measure receiving antenna voltage

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hi,

how can we measure the received voltage from the antenna? can we measure it with multimeter? is it AC or DC voltage?

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The signals on an antenna are RF signals which are AC. You'd need a service monitor or an oscilloscope with micro-volt scale.

You can get a ballpark figure if you have a decent communication receiver with an S meter. The S meter generally shows how many micro-volts are at the antenna input. I say generally because tests have shown that no two receiver brands are exactly the same. In some cases there can be big differences.

An S9 reading generally means there are 50 micro Volts. S-meter and signal strength
 

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You need my voltage vs power chart, and an HP 3586a..... :)

http://forums.radioreference.com/at...b-dbu-s-n-ratio-voltage-power-chart-small.jpg

http://forums.radioreference.com/at...d1468105714-followed-me-home-dscf1102-sml.jpg

...but the hard part is....how do you calibrate the antenna?

The "S" meter on a good radio is the obvious choice. There are some massive signals out there, but none you can measure with a digital voltmeter. A lot of shortwave broadcasts are S9+20dB but that's still only 500microvolts in 50ohms.
 
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