FT1000MP and data modes: low level audio

When I first got the G4ZLP interface, I bought leads to connect both the FT847 and the FT1000MP to the computer. I hadn’t really got the FT1000MP connected up, and had used the FT847 for pretty much all my digimodes activity on both HF and VHF.

Given that the receiver on the FT1000MP is a bit nicer, particularly on LF, this seemed a bit of a waste, and particularly now the Es season is upon us, the FT847 is pretty much continuously busy on 50 and 70MHz. That meant no JT9 on HF.

So yesterday, I hooked up the FT1000MP. No problem at all with the interface. However, I did notice that I needed to crank the input volume control on the computer much further up. Not a problem on WSJT-X but actually on JT65-HF there was barely enough audio output for proper decoding.

Reading around the net, it seems that a number of people have found the Audio Out jack to be quite low level on the MP. Obviously, there are options – the speaker socket would offer more audio – but at the expense of losing the ability to listen. Or even a small audio amp to increase the audio level a bit.

Either way, it is working now and it’s nice to be able to play JT9 on HF and keep an eye on 50/70MHz simultaneously.

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “FT1000MP and data modes: low level audio”

  • paul mw0lea:

    I just cannot get the ft1000mp to work with ft8. I m using my ft847. I have a interface that I bought on ebay from xggcomms for the ft1000. and on my 847 iam using the mulyicon interface. would be nice to get the ft1000 working on these modes.

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