For those of us wanting to get onto 5MHz with a Yeasu FT-950, we have no choice but to get out the soldering iron and do a little modification. Now thankfully the mod for this radio is very easy to do.
First job is to remove the screws from the side of the unit and place them somewhere safe.
Now turn the unit round and remove the screws from the other side.
Finally remove the screw along the rear edge and we are done with this cove, it can now be removed and placed somewhere safe.
The radio can now be turned over without any fear of getting it scratched. Once turned over the base of the radio can now be removed and again placed somewhere safe.
With both covers removed we can now get to look at the area that we need to get to, shown here within the red box.
You need to locate the jumper block and in particular the jumper number ‘5’ which should not have a link at all, again shown here by the red arrow.
Using a good quality soldering iron gently apply a small amount of solder to this jumper so that it bridges the connection, be careful not to damage any other components and if your soldering iron has a too larger point, get someone else to do this for you.
Now that the radio has been modified, you will need to perform a full reset, which will of course wipe all your settings, so if you had forgot to do this , switch it on normally and write down all the settings now before you proceed with the full reset.
To perform the ‘Full Reset”, do the following:
1. Press the front panel [ POWER ] switch to turn the transceiver off.
2. Press and hold the [ FAST ] and [ LOCK ] buttons; while holding them in, press and hold in the front panel [ POWER ] switch to turn the transceiver on.
Once the transceiver comes on, you may release the buttons.
Once it has booted up, go to the 5 MHz band and you should find that you can now transmit on this band.