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Connection order

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:59 am
by c1v
Hi all,

sorry for this noob question! I have a LNA and an upconverter connected to a 20m dipole. What should be the connection order for the lowest noiselevel?

Antenna <-> LNA <-> Upconverter <-> rtl-sdr

or first upconverter then LNA?
Hadn't the opportunity to try it out myself (what i will definitely do), but im curious what theoretically should be the best order.


Re: Connection order

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:29 pm
by Xphome
I forwarded your question to the ##rtlsdr IRC channel and got this response.
[16:36:15] <dh0ks> the lna always belongs to the antenna
[16:36:21] <dh0ks> ofc
[16:36:42] <dh0ks> you don't want to amplify the noise of the converter

Re: Connection order

Posted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:45 pm
by soooooil
Yes, LNA should be the first one but the thing is, if your LNA is designed to amplify starting not from DC but from certain frequency it may be wiser to put it after the upconverter to amplify already converted signal on the frequency that is in range of LNA.

Re: Connection order

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by Nelson143
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