5000D HF and
6 Meter Transceiver
Reviewed by Rick Lindquist, WW3DE
National Contest Journal
Yaesu's latest colossus rules, delivering
top tier performance at a substantially less
than a top tier price. The FT
establishes a new benchmark, the highest
close-in IMD dynamic range and third-order
intercept we've ever measured. It can and will
do the heavy lifting for the most demanding
DXer or contester.
This radio shares DNA with earlier Yaesu
offerings. Over the past several years, Yaesu
has deployed an array of such signature
signal enhancing features as Contour, VRF,
tion to a new level — absolutely the best
receiver does outperform the subreceiver (see
µ-Tune and Class A. As with the FT-2000
implementation I've ever experienced. It's
Table 1). The two discrete and comparable
9000 models reviewed previously,
just spectacular and could even make the
receivers make it possible to transmit and/or
5000 builds upon this legacy, and
horrid racket from my neighbor's solar array
receive on separate bands — SO2R in a box
it may be helpful to reread those reviews
system melt into the background.
(details to come)!
(you did read them already, right?).
To enhance selectivity, the '5000 offers
Both receivers cover from 0.03 to 60 MHz.
5000 models are available according
a selection of six pole crystal roofing filters
Receiver A is double conversion, with the
to option package: The FT
(300 Hz, 600 Hz, 3 kHz, 6 kHz and 15 kHz
first IF at 9 MHz and the second DSP IF at
5000D and the FT
are available for the main receiver), a feature
30 kHz for SSB and CW and 24 kHz for AM
basic 5000 is very well equipped. The D
several quality transceivers have begun of-
and FM modes. Receiver B is a triple-
model adds the SM-5000 monitor scope, and
fering. On CW the 300 Hz roofing filter is
conversion design, with the first and second
the MP adds the SM-5000, 300 Hz roofing
amazing. Coupled with a narrow DSP filter,
IFs at 40.455 MHz and 455 kHz, respectively,
filter (optional on the other models) and high
you can sidle up to the strongest signals on
and the DSP third IF identical to the second
stability oven controlled crystal oscillator.
the band to pull someone out.
IF in the main receiver. The 300 and 600 Hz
5000D with optional 300 Hz
In general, the radio's various DSP
roofing filters are not available to the sub-
roofing filter reviewed here is a transceiver
tools may impart some echo — the audio
for the discriminating contester or DXer,
equivalent to "ringing" — especially at more
The radio delivers 200 W on HF and
who may even consider its roughly $6000
extreme settings. This apparently is a result
6 meters on SSB and CW. Yaesu advises
price a bargain. Although extremely rich in
reducing the power to
performance, it lacks some "convenience"
when using high duty cycle modes such
A 46.3 Pound Gorilla in the Shack
features. For example, you cannot connect
as RTTY or PSK31 for "longer than a few
a keyboard for digital modes or data entry.
minutes," and rolling back to 50 W on AM.
This is a substantial radio, although it
Then again, you don't put a backup cam on
As revisions become available, you can
doesn't match the girth or weight of the
an Indy car. Optional Yaesu accessories let
update the radio's firmware via an RS-232
9000MP reviewed in July 2010 QST,
you trick out your ride.
port using files downloaded from the Internet.
nor that radio's 400 W output. The ac power
Since most new PCs don't come with RS-232
supply is built in. The FT
Some Broad Strokes
serial adapters/ports, USB would have been
the user with a surfeit of knobs, buttons and
Main (A) and subreceiver (B) perfor-
a nice option; there are arguments on both
displays that let you know you're at the helm.
mance tops that of several vaunted radios
sides of this technological issue, however.
The ample main tuning knob augments this
already on the market, although the main
A serial to USB adapter (Prolific chipset)
sense of control. It can be daunting at first.
worked fine for me. We did not perform a
Some controls probably could have been
firmware update on our review radio, since
relegated to menus;
gain, for example, is
The following QST Product Reviews
this would have presented a moving target
not something you typically adjust on the fly.
may be of interest: FT-2000 (Feb 2007),
for evaluating performance. The procedure
The front panel layout is sensible, al-
FT-2000D (Oct 2007), FT
(Aug 2005), FT
9000 Contest (Mar 2006)
is relatively straightforward, and Yaesu has
though I did wish the legends were in a more
9000MP (Jul 2010). Past QST
resolved early issues with the update writer.
contrasting shade. Style does not triumph
reviews are available to ARRL members
5000 takes DSP noise reduc-
over substance here. I'd expressed similar
Mark J. Wilson, K1RO
Product Review Editor
From December 2010 QST © ARRL