However, I do not know how to evaluate the signal report of other station. Yesterday, I listened FT5000MP and Flex 6600 with switching antenna by Delta switch. Same Stations with s1-s2 on Yaesu were s6–s7 with no preamp, both at 2.1khz filters.
So, I guess I will never hear a station on 6600 below S6 or so, right?
A direct sampling Flex can hear well below the noise floor.
I guess for some people, the fictitious reading of an Analog S-Meter gives them great comfort when reporting a signal to their "Good Buddies"
But if you ever work me and ask for a signal report, I will give you a real one by just looking at my Panadapter and report that your signal is hitting -63dBm (S9+10dB) or whatever it really is in dBm..
Realistically No one really expects a S-Meter reading other than 59 or 599 anymore.. and no one has asked me for a real reading in probably 5+ years except when we are playing with new antennas.
BUT Analog Meter can be pretty Eye Candy to match the spark gap transmitter and magic tuning eye on the corner self.
Here is the WOODBOX SMeter on my 6700
Looks cute.. I already posted a link but here it is again
it will do almost what you want like the swinging needles except give you the fictitious readings so many hams wish they had.
I never knew the idea of an S-Meter was so important to so many people.
To me, it is far more important to be able to make the QSO, or hear the weak
DX on SSB, than to stare at a meter all day [which by nature of how many different
manufacturers are doing it differently, is a "Meaningless Index of Performance" meter.]
SO, if I go "key down" broadcasting a carrier, and 10 different people in different locations are receiving me
with different model/brand rigs, different antennas, in different locations, each one will report a different reading. Even if they were all lined up in the same field with their different rigs and antennas, they might
well each read different. So what use is that? If they heard me at all, I am in their log book. If not, I really
don't care what the reading was :-) And if they did log me, again, I really don't care what the reading was :-)
And furthermore, as some previous poster pointed out, if you happen to work a contest, all the logged entries look like 59 to me, I have rarely seen different, since people are moving so fast to log contacts they don't seem interesting in staring at a meter long enough to analyze, should this be a 55 or a 57 or a 54???
Are we perhaps getting all tangled up in measurebating, when it might be far more fun to make contacts?
In summary I noted that the noise floor on the Pan-adapter does not change as the band pass changes from very narrow to very wide and the difference between the two varies from ~13 to ~27 dBm.
So my (similar?) question - Why is there a discrepancy between Pan-adapter and S meter?.
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