[AMRadio] Receive Preamp question

John razorback_fan1999 at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 4 11:37:00 EST 2007

The radio I have is a Yaesu FT-101E. I know its not
the best thing in the world for AM but it was alot
better than the TS 2000 and the 1000MP for AM use. It
was the first thing I could find at the moment. It
seems to do well on 40 meters and the crystal is
messed up on 80 meters so I haven't tried it there but
on 10 meters is where it dropped off. I have a friend
that did a alignment on it but its still is not quite
what I had in mind. I know under some conditions  a
preamp is useless. Thanks for the links and I will
study it a while. I looked at some of the reviews in
eham.net and thought about the MFJ 959C... 

John W5HG

--- sbjohnston at aol.com wrote:

> >Does anyone have a good recommendation for a preamp
> to
> >help my radio receive better.
> It depends to some degree on what receiver you're
> using, and the bands 
> of interest.  On the lower shortwave frequencies,
> almost all receivers 
> already have enough gain (if they are working OK),
> but as you go higher 
> in frequency, say 14 MHz on up, many receivers can
> benefit from another 
> stage of RF amplification.
> For example, I built an extra preamp into my Heath
> HR-1680 receiver and 
> rigged it to be in-line when the bandswitch was on
> the 21 and 28 MHz 
> band positions.  Let's see if I can recall what
> preamp board that 
> was... hmmmm... OK I had to get my notes on that
> project... it was a 
> Hamtronics LNY preamp.
> See 
> http://www.hamtronics.com/pdf/Manuals/LNY-WB.pdf
> One way you can know if you have enough gain is to
> note the background 
> noise your receiver picks up with the antenna
> connected, versus not 
> connected.  If the background hiss (not lightning
> crashes or the 
> various buzzes from local noise sources, but just
> the steady even 
> background hiss) is louder with the antenna
> connected, then you already 
> have enough RF gain.  If it doesn't jump up with the
> antenna connected, 
> then you need more gain, either thru repair of the
> receiver or an extra 
> stage.
> Steve WD8DAS
> sbjohnston at aol.com
> http://www.wd8das.net/
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