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Can I improve reception with a more sensitive antenna / preamplifier / better feedline?

I am trying to receive a station, but I can only barely hear it through the noise. Will doing anything that increases the signal from my antenna help, such as: using a more sensitive antenna adding a ...
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Is there a way to listen to live HF communications using the internet?

I'd like to be able to show people what a QSO sounds like without having my transceiver available. Is there a way I can listen to amateurs talking in real-time (or using Morse code) on the HF bands ...
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How would a time-difference-of-arrival receiver with two antennas know which side the signal is from?

An easy TDOA design by Byonics was published with the following schematic: It appears that the antennas are switched at a rate of 640Hz, which allows a 640Hz tone to be heard in the radio when the ...
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Connect two receiving antennas to the same radio

I have built a 1090 MHz ADS-B antenna roughly following some video instructions. It appears to work reasonably. However, because of how it is placed, it captures signals for more or less a half of ...
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Why aren't "ghosts" and intersymbol interference due to unmatched impedance (high SWR) a concern for HF receivers?

In amateur radio, we care about impedance matching when we need to keep the load within the equipment's specification (for best performance, or just to avoid damaging a transmitter), when we want to ...
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Can an antenna be too powerful for certain receivers?

I'm brand new to shortwave radio and have been researching what kind of a receiver to get. I'll use it on the antenna I'll build (longwire, 50-100 feet) for shortwave listening; no transmitting. Right ...
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How to find or derive the maximum safe input power to a receiver?

A number of my RF devices have a specified safe maximum input power, for example: "The maximum RX power of HackRF One is -5 dBm. Exceeding -5 dBm can result in permanent damage!" source "If you look ...
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Are there any good, consistently receivable signals in the US for HF receiver testing?

Having built my first HF receiver, I'd like to know if I'll need to search around for transmissions that happen to be occurring, or if there are reasonably strong signals I can count on being present ...
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What is the difference between a scanner and a receiver?

What is the difference between a scanner and a receiver?
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How to make a "you're getting warm/cold"/"fox hunting" game based on RF signals

I would like to build a system in which the emitter emits omnidirectional RF signals, and the receiver gets a stronger signal (it does not have to be accurate) with a) closer distance from the emitter ...
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Idea for better reception in crowded city

I am living in crowed area of a city. It is impossible for me to set up an antenna outside the apartment. I receive signal inside the room. I have a funcube dongle pro+ and some RTLSDR, the picture ...
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How can I avoid accidentally transmitting with a Baofeng UV-5R?

I don't have $500 for a radio scanner. If I know the few (analog) frequencies that I would like to listen to, I think one can use the Baofeng UV5R (which doesn't cost much). The only problem is that ...
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What is meant by "poles" when discussing filters?

I was looking over the product page for the K3 (dreaming I know) and noticed that they offer a variety of crystal filters. Some are 5-pole and some are 8-pole, other than price, what is the ...
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IQ imbalance after quadrature mixing

What is IQ imbalance in the output of complex or quadrature downconverter/demodulator/mixer? What are the causes and effects of IQ imbalance? (A spike in the spectrum display of RF noise?) Are there ...
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How to improve reception with a headphone-cord antenna?

I have a headphone and a cellphone that has built-in FM radio, and the headphone acts as the radio antenna. but my problem is the radio stations I listen to are very far from my place, good thing ...
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Why do Baofeng radios have such poor reception reliability?

What is the nature of Baofeng radios' poor receiver performance? This brand of handhelds has somewhat notoriously poor receivers. I hadn't noticed this much when using them for short distance simplex ...
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What would be the typical received power of an "S9" signal?

Obviously, I would expect the amount of power at a receiver would vary greatly based on distance from, and the power/efficiency of, the transmitter. But I don't really have a good sense for what "...
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Use noise figure and gain to calculate weakest signal radio can receive?

An FM radio receiver, using a 1 kHz tone at 3 kHz deviation has a 12 dB SINAD (Signal To Noise and Distortion) of -116 dBm. I would like to increase the 12 dB SINAD sensitivity of the receiver to at ...
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How to scan while avoiding digital/noise frequencies?

Is there an established way of scanning frequencies, while avoiding listening to digital signals or static? For example, is there a scanner on the market which will allow you to blacklist a specific ...
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What causes an AF amplifier to make popping sounds in a superheterodyne receiver?

Recently I've made a simple single IF superheterodyne SSB receiver for 40 meter band. The schematic is available here [PDF]. VFO and BFO are based on Si5351, the AF amplifier is LM386. It works OK but ...
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Simplest, smallest antenna for tuning WWV, WWVH?

I'd like to perform some simple receiver testing and calibration (mostly for frequency variance, not signal strength) and have been told WWV/WWVH transmissions can be found throughout most of the US. ...
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different digital modulations interference. Does it happen?

Bottom line is I have got a very strange (but regular) reading on a < $1 type of ASK 433 MHz receiver. Have a look at it - those 3 spikes are sometimes caught by my receiver, don't know their ...
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Benefits of AGC?

I note that many popular kit and QRP radios do not include any AGC capability. Thus it must be possible to operate successfully without AGC. Are there difficulties involved in manual gain control? ...
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Calculating receive wattage given transmit power, antennae dBi and path loss

I would like to understand how to calculate receive wattage given the following (excluding feeder loss and SWR): Transmit 50 dBm (100W) => 24 dBi directional antenna => 30 dB path loss => 24 dBi ...
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