environment, such equipment will be rejected. For a listing of refused equipment complete with serial numbers, see the link at the top of this page titled “Public Service Advisory”.

Yaesu Transceiver models serviced:

  FT-1000MP, FT-1000MP Mark-V,FT-1000MP Mark-V FIELD

For servicing the 200 Watt FT-1000MP Mark-V all that is require is the just the bare transceiver. The FP-29 power supply and cables are not needed, which will save on shipping weight etc.

    Only those models listed above are serviced. This shop does not service the old original FT-1000, FT-1000D

  Repair Facts; Updates and Modifications:

The color LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) backlight system employed in the FT-1000MP, Mark-V & Mark-V Field uses a CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) for display illumination. Aging CCFL (and or CCFL high voltage inverter issues) eventually result in cold start illumination delays over time, of some 5 to 10 seconds or more.  Yaesu reports that  CCFL rebuild components are no longer available. Rather than seek an aftermarket CCFL replacement parts solution I've developed the following LED-based backlight conversion mod:

*WA4GEG's backlight upgrade kit; $75. This modification kit replaces the original CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight system with a high efficiency, cool operating, and extra long lasting LED backlight system. The advantages include no cold start delay as common with the original aging CCFL system. The WA4GEG LED backlight conversion is "the fix" for those extra dark tinted display lenses common in many FT-1000MP Mark-V and Mark-V Field transceivers, the usual culprit for insufficient brightness. Additionally, the WA4GEG LED backlight system retains the radio's menu 3-4 dimmer function.
NOTE: The display CCFL backlight to LED backlight conversion kit is not available as a DIY item, due to small scale production, and is being made available only to those who have their transceivers in my shop for servicing etc. Installation labor is typically $45, and I REQUIRE THE COMPLETE TRANSCEIVER for all work INCLUDING this CCFL to LED backlight conversion.

*Panadapter and Waterfall display mod, for use with your SDR gear: the preferred method (the one I use) is to tap the FT-1000MP receiver's frontend RF-BPF (0.1 ~ 30 MHz) output, using an added PAT buffer isolation board, routed to a rear panel jack (usually the TRV jack, in the interest of needless drilling of the rear panel to add a jack). That RF-out then connects to my SDR-Play RSP unit's antenna input. This configuration offers several advantages over older methods of tapping the FT-1000MP's 70 MHz I-F. For one there is no I-F "suck-out" (center frequency notch/display distortion) as experienced with the "I-F tap method". And the display's panoramic baseline remains unchanged (does not jump up and down) with the FT-1000MP's front-end/RF AGC. Unless otherwise requested, this is the method I'll use for Panadapter mods. Your SDR setup will obviously need the capability of operating directly on the frequency bands of interest, since it will be functioning as a complete 2nd receiver operating in tandum with the FT-1000MP's receiver. NOTE: if you use the optional Yaesu 6m/2m transverter attached to the TRV jack, obviously the rear panel will need to have a new jack fitted for the SDR/Panadapter modification.

Are you into DIY and looking for an R-F or I-F tap buffer board? Check out Dave's website: KD2C.com

Additional mods. and updates:

*CW keying de-click mod.

*FT-1000MP, Mark-V & Mark-V Field: Main Receiver 1st I-F Amplifier gain correction for improved gain distribution, lower front end noise, and improved AGC performance. 

*FT-1000MP, Mark-V & Mark-V Field: REGULATOR UNIT update. 35% of transceivers serviced show signs of voltage fall-off in one or more of the regulator unit's output rails. Affected units will automatically be corrected/updated during servicing.

*FT-1000MP Mark-V & Mark-V Field: RF Unit Switching Transistor Update to correct for incomplete switching in receiver front end circuitry that will lead to eventual receiver failure. Updating affected units will restore the receiver OEM design specs for IMD performance and SNR (sensitivity). This critical update is automatically applied, where needed, during transceiver servicing.

*200 watt FT-1000MP Mark-V: Tuner Main update to protect the receiver front-end (RF Unit board) and receiver vacuum-reed T/R relay. Details on this page:

IMPORTANT INFO: FT-1000MP, -Mark-V and -Mark-V Field; NOTES & HINTS.

All "MP" models: Since Yaesu has deprecated the internal tuning unit's proprietary components the auto-tuners can no longer be rebuilt. For that reason I don't even bother checking them, and set the internal tuner to "off" in menu 8-8, of every rig that enters my shop. Also note the cautions about use of internal tuners by following the above  "IMPORTANT INFO..." link. IMHO, where antenna tuners are needed, it is best to use a quality "external" line-tuner or transmatch.

What does it cost for equipment repair?

