Newport Receiver Signal Strength IndicationsS-Meter calibration and signal strength plot interpretation
Kenwood R-5000 and
Website S-Meter Plot Calibrations
There is no official industry standard, but most communication receiver manufacturers consider S9 to be 50 microvolts of radio-frequency voltage across the antenna terminals. Each S-Unit below 50 microvolts generally is considered to be 6dB (1/2 voltage, 1/4 power) lower. However, actual S-Meter calibration against those generally accepted standards tends to be very poor with most receivers.
S-Meter calibration of the Kenwood R-5000 at this website was measured with laboratory-quality test equipment. The results are shown in the table below. Even though the built-in analog S-Meter calibration is not very good, it is better than for most receivers. We correct the analog meter calibration errors in software after analog to digital data conversion, so that the calibration of the S-Meter plot at this website is correct to within a fraction of a dB for both HF and VHF.
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