[amsat-bb] Yaesu FT-736R versus newer transceivers

David G0MRF g0mrf at aol.com
Sat Apr 29 16:08:26 UTC 2017

Hi Dave.

The FT736R receiver sensitivity is limited by its noise figure, which is about 4 or 5dB at best.
 By the time you add on a little coax loss you have a receiver which struggles to compete with modern sets.

However, having said that the radio is loved by many as a simple receive (masthead) preamp powered directly from the radio can transform its sensitivity. It is still used by many for EME 
Contesters also like this radio but frequently replace the internal LNA and mixer with one produced by Mutek.


I have one here and still use it. No front end replacement, but a masthead preamp does work wonders.

David  G0MRF

Please help me out with critical comments about receiver sensitivity vis-a-vis the venerable FT-736R and latest 2-m/70-cm all-mode transceivers best suited for AMSAT work.

Thanks in advance,
Dave N4CVX 

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