Do to the time difference between W0 and VK2 I am a bit late in
coming to this thread. Many others have replied so I'll try not do
duplicate their comments. First, what you are describing is not a
high receiver noise floor. The receiver noise floor is the
equivalent input noise when the input is terminated with a 50 Ohm
dummy load. Since you are using an antenna what you are actually
measuring is the level of man made and atmospheric noise. This is
not the receiver noise floor. The noise floor of the FT897 is really
The S meter reading on the noise from your antenna is a function of
the receiver's gain and AGC characteristic. On my 897, and I am
assuming it is typical, the S meter reading is very far from the
conventional 50 uV at S9 and 6 dB per S unit. It reads S9 at 39 uV
which is reasonable, but S1 to S7 requires only a 6 dB change in
input level or approximately 1 dB per S unit. The meter always shows
several S units on noise for all bands below 15 metres and even weak
signal show S6. This allows me to give flattering reports to DX and
QRP stations. I also tell them that I have a high noise level.
My 897 may be a bad example, but in my experience the 897 S meter is
no worse than other HF rigs I have owned over the last 40 years.
They are all read S9 at 50 uV because that's how they are
calibrated. Above and below that point they are only useful as a
relative strength indicator.
If, you are disturbed by the high meter reading and/or noise, try
adjusting the IF gain as suggested by Perry WK9L or use the
attenuator. I am content to use my 897 as it is, the most fun in a
single piece of radio gear ever!
73, Bob VK2BMU
- In FT897@yahoogroups.com
, "worsr" <worsr@c...> wrote:
> My FT-897 seems to have a higher noise floor than any of my other
radios on H.F. Today on 20M, my TS-850, Jupiter and IC-746 all
were showing approx. S-5 noise level. The FT-897 was showing an S-9
level, however. This was on the same antennas. The outboard LDG
meter shows the same S meter as the rig on the FT-897. The peak
signal strength on the stronger stations seem to be about the same
on all my rigs. I have the IPO disabled on the FT-897.
Additionally, I have determined this problem is not power supply
> Has anyone else noted this with this radio?
> Thanks in advance,
> --Mike, W0RSR
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