UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Powered By Google Custom Search Vintage Radio and TV Service Data

Go Back   UK Vintage Radio Repair and Restoration Discussion Forum > Specific Vintage Equipment > Vintage Amateur and Military Radio


Vintage Amateur and Military Radio Amateur/military receivers and transmitters, morse, and any other related vintage comms equipment.

Thread Tools
Old 14th Sep 2023, 12:21 am   #1
New Member
Join Date: Sep 2023
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Posts: 1
Default FT1000MP - not turned on for 20 years?

Hi - I am a Olde Ham K4ZOT from Atlanta, GA, USA. I am about to be given a FT1000MP by a nearby very accomplished Ham who bought it new. I have run Kenwood equipment for over 30 years. My question is probably premature until I actually receive the radio. But, if this radio has not been turned on in 20 years what issues may I have with it? Perhaps some owners of the FT1000 series may have some answers that could be helpful to me. I intend to just plug it up and turn it on and see what happens?

Unfortunately, these radio are very expensive to repair in the states and shipping this heavy radio is also very expensive. In addition, due to their complexity few repair people want to try and repair them. I shutter to just think about taking it apart - a big job.

Thanks for any advice. Great forum you all have here.


GlennFord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Sep 2023, 1:09 pm   #2
HamishBoxer's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: W.Butterwick, near Doncaster UK.
Posts: 8,877
Default Re: FT1000MP - not turned on for 20 years?

Welcome Glenn, if it is not a switch mode power supply, try running up slowly on a Variac or lamp limiter.
G8JET BVWS Archivist and Member V.M.A.R.S
HamishBoxer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Sep 2023, 2:08 pm   #3
Radio Wrangler
Radio Wrangler's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Fife, Scotland, UK.
Posts: 22,239
Default Re: FT1000MP - not turned on for 20 years?

I think it's a switcher, but the rig also has a 13.8v input.

Notice that the spec says it can handle the 110/120v world, and also the higher voltage world BUT unusually the higher voltage range only goes up to 235v and not 240v nevermind the tolerance on 240v.

There are plenty of FT1000MPs in the UK. There have been 5 different marks of the set. I've known a couple of people with them, but with no problems or weaknesses showing up.

Maybe the greatest risk is any X2 grade RFI filter capacitor across the mains turning itself into smelly smoke.

And welcone, Glenn

David - a dozen miles from some Scottish Glens!
Can't afford the volcanic island yet, but the plans for my monorail and the goons' uniforms are done
Radio Wrangler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th Sep 2023, 2:43 pm   #4
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Chatham, Kent, UK.
Posts: 890
Default Re: FT1000MP - not turned on for 20 years?

Hi it has a switch mode psu, they do not like low input voltage, the output is 13.5v hope this helps Mick
mickm3for is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 6th Oct 2023, 5:40 am   #5
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Blackburn, Lancashire, UK.
Posts: 399
Default Re: FT1000MP - not turned on for 20 years?

I have the FT-1000MP, and it's more reliable than the Mk5 field variant.

These do have an internal switch mode PSU in addition to the option of attaching a 13.8VDC PSU, and the internal switch mode supply has been reliable for me.

One thing you'll probably witness, as do many FT-1000MP owners, is that if the rig is unused for a while - the display will take a good few seconds to light up. If the rig is used on a daily basis, I don't have this problem.

Other than the common display lighting delay issue, mine has been very reliable, and the RX audio reproduction from these is second to none.
Damo666 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 9:04 pm.

All information and advice on this forum is subject to the WARNING AND DISCLAIMER located at
Failure to heed this warning may result in death or serious injury to yourself and/or others.

Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright ©2002 - 2023, Paul Stenning.