[AMRadio] AM lower Sensitivity?

bcarling at cfl.rr.com bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Tue Oct 4 05:20:35 EDT 2005

Dear Jose,
I think the problem may be that your TS140 does not have an AM 
If that is the case, then it is trying to squeeze all of a 6 kHz
AM signal through a 2.3 or 2.7 kHz wide SSB filter.
It appears to lose al ot of sensitivity, especially on the higher 
audio frequencies.  You will generally find the sensitivity of 
the receiver sufficient for hearing AM. I do prefer Yaesu rigs on 
AM over a Kenwood, however, your TS140s certainly ought to be
sensitive enough to hear the guys on AM from around Europe.

What bands are you using? Perhpas you can consult with some 
of the fellows like my friend Dave, G3UUR who is a regular 
on 160m, 80m, 20m and 10m AM. He is close enough that 
you ought to be abable to hear each other well. He also
knows a number of other active G-stations using AM.


On 2 Oct 2005 at 20:57, Jose HF Silva wrote:

> Hi, ALL
> Having much more difficulties to receive AM compared
> to SSB... went to the manual of my TS-140S and found
> there, perhaps, a strong reason for it: AM requires
> 2.5uV while SSB goes with only .25uV (at 10dB S+N/N)!
> Why is it so?
> Does it apply to all standard HF sets?
> What's the best possible value for AM on Ham rigs?
> Many thanks in advance for clarifying me on this
> question.
> 73
> de Jose Silva
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