WA4GEG's Mail Order* Yaesu
*Mail Order Only, no equipment drop offs, no equipment pickups, no exceptions*
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IMPORTANT INFO Page: FT-1000MP, -Mark-V and -Mark-V Field; NOTES & HINTS.
Public Service Advisory Page: Rejected Corrosion Damaged Transceivers
Yaesu FT-1000MP/Mk-V/Mk-V Field transceiver repair, serving licensed ham operators for over 20 years.
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 March
To reserve a servicing date drop me an e-mail.
E-mail communication is relied upon exclusively and is a qualification for doing business with this repair facility. E-mail is exceptionally handy in that it provides a written record of all client communication. "wa4geg" [AT] this domain "gmail.com"
To set up a date for repair / servicing of your transceiver just drop me an e-mail, addressed to my call sign "wa4geg" [AT] this domain: "gmail.com" Just put it all together. Sorry for the inconvenience in writing it out somewhat cryptic like this, I'm ever fighting the junk mailer's address harvesting robots. My old [AT] hamradiobug.com address has been turned off, due to junk mailers working it over. The Internet is great in that it gives us access to the world, but it also gives the world access to us.
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.
NOTE: Equipment must be in 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, and 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.
Please note that 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.
On average most transceiver repairs are complete in 2 ~ 2.5
hours, and 2.5 ~ 3.5 hours for units requiring a lot of
work. Sometimes I'll get the odd job where some inept service
tech botched a repair attempt causing even more damage, and
such cases will usually add an extra hour just to correct the
mess. 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.
Mail Order Repair Facts; Servicing, Alignment and Modification Info:
Modifications and Updates:
Display Backlight in the FT-1000MP, Mark-V & Mark-V Field: The factory backlight system uses 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, often 5 to 10 seconds or more. Yaesu reports that CCFL rebuild components are no longer available. Rather than seek an aftermarket CCFL solution I've developed the following LED conversion mod:
*WA4GEG's LED backlight upgrade kit; $75. This modification kit converts the original CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlight system to high efficiency, cool operating, and super long lasting Light Emitting Diode illumination. No more cold start delay as common with the original aging CCFL system. The WA4GEG LED 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 LED backlight mod retains the radio's menu 3-4 dimmer function. NOTE: my backlight conversion kit is not available as a DIY item. Due to small scale production it is currently being made available to, installed for, only those who send their equipment in for servicing etc. Installation labor, where a radio is already opened up for other work, is typically $45.
*G4HUP PAT-70M or similar I-F sampling buffer board installation in your transceiver. The installation technique I use involves tapping the 70 MHz I-F before the roofing filter, which enables unrestricted (+/- 100 KHz) of band span viewing capability limited only by your particular Panadapter hardware/software 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.
There are several options for a Panadapter
setup. The first one (K8AC website link below) covers his
recommended software and interface to personal computer setup:
K8AC writeup on NaP3 panadaptor for personal computer
The one I personally use is SDRplay's RSP unit along with their free software package, setting the RSP operating frequency to the transceiver's IF of 70.455 MHz. The result is a high-rez tracking Panatapter displaying the FT-1000MP's receiver IF center frequency along with what's going on up and down the band, obviously.
Are you into DIY and looking for a I-F tap
buffer board similar to G4HUP PAT-70? Check out Dave's
WA4GEG's additional mods' and updates:
*CW keying de-click mod.
*NB improvement mods.
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 RF Unit and T/R switching. 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 immediately 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 modification work will drive the time upwards to 4 or 4.5 hours in some cases. 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.
Board Only Repair Service for the FT-1000MP/Mark-V/Mark-V Field, available for the following:
* RF Unit board
* IF Unit board
* AF Unit board
* HPF Unit board (used only in the straight FT-1000MP)
* Internal AC Power Supply (FT-1000MP and Mk-V Field)
* DSP Unit, the complete module.
* RX-2 Unit (Sub-receiver board)
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.
I would like 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 mail order only 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 some wiring, there are screws missing, and ruined threaded screw holes in several places. It's a mess...
Sorry, no basket cases PLEASE.
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"
failed delivery and delayed e-mail problems have been
reported, primarily from AOL, Earth Link, juno, web-tv and
arrl.net users. Solution: send your message again, maybe
even by way of a web-mail account such as Yahoo mail, Hot
mail, AOL (AIM) mail or similar. Also, you might check your
SPAM or BULK MAIL folder as messages from me go through my
domain HamRadioBug.com and are sometimes detected as bulk
mail or spam by certain ISP and web mail providers.
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.) should be avoided. 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".
E-mail communication is carried on weekly, excluding holidays and weekends. Response times will typically be within 3 ~ 5 BUSINESS DAYS (Mon.~Fri.) depending on my mail load. Please compose / send mail in the form of plain text or simple HTML.
My shipping address is on the packing and shipping page.
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
*Credit card and debit card payment accepted, but only on-line through the PayPal system at present. (You don't need a PayPal account to remit via credit or debit card.)
*** PayPal NOTE: If you make
use of PayPal (cash, e-check , credit / debit card) be
aware that they charge a 3% commission 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", rather than being for "goods and services".
I don't accept electronically wired payments to a bank account.
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