I'm starting my first scratch design FM receiver. I pulled the S parameters from an RF amplifier datasheet and designed an input matching circuit. A new question popped up when I looked at the spice outputs:
The matching circuit is showing that the signal is maxed out around -11.6 dB. The amplifier has a gain of 26 dB. Does this mean that the effective gain will only be 14.4 dB? I know this is probably a very basic question but I can't seem to find any explanations that show gain of each stage including matching losses. Obviously a 12 dB lower output than expected is a pretty big difference. I don't want to over amplify and blow out the next component in the chain.