Originally Posted by maine50
I have a ICOM 700 that I want to use for SSB
receive only at home. Does a Automatic Tuner help at all for receive only? I have one I can use for that or sell and make some money
. The tuner is a ICOM 130. Thanks- Tim
A tuned antenna
*may* help in some circumstances (particularly when noise
that does not come from from the antenna
is significant when compared with the signal that comes from the antenna). You will need to transmit briefly in a frequency nearby to get the tuner to work; this may not be possible if you are trying to receive in a frequency where you are not authorized to transmit (or your radio
is not programmed/designed to transmit). For example, with my inverted-L home setup the tuner helps a lot when receiving the 15m ham band.
That said, if you only want to receive then it may be much better/cheaper/easier to install a good receiving antenna that will work much better thorughout HF spectrum and will let you sell the tuner. Ask Google
to look for "Beverage antenna" or "SWL antenna". If you want a cheap commercial
solution look for "ENDFEDZ EF-SWL".