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QST reviews FTDX-1200 on January, 2014 vs VA7OJ’s NPR test – FTDX3000 Update Software Main V0115 & TFT V0108

QST-01-2014

QST reviews the FTDX-1200 on Januaru, 2014, a overview of the YAESU 100W HF/50MHz Transceiver. –  ARRL labs including  81 dBc at 2 kHz RMDR (Reciprocal Mixing *) figure on 14MHz band, 3kHz roofing filter & 500Hz bw. See the complete Test report & NPR test by VA7OJ, Adam (82 dBc at 2kHz RMDR) link below. – FTdx-3000  Firmaware update: Main Ver.0115 and TFT Ver.0108 (11/19/2013).

 FTdx-1200_3000_block-diagram

Dynamic range (blocking, IMD and Reciprocal Mixing, related to Local Oscillator noise*) is a major limitation of receiver performance. It’s significant for amateurs who operate in contests, DX pileups, or others environments in which there are many strong nearby signal. – The Reciprocal Mixing Dynamic Range* (RMDR) is noise generated in a superheterodyne receiver when noise from the local oscillator (LO) mixes with strong, adjacent signals.

FTdx-1200 160-6 Meters Order #1200 by Universal Radio USA (rif. 12/15/2013)
List price: $2400.00 Sale Price: $1599,99 Net Price: $1449,99 (valid 12/31/2013)

 VA7OJ & FTdx-1200, S/N 3F02051 – Download the Complete Test (very good job!)

pdf_logoLink to: Downloada the FTdx-1200 Complete Test Report by VA7OJ, Adam (pdf)

QST 01/2014 “Key Summary” – (Intercept values ..determined using -97 dBm ref.)
Qui solo dati a 14 MHz, Pre OFF, 500Hz bw, 3kHz Roofing – FTdx-1200 / Ftdx-3000

  • ………………………………………………Yaesu FTdx-1200…….…FTdx-3000
  • …………………………………………………QST January 2014….….. QST April 2013
  • Spacing 20 kHz blocking gain compression….132dB*.………….…….137 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-Order dynamic range…….101 dB……………..….110 dB
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-Order dynamic range….…..83 dB.………………. 100 dB
  • Spacing 20 kHz 3rd-Order intercept……………+31 dBm…….…..…. +40 dBm
  • Spacing    2 kHz 3rd-Order intercept………….. +  4 dBm……….…… + 23 dBm
  • Reciprocal Mixing dynamic range: 20/5/2 kHz  ofset:  -104/-91/-81 dBc

ARRL Lab overwies ….the detailed results of all tests are available in the QST 01/2014 – [Note] QST Magazine is the monthly membership journal of ARRL (…login necessary)
Link to: ARRL – American Radio Relay League for Amateur Radio Home-page

italianoLo FTdx-1200 condivide l’aspetto esterno e le dimensioni del fratello-cugino FTdx-3000 che però utilizza la down-conversion in IF.  L’FTdx-1200 ha una diversa architettura per il circuito del ricevitore con la up-conversion in IF. - Come evidenziano anche i test di QST e di VA7OJ, Adam l’FTdx-3000 presenta numeri più performanti, l’FTdx-1200 ottiene valori riscontrabili, sia nel FT-950 che in  molti altri ricetrasmettitori recenti di costo medio basso. Quindi si può dire che si presenta con buone prestazioni, ma non fino ai livelli del ’3000 o del ’5000 dello stesso produttore! -
A parte per l’FTdx-5000 il tema: “OLED Display Dead” This saga will continue! The new mystery is why the dreaded white line  (link http://www.radiocronache.com/2012/10/p4581/) – [Note] FTdx-5000 Firmware Updates: The last upgrade i did was EDSP V.0546 and Main V.0124 (9/4/2013)

italianoSpectrum Scope & FFT-1 Unit (optional)
Il FTdx -1200 con il suo Display a colori da 4,3″ TFT offre una analisi di spettro che opera in una modalità intermittente. Cioè, automaticamente e in modo veloce (300 ms) sottrae una frazione al ricevitore e fa la scansione (sweep), bloccando l’audio del ricevitore. – Tra le veloci scansioni , mostra l’ultimo “snapshot” prelevato nell’intervallo settato (in due modi Select or Auto mode). –  Se si acquista la scheda opzionale FFT-1, la portata dello spettro può anche funzionare come un oscilloscopio per osservare attentamente sia il segnale audio ricevuto, sia il segnale audio trasmesso con il dominio del tempo in frequenza (cascata = waterfall) (AF FFT Audio Frequency Fast Fourier Transform). L’Unità TFT-1 permette anche la decodifica e codifica interna di RTTY, PSK31 ed anche CW (telegrafia) con messaggi visualizzati sul Display TFT e memorie. (ed altro!)

italianoPorta USB e interfaccia SCU-17 (optional)
SCU-17_USB-Interface-2Per l’utilizzo dei nuovi computer dotati di sole Porte USB, invece dei vecchi connettori seriali (RS-232), Yaesu offre in vendita la “SCU-17 USB Inteface Unit”.

Oltre a fare da adattatore Seriale/USB-2, semplifica le operazioni radio in modo Dati e RTTY con l’audio In/Out e CAT control via porta USB-2 e però servono cavi adattatori vari per i collegamenti.

FTDX-1200 Firmware Updates - Main CPU Ver. 01-15 and TFT Ver. 01-08

FTdx1200 upgrade V-0115_V-0108

FTdx-1200 New Firmware Update - Main CPU Ver. 0115 and TFT Ver. 0108 has just been posted 11/19/2013 by YAESU USA on his web-site. - Please read the  Yaesu FT3k Firmware Upgrade Manual & Yaesu Information before proceeding!

[Note] There are four different Software installations (Yaesu still uses the multiple software systems installations! on the FTdx-3000, Icom and Kenwood instead use a unified software environment) - Each one must be followed carefully. – Installing the wrong type software may cause difficulties. !! You are only doing the Main-CPU and TFT updates.
[Note] The rig has to be started in different ways for each of these two updates to work!  The Yaesu “Firmware Upgrade Manual” has the update procedure for all of the Firmware-Modules & extention type (MAIN .SFL – DSP .dat – TFT .bin – FFT .dat), and for all Trasfer-Softwares (!! FSW018 – FW-DSP – TFW – FW-FFT !!) - See this Yaesu complex procedure step-by-step! – [... already running out of fingers when  try to reset, etc. etc. !]

pdf_logoLink to: Yaesu USA (Main V0115 TFT V00108) Update Information (ENG)

pdf_logoLink to: Yaesu USA FTDX3000 Latest Firmware Upgrade Manual  (ENG)

[Note] All specifications are subject to change without notice – All trademarks belong to their respective holders. - This page is just a non-official overview, where no one should draw any conclusions - all images and versions above is for illustration only (…tnx by IØgej)!

 

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