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formerly W6FZC
ESSB Audio Techniques Page
(Updated: Jun 16, 2016)

This page discusses the techniques to attain clean ESSB (Extended SSB) audio by using internal settings of the FT950, FT2000 and FTdx5000 and the new radios, FTdx 1200 / FTdx3000 w/o an external audio rack or W2IHY EQ. The mic is plugged directly into the radio. EQ is accomplished by use of the radio's internal 3 band EQ.

FT2000 / FTdx5000 Internal EQ Settings
This section is an excerpt from the main "settings" table for the FT2000 internal menu. These are special settings that are tailored for the FT2000 based on the particular mic and the user's voice. These are shared so that others can see what settings bring the radio to generate ESSB TX audio. NO external audio processing equipment is required.

Recommended Menu Settings
To access the internal FT2000 menus, press the "MENU" button. Then rotate the main VFO - "A" knob until the desired number is shown. To change the value, rotate the VFO - "B" knob until your choice is shown. Then press "MENU" for 2 - 3 seconds until a 'beep' is heard. The new parameter is now stored.

The settings here reflect the latest FT2000 FW update: 11.54 + V1.58/V1.59

KK6FR: FT-2000 w/ Heil Heritage mic plugged directly into the radio
K6JRF: FT-2000 w/ Neumann TLM-103 mic plugged directly into the radio thru preamp (provides phanthom 48V)
KK7HO: FT-2000 w/ CAD E100 mic into UB122FX mixer [63=-9; 160=-12; 400=-12; 1k=-5; 2.5=0; 6.3=+3; 16=+9] then into radio.
KE7TRP: FT-2000 w/ MD-100 mic plugged directly into the radio
KK6FR: FTdx5000 w/ Electrovoice RE27 mic plugged directly into the radio. In PROC mode, level set to '30' on VFO 'A' window. '50-3000' mode is selected [50hz - 3000hz].
W6GLC: FTdx5000 w/ Heil PR781 mic plugged directly into the radio. In PROC mode, level set to '24' on VFO 'A' window. 'ttbf' mode is not changed.
Menu#
FT2000
KK6FR Settings Heil Heritage Mic K6JRF Settings Neumann TLM-103 Mic KK7HO Settings CAD E-100 Mic KE7TRP Settings Yaesu MD100 Mic   Menu#
FTdx5000
KK6FR Settings Electrovoice RE27 + Suspension W6GLC Settings Heil PR781
085 ttbf ttbf ttbf 1-30 104 50-3000 ttbf
125* 200 300 200 200 152* 200 200
126* -3 -3 -4 -20 153* -5 -7
127* 2 1 1 3 154* 2 2
128* 1200 700 1500 700 155* 700 700
129* 4 -3 1 -3 156* 4 -7
130* 2 1 2 2 157* 2 1
131* 3200 3200 3200 2800 158* 2900 3200
132* 10 10 8 10 159* 10 10
133* 1 2 2 2 160* 1 2
134** 200 200 KK7HO uses 200 161** 200 200
135** -20 -6 the -16 162** -10 -12
136** 1 1 "ttbf" 2 163** 2 2
137** 1200 800 Tx BW 1500 164** 700 700
138** 8 -6 setting 0 165** -6 -7
139** 2 1 w/o the 1 166** 1 1
140** 2200 3200 PROCessor 2800 167** 2900 3200
141** +10 +10 --- +10 168** 10 10
142** 1 1 --- 1 169** 1 2

* the "low" [EQ1], "mid" [EQ2] and "high" [EQ3] EQ ranges should be set at shown. These settings compliment each operator's voice and work nicely for each individual mic.

** the PE1, PE2 and PE3 ranges are used with the "PROC" = ON set to 9 oclock. K6JRF, KK6FR and KE7TRP use the PROC to
give an audio level boost but not change frequency response. The others emulate a "HC5" mic element for DX operation.



FTdx3000 Internal EQ Settings
This section feature settings for the internal EQ stages in the new FTdx3000 radio released last year. These settings are shared so that others can see the EQ settings make some very natural sounding ESSB Tx audio. NO external audio processing equipment is required.

Internal Menus Access:
To access the internal FTdx3000 menus, press the [MENU] button momentarily, to engage the Menu mode. The display will show the Menu Number, Menu Group Name, and Menu Item. Press the [SELECT] knob momentarily to toggle the display between “Menu Number, Menu Group Name” and “Menu Item”. The Multi-Display Window shows the current setting of the currently selected Menu item.

