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Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter

Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter
From: Chris Wendling <>
Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:45:46 -0700 (PDT)
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  The dip meter is a very versatile instrument, with very many uses.
  I own several makes, and use them regularly.
  Some of the applications are:
  1) Receiver adjustments
  2) Transmitter adjustments
  3) Shunt and series trap adjustments
  4) Measuring the Q of a tuned circuit
  5) Finding an unknown capacitance value
  6) Finding the inductance of RF coils
  7) Finding the inductance of toroid coils
  8) Checking for parasitic oscillations
  9) Neutralization of tube circuits
  10) Use as a relative filed strength meter
  11) Adjusting antennas
  As someone already mentioned, they are very good for tuning 160m  antennas 
when strong AM broadcasters are in the vicinity. The MFJ  antenna analyzers 
don't work well in that situation.
 When I build a  new regen receiver, or a new xtal receiver, I used the dip 
meter to  trim the number of windings on the homebrew coils to the required  
  Dip meters are a lot of fun, and understanding their use can really further 
your enjoyment of the hobby.
  To get specific information on how exactly to accomplish all of the  
applications I have listed above, you can download the Heathkit Solid  State 
Dip Meter Manual, Model HD-1250 from:
  CW - AI4MI

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