What to do with an old Yaesu Mark V...

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  1. AE8MM

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    200 watts of POWER!!!

    So I've recently come into possession of a old, but good condition Yaesu FT1000MP Mark V and I'm debating what to do with it.

    1. Keep it, The catch here is both of my HF antennas make use of Icom automatic antenna tuners (1 AH-3 and 1 AH-4). Building a box to use the Icom tuners with a Yaesu radio can be done, but the tuners are only rated at 125 watts on SSB. Making the extra power of the Mark V useless. But the radio is in good shape and I could get another tuner. (MFJ, LDG, SGC?)

    2. Sell it. Its a relatively un-upgraded model and only has the TCXO module and one Collins SSB mechanical filter in it.

    3. Trade it... I have a IC 7300 for my main station radio, and I keep being tempted to upgrade to a 7610...

    So what to do? Is the Mark V even relevant to keep anymore with my station having some more advanced transceivers already?
  2. WZ7U

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    Keep it. What have you got to lose?
  3. WB2WIK

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    4. Install antennas that don't need any tuner, and then use the MK V at full power without worries.:)

    The 1000MP MKV is a really good radio, they were extremely popular and I still hear a lot of them on the air. Connect it and the IC-7300 both to an antenna switch so you can rapidly switch from one to the other while you're tuning around the bands and see what you think.

    You may be very surprised.
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  4. W1TRY

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    I don't want to sound loco, but you might have motive, if you're on the right track, to finally operate Railroad Mobile, if you can engineer it...
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  5. US7IGN

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    Yes, but it need a lot of filters. Without them it is not really good. No one want to buy filters today. 200w is not significantly more then 100w. I would leave it as a backup radio. Only because it is old big beauty good radio.
  6. W3ATV

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    Like Steve said- Install resonant antennas. That is probably the best upgrade you can do to your station. Then sell the MKV and 7300 and grab that 7610!
  7. KC3SWL

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    It never hurts to have a decent back up rig...I was given a Kenwood TS870 and I still have the old trusty TS430 as a backup to the 870.
    While it might not be the same as an amp inline,that extra 100 watts might make a bit of difference..
  8. W7ARX

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    what Steve said...Ths 1000 series have excellent high end receivers and great on low bands....best put your money into proper working antennas.... GL
  9. W3WN

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    If you really don’t want the rig, I’ll gladly take it off your hands. Just let me know how much you need for shipping.
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  10. WB2WIK

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    If an op works mostly SSB, it's perfect just as it is.

    For CW (or digi modes), narrower filters, of course -- but they're readily available and not that expensive.

    I've never had the opportunity to A/B directly compare the MK V with an IC-7300 side-by-side but having used both, my money would be on the MK V being the better performer in many ways. Of course, it's also a lot bigger, heavier and needs its own special power supply for the 200W model. I'd clear the desk space for it.:)
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