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.

* SEE ADDITIONAL DETAILS FURTHER DOWN THIS PAGE

NAVIGATION LINKS:

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 radios 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 booking appointments for the month of September

To reserve a servicing date for your transceiver drop me an e-mail, 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 each morning via the shop's computer system. I neither own nor use wireless/cell phone tech; an personal RF engineer's healthy choice thing.

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 LABOR RATE: $75 per hour. For well cared for equipment, kept in a clean environmentally controlled location, most base model FT-1000MP 100-watt transceiver repairs require 2 ~ 2.5 hours in labor,  2.5 ~ 3.5 hours for the 200 watt version Mark-V. The 100-watt Mark-V Field tends to fall somewhere in between. Sometimes I'll get the odd job where some inept self proclaimed service tech botched a repair attempt causing even more damage, and such cases that will usually add an extra hour just to correct the mess, assuming a printed circuit board was not destroyed etc. E-mail with your model and problem and I can usually give you a fairly close estimate on what to expect in the way of repair costs.

Repair estimate charge is based on the hourly rate.  The more intricate the equipment (those containing multiple boards where each must be powered up and tested independently) and for lightning or shipment damaged equipment, the higher the estimate charge. Time in making repair estimates will typically run in the range of 45 minutes to 1 hour. 
 

Repair Facts; Servicing, Alignment and Modification Info:



  Modifications and Updates:

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.

*G4HUP PAT-70M or similar I-F sampling buffer board installation in your transceiver. The G4HUP technique involves tapping the 70 MHz I-F before the roofing filter, which enables +/- 100 KHz or more of band span panoramic viewing capability with your supplied Panadapter setup. The main receiver 70 MHz I-F output is then routed to your choice of either a rear panel mounted jack (requires drilling the rear panel) or no-drill option of using the rear panel TRV jack (nice option using the existing TRV's RCA jack). A third option is simply a free floating coaxial cable pigtail terminated with a jack of your choice, hanging out the back of the transceiver.

The preferred method (the one I use) is to tap the FT-1000MP receiver's frontend BPF (0.1 ~ 30 MHz) output, using the PAT buffer isolation board, routed to a rear panel jack (receiver RF output, attached to the rear panel RCA jack labeled TRV). That RF-out then connects to my SDR-Play's RSP unit's (RSP1, RSP2) antenna input. This offers several advantages over tapping the FT-1000MP's 70 MHz I-F. 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 by 10 dB) with the FT-1000MP's front-end/RF AGC. Unless otherwise requested, this is the method I'll use for Panadapter mods. Your SDR will obviously need the capability of operating the direct frequencies desired, as it will be functioning as a complete "3rd" receiver with panoramic display.

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

WA4GEG's additional mods' and updates:

*CW keying de-click mod.

*NB improvement mods. There are two commonly requested modifications.

The 1st mod. improves the NB performance on pulse noise signals (as from electric fence, old Ford p/u trucks, etc;) that fall below S-9 in amplitude. However, this mod is ineffective on AC power-line hash noise.

The 2nd mod. improves receiver IMD when the NB is out of circuit (i.e. switched "off").

Additional mods. and updates:

*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 work needed to bring the unit up to full specs. Where both repair and modification work is requested, typical labor / time will run between 2.5 and 3.5 hours. Extensive repair, combined with modification work, can in some cases, drive the time upwards to 4 or 4.5 hours. Drop me a note describing what your rig is doing or not doing and I can usually give you a fairly accurate repair estimate.


*Alignment Costs: Based on hourly rate. All repair work will include Basic Alignment, as needed, to insure the transceiver is operating to specifications.


*Basic Alignment includes adjustment of reference and carrier oscillators, IF Shift / Width circuitry, VR, CM coupler, SWR protection, Over Current protection /I-ALC, Main ALC, RF/IF AGC, S-meter and other meter function adjustments/calibration.


*Performance Optimizing Alignment includes the above plus USB/LSB carrier set point optimization for highest quality transmit/receive audio response, RF/IF alignment for optimal receiver signal to noise performance , i.e. best sensitivity possible,  transmitter IF alignment and per band drive calibration. All performance measurement data is then noted on the service invoice.


*Comprehensive Alignment includes all of the above with the addition of going completely through the PLL / LO section; VCO alignment, Band Pass Filters, conversion oscillators, and etc. Comprehensive alignment is generally not required unless the LO section has been repaired and or the transceiver has had little or no attention in a good many years.



FAQs:

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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