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O
PERATION
The MARK-V FT-1000MP includes a wide range of
special features to suppress the many types of inter-
ference that may be encountered on the HF bands.
However, real world interference conditions are con-
stantly changing, so optimum setting of the controls is
somewhat of an art, requiring familiarity with the types
of interference and the subtle effects of some of the
controls. Therefore, the following information is pro-
vided as general guidelines for typical situations, and
a starting point for your own experimentation.
The MARK-V FT-1000MP's interference-fighting
circuitry begins in its "RF" stages, and continues
throughout the entire receiver section.
VRF ( V
RF F
ARIABLE
The VRF feature allows you to engage a narrow
band-pass "preselector" filter into the receiver's RF cir-
cuit path. The added selectivity can be a tremendous
help in minimizing potential interference from strong
out-of-band signals, especially in a multi-transmitter
operating environment.
To activate the VRF feature, press
the [ VRF ] button on the Shuttle Jog,
then turn the VRF/MEM CH knob to
peak the signal or background noise
level. When the VRF feature is en-
gaged, the red "VRF" LED, located on
the left side of the VRF/MEM CH knob, will be illumi-
nated.
If a potentially-interfering signal is very near your cur-
rent operating frequency (for example, an SSB station
operating near 3.80 MHz while you are on 3.52 MHz),
additional protection may be realized by deliberately mis-
tuning the VRF so as to place more "roll-off" of the
undesired signal. In this example, tuning the VRF for
peak response at 3.40 MHz will cause additional at-
tenuation to be placed on the strong signal at 3.80 MHz.
Particularly on the lower frequency bands, there will be
no loss of useful sensitivity with moderate de-tuning,
but interference rejection will be significantly enhanced.
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The best receiver front-end selection will depend
on background noise at the time, the presence or ab-
sence of strong signals, and whether or not you want
to hear very weak signals. If the front end is set for too
much gain, background noise will make listening diffi-
cult, and very strong signals on other frequencies may
cause intermodulation interference, masking weaker
signals. On the other hand, if the front end is set for
too little gain (or too much attenuation), very weak sig-
nals will not be heard.
When evaluating the selections below, remember
that if you can hear band noise increase when your
antenna is connected, you have adequate sensitivity;
any further early-stage gain is not needed.
"Wide Band" and "Tuned" Preamp
Selection
Three high-performance FET RF amplifiers are uti-
lized in the MARK-V FT-1000MP receiver front end. A
single wide-band amp is provided for good general all-
around performance, along with dual tuned amplifiers:
one optimized for 24~30 MHz, the other for 1.8~7 MHz
(see illustration). The Tuned preamp is especially use-
ful when operating from a quiet location on 10 meters,
while on the low bands the Tuned preamp's low gain
provides optimum strong-signal performance. Each
amplifier is selected automatically as you tune or
change bands; however, you can disable the tuned
amplifier pair and only use the wide-band amp via
selection 8-4.
Note that the Tuned preamp only operates in the
1.8~7 and 24~30 amateur bands. If you tune outside
of an amateur band while using the Tuned preamp,
the transceiver will automatically switch over to the "Flat"
(Wide-band) preamp. The effects of this design are:
(1)When tuning outside of a low-frequency amateur
Receiver Front End Configuration
(for illustrative purposes)
MARK-V FT-1000MP Operating Manual
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