When I say nothing beats a Wellbrook RX Preamp, I mean a remote preamp that is installed at the feedpoint of a magnetic loop antenna.
The preamps in the NCC-2 are also very good as part of the NCC-2 architecture. However, I’m finding that the only preamp that is a must are the Wellbrooks. For weak signals I can’t use the preamps in the NCC-2 because they further amplify the signal so much that adjacent strong stations take over.
The most interesting thing in all of this is the fact that it is possible to have too much gain at the receiver.
The KY6R Big Mag Loop with Wellbrook ALA100LN preamps is clearly the best 160 and 80M receiving antenna that I’ve built so far.
Nothing else (that I’ve tried) comes close.