The goal> To modify the FT-1000D (or FT-1000 w/ BPF option) for
independent operation of both receivers on unrelated bands and/or modes
Using the main antenna and retain the ability to use a Beverage antenna on
The RX ANT jack.
Of course, the 1000D already has the BPF option; it's just not hooked up
A little history:
The FT-1000D has 2 receivers, 2 audio channels, a common squelch and an
S-meter on the main receiver only.
When an internal switch (S1001) is in the RX ANT position, the main
receiver can pick up it's signal from the antenna hooked up to the *Transmit Antenna*
jack (SO-239) or a separate receive only jack (RCA pin-type), and can be switched
between the two via a front panel switch marked "RX ANT". The sub receiver listens in
on which ever antenna the main one is hooked to, and also must use the main
receivers BandPassFilter (MainBPF). This limits frequency excursions to the
The sub-receiver has it's own Band Pass Filter section, which has it's own
antenna input jack (SO-239), but can only use those when you take the radio apart,
and operate a slide switch "S-1001" to the "F BPF" position. Of course this means you
must ALWAYS use a different antenna to receive on or you can still operate
The RX ANT switch, and it will listen on the Beverage hooked to the RCA
jack. You lose the ability to listen on the transmit antenna. Also you lose
the ability for the Main Receiver to pick up the Beverage! DUH!
The mod moves the control of relay RL1004 to the front panel, brings the TX
antenna >> on the receive side of the TR switch<< out the back, and ties
that back into the BPF via a small jumper. This way you can listen to 2
separate bands on the transmit antenna (say 10 and 20 on a triband beam),
and not lose the RX Ant (BEV) function.
Fortunately these functions are all controlled by relays, and they can be
split, and operated independently. In the old days we would get out the
soldering iron (gun, actually) and an electric drill, and just do it. Today
we have to preserve resale value, so no extra holes please!
The mod consists of adding 2 Jumpers; remove one plug, and remove one resistor.
You will also need a 6" coax cable with PL-259 one end, RCA plug opposite.
You lose the DIM (display dim) button function on the front panel, and
also the Monitorscope 73Mc IF output jack function on the rear apron. (do they
even make a monitor scope??)
No functional loss to the radio at all, and you gain the ability to:
A) Use the sub-receiver with a separate antenna connected to the BPF
option's SO-239 on any band. (great for "Antenna Diversity Reception" - I
use this approach on 6M with transverters).
B) Use the sub-receiver on any band/mode using the main TX-RX antenna,
independent of main receiver's band/mode.
C) Connect a different receiver to the FT-1000D, outboard style, using the
main TX-RX antenna. ( an adaptation to the mod would allow the outboard RX
to share the RX antenna too, if desired)
D) Use the main receiver on either the TX antenna, or RX antenna while
doing any of the above.
The reason I did it was to listen to the 28.885-6 meter liaison frequency
concurrent with the 14.345 EME circuit. You may want to run a VHF/UHF
receiving converter into the sub-receiver as a 14 Mc i.f. to monitor some
>important calling frequency, or propagation indicator, while chasing DX on
2M EME via a transverter with a 28 Mc i.f.
.....the possibilities are endless.
WHAT you are doing is freeing the wiring from the DIM button, rewiring the
DIM button so as it will operate relay RL1004 on the "RF UNIT" board,
effectively panel remoting switch "S-1001", and providing a connection to the outside
world for the main antenna from the receive side of the TR relay, via the abandoned IF jack on
the rear apron.
First lets get at the DIM switch on the front panel....
Remove both top and bottom covers. Remove all the screws holding the front
panel/display in place. Remove the small circuit board that contains the
MOX-VOX-DIM switches. There is a socket and plug going there for the switch
marked DIM (has 2-pins 1-red wire, 1-white wire). Remove the plug, and tape
it back out of the way. We won't use it for anything, just save it there
This leaves the switch free, and it already has one side going to
ground through the pcb wiring. Leave all that alone, and solder a long lead
to the other terminal. The one that switches to ground when you toggle the
button.This wire gets routed all the way to the bottom rear of the radio to
the corner near the grounding lug. The board we are working on is the one
in that corner, and has a large flat, silver box on it. That's the "RF UNIT".
In the far back corner on the top of the board are some relays. The one we
want is marked RL1004 and there is a diode across the coil, D1050. Solder
your wire to the anode end (the end opposite the line). Be careful here.
The other side goes to +13, so check this out carefully beforehand. Simply
pushing the DIM switch in will now activate the relay, and releasing the
switch will deactivate the relay. Not Rocket Science but be careful.
At this time make certain that "S1001" is in the R ANT position where it
will always remain.
Next we have to loosen the "RF UNIT" board and turn it over to do the
jumpers. You will have to remove some screws, and take a few plugs loose.
Label everything or make a chart so it gets back in the right place. Not
everything needs to come loose to do this.
Turn the board over and examine the area around J1013-1, the IF jack, in
the cluster of four RCA pin jacks on the rear of the board. On the solder side
of the board it series connects to a chip capacitor, and then a zero ohm
chip resistor. Remove the chip cap and store it for retro. This effectively
frees the jack up so we can run a short jumper wire from the center pin of
it, to the center pin of the little coax jack J 1005, which is next to
RL1001. That's how we bring the main antenna
out of the set and send it to the outboard receiver, or in our case to the
sub BPF filter unit.
That's all, very carefully put it all back together again.
Install coax cable jumper between the (old) IF jack and the SO-239 on the
Now you can experiment with the functions.
The panel switch RX ANT continues to take the main receiver between the T-R
antenna and the RX (Beverage) antenna as before.
The DIM switch now puts the sub receive between being slaved to the main
BPF or it's own BPF.
The coax jumper on the back brings T-R antenna back out for the sub BPF if
desired (and it will be most of the time).
Note that you can still use the sub-receiver on the Beverage also, but only
when the main is too (stock condition). This is the place where you could
add the adaptation I mentioned in step (C) above, but I see no scenario
where you would want the sub on Bev without the main on Bev also. If you
have an individual need for this, contact me.
This effectively puts the 2 receivers in parallel across one, antenna, and
though some loss might be introduced by double loading, signal generator
tests show that they are negligible.
I have tried this and it works but make no recommendations as to the
suitability of this mod. I have tried to be precise but it is up to you to
check for errors in application or omission..
Throughout this and other tech notes that I write, I use the unit Mc/s or
Mc. If you can only deal in MHz, multiply by 10 to the minus 1, or there
is a conversion chart posted on eHam.
This simple change should unlock the full potential of this fine radio.,
which was arguably already the finest i.f. for VHF/UHF transverting.