SDS-100 RSSI dBm calibration

kf4lza

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Not sure if this has been posted or not, I ran my signal generator on every band through my SDS-100 and its consistently around 5 dBm stronger than what I am injecting into it (i.e. -100 dBm from signal generator = -95 dBm on scanner's display). I wish there was a service menu to calibrate the dBm reading. Has anyone did this test and found similar results?
 

merlin

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This varies a bit with band and done with software control. The user guide should tell the sensitivity and best reading your generator output in microvolts.
Now consider you have a system gain going on here weather looking at Dbm, uV, or S units on the scanner.
At the meter, that sounds close.
The RSSI is a reflection of the signal after that gain figure.
Why they incorporate an attenuator on these newer scanners.
 

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The receiver chip are a microprocessor that communications using I2C where you can interrogate the chip for the signal strenght values. You then calibrate that to a RSSI table. It has to be a calibration function in the scanners service mode. Uniden where fiddling with different gain values in the preamplifier and perhaps they didn't bother, or forgot, to recalibrate the values after their latest gain change. 5dB isnt' much of an error.

/Ubbe
 

merlin

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With an overall system gain of +5Db ypu shouldn't have to change anything. Try a 5 Db attenuator at the signal generator.
 

kf4lza

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that makes no sense, I have a calibrated signal generator. If I inject a -80 dBm into the scanner I would expect to see somewhere around -80.5 to -81.5 dBm on the readout taking into consideration of the losses in coax and adapters. Any other amateur or commercial radio shows the correct signal. I believe the way they programmed the RSSI readout is using another algorithm. No matter what level of signal is injected (-125 dBm breaking squelch into the scanner up to -50 dBm) the SDS-100 is always showing a greater signal reading by about 5 dBm.
 
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