12/6/15 - Fun with a Yaesu FTDX-3000D and ESSB

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kg7hq Sun, 12/06/2015 - 16:55

It's been a while since I posted anything on my website as life has kept me busy. But of late, I have had a slight break in the daily grind. I tested the air, read the tea leaves, checked the astronomical charts, and decided to purchase a new Yaesu FTDX-3000D. With a Black Friday discount of $100 and a rebate from Yaesu of $300, I couldn't go wrong!
There are plenty of write-ups about this radio all over the web so I thought I'd just do a little sharing about the transmitted audio from this little gem. It is outstanding! I cannot describe the feeling when I receive unsolicited comments about how nice the audio is on this radio. No matter where I go over the last couple of days, it has been nothing short of wonderful. I haven't dabbled much in ESSB but after this experience, I can see why others have spent so much time on it!
So, lets get to the hardware setup. Everything purchased, less the radio, is either a E-Bay find or a swapmeet special. We know what the radio is, so lets add in the other items. I'm using a Heil PR-40 element mounted in a PR-761 housing and a W2IHY Eqplus.
The only thing the EQplus does is match the the balanced line out from the PR-40 element to the unbalanced input of the FTDX-3000 front connector. If I'm feeling like ambiance, I will use the effects processor on the EQplus but it really isn't necessary.
Setting up the radio can be a bit daunting so to make this a bit easier for myself I ran the radio into my Motorola Communications Analyzer to allow for watching for excessive band-width on the spectrum and being able to hear the results of the adjustments.
These are the setting I'm settling on and would recommend as a starting point for either the PR-40 or PR761 elements. Under the menu settings, this is what I used;
104 – 3000WB, SSB TX BPF
159 – 100, PRMTRC EQ1 FREQ
160 – 2, PRMTRC EQ1 LEVEL
161 – 2, PRMTRC EQ1 BWWTH
162 – 700, PRMTRC EQ2 FREQ
163 - -3, PRMTRC EQ2 LEVEL
164 – 3, PRMTRC EQ2 BWWTH
165 – 3100, PRMTRC EQ3 FREQ
166 – 8, PRMTRC EQ3 LEVEL
167 – 2, PRMTRC EQ3 BWWTH
The setting beyond this are for when you use the speech processor which I haven't had a need for so far.
I hope this gets you started in the right direction with this radio. It is a fun unit and I hope to hear your results on the air!
73 de KG7HQ