Setting Up Your FT-1000MP

(Based on information originally provided by the Chiltern DX Club &

Yaesu UK and modified by N1EU.  Settings are summarized in table below.)

By default, many of the advanced performance features of the FT-1000MP are turned off

when the transceiver first comes out of the box. A few simple changes to several of the

menu items will drastically enhance the performance of the radio, both on transmit and

receive. Many of the changes described below take effect in transmit or receive mode when

the EDSP button is engaged. Holding the FAST key while pressing the ENTER key will place

the FT-1000MP in menu mode. Page 85 of the operating manual will instruct you as to the use

of the controls for the menu items. All the original values can be restored by holding in

the "29/0" key while powering up the unit. The following list is a suggested starting point

to get things up and running.  You may wish to make some minor changes to these settings for

your own personal preferences. 

1.3 Main VFO tuning Step Size: CW operators should set this for 0.625 or 1.25 and use the

shuttle jog control for coarse or high speed tuning. SSB operators may prefer a setting of

2.5 or 5.

1.4 Sub VFO tuning Step Size: Set this to 10 for quick tuning in dual rcv or to quickly set split freq

2.9 IF Notch Mode: Set this to "AUTO DSP".

This will allow normal "IF Notching" when the notch button is engaged. It will also allow

the EDSP system to provide filtering of multiple heterodynes automatically whenever the EDSP

is activated.

4.4 TX EDSP: Change this setting from off to "3". This microphone equalisation position tends

to sound best with every mic I've tried.  When you transmit with EDSP on and 4-4 set to "3", the 8-9

TX EDSP settings have no effect.  That is why I don't bother setting 8-9 t Car offset and 8-9 Proc SSB.

4.5 EDSP Filters: The following 5 steps allow you to "shape" filters to match your own hearing

and personal preferences. As the filters remain active while the radio is in "Menu" mode, you

can hear the effect of any changes being made, so it is best to make changes while listening

to a QSO. For the following settings, be sure to have the EDSP engaged and the contour control

set to the "band pass filter" position. The mode key for the mode being adjusted must also be


   A) SSB LPF: Generally 1700 - 1900Hz will aid QRM rejection and maintain intelligibility. 

   Adjust for personal preferences.

   B) SSB HPF: 300Hz is a good starting point for most operators. This will roll off the low

   frequency response and distortion.  

   C) CW BPF: These EDSP filters are fairly sharp.  Experiment and find the setting you prefer.

   Some CW ops prefer 60 or 120 Hz. I use 240 Hz.  The extremely fine (0.625) VFO resolution 

   as set earlier will assist in tuning theses narrow filters.  

7-7 EDSP Modulation, SSB TX: Ragchewers should change this to a setting of 100-3100 to give your

voice that great full fidelity sound. 

7.7 EDSP Demodulation SSB RX: Hi Fi freaks should change this from "OFF" to 100-3100 for use 

in conjunction with 6.0 xtal filter selection for widest rcv bandwith plus a little EDSP filtering.

These settings are the suggested starting point for the advanced features of the EDSP system. 

Once you become familiar with the menu system you will find many other features that can be

tailored to enhance your operating system.

Suggested Initial Setup

Menu Function Normal Setting** SSB Contesting CW Contesting
1-3 A STEP .62 - 2.5 2.5 .62
1-4 B STEP 10    
1-9 Clar STEP 2.5    
4-4 TR EDSP 3 off  
4-5 SSB LPF 1700    
SSBHPF 300    
A1 BAND 240    
7-7 SSB R 100-3100 off  
SSB T 100-3100 off  
CW R off    
8-9 R LSB CAR -0.100 -0.160*  
T LSB CAR 0** 0  
R USB CAR -0.100 -0.160*  
T USB CAR 0** 0  

*  extra rcv carrier offset for ssb contesting to better accommodate characteristics of

   INRAD 1.8khz filters

** with 4-4 TR EDSP set to 3, the settings of 8-9 have no effect so there is no need to adjust

N1EU Operating Notes

On the N1EU MP, which is paired with the Heil HC5 or EV 257A mics, I've been using the menu settings

shown above with excellent results. EDSP is engaged for non-processed ssb transmission.  A significant

improvement in fidelity is noticed.  If I need to bust a pileup, I'll engage PROC and turn off EDSP.

Mic gain and PROC level are both set at 10 o'clock, with RF PWR at maximum for driving the Ten-Tec 

Centurion amp.  Instructions in the MP manual about setting levels when using the speech processor 

are useless and this has been confirmed on the MP reflector.

For ssb reception in uncrowded band conditions, I've followed the advice of Martin DL2FDC

with great results.  He receives with the 8.2 filter in the "thru" position, the 2.4 filter in

the 455 if, and EDSP switch on (100-3100 DSP filtering). With only the 455khz mechanical filter 

engaged, the actual receive bandwith is about 2.8kHz and my own passband spectrum measurements

confirm this. For ultimate fidelity, select the 6.0Khz filter settings along with EDSP "on" 

(and 7-7 SSB Rcv setting at 100-3100hz).  It's a pleasure to enjoy the outstanding ssb receive 

audio of the FT1000MP to its fullest, and this is how to do it!

For those so inclined, you can use your PC's soundcard and the freeware audio spectrum analyser

program Spectrogram to directly observe the effects of filter and EDSP settings.