Thanks for the link, that's a good idea. I can look at that and
determine if there's something a dip meter will do that I couldn't
figure out how to do with more recent technology.
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>Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 17:45:46 -0700 (PDT)
>From: Chris Wendling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Using a dip meter
> 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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