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.