Is normal this on 40mts without antenna conected?

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I was cleaning and adding more ferrites to my shack  and  wanted to check how many dBm of noise my radio could have without antenna, looking for any source which could affect my reception ....I got surprised cause I found 110 dBm ( around 3S) on 40 mts and 80 mts.....miles away from quiet station  recommended by Howard K6KY.......
I changed dc power supplies looking it as possible cause ..but....no change.....No wall-mart adapters....I changed from PC to Laptop....no change....not halogen lamp nor neon lamp....no plasma or LED TV's close to shack.......any ideas? or this normal....


Greetings...

George YV5WZ / PY3ZZZ

PS: Not 12 V batteries available at home to test  without DC power supply
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Jim Jerzycke

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I'm pretty sure that's "normal".

Not too long ago somebody asked a very similar question, and a Flex person explained why the S-Meter didn't read "zero" with the antenna disconnected.

73, Jim
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YV5WZ

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Hello Jim

Wow!  thanks...I was worried about.....and you know....when you talk about with ham amateurs friends (Icom, Yaesu fan) ...they begging to talk about "some problems" and to have to send back the radio to repair.....hahahaha...Thanks Jim

Greetings from Venezuela

George, YV5WZ / PY3ZZZ 
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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George

Your S meter is reading the noise floor on 40m it's about -115 dBm or near S2-S3

The other SMetrlers LIE. They read Zero which is meaningless.
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YV5WZ

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As Always my friend Howard....I appreciate your excellent comment....now I feel I'm going in on right path to my quiet noise station, following your advises

Thanks

George, YV5WZ / PY3ZZZ 
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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Thanks George..
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Lee - N2LEE

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George, on the opposite issue. Have you noticed that the S-Meter is also very stingy ?
I have not connected a signal generator but it seems no matter the strength of the signal the meter never reads over S-10.
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Jay / NO5J

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Lee 
My XG-1 which only puts out an nonadjustable 73 dBm, 50 uV signal is read as 73 dBm on all 3 of my Flexradio's. Both PowerSDR and SmartSDR show the same readings. Coincidence, or accuracy? PowerSDR is able to report dBm to 2 decimal places, even then it usually reads 73.something.  

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73, Jay - NO5J

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Hello Lee......I'm agree with you...
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I just hooked my old HP-8640B (which hasn't been calibrated in years) to my Flex-6300. I set the output of the signal generator to -73 dBm on 7.030 MHz. I am seeing S9 on the S meter, and when I hover the mouse over it I get a reading of -72 dBm. Close enough for the girls I go out with.
73,
Doug K4DSP
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Lee - N2LEE

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hehe  Nice.  Doug thanks for taking the time to do this. 

Lee
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Jay / NO5J

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Using Flexmeter and a narrow passband filter would avoid having to hover your mouse over the red bar. It reads the level in dBm from the same source the S-meter is using to generate the red bar. It also displays the reading as dBm to 2 decimal places. Selecting the average readings will smooth out the reading enough to see what's going on. The indicated level is the signal level of the strongest signal in the passband. So narrow it up a little. That might make a difference.
   
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73, Jay - NO5J

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Though some may say the Flex S-Meter is stingy, I say that it is ACCURATE in a world of inflated and inaccurate S-Meters. On many rigs, the meter is callibrated with the preamp OFF, but then normally run with the preamp ON, thus every reading is inflated by as much as 20 dB!

On the flex, the meter and the panadapter is corrected so that whether the preamp is on or off makes no difference. The meter is always accurate.

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