Improving Receiver Reception: Tips and Tricks

Improving Receiver Reception: Tips and Tricks



Welcome to the Waters and Stanton blog! Today, we will be discussing how to improve the reception of your receiver without spending any additional money. By understanding how your receiver works and making a few adjustments, you can significantly enhance your listening experience. So grab a cup of coffee and let's dive in!

The Speaker and RF Gain Control

Two key elements to consider when optimizing your receiver are the speaker and the RF gain control. Let's start with the speaker. While it may seem insignificant, placing a reflector behind the speaker can greatly improve sound projection. This can be as simple as using a piece of card or any material that deflects the sound forward. By doing this, you will notice an increase in intelligibility, making it easier to understand the audio.

Next, let's talk about the RF gain control. This control is often overlooked and is commonly set too high. By adjusting the RF gain to match your noise floor, you can reduce background noise and improve reception. Start by setting the gain to the maximum and tuning across the band. Take note of the background noise level and then gradually reduce the RF gain until the noise floor is at a comfortable level. By doing this, you will maintain signal clarity without the distracting background noise.

Tone Controls

Many modern transceivers offer tone control adjustments that allow you to fine-tune the audio frequencies. By cutting down the amount of treble above 2kHz and the amount of bass below 300Hz, you can reduce noise and enhance intelligibility. These adjustments can usually be found in the receiver settings menu. Experiment with different settings to find the balance that works best for you.

IF Bandwidth Adjustment

The IF (Intermediate Frequency) bandwidth is a crucial factor in improving the signal-to-noise ratio of your receiver. By narrowing the IF filter, you can reject interference from neighboring signals and background noise. Most modern transceivers provide control over the IF bandwidth, allowing you to adjust it to your preferences. Consult your receiver's manual to learn how to access and modify the IF bandwidth settings.

For example, let's take a look at the Icom IC7300. This transceiver offers three filter options, each with its own bandwidth. By selecting the appropriate filter and adjusting the bandwidth, you can achieve the desired balance between signal fidelity and noise reduction. Experiment with different filter settings to find the optimal configuration for your listening needs.

DSP Noise Reduction

If your transceiver has DSP (Digital Signal Processing) noise reduction capabilities, there is a trick that can further enhance its performance. By adding a bit of treble boost to the passband, you can improve the effectiveness of the noise reduction feature. Adjusting the passband slightly higher in frequency can result in a better noise reduction experience. Give it a try and see if it improves the overall clarity of the received signals.


Thank you for reading our blog on improving receiver reception. We hope you found these tips and tricks helpful in optimizing your listening experience. Remember, each transceiver may have different controls and settings, but the principles discussed here can be applied to most receivers. If you have any questions or would like further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Waters and Stanton. We are here to help you make the most of your radio equipment. Happy listening!