From: Bill Coleman <email@example.com>
To: AMPS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 06 August 2002 05:02
Subject: [Amps] Loading terminology
>I have often wondered why the terms heavy & light.... and why increased
>loading is less load C (and of course decreased loading is more load C).
>Is heavy/light and increased/decreased referring to the reactance of the
>load C ??
I think heavy/light refers to the effect of the load resistance seen at the
plate. Less load C means lower plate resistance. I'm not sure how the terms
heavy and light might have come into use, but the effect is similar to what
you see when putting a load on a transformer, even of the mechanisms are
different. A lower load resistance reduces the voltage swing and dissipates
more power. We would talk about the transformer being loaded more heavily
than with a higher value resistor.