August 1965 Electronics World
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Electronics World, published May 1959
 December 1971. All copyrights hereby acknowledged.

Even
with the ready availability of programmable calculators and smartphone apps, there are still times
when having a handydandy nomograph printed out and hanging on the wall for quick reference can be a
great asset. This one provided ready conversion between voltage and power gain to volts or
millivolts and watts or milliwatts.
Amplifier Gain Nomogram
By Max H. Applebaum
Warwick Electronics, Inc. Pacific Mercury Div.
Power and voltage gain of amplifiers with equal input and
output impedances are readily found.
To find the power gain of an amplifier, it is necessary to
compute the ratio of its output to input power, take the log
and multiply by 10. When the input and output resistances are
equal, the voltage gain of the amplifier can be calculated by
multiplying 20 times the log of the ratio of output to input
voltages.
This nomogram eliminates the tedious calculations involved,
and gain can be determined in a much simpler manner.
For values of 10^{n} or 10^{n} times those
on the E_{1} scale, subtract or add, respectively, n
times 20 db from or to the values on the voltagegain scale.
(n times 10 db from or to the powergain scale when the P_{1}
scale is used.)
For values of 10^{n} or 10^{n} times those
on the E_{2} or P_{2} scales, add or subtract
respectively n times 20 db to or from the values on the voltagegain
scale and n times 10 db to or from the values on the powergain
scale.
Example: Find the voltage gain of an amplifier whose input
and output resistances are equal, when 6 volts output is measured
for 200 mv. input.
Solution: Place one end of a straightedge over 6 on the lefthand
scale and the other end over 200 on the righthand scale. Find
29.6 at the point where the straightedge crosses the center
scale. This is the voltage gain in db.
Nomographs / Nomograms Available on RF Cafe:

Symmetrical T and H Attenuator Nomograph

Amplifier Gain Nomograph

Decibel
Nomograph

Voltage and Power Level Nomograph

Voltage, Current, Resistance, and Power Nomograph

Resistor Selection Nomogram

Resistance and Capacitance Nomograph

Capacitance Nomograph

Earth
Curvature Nomograph

Coil Design
Nomograph

Voltage, Power, and Decibel Nomograph

Coil Inductance Nomograph

Antenna Gain Nomograph

Resistance and Reactance Nomograph

Frequency / Reactance Nomograph
Posted June 4, 2015