*For the FT-1000MP SERIES, average repair costs including any needed component updates will generally range from $155 ~ $325 depending on the problem, and the amount of alignment/calibration work needed to bring the unit up to full specs., desired/added modifications and etc. Drop me a note describing what your rig is doing or not doing and I can usually give you a fairly accurate repair estimate. Also worth mentioning is whether the radio was acquired with problems, or if you're the long term owner (add a description of the operating conditions under which the problem(s) started.

*Alignment: All serviced transceivers receive alignment/calibration check and adjustment, as/where needed to insure operation to specs. This includes REF Unit (TCXO, if fitted) calibration, USB/LSB carrier set points, SWR protection, Over Current protection /I-ALC, PO, and metering calibration. S-meter calibration is made to 50uV for S-9 signal, as per the international standard.

*Full/Comprehensive Alignment includes all of the above with the addition of going completely through the LOCAL Unit (PLL section), and is not normally required unless the Local Unit has been repaired and or the transceiver has had little or no attention in a good many years.


Where may I find references of your work?

Here you go, over 120 references, reviews by my clients that span 17+ years: WA4GEG eHam.net reviews page.

How do I get started on having equipment repaired by you? E-mail me "wa4geg" [AT] this domain "gmail.com" (just put it all together) for a quick consultation before shipping a piece of equipment in for repair. This serves to get your name on my work calendar, and will save your place in line should I happen to be backed up with work at the time. Don't forget to include your ham radio call sign.

What do you charge for repair estimates?

The nominal estimate charge is $45. For lightning damaged or shipment damaged equipment (and for the more intricate equipment containing multiple boards where each unit must be power up and tested independently) the estimate charge will be based on the hourly labor rate.

More FAQs:

What if I want to drop my radio off in person...

Sorry, this is only a sideline to my day job (electronics prototype and design) and as such is currently limited to serving only those in need of the absolute best mail order solution, and subject to availability (depending on my spare time). 

Help, my buddy worked on it, I worked on it, we swapped some boards, tried to solder something and lifted some copper foil traces, burned a lot of other somethings, melted a bunch of *LBTs, fried some wiring,  there are screws missing, and ruined threaded screw holes in several places. It's a mess...

Sorry, no basket cases PLEASE.     *LBT = Little Bitty Things

Help, do you work on (insert model of equipment) which I don't see in your list?

No, sorry. My shop only services those models listed above at this time.

Which models do you not service?

I do not service anything other than those units listed near the top of this page under the heading  "YAESU MODELS SERVICED".

I sent you an e-mail and have not heard from you. Why?

* Some have reported that my responses end up in their Junk Mail folder.

* Did you ask about something that I don't work on? Only those models listed above are serviced by this shop and nothing else. Annually, over 1800 messages are processed single handedly. There is precious little spare time to respond to every e-mail asking for info. on models that my shop doesn't handle. And if you were fortunate enough to get a response, here is what that response will normally be:

"Sorry, I don't personally know anyone to recommend for your equipment servicing needs. However, a couple of places to start looking include the eHam.net repair shop reviews, and the FoxTango group; http://foxtango.org/foxtango001.htm"

1) Missing, failed delivery and delayed e-mail problems have been reported, primarily from AOL, EarthLink, Juno, web-tv and arrl.net users. Solution: send your message again, maybe by way of a web-mail account such as Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hot mail etc. Also, you might check your SPAM or BULK MAIL folder as messages from me can be false detected as bulk mail or spam, due to their lengthy nature (multiple paragraphs, some containing web links.

2) All e-mail messages should be sent a/o composed in plain text or simple HTML. Heavy HTML mail (that containing background images, stationary, colors & etc.) does not display due to my secure mail software settings.  NOTE: MicroSoft 'rich text mail' is a form of HTML.

3) I do my best to respond to e-mail within a few business days. Longer delays will naturally occur around the holidays and weekends.

4) To get past my e-mail SPAM filters it is a good idea that your message subject field contain some relevant info.  Suggested subject lines are those containing the equipment model and your ham call sign. In example: Yaesu Repair; Mark-V Field "your call-sign here".

Other info:

What payment methods do you accept?

Payment methods accepted are: cash (including e-cash via PayPal), cashiers check, certified check,  money order, and major *credit cards via PayPal online processing for those with PayPal accounts.

*** PayPal NOTE: If you make use of PayPal (cash, e-check , credit / debit card) be aware that they charge 3% on top of their base rate for all payments going to a commercial (business) account. I'll absorb the base rate fee but can't afford to "feed" the banker's 3%. There is a way around the 3% fee, by classifying the payment as going to "friend or family", or "personal payment", rather than being for "goods and services".

I DO NOT accept electronically wired payments to a bank account.

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