Rotate the [SELECT] knob to select the Menu item you wish to modify. Rotate the [CLAR/VFO-B] knob to change the current setting of the selected Menu item. When you have finished making your adjustments, press and hold in the [MENU] button for one second to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.

Recommended Menu Settings
The settings here reflect the latest FTdx3000 FW update

KK6FR: FTdx3000 w/ "EV RE27" mic plugged directly into front of the radio
RE27 settings: switch in the 'FLAT' position for best overall ESSB response.

W6APO: FTdx3000 w/ "EV RE20" mic plugged into the BACK of the radio into "LINE"
RE20 settings: switch in the 'FLAT' position for best overall ESSB response.

Menu# Electrovoice RE27 + Suspension KK6FR Settings Electrovoice RE20 + Suspension W6APO Settings --- Settings --- Settings
104 ttbf ttbf --- ---
159* 300 300 OFF ---
160* -6 -15 - ---
161* 1 2 - ---
162* 700 700 OFF ---
163* -5 -10 - ---
164* 2 2 - ---
165* 3200 3200 OFF ---
166* 10 10 - ---
167* 2 2 - ---
168** 200 OFF OFF ---
169** -6 -- -- ---
170** 1 -- -- ---
171** 700 -- -- ---
172** -5 -- -- ---
173** 1 -- -- ---
174** 3200 -- -- ---
175** +10 -- -- ---
176** 1 -- -- ---

* the "low" [EQ1], "mid" [EQ2] and "high" [EQ3] EQ ranges should be set at shown. These settings compliment the male voice and work w/ the RE27 mic.

** the PE1, PE2 and PE3 ranges are used with the "PROC" = ON set to "10" in the 'ttbf' mode; the values here are set to give punch to the SSB TX signal to emulate an "HC5" mic element for DX operation.


FT950 Internal EQ Settings
This section feature settings for the internal EQ stages in the FT-950 that are currently in use by various users. These settings are shared so that others can see the EQ settings make some very natural sounding ESSB Tx audio. NO external audio processing equipment is required.

Internal Menus Access:
To access the internal FT950 menus, press the [MENU] button momentarily, to engage the Menu mode. The display will show the Menu Number, Menu Group Name, and Menu Item. Press the [SELECT] knob momentarily to toggle the display between “Menu Number, Menu Group Name” and “Menu Item”. The Multi-Display Window shows the current setting of the currently selected Menu item.

Rotate the [SELECT] knob to select the Menu item you wish to modify. Rotate the [CLAR/VFO-B] knob to change the current setting of the selected Menu item. When you have finished making your adjustments, press and hold in the [MENU] button for one second to save the new setting and exit to normal operation.

Recommended Menu Settings
The settings here reflect the latest FT950 FW update

W6GEV: FT-950 w/ "MD100" mic plugged directly into the radio
MD100 settings: "Lo Cut 1" from 150hz to 1000hz is recommended along w/ "Hi-Emphasis".

WV6N always uses the "PROC" and it's set to "30". The Tx BW is NOT changed; always on 1-30. The MH31 mic setting either set to "wide" for rag-chew and "narrow" for DX.

2E0VAJ: FT-950 w/ "MD100" mic plugged directly into the radio
MD100 settings: "Lo Cut 1" from 150hz to 1000hz is recommended along w/ "Hi-Emphasis".

Menu# Yaesu MD100 Mic W6GEV
Settings
Yaesu MH31 Mic WV6N
Settings
Yaesu MD100 Mic 2E0VAJ
Settings
---
Settings
064 1-30 1-30 1-30 ---
91* 700 OFF 700 ---
92* 5 5 5 ---
93* 1 10 1 ---
94* 1500 OFF 1500 ---
95* 2 5 2 ---
96* 1 10 1 ---
97* 3200 OFF 3200 ---
98* 10 5 10 ---
99* 1 10 1 ---
100** 200 300 200 ---
101** -20 -5 -20 ---
102** 1 5 1 ---
103** 1200 1500 1200 ---
104** 8 10 8 ---
105** 2 2 2 ---
106** 2500 2500 2500 ---
107** +10 +10 +10 ---
108** 1 2 1 ---

* the "low" [EQ1], "mid" [EQ2] and "high" [EQ3] EQ ranges should be set at shown. These settings compliment his voice and work w/ the MD100 mic.
** the PE1, PE2 and PE3 ranges are used with the "PROC" = ON and set to 9 oclock w/ the FT950 set to "3-27"; the values emulate a "HC5" mic element for DX operation.

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