FTDX-3000 Menu Settings

Yaesu FTdx3000 front panel. See text for description. My MFJ-993 sits atop the '3000.

Yaesu FTdx3000 front panel.

I’ve been asked what I use for the digital settings for my Yaesu FTDX-3000. It’s a great rig and I’ve enjoyed it. It has the best receiver I’ve ever had in 40 years of hamming!

The only interface between the radio and my laptop is a single USB cable. This allows for full control of the radio and takes advantage of the sound card built into the radio.

For what they’re worth, here are my menu settings where they are different from the default:
Menu 038, CAT rate: 38400 (must match how the COM port is set)
Menu 065, PC Keying: RTS (again, must match the digital mode software on the computer)
Menu 067, Data Mode: Others (means it doesn’t force PSK-31 mode, and allows any soundcard mode)
Menu 069, Other Disp (SSB): 1000 (allows the receiver to display data mode frequencies correctly)
Menu 075, Data In Select: USB (this means using the USB cable instead of RS-232)
Menu 076, Data Mic Gain: 25 (though I use 15 for fldigi – depends on the software)
Menu 077, Data Out Level: 10 (again, dependent on software)
Menu 116, HF PSK Shape: Soft
Menu 117, HF PSK Slope: Gentle
All other digital mode settings are at their default setting.

I welcome any suggestions!

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9 Responses to FTDX-3000 Menu Settings

  1. Paul J Schwartz says:

    OK Dave, after doing some additional research, conventional wisdom across the masses seem to agree with your recommendation to set menu 069 to 1000hz. I understand why this is best and I’m onboard . . . Thx for your help.

  2. Paul J Schwartz says:

    Dave, I did a little more homework on the menu 069 question.

    Apprently, when running DATA USB, Yaesu offsets the displayed frequency by 1000 hz as a FEATURE to force the center point of the bandwidth further up the waterfall. They do this because the transceiver (receive and transmit functions) will work more efficiently above 1200 hz on the waterfall.

    Changing the default value of 0 hz on menu 069 to 1000 hz will allow the correct frequency to be displayed on the dial as opposed to the offset one, but it will shift the center point, thus you would see more signal traces occur below the 1,000 hz mark of the waterfall.

    So, based on what I have found, I think I’ll leave menu 069 at the default value . . .

    I would certainly welcome if you have a different take or opinion.

    Thx and 73 N3PS

  3. Paul J Schwartz says:

    Dave,

    Thanks for your response re menu 69 on the FTDX3000. I “think” I understand the rationale, theory and mechanics behind your setting.

    I use HRD DM780, and find that if I set 69 from it’s default of 0 to 1,000, it does moves the received signal traces down (towards the left) the waterfall a 1000 hz. It almost seems / sounds unnatural when the traces are below 600 hz (very low tones received and sent). Not sure if that is just the way it is to have the dial show the correct PSK freq, or if a setting of 0 is better with HRD DM780? At the end of the day, I guess the software at both ends of the QSO will be in sync based on click on the waterfall trace.

    By the way, I really enjoy your videos. I got back into the hobby a few years ago after a 40 year hiatus and the videos helped clear away A LOT of cobwebs.

    Tnx and 73 N3PS

  4. David Casler says:

    Paul, they seem to be different for every software program I use. Look at the waterfall while you adjust settings so you can get something that creates some noise on the waterfall in addition to the signals, but not so much as to overload things. It takes a little fiddling to get it right for you.

  5. David Casler says:

    I set it at 1000 so that the dial reads the right frequency when I’m using PSK-31. I never figured out their logic for having it offset in the first place.

  6. Paul J Schwartz says:

    Dave,

    Regarding menu 69, you indicate yours is set at 1000, but I have read where others recommend 1500. I can’t quite get my brain around what this setting even does, but why did you pick 1000 as opposed to 1500 or some other number?

    Thx in advance.

  7. Paul J Schwartz says:

    Dave, I also have an FTDX 3000 and am struggling a bit getting DM780 set up for PSK31. I am using your recommended Yaesu settings, but find the settings within the windows Sound control panel also have an effect on the audio send and receive levels. What are your settings in the Windows Sound Control Panel that you based your Menu 76 and 77 settings on?

  8. Dave says:

    Hi Remy, I am not familiar with a “hidden” menu.
    Regarding the sound card, there are many settings that have an effect. On my side, (dcasler.com), search for FTDX3000 and the top two articles list various settings I use. Hopefully something in there will prove useful to you. Be sure, of course, that you have installed the driver from the Yaesu web page first. Good luck! 73, Dave

  9. Remy F.G. Denker says:

    Hi, just purchased a new ftdx3000 which is equipped with the latest software update. I’m very happy with ist.
    Unfortunately I can not get into the hidden menu ( pressing CS and TXW while switching on. Any other possibility to get into the hidden menu?
    I use N1MM to control the 3000 via the USB cable. When PC is on and I listen to a radio station ( via the internet) I face a problem when the 3000 is switched on. The soundcard is switched of (disabled) so I can not listen to the radio.
    Thanks for the feedback.
    73, Remy PA3AGF

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